PSU, town push alternatives to student 'holiday'

In this Feb. 24, 2010 photo, the Lion's Den bar is seen in State College, Pa. An unofficial holiday created by a Penn State student to celebrate St. Patrick's Day early has turned into an excuse for needless drinking, critics say. Now police along with student and community leaders are pushing back, and even at least one bar, the Lion's Den, is closing Saturday in hopes of taming the event known as "State Patty's Day." (Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

February 23, 2012 8:58:51 AM PST
Since its inception five years ago, the unofficial early celebration of St. Patrick's Day concocted by Penn State students has become synonymous with excessive drinking, hundreds of arrests and spikes in emergency room visits.