In response to the findings of the latest alcohol survey, Dean Collado and President Liebowitz organized a forum on Alcohol this Tuesday in McCullough. The audience was packed (probably due to the event’s subtitle: “Is a dry campus the only answer?” but regardless of intention, it was exciting to see the student body so passionate and committed to enacting campus change).
Collado will work with students to address specific solutions in the near future. Email her at scollado at middlebury dot edu to get involved.
(To self-promote) you can read my more serious spin on all things d-rank related in the Op-Ed section of this Thursday’s The Campus.
Until then, what do you think? Here’s your chance to reform actual policy (Mr.I-emailed-Obama-all-my-ideas-for-the-budget…I got that lousy autographed headshot too. I don’t care that you have a dreamy smile Mr. President, I was trying to share with you all my AMAZING IDEAS). You can also see here what Colby College proposed in order to assuage their dorm damage (Note: It involves roller blades and blow jobs).
Ideas I liked from the forum (and my own brain):
• Liebowitz acknowledged the need for a multi-pronged approach: Academic Stress, Public Safety, Social Spaces/Events
• Reform of Public Safety policies regarding citations, interactions with registered parties, noise complaints and general breaking-up of events
• Amend process of registration for parties
• Incentify social houses to create events prioritizing responsible drinking in communal spaces
• Include education on dorm damage and subsequent tuition hikes in first year orientation.
• The effect of academic intensity on drinking habits must be taken into account. This institution is accelerating in its scholastic achievements and the social scene changes radically with each freshman class. Surely the rising rates of first-year drinking correlates to the decreasing percentage of applicants we accept.
• Those who commit violence or damage under the influence should be punished for committing violence and damage, not for drinking.