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Recent violent deaths of 2 students have officials seeking ways to curb partying and drinking.

By Steve Esack, Manuel Gamiz Jr., and Genevieve Marshall

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September 16, 2007


Reported that in one week, bars and nightclubs sponsoring ''Thirsty Thursday'  led to two violent deaths. First Kutztown University sophomore Kyle Quinn, 19, died after apparently being attacked by three Allentown men. Then early Friday, Lincoln University student , 19 was shot outside an Allentown nightclub hosting an all-ages college party.  After a fight that started inside a bar spilled into the parking lot, Michael Douglas was fatally shot. An 18-year-old was also wounded in the hand.
 

Also reported on research that colleges can do more to discourage binge drinking by scheduling more classes as early as possible on Friday mornings, according to Phillip Wood, of  the University of Missouri-Columbia.

"In July, Wood published an article in ''Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research'' that found college students drink more on Thursdays if they have late or no classes on Friday. Students with a 9 a.m. Friday class drank an average of 1.39 drinks on Thursday night, while students who did not have class on Friday drank an average of 2.41 drinks.

Wood said that by reducing Thursday drinking, overall drinking on campuses would decline, as would binge drinking -- even if students continued to drink on Friday and Saturday nights. The study, published as part of much larger drinking project funded by the National Institutes of Health, found that students who did not drink on Thursday nights did not compensate by drinking more on the weekend.  ''We looked at consequences such as driving drunk and were surprised to find things like violent altercations as part of it,'' Wood said."

Morning Call intern Amanda Beerly contributed to this story.

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