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Leadership Institute hosts discussion on federal alcohol policy on Sept. 28

September 21, 2009

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The MSU Leadership Institute presents, "Why 21? Reexamining Federal Alcohol Policy," Sept. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in the MSU Strand Union Building, room 235.

Free and open to the public, this lunchtime discussion will focus on issues surrounding alcohol policy in the United States. In addition, debate and dialogue will include the Amethyst Initiative, an organization calling upon elected officials to weigh the consequences of current alcohol policies and to invite ideas on how to best prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about their alcohol use.

"The issue is automatically assumed to be one-sided, but the Amethyst Initiative and other organizations that are familiar with student alcohol use have interesting perspectives that may influence future federal policy around the drinking age," said Stacey Ray, a junior at MSU and one of the facilitators. "In fact, George M. Dennison, president of the University of Montana supported the initiative."

Three panelists will explore the changing debate on federal alcohol policy. Among these will be Robert Putzke, director of University Police. Putzke has been an officer on several university campuses for the last 25 years. He has served as Chief of Police at MSU since 2004.

For more information, contact the MSU Leadership Institute at 994-7275.

MSU Leadership Institute at 994-7275.