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Please Drink Responsibly: UPUA Votes on State Patty’s Ad

Last night, the UPUA voted on a selection of three different advertisements for State Patty’s Day, put together by the UPUA Student Life and Diversity Committee headed up by chairman, Christian Ragland.

Controversy had erupted earlier when the ad was first proposed because many members were concerned that it took a condescending tone and condemned fellow students for their actions during last year’s State Patty’s Day. The ad chosen by the UPUA will run the Wednesday before State Patty’s Day weekend. Some highlights of the ad, which is still subject to change before it goes to print, are crime statistics from last year’s celebrations and a humble message urging students to practice safety and responsibility.

“We want them to have fun without bringing about the negative aspects of our social lives,” said Ragland in an email to Onward State.

The ad will include a number of student organizations that have agreed to pledge to this safety initiative. Some of the groups signed on for the advertisement so far include the International Student Council, Center for Women, CCSG, Latino Caucus, IFC, Rainbow Roundtable, LGBTQA Student Alliance, NAACP, Blue and White society, and others. According to Ragland, the ad “is a starting point for more collaboration with these groups.”

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