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Letter to the editor

Students play into illegal consumption

May 1, 2009

People irk me. I’m not talking about the oblivious sidewalk crossers or the people that F their Ls after dropping a piece of Sodexo toast, that’s a whole other story.

Today, it’s the people that choose to consume “adult beverages” before reaching legal age. What’s wrong with you people!! (Apologies to Robert Downey Jr.)

It has become more and more apparent to me that I was brought up in a different household then the majority of my generation. When I was in high school, my mom told me that if I wanted to drink, that I shouldn’t bother coming home…EVER! This was enough to convince me not to drink in high school.

Last year, I lived on the first substance-free floor at UWRF, and it was a great experience.

There was no pressure to drink, we found common interests, made lifelong friendships and we always remembered what happened the next morning. This is why I will be returning to substance-free housing next year.

The ethics of the student body need some serious questioning. Not only do students drink under age, they become fans of beer on Facebook.

Students aren’t even secretive about illegal consumption anymore, and it’s just so sad. Is it going to kill you to wait two more years to start drinking when it is actually legal?

Or maybe I’m missing out. I’ve never had alcohol, and I don’t plan to until I legally can.

But I don’t think alcohol is the magic fountain of youth Magellan was in search of, and if you need it to make your significant other more attractive, it may be time to find a new significant other.

You want to break the law and expect the University to be okay with it? If you do make a decision, legal or illegal, you should be prepared to face the consequences, OWN UP TO YOUR CHOICES, UWRF!

You’re breaking the law, and it’s time that the University is able to dish out some punishment.

Maybe Chapters 17 and 18 are just the kick in the pants the students need to start acting their age, rather than their blood-alcohol level.

Grady Stehr, student