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paarent's concern

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  • allureNY86allureNY86 Registered User Posts: 669 Member
    Going back to the classes and staffing...

    Who said non-introductory courses are big? I'm taking Psych 21, an upper-level class that has less than 20 people. The only class I signed up for but didn't get into was Advanced Spanish Composition, since it was capped at 15 students.
  • clayvesselclayvessel Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    Thank you, Scout for your response in this thread and for your work on date rape.

    Its nice to know that Amherst has created an environment of intellectual honesty and open debate regarding difficult issues such as date rape-- (I started to get a bit concerned about the possibility of my daughter actually getting in to Amherst on reading the date rape info...)

    I agree with those here who make the astute point that date rape is vastly influenced by a pervasive culture of binge drinking.

    Rape involves control of sexual impulse which is greatly diminished in binge drinkers. (Those who drink more than 4 drinks in one sitting)

    While I don't want to blame the rape victims-- it is very important for girls (and boys)to understand that getting "****ed" drunk routinely does have potentially fatal consequences which seem to appear out of nowhere, but are a DIRECT RESULT of binge drinking.

    Here are some effects of the culture of binge drinking that are entirely preventable:

    -A student can fall asleep in a snow drift at 5 degrees and freeze to death after an innnocent night of drinking. (My husband almost froze to death after college binge drinking -- luckily he woke up after his toes and fingers had lost feeling....)

    -Students often lose accurate judgment after four drinks: they feel "OK" to drive or to have unprotected sex, with the possibility of death in an accident or from an STD -- all totally preventable...

    -Drunk people tend to slip and fall down stairs or on ice with potentially fatal consequences, again, completely preventable.

    -Binge drinking can lead to death in and of itself-- a preventable tragedy.

    -Alcohol separates people socially (after the third drink... conversation declines and aggression usually increases...again, preventable...)

    -When a girl is a binge drinker, she leaves herself open to sexual predation, plain and simple-- and in large part preventable. This is not an excuse for the rapist (who is probably also imparied in his ability to control his desire and impulses and is thereby putting his own future at risk...), but is simply common sense for girls who wish to maximize ther chances of avoiding rape. Actions involving alcohol use have consequences to health and safety. Students don't want to accept the idea of "cause and effect" because alcohol is mild and enjoyable for 70% of the population, while 30% have major genetic problems controlling alcohol use...

    The upshot? Discourage a widespread culture of binge drinking on campus, educate about the consequences, and always provide a non-drunk ("safe rides" type observer at drinking parties.. ) Have an occasional alcohol-free "drunk on people" party where the night's objective is to get and give joy/happiness/fun out of interacting with other non-drunk people.... It's actually addicting and results in more interesting conversations....and has few adverse consequences....

    Why do I rant? I lost two very wonderful, highly intelligent aunts to binge drinking at a young age. Their deaths were ENTIRELY preventable, and they'd be here celebrating Christmas with me this year if it had not been for excessive alcohol use....
  • egdurwoodegdurwood Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Nope. A friend mentioned this forum to me and I thought I would check it out. Admissions didn't point me in this direction at all, but thanks for your concern.
  • goldsgymgoldsgym Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    There's drinking at college no matter where you go. I went to hampshire and it was prevalent. I think you can't sheild your kids from alchohol, best thing to do is to teach them how to moderate. A good lesson in moderation will help them avoid certain parties at school, but more importantly when they graduate and enter the real world!
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