Smart choices

Wednesday, May 14, 2008



Since fall 2007, students at St. Cloud State have had access to U-Choose, an interactive presentation that helps them make informed choices about alcohol use. U-Choose presenters help students understand how high-risk drinking can lead to negative consequences, doing it in a way that is fun, interactive, positive and intellectually stimulating.

U-Choose (www.stcloudstate.edu/uchoose) has been very popular: more than 1,100 students have voluntarily signed up and participated.

The alcohol education and awareness program also has gotten the attention of Greek houses on campus and landlords with area rental properties. Delta Zeta sorority will require completion of the program for students who want to live in the sorority house, and other sororities and fraternities are considering the same requirement. St. Cloud rental property owner Patrick Mastey ’99 will be making U-Choose completion a requirement for renting a unit beginning this summer, a decision that will affect approximately 150 renters a year.

The Delta Zeta and landlord decisions led to extensive media coverage of U-Choose: in addition to newspaper, television and radio coverage in Minnesota, the story made the Feb. 21 online and print editions of USA Today.

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