[CR] Week in Review

Yesterday, [CR] President John McCardell spoke to Martin DiCaro of NJ 101.5 FM about the recently-proposed New Jersey Task Force on Underage Drinking in Higher Education, whose commission was approved by the state’s Assembly Education Committee this week. Dr. McCardell said the task force should be willing to consider all possible options: “If such a group were willing to look at all the data and at least consider the possibility that the 21 year old drinking age has something more than nothing to do with the problem of alcohol consumption, then I think it’s worthwhile.” Check out the rest of the interview here.  And a quick reminder: are you looking for some extra stocking-stuffers or holiday gifts to supplement last week’s Black Friday purchases? This holiday season, [CR] is discounting all of the merchandise in our online store. Check out our inventory to find the perfect gift for a supporter of the drinking age debate, and while you’re browsing, you can catch up on this week’s other headlines:

Stories this week:

Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the alcohol poisoning death of Cal Poly first-year student Carson Starkey. Starkey was a Texas resident, and this week the members of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission implemented a medical amnesty policy that has been under consideration since Starkey’s death. TABC Director of Communications and Governmental Relations Carolyn Beck told News 8 Austin’s Karina Kling, “When someone calls 911 and there’s a medical emergency, the priority is the victim and getting the medical attention they need, not passing out Class C misdemeanors because somebody’s drinking a beer and they’re underage.” Check out News West 9 for more on the new policy, and read the TABC’s fact sheet on the signs of alcohol poisoning.

The Student Government Association at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota has passed a resolution calling for SCSU President Earl Potter to sign the Amethyst Initiative and launch a campus-wide discussion about the consequences of current alcohol policies. SGA member Jacqueline Silseth said that the resolution is a response to student demands: “We are just doing this to try and reflect the wishes of the student body. Especially in the upper mid-West, we have got a higher drinking rate than the rest of the country. This is something that is really pertinent to our region.”

Other student governments are taking up similar issues with their own resolutions: at the University of Kansas, the Student Senate formally called for a full review of campus alcohol policies with the goal of curbing abusive drinking. A senate subcommittee created a survey to get student feedback on the effectiveness of current policies, and with the passage of the resolution, the subcommittee’s findings will go to the administration for review.

Joan Barron discussed the history of Legal Age 21 and Wyoming’s age of majority in a recent edition of the Casper Star-Tribune.

In other news…

The editors of the Seattle Times argued that the recent FDA investigation of caffeinated alcoholic beverages cast a “much-needed spotlight” on the drinks, which they said should eventually be banned. What’s your take on this issue?

Time’s new list of the “Top Ten People Caught on Facebook” includes underage drinkers who draw the attention of law enforcement when they post pictures of their drinking activities online.

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3 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. I condemn the New Jersey Task on “Underage” Drinking in Higher Education if their purpose is to toughen penalties and increase enforcement for the ageist drinking age. All universities must have a medical amnesty policy to prevent death or injury from alcohol abuse. St. Cloud State University must sign onto the Amethyst Initiative. I condemn police officers who use Facebook as a tool to arrest those 18-20 for drinking beer.

  2. Corey Says:

    I have an Idea for Vermont. Vermont should temporarallylower the drinking age to 18 and see how it goes for a year and see if they really need highway funds. Maybe enforcement costs more than 10% highway funds. To me, it’s not really a big deal and we should try this plan and see if they really need it and if it really works?

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