The beginning of theEnd

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    TheEnd’s project – counteracting alcohol abuse, assault and vandalism with free alternatives for students such as concerts and comedy acts – has achieved some success within the current school year.

    But the journey is far from over. 

    TCU was able to witness a decrease in alcohol violations by almost 20 percent, as well as a decline in damages to residence halls and alcohol poisoning.

    Statistically, the numbers are impressive, but nearly two weeks ago two students were arrested for suspicion of intoxication manslaughter and public intoxication, respectively.

    An underlying question remains: what else can be implemented for students to shy away from the possible dangers of being under the influence?

    For the 2015-2016 academic school year, theEnd was given a second $1 million grant to help transform behaviors and persuade students to have fun and enjoy their collegiate careers without the assistance of alcohol.

    The first step is usually the hardest, and theEnd has already taken a giant leap into a positive direction.

    Attendance for each activity fluctuated between 1,000 and 2,500 students. Chancellor Victor Boschini said if given more money, he would look into having programs for both Friday and Saturday evenings – completely alcohol free.

    The sometimes-toxic relationship between young adults and adult beverages is easy to deem inevitable, but starting a chain reaction or domino effect of staying above the influence could be all the difference TCU needs to be a safer environment for students and surrounding communities.

    Projects Editor Bria Bell for the editorial board.