[CR] Week in Review

This version of the Week in Review comes with a pair of event announcements: tonight, [CR] board member Barrett Seaman will be at Ohio State University to debate William DeJong of the Boston University School of Public Health, and on Thursday, the University of Kentucky will host a debate between [CR] President John McCardell and James Fell of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. If you’re interested in bringing a [CR] representative to your campus to speak about the drinking age, please e-mail us. Meanwhile, here are the latest headlines from the past week to keep you up to date:

Stories this week:

[CR]’s new Get REAL campaign is going strong, and is getting more attention in campus media outlets. Check out Evan Lisull and Connor Mendenhall’s recent column in the Arizona Daily Wildcat, in which they argued that the issue of the drinking age should be up for debate: “At the very least, the situation on the ground demands a reconsideration of the current drinking-age regime. The university is ostensibly founded on the spirit of free inquiry based on facts, and there is no reason that it should put the blinders on for an issue that affects the majority of its students.”

Medical amnesty policies continue to generate interest on college campuses this fall: the Boston Globe’s “Metro Desk” blog covered recent efforts by Tufts University students to push for a similar policy of its own. Tufts would join other Boston-area colleges such as Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern, who all have amnesty policies on the books.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offered extensive coverage of the Gordie Foundation’s 2009 Presidential Leadership Award, which was given to University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg for his efforts to combat high-risk drinking: Sara Bauknecht covered the announcement of the award, Marylynn Uricchio looked back at Gordie Bailey’s story, and the Post-Gazette staff created a fact sheet on the signs of alcohol poisoning.

In other news…

Despite efforts by campus administrators to keep students safe and encourage responsible behavior, there were a record number of underage drinking citations issued at the recent Georgia-Florida college football game.

Millersville University administrators continued their unique efforts to address the issue of toxic drinking for this year’s National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week: the school’s Division of Student Affairs created its second-annual public service announcement contest that focused on harm reduction strategies. John Baltzer, who works in the Student Affairs Division, told the campus newspaper that the goal of the contest is “not to say alcohol is bad or don’t drink, but to please look at the whole picture because now in its second year, the PSA Contest encourages the contestants to examine the things college students don’t know about drinking.”

Staff writer Devin Murphy covered a recent forum at Providence College that tackled a wide range of alcohol issues, from the school’s stance on the Amethyst Initiative to Operation Red Cup, a new enforcement campaign by local law enforcement officials.

Did we miss something from last week? If so, leave a link in the comments section.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. “underage drinking” is not bad if the person is 18-20 and is drinking responsibly. The ageist drinking age should never be prohibited from being debated because the ageist drinking age encourages binge drinking by those aged 18-20. The Get REAL program is doing good by supporting that debate. All universities must have a medical amnesty policy because deaths from alcohol abuse can happen anywhere. Campaigns against binge drinking must work.