College Spring Break In My Backyard

After consulting with folks, the local university president has ended what he termed “the equivalent of spring break without having to leave campus.”

I hope he plans to address a deeper issue, that of substance abuse.

I can’t tell you as I stand here today that we’ll never have another problem at nighttime that’s alcohol-related, but we’re going to do everything we can to manage it.

Everything? I will believe it when I see it.

The campus border is peppered with a mix of churches, over-priced housing, restaurants, and possibly too many bars. The majority of our 34,000 students are under-age. And businesses in the latter category quite often encourage conspicuous consumption. There’s probably no way to insist or even ask they move their business beyond a certain campus radius. And I suppose a drunk underage student on foot is safer than one behind the wheel.

I’ve always thought the designated driver “program” was a clever way to encourage three-fourths of an automobile’s occupants to drink to excess.

The only thing I can think of it to ask that alcohol-related businesses dispense with any discount promotions where alcohol is concerned. $3 pitchers, 50-cent beers, or even $1 off doesn’t necessarily save a patron money, especially when quantities are involved. But I’m inclined to think it’s a hopeless cause.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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