[CR] Week in Review

If you’re interested in seeing a [CR] representative come to your area to speak about the drinking age, there are a few opportunities to do so next week. On Thursday, [CR] President John McCardell will travel to Lubbock, Texas to debate Bill DeJong of the Boston University School of Public Health at Texas Tech. Meanwhile, on the same day, [CR] Board Member Barry Seaman will debate James Fell of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation at Bridgewater College in Virginia. If you’re in one of those areas, both events should prove to be engaging and informative. To get your Columbus Day weekend started, here are this week’s headlines from around the country:

Stories this week:

This morning, Jacqueline Stenson wrote a feature on the Red Watch Band program at Stony Brook University for the Health section of MSNBC.com. Lara Hunter, the program’s national coordinator, said that its main focus is “death prevention.”

Two regional papers offered snapshots of increased enforcement and zero tolerance policies on college campuses this week – check out Tonia Moxley’s report in the Roanoke Times to get a sense of how these policies work in Virginia, and read about the Providence police force’s uphill battle against toxic drinking near Providence College in Rhode Island.

Over the weekend, James Tyree of The Oklahoman wrote about the five-year anniversary of the alcohol poisoning death of OU student Blake Hammontree and the struggles that the University still faces in trying to get these problems under control.

The recent alcohol-related incidents at Penn State University have sparked some important conversations: soon after StateCollege.com Managing Editor Terry Casey wrote about the importance of responsible drinking in his Monday column, the editors of Penn State’s Daily Collegian offered their support to a proposal by the University Park Undergraduate Association that would push for a campus-wide medical amnesty policy.

In other news…

Wendy Norris, a freelancer for the reproductive health website RH Reality Check, wrote about new efforts on college campuses to implement rape prevention strategies through alcohol awareness initiatives. Check out her article to read about these new programs at Colorado University and some other schools.

Late this week, Join Together covered the results of a recent survey done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that found widespread support for ignition interlock technologies as a strategy to prevent drunk driving. What do you think of interlock technology?

Prevention groups in Oregon are calling for the clothing retailer Old Navy to pull some controversial items from its shelves – t-shirts that are emblazoned with sayings such as “Beer Pressure: Worth Giving In To!” Oregon Partnership believes Old Navy’s customer base is too young to be purchasing these shirts, which were marketed with a sale price of $5.

A reminder: the [CR] offices will be closed on Monday, October 12th in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Enjoy your weekend!

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Pennsylvania State University must implement a medical amnesty policy, including all universities. The Red Watch Band program is important in discouraging binge drinking since young women may be raped because they’ve had too much alcohol. Ignition interlock technologies are important in preventing drunk driving by those convicted of a DUI. Old Navy must not pull clothing that has controversial alcohol content because that would be ageist.