Re: “Task force reviews drinking culture at WSU” (TNT, 3-22).
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who chuckled while reading the article. Not to put down Washington State University for its ongoing efforts to deal with excessive drinking there, but I feel it needs to take some pretty serious steps if it is actually intent on winning the battle.
Here in Washington, the common view of WSU is that it’s a “party school,” which most people understand to mean that it’s social drinking environment is a backbone of the school and a great reason to go there. If a person’s attitude is that he wants to do a lot of partying while at school, the primary choice is WSU. This historical view will not diminish.
Kids are into more extreme partying all the time. If their parents tell them they have to go to college and are footing the bill, this is going to be their primary choice. Of course they can still do lots of partying anywhere they go in life, but unfortunately, WSU has a solid reputation that, so far, has been impossible to change.