[CR] Week in Review

This week was a busy one for [CR] representatives, as they traveled to participate in debates at several schools around the country. If you’d like to read some reviews of the events, check out Kelsey Heckel’s Daily Toreador article covering the Texas Tech debate between [CR] President John McCardell and William DeJong of the Boston University School of Public Health. In Virginia, WHSV-TV’s Mary Pulley covered the debate at Bridgewater College between [CR] Board Member Barrett Seaman and James Fell of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation – her story has video here. For the rest of this week’s news, check out these headlines:

Stories this week:

If you’re a parent who would like to read a compelling take on the need for a new approach to alcohol education, read Marsha Sutton’s recent column in the Carmel Valley News.

Since the beginning of the academic year, we’ve seen a number of reports about increased alcohol-related problems on college campuses, and this week brought two more disturbing stories: read John Surico’s column in the NYU News to learn about a recent e-mail sent by school administrators who were alarmed by a spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations, and WRAL-TV’s story about increases in alcohol-related arrests and alcohol poisonings on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.

As we noted yesterday, Josh Akman reviewed DC-area colleges and their positions on the Amethyst Initiative for the Washington City Paper. Read his article to find out where your institution stands on the issue.

Albany Times Union blogger George de Piro called Legal Age 21 an “outrageous hypocrisy” in a strongly-worded post on Monday. He wrote, “Would any good parent ever toss their 16 year-old a set of car keys without going to great lengths to teach them about driving and all the responsibilities that come with it?  Of course not.  So why do so many think it prudent to keep their children sheltered from alcohol and then send them off blindly into a world where drinking has such an important social role?”

In other news…

Do you ever wonder what life on a college campus was like during the Prohibition era? Michelle Honor provided a short history lesson in a mid-week article for the Cornell Sun, which described how students responded to the change in the law by “sneaking liquor into their homes and parties.” College students: does that behavior sound familiar?

Brad Soroka of WLUC-TV in Michigan reported on Wednesday that an amnesty bill in Michigan exempting underage drinkers from prosecution when calling 911 for medical help passed in a unanimous 13-0 House Committee vote. The bill will soon head to the full House. WWML-TV reporters visited a local campus to speak to students about the measure, and their report noted, “Everyone we spoke to said they had been in a bad situation at a party, and felt afraid to call 911 because they were underage.”

School officials in Foxborough, MA will implement a new prevention initiative that allows administrators to use breath tests on students who are suspected of consuming alcohol during the school day. Some members of the community support the new measures, while others say it goes too far – Sarah Wunsch of the ACLU of Massachusetts told the Boston Globe that the policy could “drive them away from places where there are parents observing them.” What’s your take on this measure?

If we’ve missed something in this week’s update, send us a link in the comments section.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. George de Piro is correct in that the ageist drinking age doesn’t instill alcohol responsibility to those aged 18-20. It’s good that a Michigan lower house committee approved of a medical amnesty bill. Prohibition is what those aged 18-20 experience. Schools in Foxborough, MA are obligated to stop the ageist program testing for alcohol consumption and is why the ACLU must be powerful in stopping those school officials.