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College president apologizes for viral video of him drinking from a beer bong while tailgating

Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University, apologized after video surfaced of him drinking from a beer bong.

(Southeast Missouri State University/Twitter)

A college president has apologized for drinking a beer bong while tailgating before last Saturday’s match, with the promise that “it won’t happen again.”

Dr. Carlos Vargas, Southeast Missouri State University President, said in a statement to colleagues and students that his actions are a projected image “I’m not proud of it, it is not flattering, and certainly not expected of the chairman of the Southeast Missouri State University.”

“During my presence at a tailgate party prior to the Southeastern football game on Sept. 15, I was observed to be offered and to accept to drink beer from a beer bong, a device that is normally associated with excessive or binge drinking, that is behavior that I do not tolerate,” his statement read.

THAT is MY PRESIDENT pic.twitter.com/9wjvn0gnyH

— Bar stool SEMO (@BarstoolSemo) September 22, 2018

The video of Vargas taking a knee and downing the beer, it was posted by a bar Stool SEMO on Twitter with the text, “THAT is MY PRESIDENT”. It is viewed over 136,000 times, and received praise from students in the video as well as online.

The board of Regents wrote in a joint statement with the Vargas that while Saturday’s actions were a ” lapse in judgment,” Vargas has their full support for the future.

The chairman of the board of directors, Donald G. LaFerla, said he spoke with Vargas and called it a “teachable moment.”

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The public school highlighted this past Wednesday, commendable actions of Vargas that made him stand out as a college president, cheering with the fans, instead of the view of one of the luxury boxes, and another instance of him helping a student study in the library.

“I think some of us Vargas for granted, because I can’t name a single President of a large organization that is trying to go out and meet people,” one student wrote on Facebook.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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