one-sided it falls off my bookshelf."
You gotta be kidding me. As one friend put it, "Duh!
That's university." "I'll drink to that," the other replies. Drinking
at the U of C is really no different than anywhere else. When I entered the University
in 1995 there was much talk about a report that students at Chicago drank more
on average than anywhere else. Trips to other colleges and universities sometimes
seem to corroborate this, but that is mostly because I used to drink more than
my fair share. A lot of us did. Now living next to the largest university in the
country (with the largest Greek system), there is less trouble made about drinking
than I ever heard at the U of C. This makes me think that Zane Spiegel's letter
August/02) is another case of classic Chicago whining that is so rampant on campus
The problem is less about alcoholism
than it is about responsibility, which is more often absent in the way our culture
takes to drinking than in other countries (at least in my experience). What good
would a report do? Want to help? Start thinking of interesting alternatives to
events involving drinking for fun and relaxation in the land of ice and snow;
a report will not reduce alcoholism, I'm sorry to report. The counselors on campus
suck, the weather is terrible, classes are intense at times, and everyone, at
some point, needs a drink. Besides, everyone would lie when asked about drinking;
everyone lies when it comes to studies-I learned that in sociology; and besides,
most problem drinkers don't think they have a problem or will not admit to it.
But if you ever do a report about alcohol on campus, I will gladly provide some
Ismael R. Archbold, AB'99