[CR] Week in Review

It has been a big week here at [CR] as we’ve been busy gearing up for Sunday’s 60 Minutes appearance. To get you ready for the show, we have a preview video, as well as some details about what you can do to help us get the most out of this opportunity. This morning, the Denver Post offered its own short preview of Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner’s appearance on the segment. For all the other news that will keep you informed right up until 60 Minutes on Sunday night, here’s the latest edition of the [CR] Week in Review:

Stories this week:

In case you missed the article early this week, the Barre Times Argus published details of the push to lower the drinking age in Vermont, including comments from Governor Jim Douglas, who said that he is not opposed to the proposal, given that young adults under the age of 21 can be called on to serve in the military: “Philosophically I share those views,” Douglas said.

John Croman of KARE 11 News interviewed Phyllis Kahn, the bio-physicist and state legislator who recently sponsored a bill to lower the drinking age in Minnesota: “You gradually get people used to drinking; first with their parents, which has got to be the most controlled situation I can think of,” Kahn explained, “And then with friends in a place that has responsibility, under dram shop laws…we’ve held it out as this forbidden pleasure, that at 21 it’s suddenly perfectly alright to do whatever you want,” Kahn remarked, “I’m just saying a more gradual approach to learning how to drink is more appropriate.”

Emerson College, an Amethyst Initiative signatory, announced plans to make significant changes to the school’s alcohol and drug policy this week: the Boston Globe reported that administrators will institute a medical amnesty program, more commonly known as a “Good Samaritan” policy. “The guidelines shield students from disciplinary measures if they are discovered to be intoxicated or drug-impaired while helping friends obtain medical help. The amnesty applies to students who seek assistance for themselves and for others, and for students who receive it.” Emerson Dean of Students Ron Ludman said that although students who drink must do so responsibly, “the college acknowledges there may be times when students may face medical emergencies involving excessive drinking and/or drug use. In these situations students are expected to call for assistance.”

In other news…

Administrators and students at Princeton are following Emerson’s lead and thinking creatively about their own alcohol policies: members of the university’s Alcohol Coalition Committee proposed a social honor code that students would sign to curb binge drinking.

Nikki Garner of the Marblehead Reporter did some digging this week to try and find the answer to a difficult question: “Why do our teens drink?”

Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Edition,” dealt with a similarly difficult question on one of her shows this week. She spoke with some local experts who attempted to explain Vermont’s problems with underage drinking and drug use despite the fact that the state was recently ranked the healthiest in the nation.

Did we miss anything in this week’s update? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    I applaud the Barre Time Argus for supporting the effort to lower the drinking age, Phyllis Kahn for also supporting it, and Emerson College for encouraging students to assist those in need. In addition, I support lowering the drinking age to 18 with the program because it would reduce many of the alcohol abuse problems that the current drinking age is encouraging. Finally, although Vermont is a good state in safety, Choose Responsibilty’s proposal would certainly make the alcohol problems much reduced. Don’t forget to comment.