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UM Athletic Council defends plan to sell alcohol

UM Athletic Council defends plan to sell alcohol

The University of Maryland Athletic Council says it is going forward with the plan to sell alcohol at its sporting events despite criticism from two public health professors because it found research that did not agree with them.

The Athletic Council sought input from Drs. David Jernigan and Amelia Arria, co-directors of the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. In their November letter to Athletic Council Chairman Nicholas Hadley, the school was warned that studies have found drinking at college sporting events "is associated with significant problems." Jernigan and Arria recommended prohibiting alcohol sales.

"We took the...