Photographs of CSU and University of Colorado-Boulder students
drinking on Thursday and Friday nights splattered the front page of
Saturday’s Rocky Mountain News and Sunday’s Denver Post.
Many underage students were shown drinking in the photographs.
Although the drinking was illegal, one of the articles noted that
the students did not leave the private residence or drive while
under the influence, which is at least a somewhat responsible
Thursday night hosted several house parties, as it usually does,
but it also had many students packed into the library studying.
Neither the Denver Post nor the Rocky Mountain News mentioned the
amount of students who weren’t drinking.
Drinking alcohol isn’t isolated to Colorado schools, it is a
nationwide problem with recent focus on Colorado. Recent events
have shown that drinking is a problem on college campuses; however,
the coverage has made it appear that all students are part of the
Drinking is a part of college culture. It will continue to
occur, but not everyone who drinks is doing it irresponsibly. The
coverage highlights the number of students who are binge drinking
and does not mention much about the number of students who
participate in other activities in their spare time.
The problem is real, but the recent coverage has sensationalized
the subject and not given an accurate portrayal of what college
life is really like.