Alcohol Prohibition: 34 Bars Paid Not To Sell BoozeSubmitted by Jao171 on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:56
Attempting to stop college kids from engaging in the consumption of alcoholic beverages is an impractical endeavor. The majority of college age individuals, between the ages of 18 and 23, are going to participate in risky behavior, including binge drinking, regardless of consequences. The passage of a law or decree, only incites the these young adults by producing the forbidden fruit effect, meaning a tendency for consumers to desire what is forbidden to them. This has not stopped Pennsylvania State University and State College, the town where the university resides, from teaming up to stop the sale of alcohol in local establishments this Saturday February 23, affectionately known as State Patty’s Day.
Many of our readers are aware of the fact that Marc, Brian, Dom and I, the four main writers for Lions of Liberty, attended Penn State University. For this reason, we take a heightened interest in this story because many of the establishments impacted by the alcohol prohibition were fixtures on our weekend (read Tuesday) nights at the bars.
Penn State’s student run newspaper, The Daily Collegian, provides the details on the bribery of local bars to not serve alcohol.
"While some businesses will be closed, some will remain open and serve food only, according to various managers downtown.
Even though Mad Mex, 240 S. Pugh St., will be open and serving food on State Patty’s Day, Mad Mex General Manager Molly Wisniewski estimated that the business will lose about $10,000 in profit on Saturday alone by not serving alcohol.
The Partnership: Campus & Community United Against Dangerous Drinking, a collection of university and local leaders, announced Tuesday that 34 local State College businesses will not serve or sell alcohol on Saturday.
Those 34 businesses that are in support of the “alcohol-free zone” have been provided a $5,000 subsidy by the Partnership in anticipation of revenue losses on Saturday, according to a press release issued by Penn State News on Tuesday.
Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims, co-chairman of the partnership and vice president for student affairs, said in a media release that the money will come from parking fees from previous State Patty’s weekends. Parking officials have kept track of the revenue and directed it to the partnership.
Though there wasn’t really a “science” to deciding on the amount of the subsidy, this amount seemed “acceptable across the board,” State College Borough Manager Tom Fountaine said.
Even with this subsidy, Fountaine said that some of the businesses will be hit harder than others."