FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter is joining a federal task force that aims to curb binge drinking among college students.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism issued the invitation Tuesday in recognition of an alcohol awareness campaign that Gibralter spearheaded after arriving at the school in 2006.

School officials say the share of Frostburg State students who admit to high-risk drinking has fallen from 59 percent in 1997 to 43 percent in 2008.

More than half of Frostburg State students now say they abstain from alcohol compared with 40 percent in 1997.

Alcohol abuse has been a factor in two student deaths at Frostburg State since 1996.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (21)
  1. parent says:

    good luck…I drove through there one weekday afternoon last year and students were sitting on a porch with a sign that read, “If you honk, we drink.” Doesn’t sound like progress to me.

    1. former FSU student says:

      did you honk?

      1. FSU Grad Too says:

        yes, when I wasn’t on the porch with you.

  2. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Oh no, I heard part of your tuition was free beer. A six pack a day to each student. Why go to this school anyway, you only learn how to Text & download apps on F.B.

  3. Jorge says:

    Haha, I love visiting my friends in frostburg to party and snowboard. The key word here is ‘ADMIT’. Just cause less students admit they binge drink doesn’t mean less students binge drink. Duh. Come on people, what a dumb statistic.

  4. nancy green says:

    I beg to differ. As a grad of FSU, I can say that I am happily employed and well-respected in my field as are all of my friends and fellow alummnae. And I happen to have a bit more knowledge and skills besides just texting and downloading. In fact- compared to another Md. school where I earned my Masters Degree- Frostburg was a far superior educational experience. An affordable price, small class sizes, incredible professors, and a sense of community all contributed to a rich learning experience. I would not hesitate for an instant to highly reccommend FSU or send my own children there.
    As for the binge drinking- I think you would be very hard pressed to find a college campus anywhere in this country where this is not the norm rather than the exception- thus the federal initiaitve At least FSU is owning up to the problem and working to do something about it!

    1. FSU Grad Too says:

      I completely agree with you Nancy. I would also highly recommend this school to anyone, especially if you are looking for a smaller school experience. The professors were wonderful and attentive to the students needs. There were many organizations, as many as a larger school may offer, that allowed us to be involved. I am just as successful, if not more so, than my friends who went to very prestigious schools.
      Binge drinking is everywhere and all over college campuses. I do not however, believe that half of Frostburg abstains from alcohol. I still keep in touch with current students there and I know that is probably not a true fact. I just think Gibralter is making it a headline. Ever been to WVU?? That school should take a look at their binge drinking stats then come bashing us. I just think many young adults who are finally on their own do not know how to control their first taste of freedom or just have personal issues. I unfortunately knew BOTH of the alcohol-related deaths that took place during the time I was there. It’s sad.
      As for you Sheriff Willie, you’re just cruel… What makes you think Nancy didn’t get any action? Because she sounds smart, unlike you? I bet if you read my response you would get the same impression, quite the opposite in fact…. I did very well for myself. It teaches you to multi-task ;-). Good luck with that.

  5. sven says:

    I don’t think this model will work for Towson, they can really text and drink

  6. AT says:

    Maybe if the drinking age was lower than 21, booze wouldn’t be the “forbidden fruit” and kids wouldn’t get hammered every night. People in this country need to get the stick out of their rear and respect alcohol as part of our culture, and not make a big deal about it. Europe doesn’t have anywhere near the issues we have, and I have firsthand experience to back up that statement. Drinking age needs to be lowered to 18, or even 16 (for beer/wine, 18 for liquor). Liberals are too afraid to do it, to “protect our children.” So, we’re sending “our children” to war to fight and die for our country? That’s messed up.

  7. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    AT, Excuse me but you are so stupid. Did you go to school to learn that or was it inherited. Statistics prove when the age was 18 the kids were being slaughtered on the highways. Europe is Europe & not the U.S. Europe is made up of small villages & family oriented ways vs large institutions here & their transit systems are superior to ours for kids traveling. Second, No one sends our kids to war. this is an all volunteer Army Marines etc so they choose. I personally am against the war in Iraq but that is another debate for another day.

    1. AT says:

      Don’t be rude.

      Has it gotten better? I think not.

      But at least my name isn’t Bernard. See? I can make personal insults too. Grow up.

    2. AT says:

      EIther way, it’s all volunteer…for now, until the NK situation erupts, and until the middle east situation erupts. Also, we don’t have to be sending 18-21 year olds into war. FFS they’re seen as children, why send them into battle, when they’re not “responsible enough” to drink a damn beer? Get a grip.

      1. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

        AT, What are you 12? You sound about 6 & having a temper tantrum. War is hell i SERVED, i know. No argument here on the B.S. lies of the Bush admin. that got us Iraq. Afghanistan is another matter & frankly we should be there either but in Pakistan. Wars have always been fought by young people for the following. Their strong, willing & more idealistic. Sorry but that’s the way it is. Any question on this further contact Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld & Rice. Those pricks can help you.

      2. Ripin says:

        I am likoong at alcohol and sleep for a paper and need your help by answering these questions. If you could please respond it would greatly be appreciated. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and read this:)Why do you think other people drink alcohol?1. To relax2. Improve sleep3. Increase confidence4. For the taste5. Socially acceptable6. Religious belief7. To make them attractive8. Romantic/Sexual reasonsYour answer (select one # from above list) _____________1 Do you feel you are a normal drinker? ( normal drink as much or less than most other people)2 Has your drinking ever resulted in your being hospitalized in a psychiatric ward?3. Have you ever awakened the morning after some drinking the night before and found that youcould not remember a part of the evening?4. After heavy drinking have you ever had delirium tremens (D.T.’s), severe shaking, visual orauditory (hearing) hallucinations?5. Has drinking ever created problems between you and a near relative or close friend?6 Does any near relative or close friend ever worry or complain about your drinking?7. Have you ever neglected your obligations, your family, or your work for two or more days in arow because you were drinking?8. Have you ever been hospitalized because of drinking?9. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?10. Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking?11. Have you been arrested more than once for driving under the influence of alcohol?12. Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?13. Have you ever lost friends because of your drinking?14. Can you stop drinking without difficulty after one or two drinks?15. Have you ever lost a job because of drinking?16. Have you ever been arrested, even for a few hours because of other behavior while drinking?(If Yes, how many times____________)17. Have you ever been told you have liver trouble such as cirrhosis?18 Have you ever gotten into physical fights when drinking?19. Has any family member or close friend gone to anyone for help about your drinking?20. Do you drink before noon fairly often?21. Have you ever gone to any doctor, social worker, clergyman or mental health clinic for help withany emotional problem in which drinking was part of the problem?22. Have you ever attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?WITHIN THE LAST MONTH HAVE YOU:Please respond ?Yes? or ?No? for each question.23 Did you hold your breath, have breathing pauses, or stop breathing in your sleep?24 Did you snore loudly?25 Did you have restless or ?crawling? feelings in your legs at night that went away if you movedyour legs?26. Did you have nightmares, or did you scream walk, punch, or kick in your sleep?27. Did the following things disturb you in your sleep: pain, other physical symptoms, worries,medications, or other (specify)?28. Did you feel anxious29. Did you fall asleep unintentionally or have to fight to stay awake during the day?30. Did work or other activities prevent you from getting enough sleep?31. Did you have repeated rhythmic leg jerks or leg twitches during your sleep?32. Did you have difficulty falling asleep?33. Did sleep difficulties or daytime sleepiness interfere with your daily activities??USING A SCALE FROM 1=?not at all untypical of me? TO 5=?very typical of me? FOR EACH BELOW1=NEVER 2=RARELY 3=SOMETIMES 4=OCCASSIONALY 5=OFTENWrite the number from the above list that most likely represents your behavior.33. Many situations make me worry.34. I worry about projects until they are all done35. Once I start worrying, I cannot stop.36. I worry all the time.37. If I do not have enough time to do everything, I do not worry about it.________38. I know I should not worry about things, but I just cannot help it.39. As soon as I finish one task, I start to worry about everything else I have to do.40. When I am under pressure I worry a lot41. I do not tend to worry about things.__________42. I notice that I have been worrying about things.43. I never worry about anything44. I never worry about anything.45. I am always worrying about something.46. I find it easy to dismiss worrisome thoughts47. I have been a worrier all my life.48. When there is nothing more I can do about a concern, I do not worry about it anymore.49. My worries overwhelm me.__________

  8. fsu grad says:

    Maybe Gibralter should put more effort towards raising the standard of off campus housing.

  9. Current FSU Student says:

    Frostburg is not trying to be better or compete against any other institution. All we are trying to do is make our degree more valuable. Recent studies done by both the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania have shown that individuals who are educated about safe drinking are employed faster and more likely to be successful. I for one am happy that the President of Frostburg has taken steps to better prepare us for employment.
    By educating students about safe drinking; you increase the retention rate of the institution. Studies show that 15% of students who drop out of college leave because of alcohol reasons. This is important because in a state such as Maryland where 30% of our public education is tax based. It is much more efficient and inexpensive to have a student stay within a school than to bring another one in. So therefore any act done to lower the dropout rate of these 15% is something positive.

  10. sheriff willie says:

    FSU stands for Full s…t University.

  11. fsu grad 07' says:

    I am a frostburg graduate and I partied with the best of them and loved every minute. However, I have also visited jmu, salisbury, towson, penn state, and many other schools and they party just as much as fsu students do. I think some of these comments are absolutely ridiculous. I am a well respected teacher in a great community and my background at fsu helped me get into a great graduate studies program. Some of you people need to get off your high horse, fsu may not be of the same calibur as loyola or umd but it’s not a bad school. I do totally agree that Girbraltor def needs to direct his energy towards the awful off campus housing ugh!

  12. mario7 says:

    Let all the FSU students live in tree house cause they act like monkeys anyway. Sucking off their parents tit with no sense of responsibility.

  13. Ria says:

    (This post is slightly off-topic, but aeertld) I wish there was way less time and money going against binge drinking and underage drinking. The real issue is addiction and driving under the influence. If they quit teaching kids that drinking alcohol is so incredibly wrong before age 21, and instead spent more time educating kids (and the public in general) about how and why people become addicted to alcohol that would solve so much of the problem. It’s interesting how the USA pretty much has the highest drinking age of any non-islamic country..Let’s face it the more illegal/forbidden alcohol is for minors, the more fun it is for minors. That was the case for me I drank multiple times a week until turning 21, had a pretty hazy month after the birthday, but now I spend roughly 20 bucks a month on alcohol (in the bar and off-sale), I know many, many others who had similar expieriences.In short if people are really interested in having people consume less, we should try giving kids straight answers on alcohol, addiction and DUI. Stuff like DARE and general scare tactics just doesn’t work.P.S. The big alcohol companies spend billions a year on advertising to make their product look like the coolest thing with only positive consequences on TV, magazines, Ralph Engelstad Arena/Alerus center, pro games, billboards it obviously influences many to consume more- otherwise the companies wouldn’t have that big of a budget.

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