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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 08, 2010 7:10 AM

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Skepticism about UI's alcohol plan

The University of Iowa's new three-year alcohol plan, as reported in Tuesday's Daily Iowan, is a bit outrageous. Lately, it seems that the school has been focusing a lot of its attention on its reputation and the "binge-drinking problem" we have. It's as if having the reputation of being a party school is the university's biggest concern.

I am very curious to see how these goals will pan out. The university's first goal is to reduce the number of students it accepts with alcohol issues. I'm sorry, but how exactly do they expect to determine who has a drinking problem when a) Applicants are typically only 17 or 18 years old and b) Applications in no way discuss alcohol?

Another goal that I find almost comical is that officials want to ask students to leave the UI if they have persistent alcohol issues. This makes absolutely no sense. Wouldn't it make more sense to keep students with serious problems enrolled in a higher institution of learning with several outlets for help and counseling rather than throwing them out on the street to fend for themselves just so we can have a better binge-drinking reputation?

According to Iowa's mission statement, the "Iowa Promise," the university aims "to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in an increasingly diverse and global environment." I would love to know how denying admission and/or asking students to leave the university is fulfilling its mission to "educate students for success" in an "increasingly diverse" environment.

To me, it appears the university is trying to fix all its glitches, or "diversity," and eliminate problems or difficulties simply to achieve a better reputation.

Kira Schneider
UI junior


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