[CR] Week in Review

It was another busy week for [CR] President John McCardell, as he traveled West to give a presentation at the AGB National Conference on Trusteeship. As he made his way back East, he stopped off at Auburn University and Texas Christian University to give presentations about the legal drinking age. Back here in Washington at the [CR] office, we received word of a potential new alcohol policy being discussed at the University of Maryland, an Amethyst Initiative signatory school. Washington Post reporter Susan Kinzie reported on a proposed medical amnesty program aimed at students who seek help for others who have been drinking heavily. These policies are becoming more and more popular on college campuses across the country as administrators look to prevent the serious harm associated with binge drinking. For more recent news, here’s the latest edition of the [CR] Week in Review:

Stories this week:

In addition to Dr. McCardell’s presentations, there was plenty of other action on college campuses regarding the Amethyst Initiative and the debate about Legal Age 21 this week. At Lehigh, the student senate passed a resolution in support of the Amethyst Initiative and is working on a large petition in support of the declaration.  Administrators and students at Capital University came together for a panel discussion about the Amethyst Initiative.  And at Smith College in Massachusetts, the student representatives for the Five College Student Coordinating Board are in the process of organizing a “Beyond Amethyst” conference for area colleges (featuring a keynote address by [CR] board member Barrett Seaman) that tackles the issue of binge drinking.

Check out the comments from Sheriff Bill Masters in last Sunday’s edition of the Telluride Daily Planet: Masters said that he favors lowering the drinking age because “at 18 you’re old enough to serve in the military, you’re old enough to vote, [and] you’re judged as an adult in the courts.”

Indiana Daily Student opinion writer D.J. Funkhouser pointed out the ineffectiveness of our approach to alcohol education in his latest weekly column: “here in the United States, most of us only first experience drinking when we leave our parents and go to college. We’re being let loose to a potentially dangerous drug without ever having taken it in moderation and with supervision. We don’t know our tolerance or what it does to us.”

In other news…

Nancy Cole of the Syracuse Post-Standard wrote about some recent efforts by colleges and universities in Central New York to cut down on the excessive drinking that often goes hand in hand with annual spring festivities for students. At Cornell University, the annual spring celebration called Slope Day has been a tradition since 1901, but “from 1984 to 2000, the day’s focus shifted from food, music and celebration to widespread and uncontrolled alcohol consumption.” These area colleges are trying to program new alternatives that will take the focus off of alcohol and give students safer options.

Did you catch the recent report in Inside Higher Ed about a new study that found a correlation between frequent binge drinking and reduced academic performance? If not, read about it here.

If we missed a story this week, send us a link in the comments.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. In addition, it’s good that many universities are implementing medical amnesty policies to prevent deaths as a result of binge drinking. Currently, the ageist drinking age does a disservice to those 18-20 by not providing alcohol education upfront, thus the drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with the alcohol education program. Finally, university students must for their safety, drink responsibly to respect their tradition of Slope Day.