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Safe Celebrations For Potato Bowl

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A big day for football up and down the Valley. UND fans are also gearing up for the season. Saturday's Annual Potato Bowl brought former North-Central Conference rivals South Dakota State to play at UND. And law enforcement is working to keep the excitement at safe levels.

While some students were enjoying a volleyball tournament, this weekend has police patrolling for underage drinkers.

"early on in the year we've done a lot of education within the university and with the students through residents halls and Greek life, that hopefully we can curb some of the destructive behavior that may occur." says UND Campus Officer Danny Weigel.

Between the parade, tailgating and the football game, police have to keep a sharp eye. Throughout 2012 campus police made 74 Liquor Law Violation Arrests, and had 463 Alcohol Referrals.

But now fraternities understand how to work with the campus p-d through the new 'Adopt an Officer' program.

"Works pretty well I think. With a police officer for a fraternity and a sorority," says Sigma Alpha Epsilon House President Nick Nelson, "I think it's just a really good way to keep in good communication with the university police department. He helps us kind of get a perspective on what they are looking for on those Friday, Saturday nights and how we can better our risk management."

"We just do programs with them. Typically it's on underage alcohol consumption, and just to be a liaison between the police department and Greek life." say Weigel.

A solution campus police say will keep some 15,000 students safe, not just this weekend but all year long.

"Students, faculty, everybody that comes to our campus community, our biggest goal is to keep them safe." Weigel says.

If a student gets a minor in possession of alcohol or a minor in consumption, it can be a fine of up to $500. But giving alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor, a higher level of offense.

Extra patrol from both campus and city police will be out keeping this weekend of celebrations safe for everyone.

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