• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 17 comments on Alcohol Enforcement Resumes This Weekend

  1. “The University’s concern involves both safety and academics: in one recent year, the median GPA for BU freshmen who needed medical treatment for only one binge-drinking episode was almost a third of a point below that of their class, President Robert A. Brown says.”

    Remembering back to my freshman year in college, there is a reason for that. They are engaging in dangerous behaviors because they are less intelligent and less mature, and therefore less able to see the consequences of their actions or handle stress correctly. This translates to skipping class because they don’t want to go, not managing their assignments or time correctly, or avoiding work altogether because it’s hard, stressful, or not fun. Excessive drinking is a symptom of a student who is seriously lacking in maturity and personal responsibility. It is not the cause.

  2. I am 19 studying abroad in London right now and I, among with everyone else in the program from BU, who are also under 21, drink a lot, but we do so responsibly and maturely. The same goes the Brits I have met here who are under 21. I don’t think the problem is of age, it is how alcohol is portrayed as a forbidden fruit. Lower the drinking age and stop being so sheltering of your kids because they are going to drink no matter what you say. Instead teach them at a young age how to do so responsibly, because, from what I have noticed, it is the innocent sheltered girls who are the ones who get much too drunk, and end up naked with throw up on themselves.

    1. I’m an international student. Just arrived in Boston and quite honestly im shocked as how the authorities and society handle alcohol. Putting it on a holy grail makes it ever more tempting for kids who just turned 21 to binge drinking. The laws are so strict that it actually backfires. If the rules were more flexible then so would the society see drinking in a more tangible way. Learning how to drink when you are younger at home is much smarter then learning it when you are a freshman in college

      1. Couldn’t agree more. I’m originally South African where the drinking age is 18. Come to America and drinking is a far more widespread problem. I often find myself engaging in situations that I would not like to be in to avoid the police. How often do students take sketchy back roads in Allston rather then the main street to avoid police?

        These policies make it worthless to try and even drink responsibly. Have two drinks and I am as much of a criminal as someone who had fifteen. I also enjoy beer, something I cannot explore in this country until 21 (maybe that is why Americans like such disgusting beer).

  3. and the people who get way too drunk are going to get way too drunk no matter how strict the policies, they are just going to be more sneaky about it, so why ruin the fun for all of us people who are smart about drinking?

  4. For the freshmen reading this:
    An article like this is published every fall and its always the same old stuff. Also drinking doesn’t affect your GPA unless you’re a serious alcoholic or you go out when you should be studying for exams.

    For the parents reading this:
    It is standard practice at the freshman dorms to send a student to the hospital if the guard thinks he is just tipsy or has any alcohol at all in his blood no matter how small the amount. So when you read that students are being ‘transported to the hospital for acute intoxication’, feel free to roll your eyes just a little.

    There is nothing wrong with having a few drinks on a Saturday night, just do it responsibly.

    I’d love for the BUPD to slip inside a BU party once instead of busting it and see how 99% of the people present there are doing just that.

  5. That chart is a little confusing for me, but it seems like the crackdowns early in September result in students becoming more cautious with partying and getting caught less in October.
    It might also be with more crackdowns there are less parties, but as the violations go down, the hospitalizations go up–implying that the situation did not improve.

    This seems to be the trend each year. The x-axis on this graph makes interpreting it difficult.

    1. That figure and the article as a whole are quite misleading. Did anyone run any stats on the data, or just plug the numbers into Excel? The only two months are September and October – do they not have data for any other months, or did that data just not conform to their preconceived narrative? Furthermore, even if the rest of the data conformed to that pattern AND were statistically significant, it’s presented as “evidence that coming down hard on enforcement decreases alcohol-related offenses.” Bullshit. Anyone who has ever taken a stats class knows the mantra: correlation does not imply causation.

      Regardless of whether it’s true, regardless of who is right on this issue, this article was irresponsibly written.

  6. Out of curiosity, does anyone have an idea of how other private universities treat off campus parties in comparison to this ridiculous BU task force? Maybe this is stemming from all of the bad press from last year, but it still seems a bit odd to put so much effort into shutting down college parties.

  7. As a member of a professional licensing board, students need to know that if they are convicted of a DUI, or any other “minor” offense, this will follow you your entire career as you need to obtain and keep a license to practice, whether Law, Medicine, Social work, Plumbing or any other licensed profession. You will have to state your offense on an application and in some cases go before a Board to explain your behaviors at the age of 18. It is a royal pain in everyone’s butt!! Be careful what you do at 18, as it can impact your ENTIRE

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