Party on – or not |

Party on – or not


The party will be far from over at the University of Colorado – Boulder with the new rules the administration is imposing to curb excessive drinking and rowdiness. Still, the university had to do something in the face of drunken riots and the death of a frat pledge from alcohol poisoning.Among the changes are a two-strikes-and-you’re-suspended policy for alcohol violations and a rule that forces sororities and fraternities to wait until spring to recruit new pledges.The message vice chancellor for student affairs Ron Stump is trying to send is that students looking for the big party scene should look elsewhere, because sooner or later, the university will make that decision for them.In reality, the rules won’t eliminate the love affair between college students and alcohol. Still, there is such a thing as responsible drinking and somehow not starting fires, flipping cars and throwing stones at the police.One student commented to The Denver Post, correctly we think, that maturity cannot be legislated. She said students go to college to drink and that won’t change. No, it won’t, but those who cannot learn to control themselves in their imbibing will find themselves out of the CU circle.We commend CU for getting tougher on drinking and the other educational programs to get its students thinking with a little more common sense.

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