A tragedy Thursday evening is just one more example showing that
we are not alone.
A 20-year-old Colorado College student fell from her
fourth-story residence hall window and alcohol may be involved.
The death adds to the count of student deaths this past semester
around the nation, most of which were alcohol-related.
So, why aren’t we learning? Instead of learning about
responsible drinking from these deaths, many CSU students have
decided to fight the system.
When university officials banned alcohol at Sonny Lubick Field
at Hughes Stadium, we decided to sneak it in, we decided to drink
even more before the game and we decided to write dissenting
letters on the ban to the Collegian.
But here’s a news flash: you’re not hurting or beating the
system, you’re just hurting yourself, your university’s reputation
and the value of your degree.
When Sports Illustrated on Campus published an article
criticizing CSU’s drinking culture on Thursday, many students were
outraged, but can you honestly say that you don’t see people
sneaking alcohol into the stadium for football games or starting
chants that demand beer?
That blemish is part of our university’s reality.
Students say we are not different than any other school, but
allowing ourselves to be a part of the status quo is exactly what
will be the downfall of our university.
People around the nation are beginning to see CSU as a
university obsessed with alcohol, and as much as we hate the image,
it is up to us to change it.