The 15th Undergraduate Senate held another busy meeting on Tuesday evening, with a debate about an ASSU-funded alcohol policy for student groups and discussions of new funding bills.
The Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) piloted a new program called “Say Something” Monday night, in an effort to encourage students to intervene when their peers engage in dangerous and negative behaviors associated with alcohol and drugs.
The Cardinal Nights initiative, an effort by the new Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) to offer alcohol-free programming for students, has gradually become increasingly relevant in the campus social scene, according to students and University officials.
In every case it seems unfair to hold the hosts of parties culpable for the mistakes of their guests when it comes to alcohol. It is after all, a drug that takes time to have an effect, affects people in different and non-obvious ways, and often is consumed in a setting that makes it difficult to keep track of any given person’s intake. It seems harsh indeed, in light of these realities, that fraternities are generally held responsible for people who act irresponsibly with alcohol.
It is true that one need not drink before attending a frat party. It is also true that, given their volume, size and inherent character, frat parties might not be very enjoyable to the average sober student. Contrary to the assumption implicit in T.G.I.F, these students are not necessarily looking for an alcohol-free version of a frat party. Furthermore, they may naturally shy away from a party of any sort that is put on by the “Office of Alcohol Policy and Education,” no matter how much free pizza or Jamba Juice is supplied.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman announced in a Sept. 8 email the formation of an Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE), to be headed by former Vaden Health Center Associate Director Ralph Castro.
There has been a low buzz this year about the Stanford alcohol policy in freshmen dorms, a conversation that is most relevant as Resident Assistant (RA) candidates for freshmen dorms finish their interviews and Resident Fellows (RFs) make their selections. For years, Stanford has had a liberal alcohol policy, dedicated to the idea of informed personal responsibility. But conversations we hear today fundamentally question this ideal. If these talks become anything more, then students needs to be fighting the change tooth and nail, and freshmen RAs should be leading the fight.