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“TOGA! TOGA!”


As you may know, I’m a recent college graduate. I went to a small private university in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated in three years. This week my social media feed has been brimming with heavily edited pictures of my friends back on campus starting their “last first day of college #blessed.” Every once in a while I find myself missing the college town life; then I remind myself that I got a jumpstart on my career and don’t have to worry about finals (just rent). I guess I’ve gotten lucky. I moved to Washington, D.C., landed a great job with ICMA, and am making a name for myself.

As we all know, with the freedom of moving off to college comes the freedom to make terrible choices. Most of these choices involve the consumption of terrifyingly amounts of alcohol. Unfortunately, hundreds of college students will die in alcohol-related incidents this year.

How can your local government help prevent these tragic deaths?

  •  In March, In the Know posted a Spring Break blog that included some great resources that highlighted several projects and policies aimed at protecting minors.
  • The city of Tyler, Texas, has developed a program called Partners for Youth. This was established because within one year 2,100 juvenile cases were filed in the Tyler Municipal Court and out of those, 280 were alcohol related and 800 were Class “C” misdemeanors, such as possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • For a detailed list of programs that have been developed by several local governments, check out this article.

How is your local community ensuring that your college students are safely experiencing the Animal House? Let us know in the comments section below.

As always, I look forward to reading your questions, comments, and funny stories so send ‘em over.

Jesse Himes                                                                   
Knowledge Network Intern
jhimes@icma.org