Michael Wilner CMC '11's blog post on alcohol and the school policy quotes our fearless leader, Tammy Phan CMC '11, as saying the following:
“Students here are treated like adults,” Phan stated. “Part of our education is learning how to socialize and network in the real world, and the real world includes alcohol.”. . .
“The registrar’s office used to give out champagne to every senior who turned in their thesis, which led to the fountain party,” Phan added. “They stopped doing that. ASCMC stepped in to foot the bill. And Madrigals never started with ASCMC, but with the threat of losing it, Brad Walters revived it when he was president. And we’re doing the same thing now.”
“We try to preserve the culture here,” she continued, “as we know it.”
These are absurd statements. The real world does not reward binge drinking. No office party will ask you how fast you can black out. It's all about moderation. Being a moderate person in your habits and cultivating finer appetites than mere will is what it means to be an adult. With the freedoms of adulthood come the trappings of responsibility. Those who live by boozing often end up loosing. Sure, we all know exceptions to this -- investment bankers and the like -- but they drink to escape the work that they've done and even that culture is more show than substance. You don't have to drink in modern America anymore. This isn't Mad Men.
To read CMC's history is to know that this narrative of alcohol everywhere in the real world is not true. Back in the day, professors lived in the dorms with the students. Nowadays our dorms are worse than Animal House. (We don't even seem to have the charm.) People forget this, but back when the college had a much more laissez-faire attitude to drinking was a different time entirely. It was before lawsuits, before the hook up culture (which absolutely harms the women -- and the men -- on campus), and before the school grew so large that it became tough to know who everyone was. Such a school could socially police its students and their wet campus. Nowadays, it can't do that, which explains all of the emergency room visits.
Oh, and by the way, some of us came here for the education, not the drunken stupor.