MIDDLEBURY-National Gordie Dday, to be held Sept. 24, is now a part of over 85 campuses-including Middlebury College. The day helps spread awareness about the dangers of alcohol and hazing, and commemorate those who have died from alcohol related incidents.
"More than 5,000 underage American students will die in the coming year due to alcohol misuse-much of it due to peer pressure from hazing," according to Ashley Wessel.
National Gordie Day is presented by the Gordie Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by parents Leslie and Michael Lanahan in memory of their son, Lynn Gordon Bailey, Jr., a freshman who died of an alcohol overdose following a Chi Psi fraternity hazing incident at the University of Colorado in 2004.
This is the second year of National Gordie Day at Middlebury College; the number of other Gordie registered campuses has nearly quadrupled from the inaugural year, indicating a growing concern.