[CR] Week in Review

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week 2009 has come to a close, but Choose Responsibility’s new Get REAL initiative for student body presidents is just getting started. If you’re a student body president and you’d like to get involved in this campaign to encourage safe behavior and frank conversations about alcohol on your campus, visit our Get REAL page to learn more about how you can get involved. You can also read our official launch announcement here, and check out coverage of Get REAL at The Desert Lamp, a student-run blog at the University of Arizona. Desert Lamp contributor Evan Lisull penned a letter to his student body president urging him to get involved, and you can use his form letter to write a note to the student body president on your campus. If you have questions about the new campaign, feel free to e-mail us – otherwise, here are the latest headlines from around the country to get your weekend started:

Stories this week:

Mark your calendars if you live in central Maine: next Thursday, [CR] President John McCardell will debate David Rosenbloom, the President of the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse, on October 29th at 7:00 PM in the Diamond Building’s Ostrove Auditorium. Waldo County’s Village Soup calendar has all the details if you’d like to attend.

Student-athletes at Geneseo State University have launched a campus-wide effort to fight binge drinking, which was created in response to the alcohol poisoning death of a Geneseo State freshman last year. Sean Kennedy, the captain of Geneseo State’s swim team, outlined the details of the new Anti-Alcohol Abuse Statement this week as he stood together with his teammates and members of the campus community. Livingston County District Attorney Tom Moran called the effort a move in the right direction: “If there’s something that we have to change, it’s probably the behavior that they’re afraid to intervene when somebody’s drinking too much. And this is a good step, a really good step towards saying that that kind of intervention is the right thing to do.”

Support for the medical amnesty bill currently under consideration in the Michigan legislature continues to pile up: the editorial boards of the Lansing State Journal and the Battle Creek Enquirer both endorsed the proposal this week.

In other news:

Following up on recent events at Penn State University, Anne Danahy of the Centre Daily Times covered last night’s Student Rally for Campus Safety, which was organized by the University Park Undergraduate Association. The rally was organized as a way to get students engaged in efforts to curb binge drinking, sexual assault, and other campus safety issues.

The editors of the Lacrosse Tribune in Wisconsin tackled a number of alcohol-related issues in last Sunday’s editorial, including new taxation policies and ignition interlock proposals. Check out their thoughts on those issues and let us know what you think.

Speaking of Wisconsin, the Associated Press has an update on a proposed bill in the state legislature that would prevent anyone under the age of 18 from consuming alcohol in a bar or restaurant while supervised by their parents. The current law allows people of any age to drink in a bar under parental supervision. The bill has passed out of committee in the state Senate, and Assembly legislators await the results of their own committee vote. What are your thoughts on this change?

If we missed a story this week, let us know by leaving a link in the comments section, and help us spread the world about Get REAL as this new movement gets underway.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    There’ve been campaigns whose purpose was to decrease binge drinking, but since binge drinking hasn’t decreased a lot, a new campaign is needed. The campaign, GET REAL, will hopefully discourage binge drinking among university students. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. More attention towards binge drinking and its consequences, without crazy scare tactics is a good approach. Wisconsin must not pass the bill which would only let adults drink, the minimum for that should be 17.