[CR] Week in Review

Two on-campus events provided bookends for [CR] activities this week, as board member Barrett Seaman participated in a debate at Ohio State University and President John McCardell took part in a similar event at the University of Kentucky. If you’d like a review of those events with comments from the [CR] participants, check out the wrap-up articles in The Lantern and the Kentucky Kernel. For the rest of the week’s news, dive into these headlines:

Stories this week:

In case you missed it earlier this week, read Toledo Blade columnist Tom Walton’s endorsement of the Red Watch Band program at Stony Brook University in his Monday column.

Megan Stiles, an opinion columnist with the Cavalier Daily at the University of Virginia, discussed what she called the “civil disobedience” that many underage students practice when they break the law by consuming alcohol. She distinguished between the drinking habits of older and younger students, arguing that Legal Age 21 creates an environment where toxic drinking is likely to occur: “The underage person most likely has limited access to alcohol — whenever there is a party or they can find someone to buy them alcohol. This can lead to binge drinking — because these students have less access to alcohol, there is more of an incentive to consume great amounts during the few times they have access.”

M.W. Guzy is a retired police officer and a columnist with the St. Louis Beacon who believes that the current legal drinking age isn’t working. Read his latest column to find out why.

In other news…

Throughout the week, writers for the Times-Delphic at Drake University have covered the story of a first-year student who narrowly avoided tragedy when his friends realized that he had consumed too much alcohol and sought medical assistance. The student was admitted to a local hospital with a BAC of .50, approximately six times the legal limit for drunk driving, after a night of hazing rituals in an unofficial fraternity house.

The University of Iowa Student Government will soon sponsor a tailgating event for the first time, and student leaders are working together with administrators and members of the University’s Alcohol Steering Committee to create a safe environment for the consumption of alcohol. One UI senior told the Daily Iowan, “People will be drinking anyways. If it’s actually controlled and they’re monitoring age and overconsumption, it’s probably a good thing.”

If you’re a parent who is raising a young adult that will be turning 21 soon, read Debra-Lynn Hook’s account of her experience in the Tuesday edition of the Sacramento Bee. Hook wrote that the ritualistic nature of turning 21 can be dangerous: “For many young people, turning 21 becomes synonymous with drinking, which becomes synonymous with cultural belonging, which can easily lead to over-consumption and risky behavior.”

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One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Every university must have a medical amnesty policy so those aged 18-20 can avoid death or serious injury from binge drinking. Megan Stiles is correct in that those 18-20 are likely to binge drink when they get alcohol because of the ageist drinking age. The University of Iowa will do good in sponsoring their tailgating event. The ageist drinking age doesn’t instill alcohol responsibility in those 18-20, so turning 21 can mean binge drinking.