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Underage drinking hinders freshmen, college experience-8/21/09

Student warning to freshmen concerning alcohol excesses

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Appalachian State ASU Remembers Tyler Blalock and Other College Students Who Have Died in an Alcohol-Related Incident-10/2/13 “A year after the tragic death of Appalachian State student Tyler Blalock, ASU remembers him and others who have been lost to alcohol consumption with 1,825 flags and signs.”
Appalachian State University ASU student death spurs ALE sting-3/11/13 “ALE agents have arrested more than 100 people in an operation aimed at deterring underage alcohol purchase and use around Appalachian State University.”
Appalachian State University Campus programs to address high risk drinking behaviors -7/5/13 “Residence hall staff and others have seen an increase in underage drinking, and drinking that results in students being transported to the local medical center. In one case, a student had a blood alcohol level as high as .24. Blood alcohol content higher than .21 can result in loss of consciousness or even death.”

Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving Appalachian Students

Raisa D. Sheikh, April 25, 2009, Appalachian State University More Information Raisa D. Sheikh died from an apparent accidental overdose of alcohol.  The alcohol content in her blood was 4 to 5 times the legal limit when she died.
Jay Franklin Derby, 20, November 22, 2009, Appalachian State University More Information Jay was fatally shot while attending a party with friends in an apartment near the university.  A friend pointed a black-powder muzzleloader rifle only to scare his friends not knowing the gun was loaded. 
Caitlyn McLeod Price, 19, April 24, 2010, Appalachian State University (During trip home visiting friend attending nearby Lenoir-Rhyne University)- More Information Caitlyn attended a party with a friend during a visit home from college.  After being left with her car after the party, Caitlyn lost her life when her car crash taking a turn too fast.  Her blood/alcohol level was .04.   A student from a nearby university was arrested for providing alcohol to minors.
Tyler Blalock, 19, September 29, 2012, Appalachian State University More Information Tyler lost his life after he slipped near a creek, fell, hit his head and landed in the water.  Prior to the accident, Tyler had attended a party and visited a bar where he was reported to be very intoxicated.
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