If the events from the last year have taught us anything it is that drinking irresponsibly can lead to tragedy. From the untimely death of Samantha Spady to the recent drugging of girls in Boulder, the loss of control that accompanies drunkenness makes people unaware of what is happening to them. It can never be said too many times: drink responsibly.
When it comes to 21st birthdays, you don't have to fit all 21 shots into the first night. You want to remember your birthday instead of spending it getting sick outside the bar in front of total strangers. More importantly you want to have many more birthdays to come.
As the beginning of the year winds down and, for some underage students, as the thrill of being away from home and drinking for the first time begins to fade, alcohol consumption may decrease. However, there are still some people who don't remember half their weekend, and the part they do is the time they spent in bed with a horrible headache.
Some students choose not to drink all together. They find ways to have fun sober or they choose not to drink until it is legal. For those students, kudos. If you choose to drink, do it in moderation.
This year, CSU has worked hard to reverse the negative effects that past scars have left on our campus. Continue to make responsible decisions and don't forget what we have learned.