Five students in Sociology Professor Thomas Broffman's class at Eastern Connecticut State University are coordinating a gambling awareness campaign during the spring semester. It is estimated that young people are two to three times more likely to develop a gambling problem than adults. Broffman said, "Eastern is the only college in the country that has a 'gambling awareness semester.'"
The students point out that they are not anti- or pro-gambling, but instead are collecting data on gambling behavior among students to see how widespread gambling is. They are also examining housing policies at various private and public universities in Connecticut. The next public awareness event will take place on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 119 of the Student Center, when a panel of six recovering gamblers will speak to Eastern students about their experiences. This spring, the class will conduct a hot dog sale in front of Webb Hall to encourage students to sign a petition supporting a bill to provide more funding for gambling awareness programs nationwide.
Those interested in more information about the national campaign can visit www.npgaw.org. For more information on Gambling Awareness Semester at Eastern, contact Broffman at (860) 465-0298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.