30.8.11

EXCELLENCE WITHOUT MONEY.

It's a theme at Historiann's ranch, although students in her state might be adapting well all the same.
A spokeswoman for the apartment complex e-mailed a statement to 7NEWS that said the party was a long standing charity initiative intended to encourage new students to socialize.

The statement said that "no alcohol was provided and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited in the pool area."

Laura Van De Pette said property management took measures to proactively manage the security of the event, but that the larger than expected crowd raised concerns and required us to shut down early.

"We regret the outcomes of this event and wish to express our concern for the individuals whose safey was put at risk by those who violated the rules of our welcoming event," Van De Pette said.

Four people were cited and released. Two people were cited on assault charges, one person for disorderly conduct and one person for interference with a peace officer, investigators said. All were under 21.

Among those cited by police were 21-year-old Colorado State University linebacker James Skelton and 19-year-old defensive end Dillon Lawrence.

"We are looking into it and will comment further when we know more," said CSU head football coach Steve Fairchild.

CSU’s Dean of Students, Jody Donovan, told 7NEWS that any student accused of breaking the law or violating school policy could face disciplinary measures.

“Any student accused will have a hearing with an officer where they can share their perspective of what happened,” Donovan said. “They are entitled to due process.”
Where to begin?  Classes began at Northern Illinois on August 22 (it's some state mandate, the first day of class is the fourth Monday in August, never mind that it's two weeks before Labor Day and almost nobody is mentally ready to contemplate the higher learning, or even remedial math) and sure as Chick Evans the weekend police blotter devotes half a page to underage drinking citations.  Yes, changing the university culture to emphasize unlocking those gated communities rather than beer-'n-circus is desirable, but tying the drinking age to the highway trust fund in such a way as to turn collegians into scofflaws -- let alone that the trooper on leave from Afghanistan cannot legally drink a beer at the Legion hall -- is nuts.  Or shall we note the presence of footballers at the party?  Nah -- that's University Diaries territory.  I did tell my classes that if anyone sees me at the West Point game and has questions, that's fair game, after the fifth quarter, either at the Starbucks or at a pub.  Maybe the bikini babes at the pool party (there is a video at the story link).

Gives this meditation on the value of feminism some context.
My bet is that college students today will end up mostly just embarassed by their behavior (not to mention their hairstyles!) in ten years’ time or less, when they enter the paid workforce and rediscover why all that feminism they should have learned more about might be useful when they see how the world outside of schools and universities operates.  The success that young women have had in the past fifty years in going from a minority to a majority of college and graduate students shows how successfully the world of education has levelled the playing field, by and large, for women and men.  The first meaningful experience with discrimination most young women have will occur after they enter the workforce and see men with less education and less experience paid more and  promoted ahead of them.
There's a reason earnings profile studies attempt to dummy out education and sex and treat job tenure as a continuous variable. But perhaps for the charity-initiative pool party crowd, excellence, with or without money, is not of pressing importance.

1 comment:

Kerry said...

Did you catch this article on Salon.com? http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/08/28/college_drinking_interview/index.html

Some interesting points there...I imagine that I'll add this new book to my queue.