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Fed up with the drunken debauchery of a made-up drinking holiday, a town-and-gown partnership in State College has agreed to pay $170,000 to stop 34 businesses from serving alcohol Saturday.

The $5,000 payment to each bar and restaurant that agreed not to serve is part of an effort to curb dangerous drinking on the popular "State Patty's Day" weekend, created in 2007 by Penn State students. St. Patrick's Day fell during spring break that year, prompting students to celebrate early, donning green shirts and downing green brews.

Even though students have been on campus to celebrate the actual St. Patrick's Day in subsequent years, State Patty's Day stuck, becoming an annual attraction for students from other colleges — and a destructive weekend for the small borough.

"These 36 hours, which go from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday, are our busiest 36 hours of criminal activity for the year," State College police Chief Tom King said in a news release. "That's busier than home football game weekends."
State Patty's Day crackdown: Penn State bars are paid $5,000 not to sell booze

 

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Hahahahahahahaha. Beer control. Lets use this as a model for gun control....ready go!
 

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Fed up with the drunken debauchery of a made-up drinking holiday, a town-and-gown partnership in State College has agreed to pay $170,000 to stop 34 businesses from serving alcohol Saturday.

College students involved in drunken debauchery? Well, I just don't believe it.
 

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Made-up day?

The drinking part may be made up, but the Feast Day isn't.
However, in the not too distant past, I've been known to celebrate with Tulemore Dew!
 

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Fed up with the drunken debauchery of a made-up drinking holiday, a town-and-gown partnership in State College has agreed to pay $170,000 to stop 34 businesses from serving alcohol Saturday.
I would think on St Paddys weekend in State Collage several of the bars could do $170,000 worth of business on their own.
 

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Most university and college <span style="font-weight: bold">town</span>folk try to work cooperatively with the students via townhall meetings and such.

I don't think I need to go far out on the limb to state that this decision will backfire on them tremendously. Not saying that is a good thing cuz it isn't. Just saying there were much better approaches to take than the one they opted for.
 

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They will go outside limits to Lock Haven, Bellefonte, only hurting the University Park businesses.....Pretty much a given college kids are going to party, somewhere........
 

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The people in State College are so absurd it isn't even funny........at least 1 day a week all year long there are residents writing letter to the editor of the CDT complaining about partying college kids, and college kids behavior.....

WELL, what exactly did you think was going to happen living in a college town?? How dare those college kids be out partying, they have only been doing that for the last 100 years......

These people are under some kind of delusion that they live in this high class city where none of that is allowed.....It is a college town for pete's sake.....take the college away, NO TOWN.....
 

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You must be reading the Clearfield edition of the CDT. I read the letters to the State College edition of the CDT 7 days a week and rarely see the letters you refer to. In fact the Mayor today announced she will run for re-election and talked about her meeting with students on a weekly basis.

Sure there will always be issues with a few of the 45,000 out of towners. Town/gown relations are not as you imply.

BTW: Roughly 1/3 of the revelers this weekend are not residents or Penn State students. The police chief said that this event takes more of his resources on that one day than any other day of the year. An easy way to solve the rowdiness would be for the drinking establishments to double their covers for PSU students and quadruple them for those without PSU or local reisident IDs. Then contribute the proceeding to alcohol abuse programs.
 

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There is no other town or city in PA I would call home.
The "problems" are confined to a several square block area behind Beaver Ave for the most part, as well as the downtown area.
I was long graduated before State Patty's day and have never participated. It does seem many of the arrests are people from out of town who don't even attend PSU. It will be interesting to see if this works.
 

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Double Lung 20 said:
I missed this holiday for the past two years. I really want to go experience it again.
Just bring plenty of your "green" and if you don't want to behave, your lawyer's phone number.
 

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The more people you have, the more crime. Simple numbers game. I worked at Mario and Luigis, Campus Security (ie-sitting at the sorority front doors on weekends checking IDs) and a few other establishments while at school at PSU....most trouble makers during the big party weekends were out of towners and non- PSU students.... I enjoyed it there and loved the town....
 

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I nearly got arrested one arts fest weekend for trying to trade a cop... his horse for my truck.... I thought it was one heck of a good deal! He didnt see the humor in it...haha
 

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As an alumni of a dry, Presbeterian college in a dry town, I can safely say this won't stop the party. When there's a will, there's a way
 
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