is the third time I've written to request that the Magazine publish an
article about University problems of adult alcoholism (including faculty), which
usually begin with "social drinking" in academic groups. A color cover
photograph of a corpse of a DWI Chicago student's victim, or perhaps a less gruesome
equivalent-a flower-bedecked grave of such a victim-would be an appropriate introduction.
a start, the article could keynote statistics on U of C students involved in alcohol-related
crimes in a recent year, which may have been included in the national totals recently
reported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. If Chicago
was not included in the study, or statistics are not available from the original
source, then figures from local sources should be compiled and published. The
NIAA report on alcohol abuse among the nation's 8 million college students cited
excessive drinking as the cause of 1,400 deaths annually, as well as 500,000 injuries,
630,000 assaults, and 71,000 date rapes and sexual assaults.
U of C numbers are below average, but that would be no excuse for denial. However,
from the first cartoon "balloon" in "Chicagophile" (April/02),
which reads "The top three men win bar parties (two-hour open bars) for their
groups," it appears that student alcohol abuse probably hasn't changed much
since my U of C years.
copy of this letter I am asking President Randel to provide funds for obtaining
and publishing the information I have requested above and previously to reduce
future alcoholism. Printing the 2002 annual report in black and white on copier
paper would save enough money to cover the cost of complying with my request-and
be environmentally correct.
Spiegel, SB'49, SM'52
Santa Fe, New Mexico
"bar parties" offered as prizes in the Mr. University contest, like
all campus social events, included nonalcoholic offerings. The University's drug
and alcohol policies can be found online.