When I was looking at potential schools to go to,I narrowed down my choices to Bucknell and Lehigh. I heard one rumor that these schools are pretty similar in the sense that they both have rigorous academics, and as result students relieves themselves by partying hard. When I finally chose to go to Bucknell, I found this to be true. Students at this school seem to embrace the mantra work hard, play hard. “Playing hard” includes most of Greek Life but is not limited to Greek Life. Students cherish the opportunity to go out and relieve tension, stress and pent up energy in any way they see fit. So when the Campus Climate report came out it was taken as an direct assault on the freedoms of students. Because of this is was not well received by most of the student population.
The Campus Climate report tried to address the unacceptable amount of binge drinking on campus. In my opinion a lot of this “binge drinking” is done by underage students. The amount of students who go the hospital because of alcohol poisoning with their life hanging on a thread is outrageous o. The report’s aim was to make known to the campus these results and try to curb them as much as possible. Regardless of its effectiveness we must ask ourselves wherein lies the blame for the misuse of alcohol on our campus?
I think the blame can be placed on both the administration and Greek life. The administration because they know most people drinking are underage and they do not seem to doing anything about it and Greek Life for allowing the same thing. I think they also need to jointly take initiative and attempt to create alternatives for students on campus. Whether that be throwing parties with non-alcoholic drinks, hosting events, bringing in speakers, or hosting concerts.Greek life and administration have considerable power and sway over this campus and i think it is their responsibility to jointly use their power to create a healthier campus.