[CR] Week in Review

Now that the spring break period has passed and most college students have returned to campus, many news outlets in Florida are surveying the aftermath of a handful of alcohol-related deaths and a record number of arrests, which were up 144 percent over the March 2009 spring break period in Panama City. Check out the Panama City News-Herald editorial, “Spring Breaking Point,” to read about what the community is trying to do to reverse these trends. Then check out the rest of this week’s headlines to stay up to date on all the latest news.

Stories this week…

Coming on the heels of last week’s Reason.tv segment, Inside Higher Ed and the Washington Post Campus Overload” blog reported on sweeping changes to campus alcohol policy at UW-Stout, the school that was profiled in the segment. Stout Chancellor Charles Sorenson announced that students will face serious punishments for a range of alcohol-related violations, including fake ID possession, vandalism, hosting house parties, and other infractions. The university will also schedule more Friday classes in an attempt to curb toxic Thursday night drinking. Some Stout students aren’t convinced that these measures will work. What do you think?

A team of reporters at the Las Vegas Journal-Review spent a Friday night shift with local police officers and observed as they broke up six underage drinking parties. The police officers involved called it a “slow night.” Check out the Journal-Review to learn more about these “party crasher” patrols, which are trying to prevent the deaths and injuries that can occur at secret house parties.

The proposed 21-only bar ordinance in Iowa City passed in the legislature last week. Check out the Daily Iowan interview with UI President Sally Mason to find out how the school plans to adjust its policies in accordance with the new law.

In other news…

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that rates of alcohol consumption are likely influenced by personal networks of family members and friends. According to the research, heavy drinkers have a large impact on the drinking habits of others within their social networks.

A group of students and faculty members at Murray State University debated the merits of a lower drinking age this week. Interest in the issue has been high ever since Murray State President Randy Dunn signed on to the Amethyst Initiative, and this week’s event brought a diverse group together to talk about the consequences of Legal Age 21.

Did you find a newsworthy story this week? Leave us a link in the comments.

2 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. Anyone 18 and over is an adult, whether young or not, thus the drinking age of 21 is absurd. UW-Stout is doing wrong by increasing Friday classes in trying to decrease binge drinking, when the solution to decreasing it is much more comprehensive. I condemn the Iowa City legislature for passing an ageist bill and UI must not succumb to that ageist bill. It’s good that students at Murray State University debated the ageist drinking age.

  2. Anthony Rhodes Says:

    It seems that this chancellor at Stout just does not seem to get the message. I think we have to face the reality that the pro-21 crowd does not act in the best interests of the nation. Isn’t that right, Edwin?