Some Critical of Campus Drinking Restrictions

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A partial ban on alcohol that goes into effect this fall at the University of Nevada, Reno, is drawing criticism from some students.

They said the ban on drinking at most student-sponsored events, including fraternity parties, is an overreaction to the drowning of a freshman last year in a campus lake.

They also said the prohibition is hypocritical since alcohol still will be allowed at sports events.

But university officials maintain the policy will make the campus safer for students and discourage underage drinking.

The policy, which makes permanent a moratorium imposed last fall, bans liquor at student-sponsored events with underage participants.

Exempt from the ban are tailgate parties, and events at Lawlor Events Center and Mackay Stadium.

UNR officials ordered the moratorium after freshman Albert Santos, 18, of Las Vegas, drowned while swimming in UNR's Manzanita Lake with fellow fraternity pledges from Pi Kappa Alpha.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.062, below the state's drunken driving limit of 0.10 at the time.