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Charlottesville Police On High Alert During UVA's Rush Week

Posted: Updated: Feb 3, 2013 09:15 PM EST

One of the biggest party weekends of the year for University of Virginia students is coming to an end after a week that saw several students hospitalized for hardcore boozing.

Saturday night UVA students celebrated the end of fraternity recruitment, or "rush". The university cracked down on drinking at fraternity houses last week after two students were put on life support because of alcohol overdose.

Students' flooded entrance-ways to dorms Saturday morning to watch the kick-off to boys' bid day, the annual ritual when first-year students get offers to join fraternities. As bid day faded into bid night, students migrated in droves to fraternity house parties. University clubs set up bake sales on Beta Bridge to cash in on snack cravings and raise money for non-profits and missions.

"So many people are coming through Beta, it's a perfect location, especially for boys bid night - obviously we're making sure everyone's safe and still having fun - but we're raising a lot of money," said Preethi Varma, a member of the student group Asha for Education.

And Charlottesville police move in to keep a watchful eye.

"The number one concern is making sure that they're here for the next day," said Charlottesville Police Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts.

Late Saturday night, cameras caught an 18-year-old girl getting loaded into an ambulance for a reported alcohol overdose just outside a row of fraternity houses. According to an online tracking system, rescue squads responded to two reports of unconsciousness and two reports of overdoses - all at or very close to fraternity houses - overnight.

Police say these emergency calls are vital to keeping students safe.

"Don't be afraid to call the police - the most important factor is here is to ensure that that individual gets the proper treatment from the medical staff here at our University," Roberts said.

Police say just four potential alcohol-related emergencies in a school of more than 14,000 undergraduates shows the university's efforts to educate students about the dangers of alcohol are working.

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