[CR] Week in Review

This week brought a major announcement about leadership changes at Choose Responsibility. Dr. John McCardell, [CR]’s founder and President, announced that he will step down on June 30 to take the role of 16th Vice President and Chancellor at Sewanee: The University of the South. Dr. McCardell will be succeeded by Barrett Seaman, who is a founding member of [CR]’s Board of Directors, former Time magazine correspondent and editor, and author of Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess. Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik picked up the announcement and has a full report here.

Stories this week:

South Dakota State Representative Tim Rounds has announced that he will move ahead with his plan to introduce a bill that will adjust the state’s drinking age in certain circumstances. He told David Montgomery of Pierre, SD’s Capital Journal, “I’m not going to propose that 19-year-olds can have the same rights as 21-year-olds right now. But I would allow a 19-year-old to consume a malt beverage in a private establishment. It’s not going to allow them to buy a six-pack at the convenience store and it’s not going to allow them to buy a glass of wine at a restaurant. It’s only going to allow them to go to a special establishment that’s properly licensed.” What are your thoughts on this proposal?

If you missed it earlier in the week, read Stephanie Simon’s Wall Street Journal report on recent campaigns to combat drunk driving with new technological tools, and the controversy that surrounds some of these efforts.

A Michigan State University student who died of alcohol poisoning in November had a blood alcohol content of 0.35, more than four times the legal limit for a Michigan motorist to be charged with drunk driving, according to an update provided by the Detroit Free Press.

In other news…

Eve Conant of Newsweek wrote about the fight between prevention officials and industry representatives over alcoholic beverage labeling in a web exclusive for the magazine. What do you think about the current state of labeling requirements for the alcohol beverage industry?

Thomas Fleming, a former President of the Society of American Historians, penned an op-ed piece for the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal on the lingering legacy of Prohibition. Check it out here.

Southern Vermont College will institute a social norms campaign that intends to teach students about the realities of alcohol on college campuses. Read Patrick McArdle’s report in the Rutland Herald for details.

Did we miss something in our first weekly update of 2010? Leave 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 alcohol education and licensing. The bill which Tim Rounds introduced in the South Dakota legislature must become law but the bill is not even near the solution which will respect the age of majority while instilling alcohol responsibility to those 18-20. Binge drinking must be decreased in universities because of the consequences. Barrett Seaman will be a great President for Choose Responsibility to continue the debate on the ageist drinking age.