Iowa State University of Amnesty from Binge Drinking

This article was originally submitted to the Iowa State Daily, the Ames Tribune, and the Des Moines Register for publication. As you will see, there are probably a number of reasons why it was not published. Although the respective editorial boards would provide the “editorial privilege” reasoning, I assert that it wasn’t published due to the dirty laundry discussed in this piece. Note: This article is now a part of The Sam Kinison Safe Space blog. 

By Matt Johnson, Student Veteran

Let’s see if I get this right. The Student Government and the Editorial Board of the Iowa State Daily want to provide amnesty from binge drinking. Did they really just make that argument? What’s next, the Editorial Board will be arguing for alcohol to be allowed in sororities instead of arguing for alcohol to be taken out of fraternities? Oh wait! That’s right. The Board already made that argument.

Not since the drunken fest of 2014 (VEISHEA 2014), has the willingness and debauchery of the students at this school to accept alcohol as their American God been more prevalent, unless you count Friday and Saturday nights on Welch Avenue.

There are reasons why administrators and policy makers institute such policies. Many of those reasons have to do with local, state, and federal statutes; and some reasons have to do with institutional experience and memory, while others derive from cultural experience and memory. And what would the reasoning be for the consequences of such actions? There are probably quite a few for which safety and economics are two.

The institutional consequence is a punishment for making such immature and life threatening decisions; the fines are punishments for making such immature and life threatening decisions; and make no mistake, those who make such decisions are irresponsible and ought to be dealt with in a reasonable and timely fashion. Why? They put their own well-being and life in danger.

Does this mean that a student should be thrown out of school for such a decision? Of course not! That would be unreasonable. Such policies would be draconian. However, if the vast majority of students at Iowa State University of Science and Technology are “white” and as Tim Wise, anti-racist author and orator, explains, “white students are 130 percent more likely to binge drink than blacks, and 300 percent more likely to do so on a regular basis,” then the policies are at least fitting.

Does the Student Government and the Editorial Board want to espouse such immorality? In other words, do those organizations really want to perpetuate binge drinking without responsibility or recourse? Do those organizations really want to perpetuate the negative and adverse health consequences that will derive from such political philosophy? If so, then perhaps the title of this school ought to be changed from Iowa State University of Science and Technology to Iowa State University of Amnesty from Binge Drinking. Did I get that right?

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