[CR] Week in Review

As we approach the holiday season, it’s important to remember that this time of year sees heavy traffic on the roads and higher risks for drunken driving accidents. In order to combat these problems, lawmakers in New York passed some tough new legislation that will require installation of ignition interlocks in the vehicles of convicted drunk drivers. The new law also makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child inside the vehicle. For more details on this new legislation, check out the stories in the New York Times and on CBS News, and then catch up on these other headlines:

Stories this week:

The relationship between college sports and alcohol consumption has been a popular topic in the news this fall, and Pat Borzi of the New York Times continued the trend this week with a story about the University of Minnesota’s ongoing efforts to curb game day binge drinking. Check out the Times’ “Well” blog to discuss this story with other readers.

Speaking of college sports and alcohol consumption, Tonia Moxley of the Roanoke Times covered a similar story using the Virginia Tech campus as a backdrop. Read it here in case you missed it earlier this week.

Students at Ohio State are coming together with administrators and community members to discuss a difficult and sometimes controversial issue: the relationship between law enforcement officials and the student body, which Lantern writer Leah Fricke said is characterized by “broken trust.” The members of a new campus group, Raising Issues and Taking Action, have drafted a proposal that “points to five main consequences of the current minimum drinking age: a negative relationship between students and police officers, a higher rate of binge drinking, a higher rate of taking dangerous roads and alleys when inebriated to avoid contact with police officers, a distraction for police officers away from more serious crimes, and students’ lack of reliance on police officers in times of emergency.” The group’s executive board is now working to organize events with campus safety groups and local police officers.

In other news…

After last week’s story of a near-tragedy at Drake University comes news of a similar incident this week at the University of Arkansas. A resident advisor sought medical assistance for a UA first-year student who attended a fraternity party and was later found to have a BAC of .68 – more than eight times the legal limit for intoxication. Administrators have suspended all activities at the fraternity in question pending the results of an investigation.

Brian Willoughby and a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul have published a study in the Journal of American College Health that explores the connection between on-campus living arrangements and drinking patterns. According to the new study, students living in co-ed dorms are 2.5 times more likely to drink to excess on a weekly basis than their peers living in single-sex dorms. Some other researchers were not persuaded by these results: William DeJong of the Boston University School of Public Health told USA Today, “Given the choice, only certain types of students would consider living in a coed residence hall, and the fact that they might be more ‘libertine’ than other students is hardly surprising.” What’s your take on this new research?

Let us know what you think of these stories in the comments, and leave a note if we missed something this week.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. The bill in New York which would make it a felony to drink alcohol with a child in a car shouldn’t become law. The ageist drinking age makes the trust between university students and police officers broken but if the drinking age is lowered to 18 with licensing, the trust with police officers would become better. All universities must have a medical amnesty policy. Coed-dorms provide a more party environment, because there are two genders.