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04/18/2011 10:54 am ET | Updated Jun 18, 2011

College Of The Holy Cross Encourages Students To Drink On Campus

The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. is encouraging students to drink on campus in an attempt to patch up relations with city officials, the Telegram & Gazette reports.

According to the Crusader, the college's new "late-night programming" options have been in the works since the end of last semester, when some of the school's students made headlines for vandalizing city streets and disturbing neighbors with raucous off-campus partying.

College Director of Government and Community Relations Edward Augustus Jr. said that the school pub's hours were extended until 2 a.m. last weekend, and successfully drew a crowd of 300 to 350 students on Friday and Saturday nights, reports the Gazette.

The extended hours were part of a trial period for a new policy that would allow students under the age of 21 to enter, but not purchase alcohol at, the campus locale. The school will host an additional trial weekend at the end of April before deciding whether to make the changes permanent.

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