FSU's "PAR" Program

An organization built to curb high risk and underage drinking at FSU will be "serving up" a bigger and better program. An almost $500,000 grant has been awarded to the university and supporters say it's time to get everyone involved.

FSU leaders announced Wednesday that the Partnership for Alcohol Responsibility, also known as PAR, has just received a $486,000 grant. Organizers say it will help increase the community involvement.

Christine Franzetti, PAR director, says, “We will be working on community surveys, getting opinions and ideas to reduce negative consequences for students and other community members’ experience.”

Most students recognize what the party patrol is. In PAR's five-year stint, law enforcement have played a big role in the effort to reduce irresponsible and underage drinking.

CAPT Lewis Johnson of the Tallahassee Police Department says, “Actually, I can say there has been a decline in some of that activity based on awareness through PAR's effort and Tallahassee police.”

Yet FSU Police Chief Carey Drayton says the university still lost four students to alcohol last year, not to mention 40 DUI arrests.

Louis Dilber of the FSU Student Senate says, “To me as a responsible student, I don't see anything wrong with trying to prevent underage and irresponsible drinking because you never know if you're going to be affected by someone's irresponsible behavior.”

PAR officials says they plan to build upon the group's initial success by pulling more student leadership into the fold.