KU News Release

May 11, 2011
Contact: Frank DeSalvo, Student Success, 785-864-4060

KU to help students stay safe while celebrating end of school year

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas is partnering with law enforcement and local bar owners to remind students to stay safe while celebrating the end of spring classes.

Representatives from the Jayhawk Buddy System and the KU and Lawrence police departments will be in front of Wescoe Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12, the day before stop day, the weekday between the end of classes and the beginning of final exams. They will distribute buddy system backpacks, which contain cups, koozies, lighted keychains, ID care sleeves and posters.

Additionally, bartenders and wait staff at several bars in Lawrence have agreed to wear Jayhawk Buddy System T-shirts on Thursday and remind customers to “stay together and get home safely.”

“The Stop Day ‘Eve-nt’ represents the cooperative efforts of the University of Kansas and Lawrence bar owners, with extraordinary support from O’Malley Beverage of Kansas, KU Office of Public Safety, Lawrence Police Department and SafeBus to help students and community members stay together and get home safely on stop day eve,” said Frank DeSalvo, associate vice provost for student success.

The Jayhawk Buddy System, an initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, encourages students to protect themselves and their friends from the health-related and legal risks associated with excessive or unlawful drinking.

Participating bars: Hawk, Tonic, Ranch, the Wheel, Johnny’s North, Johnny’s West, Brothers, Barrel House, the Cave, Yacht Club, Rick’s, Jet Lag and Wayne and Larry’s.

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