More beer less problems!

I can see teetotalers hiding under the bed and certain religious sects nailing me to the cross, but think about the article!

Several years agoWest Virginia University quit selling beer in its football stadium. However, they allowed fans to tailgate at the stadium and leave the stadium during halftime. Consequently, fans would get loaded before the game to have their buzz last till halftime where they would leave the stadium to get buzzed again for the last half of the game. On top of that, sneaking alcohol into the stadium was a bigger game than what was being played on the field. What did the policy create? Problems and challenges.

Oliver Luck is athletic director. At football games at WVU, he started to notice a few familiar sights — the unbelievable, sheer athleticism, the marching bands… and the freshmen barfing all over the stadium.

“People drinking far too much at pre-game parties and tailgate parties before games. Sneaking alcohol into games. Leaving at halftime to drink even more and come back into the game,” said Luck.

WVU like most colleges prohibited alcohol and the sale of alcohol in its stadium. WVU realized that abstinence does not work!

So WVU started selling beer in the stadium. Contrary to popular belief, chaos did not run amuck at WVU football games.

“In 2010, we made 117 arrests on game days. In this past year, we only made 79. See, that’s almost a 35 percent reduction in arrests we made,” said Bob Roberts, West Virginia University police chief.

West Virginia made about $500,000 the sale of beer the first year. More money and less problems. (Sounds like a beer ad.) Believe me, no matter what the fines of the 35% of lost arrests, it would never make up the half million the university made.

You cannot stop people from doing what they want to do. We have millions incarcerated in prisons to prove that point. What we can do is make money on it and help those who want to do it to understand it and maybe exercise a little control over it.

More importantly instead of telling people how to live, let’s work with people to figure out the best way to solve everyone’s problems. As Stephen R. Covey said in “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” make it a “Win Win.”

See Can selling beer help college fans drink less?

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The 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and IUFRO Conference on Forests for People

Call for Presentation and Poster Proposals

The 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and  IUFRO Conference on Forests for People

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals is proud to be sponsoring the 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference in conjunction with the second annual International Union of Forest Research Organizations Conference on Forests for People in Traverse City, Michigan from May 19-23, 2013.

We are pleased to offer this exciting and unique joint forum. These two educational programs will be seamlessly blended, while still retaining the individual identity of the two host organizations. You will have the opportunity to submit a presentation(s), host a poster session, and attend any session of these two educational programs.

One registration form and one registration fee will cover both conferences. The program will offer several joint sessions and field workshops, along with separate concurrent sessions tailored directly to the related themes of each conference. The sessions will be carefully synchronized to allow participants to move across as many as seven choices.

This joint call for presentations and posters allows you to target your presentation and/or poster session to the conference and theme that meets your needs.

This is a new model for professional education and development tailored for these difficult economic times. With the co-location and the joint administration of the programs, participants will have more opportunities and a greater experience.

More information about the 2013 National Outdoor Recreation and Forests for People Conference is at Check back often, as updates will be made regularly as the program develops.

Click here to download the Call for Proposals and Abstract Submission Form package.

Don’t delay, the deadline to submit a proposal is November 16, 2012.

Brenda Adams-Weyant
Association Manager
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
(formerly NARRP)
PO Box 221
Marienville, PA 16239
(814) 927-8212
(814) 927-6659 FAX

Robert C. Burns, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

West Virginia University

6125 Percival Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125
(office) 304-293-6781
(fax) 304-293-2441



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