University of Arizona advises students not to go to Mexico

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Rocky Point in Sonora is the closest, cheapest, and most popular spring break destination for University of Arizona students.

18-year-old freshman Lisa Wilson was planning on going there. " My original plans were to go down to Mexico with a group of friends, have a good time," Wilson said. "I've never been there before."

But now she's not. And her rationale has nothing to do with disgust over the rampant partying and excessive drinking in Mexico, but rather because of warnings issued to UA students in an email.

"I did change my mind,' Wilson said. "I got a lot of emails from the Dean of Students Office telling me that Mexico wasn't a great place to be traveling to this spring break.

University officials say they warn students every year to be careful during spring break, but with all the violence south of the border, this year's warning is a lot more serious. "This is the first time that we've distributed this kind of an email because of the State Department's warning," said Carol Thompson, UA Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students.

That warning talks about violence involving drug cartels along the border.

Now, the Dean of Students Office "strongly advises" students to avoid travel to Mexico. "We're not sure of how many students were aware that that existed," Thompson said.

One Tucson travel agent says the warnings haven't affected students' travel plans so far. "It seems to be about the way that is has been previous years," said Ralph Cooper of Bon Voyage Travel.

And he says the advisories don't apply to all of Mexico. " Tourism to Cozumel, Cancun and all the other big resort areas is certainly not in any way shape or form affected by any sort of advisories," Cooper said.

Despite that fact, Lisa Wilson is still staying put when spring break rolls around. "It's kind of a bummer that we have to stay here now," Wilson said.