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February 23, 2012

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Demolition Downtown

Visitors to downtown Greencastle will notice that not everything is as it once was. The Mason Jeweler building, located on the south side of the square has been demolished. The City of Greencastle has been working on this building since November 2010. John McPherson of the Greencastle building department says the building was officially deemed uninhabitable in November 2010.

MCPHERSON:"The 2nd floor collapsed into the first floor, so at that point in time, basically everything was boarded up."

The building itself has been brought down, and cleanup of the site is under way. McPherson says he hopes the portion of the sidewalk directly in front of the building will re-open soon. There are currently no plans for what will soon be a vacant lot.

ICEP Focuses on DePauw

DePauw is one of three Indiana colleges being focused on for an underage drinking project. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is partnering with the Indiana State Excise Police to reduce underage Drinking. The focus is on DePauw along with Indiana Bloomington and Ball State Universities.

This attention comes at a time when DePauw’s Administration has also been looking into campus drinking. The Committee to Study the Use of Alcohol on Campus recently released conclusions from its investigation of drinking at DePauw. Christopher Wells says the impact will depend on how the ICE program goes about pursuing this initiative. He says overall he hopes this program will be constructive and he does not see it having a negative impact on DePauw’s recruiting.

WELLS: "The notion that efforts are taking place outside the campus administration as well as inside the campus administration to try and control the damaging effects of abusive alcohol… I think that is a positive thing."

Excise officers may be in plainclothes monitoring bars, liquor stores, and other locations where alcohol is sold during this program. ICEP began February 6th and will progress throughout the spring semester.

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