Monday, September 8, 2008

CMC: A Dri(er) Campus?


Recently an email went out to all of the campus RAs on a new policy to curb drinking on Claremont McKenna's campuses by banning outdoor beer pong (or Beirut) on Claremont McKenna's campus. The ban could go into effect as soon as this Saturday, though RAs have yet to be told how to enforce it.

From what we are told from a knowledgeable source, President Gann is upset with the Princeton Review rankings that lists Claremont McKenna 13th for "Lots of Beer" and wants to move towards a drier campus. Again, from what we are told, she sees the high number of emergency room visits for alcohol last year from the Claremont Colleges in support of that policy.
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

By all means, ban beer pong. But if President Gann really wanted to make a difference, she would end the apparent tolerance of the "I was drunk" excuse for acts of drinking-related vandalism that occur on the CMC campus. And while she's at it, she should tell other 5C colleges they shouldn't accept such excuses, either.

Last year, CMC students entered the Queer Resource Center (on the Pomona campus), discharged a fire extinguisher in the large common room, and walked off with a rainbow flag. It wasn't judged a bias-related incident. Remind me again, how were the students held accountable? "We were drunk." That certainly sends a message.

Charles Johnson said...

Actually, my Pomona friend, the people who did the damage were your fellow Pomona students -- if such damage could be said to have occurred. It certainly wasn't a "hate" incident -- after all, hate incidents usually require hate.

frogger said...

You need to do your homework, Charles. A CMC student discharged the fire extinguisher. Unfortunately, none of the individuals responsible for the QRC vandalism were named in the reporting of the incident here in the 5C community.

Theresa said...

Frogger,

Nope, Charles is right. Only one student was positively identified (the one whose slide card was used to get in) and he was a Pomona student (alumnus, now.) There were other students with him, so it's entirely possible a CMC friend was with him and did the actual discharging, but that's not on official record anywhere, and it certainly wasn't a CMC-only endeavor.

Anonymous, it was actually addressed as a bias-related incident. (That caused a different controversy based on the difficulty of knowing whether the impetus was alcohol or bias.) It wasn't a hate crime because CPD ruled it to not be (ultimately, it's their decision, not that of anyone on campus.)

frogger said...

Theresa, thanks for the clarification. Although I'm not certain, I believe the CMC student who admitted discharging the fire extinguisher has also now graduated.

You are right to say the case apparently comes down to "alcohol or bias". From what I know of the mitigating evidence, the fire extinguisher came from the QRC kitchen just adjacent to the room in which the device was discharged. This apparently bolsters the students' claim that they didn't enter the QRC with the intent to vandalize it, but that their vandalism was a spontaneous and impulsive act.

Charles Johnson said...

Actually, Frogger, I have the name of the student who unleashed the fire extinguisher and its a Pomona graduate. He has asked me not to release it.