Have you ever heard of someone you know getting in trouble for serving alcohol to minors at their home or on a property they owned?  This person was probably charged under the social host law in Massachusetts.  This law makes it illegal to furnish alcohol to a person under 21.  But what does the law actually mean?  Read on to find out…

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What does it mean to Furnish Alcohol?

Furnish in this law means to knowingly or intentionally supply, give, provide, or allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21. What this essentially means is that the social host has provided, given, or allowed any of their guests who are under 21 to possess or consume alcohol on a property that they own.  This can be in the form of a party, a small gathering, or another event.

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What are the consequences of being a Social Host?

A social host is anyone (adult or minor) who is in control of the premises and who furnishes alcohol or allows it to be consumed on those premises.  The social host is the person that would be charged under the Social Host Law and they can face serious consequences for their actions.  If the law has been determined to be broken the social host can face the following consequences:

  • Up to $2,000 in fines
  • Imprisonment for up to a year
  • OR a combination of fines and imprisonment

Although it can be tempting for hosts of parties to provide alcohol to individuals who are under 21, it is against the law and it is unsafe.  If you are going to host a party, be aware of all guests under 21 to ensure that they are not provided alcohol.  If you plan to attend a party and you are under the age of 21, do not drink alcohol.  You are endangering the host of the party and they could face serious legal penalties because of your actions.

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BE SMART: Don’t break the law!

If you would like more information, please contact the following agencies:

  • The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Hotline: 1-800-327-5050
  • Your local police department
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health website: mass.gov/dph/bsas

To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement (IN) Network by visiting  https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and searching for the BSU Peer Educators.

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Congratulation Bears!

by Sara Waldron on May 16, 2017

Congratulation Bears!

A moment to be proud of!

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You should be very proud that your hard work and long hours of studying has paid off. Effort and passion is necessary to achieve your dreams and career goals. Take this time to celebrate your success with your family and friends. Also, remember that your hard work isn’t over when you graduate. This is a time for major change in your life as you adapt to life after college which can include a full time job or continuing on to graduate school. Whatever your path may be, be sure to carry with you the knowledge, friendships, and experiences you have encountered at Bridgewater State University.

What is next after graduation?

As you are celebrating your success, you may be questioning what is next. This is quite normal during any major transitional period in your life. It may feel like a stressful time to try to make the “right” decisions that will impact your path in life. Take a moment to fully enjoy your success after all the hard work of the past four years. This is the beginning of a bright future for you and your peers. Take the time to create achievable life goals over the next five, ten, or twenty years. This plan will help you focus your efforts in order to continue your success in life.

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Tips for success after graduation

  1. Find a job or continue your education. This is a major decision. The decision will be made based on your career goals and current financial situation. If you are looking for a full time job, remember that it may take some time to find the perfect position. Keep your options open because your first job will likely not be your last job. Be sure to update your resume, network with different people, and practice your interview skills. Career Services on campus is available to help prepare you to meet the needs of the today’s workplace. This office can assist you in recruiting efforts by establishing a professional connection between you and local employers. Don’t forget about this excellent resource! Check out more information about Career Services at http://microsites.bridgew.edu/careerservices
  2. Create a budget. A budget is important to manage your finances. This is one of the most useful habits you will use in your life. Be sure to list all of your income and expenses throughout the month to determine how much to save and how much extra spending money you might have.
  3. Build an emergency fund. It’s important to have an emergency fund since you can never tell when an emergency will occur. These funds will help prevent you from using other sources of funds, such as credit cards or personal loans.
  4. Set up a plan to pay off your debt. Make it a priority to pay off credit cards or student loan debt in the shortest period possible. Try to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first and try to pay more than the minimum payment. These strategies will save you more money in the long run.
  5. Plan for your future and retirement. Although retirement may seem like a long time off, it’s never too early to start a retirement fund. Over the years, these funds will build up with interest and investments. This will provide you more freedom for when you can actually retire and to enjoy retirement comfortably.

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Try following some of these tips to help manage your stress and be a healthier you. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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BE SMART: Be a Sober Driver

May 9, 2017

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Stress Reduction

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Have you ever heard the term “Social Smoker?”

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Stress Free Zone

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What is the Stress Free Zone? The Stress Free Zone is offered the week before finals to help reduce stress. This is the time of the semester when everything seems to be due at once and it can be difficult to manage your stress. Stress can manifest in your mind and body in many ways. […]

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Project PACK-Post Assault Comfort Kits

April 11, 2017

What is Project PACK? Project PACK is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting victims of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts with Post-Assault Comfort Kits. This organization began its work in 2006 when the need was first recognized and became officially incorporated in June 2013. The support for this program has grown and so has the number […]

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National Alcohol Screening Day

April 4, 2017

Alcohol Screenings Offered on Campus! Free and confidential alcohol screenings will be offered on campus Tuesday, April 4th from 4pm-5pm in the RCC Lower Foyer AND Thursday, April 6th from 11am-2pm in the RCC lower Foyer and ECC lobby.  Tuesday, April 4th the screenings will be conducted by Louise Graham and her graduate students.  Louise […]

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 28, 2017

        So let’s gear up, get involved, and spread awareness! THE STATISTICS: Statistics show that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Black et al., 2011). Even more alarmingly, most assaults happen at the hands of someone the survivor knows and usually in a […]

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Wellness Walks

March 21, 2017

Why should I Join the Wellness Walks on Campus?  There are many benefits to daily walking. It is a great way to improve or maintain your overall personal health. Walking for 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle control. Also, it can reduce your risk […]

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