Middlebury College will host two days of anti-hazing campus events, FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, on October 22 and 23, 2008, in conjunction with National GORDIEday and National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Presented by The Gordie Foundation, this year's inaugural National GORDIEday will help raise awareness about the dangers of binge drinking and hazing and commemorate the lives of more than 1,700 students who die each year as a result of alcohol-related incidents.
On Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium, Middlebury College will host "Hazing: The Fallout," a talk by Travis Apgar, hazing victim and associate dean of students at Cornell University. Apgar travels the country sharing his personal experience with hazing and is active in the movement for change on college campuses. On Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium, Middlebury will host a free public screening of the documentary film, "HAZE." The film examines the issues surrounding the college drinking culture in America, including the death of college freshman Gordie Bailey who died of alcohol poisoning following a fraternity initiation ceremony at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004. "HAZE" is presented by The Gordie Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing young people with the skills to navigate the dangers of alcohol, binge drinking, peer pressure and hazing. Produced by Watt Imagination! and Leslie and Michael Lanahan, parents of Gordie Bailey and founders of The Gordie Foundation, "HAZE" includes a special introduction by Robin Wright Penn, actress and national spokesperson for The Gordie Foundation. During the two days of events at Middlebury College, The Gordie Foundation will work with staff and students to register new members for the Middlebury College Circle of Trust Chapter. The Circle of Trust is a peer-to-peer advocacy program created by the foundation to educate about alcohol and hazing, spread Gordie's story, and help promote healthy norms on campus. There are currently more than 100 Circle of Trust chapters across the country. Middlebury College was selected by The Gordie Foundation as an official participant in National GORDIEday. Thousands of students on college and university campuses will participate in National GORDIEday on October 22 to spread awareness of the dangers of alcohol misuse, binge drinking, peer pressure, and hazing. For more information on the National GORDIEday free public programs at Middlebury College, please contact Jyoti Daniere, at 802-443-5580 or visit the Web site at www.middlebury.edu. For more information on The Gordie Foundation, please call 214-823-0235 or visit the Web site at www.gordie.org.