Cardinal Nights: How Stanford Encourages Students To Stay Sober On Weekends

In a bid to encourage responsible behavior and help students make healthy choices about alcohol consumption, the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) offers Cardinal Nights programme.

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Cardinal Nights: How Stanford Encourages Students To Stay Sober On Weekends

Cardinal Nights: Stanford Encourages Students To Stay Sober On Weekends


New Delhi:  In a bid to encourage responsible behavior and help students make healthy choices about alcohol consumption, the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) offers Cardinal Nights programme. Students who are part of the programme are offered safe, sober, comfortable and fun ways to spend weekend nights. The programme also offers financial assistance to students who can not afford the tickets for events even at discounted price. The attendance of the Cardinal Nights has surged by 25 per cent to 24,046 in last one year. 

Delaynie Koenig, who is OAPE's substance-free community engagement adviser, said, "As a whole, Cardinal Nights has found its niche on campus and become popular by planning events that college students love, but don't always have the time or energy to plan out themselves."

Cardinal Nights is one among several other programmes introduced at Stanford which not only enhances student health and safety but also encourages students to make responsible choices around alcohol consumption. 

In addition to sponsoring Cardinal Nights, Stanford distributed more than $70,000 to student groups and residence halls to enhance alcohol-free events.

Through OAPE, Stanford also provides safe rides seven nights a week; safe walks and tables of water and snacks near party locations on weekends. It also arranges education programs for individual students and groups of students, such as first-year students, fraternity and sorority members, residence assistants and Peer Health Educators.

Ralph Castro, who is OAPE's Director, says that the objective is to shift campus culture away from alcohol. He believes that college substance abuse is a complex problem which requires a multifaceted solution.

Castro said that last year, the programme through Cardinal Nights was successful in pulling 4 out of 10 students who would be consuming alcohol out of the drinking culture on those evenings.

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