Jun 19, 2007 — This week, we're looking at the issue of drinking and safety on college campuses. Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne announced last week that criminal charges are still possible following the alcohol-related deaths of two students at Paul Smiths College. Champagne says state police are still investigating the drownings of 20 year-old Sean Cornell and 18 year-old Lee Walker. The students died when their canoes overturned on Lower St. Regis Lake last month as they returned from a party. State police said drinking alcohol contributed to their deaths. Champagne said they're looking into how Cornell, Walker and other underage students at the party obtained alcohol. Yesterday, Brian Mann reported on the controversy surrounding Paul Smiths College, where five young people have died in the last three years. Brian spoke with Paul Smiths President John Mills, who says the school is working hard to keep older students from supplying liquor to friends who are underage. Go to full article
May 18, 2007 — State Police say alcohol was a contributing factor in the death of two Paul Smith's College students who drowned earlier this month after their canoes overturned in Lower St. Regis Lake. Police, for the first time, are also providing details on what caused the accident. At the same time, police say alcohol played a role in the death of two young men in a car crash outside Lake Placid last month. Chris Knight reports. Go to full article
Nov 16, 2005 — State Senator Betty Little has introduced a bill that would require blood tests for boat captains involved in serious accidents. The legislation follows the capsizing of the Ethan Allen on October 2 on Lake George. That accident left twenty elderly passengers dead. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Feb 07, 2005 — A Paul Smiths College student and his passenger were killed on Sunday when their snowmobile hit a rock on Lower St. Regis Lake. Twenty-year-old Joshua Rau and twenty-year-old Kristine Guest, were both pronounced dead at the scene by investigators. As Brian Mann reports, the fatal accident was the second to strike the college campus in a week. Go to full article
Mar 03, 2003 — There's a bill in the state legislature to repeal New York's blue laws and open the states liquor stores on Sundays. Supporters say it's one way of gaining more revenue for a cash-strapped state budget. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 21, 2003 — A youth survey in 2001 showed high rates of alcohol use among students in 16 districts throughout St. Lawrence County. The survey was given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The results confirmed what local health officials basically knew already, that alcohol use and abuse is a continuing problem in the county. To address the risks of alcohol, drug and other teen problem behaviors, local representatives from human service agencies, law enforcement and education began training in the Communities That Care initiative. Martha Foley talks with Pam Whittet, Assistant Superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and chairwoman of the Community Board. Go to full article
Jun 07, 2001 — True accounts of living with alcohol collected and read by Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, from Massena High School. Martha Foley reports.
The Massena Central School students reading in this story are shown above: (l. to r.) Robbie Witkop, Brandon Johnson, Nick Toth, Meagan Carey, and Kristin Murphy. They stand in front of the "Wall of Support," a collaborative project among art teacher Chad Simpson's sculpture students and SADD participants. Go to full article
Mar 27, 2001 — Alcohol consumption and alcohol related problems are a significant concern on our nations college campuses. Studies over the last ten years show the highest proportion of heavy drinkers tend to be within the age range encompassing most college students.
Dr. Jason Kilmer, is a research scientist for the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington and an addictive behaviors specialist at Evergreen State College. Dr. Kilmer visited St. Lawrence University Monday in an effort to help college faculty, staff and students curb high risk drinking on campus. Todd Moe spoke with Jason Kilmer and Dr. Bill Burns, Director of Counseling Services at St. Lawrence University. Go to full article
Dec 07, 2000 — Why is it that sometimes consuming alcohol can be pleasurable and at other times have devastating effect? Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about how alcohol operates in the body and brain. Go to full article
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