Penn State frats to ban parties for State Patty’s

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s fraternities have voted to drive another nail into the coffin of the booze-filled party weekend known as State Patty’s Day.


The university’s Interfraternity Council has voted to ban parties during the weekend, which this year falls between Feb. 28 and March 2.


State Patty’s Day was birthed in 2007 when St. Patrick’s Day fell on spring break. The holiday no longer coincides with the break, so students have typically celebrated it whenever the break occurs.


Earlier this year, the university paid more than three dozen bars $5,000 each for agreeing not to serve alcohol during the weekend in February.


Now the fraternities are banding together to discourage drinking, too, because the weekend has been marred by arrests and vandalism.


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