Roanoke Times “Under 21” on Substance-Free Dorms

In the Sunday edition of the Roanoke Times, Sharla Bardin posted another installment of the paper’s “Under 21” series about underage alcohol use on Virginia college campuses. Bardin profiled a group of students who live in substance-free housing at Hollins University, and discussed how these housing options are implemented to promote healthy living for college students. Hollins President Nancy Grey told the Times that the school uses these housing arrangements so that students who abstain from alcohol use are “as comfortable on this campus as a 21-year-old who chooses to drink.”

Grey also discussed her rationale for signing on to the Amethyst Initiative: “My motivation was not specific to Hollins, but from having worked on a number of college campuses. I’m very much aware that having a drinking age of 21 does not stop underage drinking.”

Are you a college student who has experience with substance-free housing? Are these options attractive to you? Leave us your feedback in the comments, and be sure to check out the TimesJune 28 interview with [CR] President John McCardell.

One Response to “Roanoke Times “Under 21” on Substance-Free Dorms”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Wellness halls in universities are a good approach for students to live an academic lifestyle other than that of a lifestyle where binge drinking is tolerated. Although university students can choose not to binge drink while living in regular university housing, too many students in those halls do. As well as wellness halls, a comprehensive university campaign against binge drinking also helps.