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The On-Going Debate:“Boys and Booze”
nice girl -
a drink in her hand?
image via Anne Taintor
There have been two hot topics that have sparked
debate among Meredith students: the extension of
Open House hours and the presence of alcohol in
residence halls, more commonly known to Meredith
students as “boys and booze.” These topics became
major issues at the most recent Student Government
Association (SGA) Student Body Forum. According
to SGA President, Jennifer Prince, this hasn’t been
the first time that these topics have been discussed.
“Since I have been here for four years. Open House
has been a topic of discussion driven by students,”
said Prince. “The most recent changes to Open House
have been made in 2010 and provided for extended
hours on the weekends. Since the implementation of
alcohol policy in the student apartments, students
are able to question the reasoning for the residence
hall policy of no alcohol.”
Many students are divided. Others find themselves
indifferent to the two suggestions for the rules to be
changed. Whatever side one may be on, it is impor
tant that one hears what the opposite side has to say.
A student should tiy to take it into consideration
where each side is coming from, to grasp a better un
derstanding of their views. And as for the ones who
are unsure, it is important that they come to an opin
ion eventually; after all, these rule changes will affect
everyone. Perhaps by reading the main arguments
from both sides, a student can come to a conclusion.
Both sides are presented here.
Against the Open Hours Policy and Alcohol
* Can cause roommate issues; roommates may fed
forced to leave their room so they can seek solitude
to study and work on assignments when their room
mate has company over many days of the week.
* More Open House hours, or more specifically the
extension of Open House hours throughout the week
can become a distraction for students; less work
would be getting done.
* More safety issues could arise from more Open
House days and alcohol’s being allowed in residence
* Underage drinking may increase if alcohol is al
lowed in the residence halls.
Campus Calendar: 2/14-28
coll(^cted by Kristen Gallagher
Feb. 15-Spring 2012 Career Fair, 9am-2pm, McKimmon Center NCSU
Feb. 13-Fri., Feb 24-LeaderShape Registration in SLS
^eb. 14-19 -The Sound of Music -
|Feb. 19-Mon. Feb 20 -Scholarship Weekend
Feb. 20-Student Body meeting ,ioam and 5pm (2nd Cate and BDH)
Feb. 21-UNC Clef Hangers , Jones Auditorium
Feb. 17 -Junior Art Portfolio Review ,Gaddy-Hamrick Art Building
Feb. 22, Sustainable Leadership Lecture, 6pm in Led 101
Feb. 23-Green Design and Sustainability', 6pm in Kresge
Feb. 24 -SAF Deadline
Feb. 24-io;ooam Libraiy Spring 2012 Focus Groups
Feb. 24 -Housing Intent Forms Due
Feb. 25 -2012 NC LEAD Conference at ECU
Feb. 27-io;ooam Library Spring 2012 Focus Groups
Feb. 27- Randi Zuckerburg Lecture ,7 pm in Jones Auditorium
Feb. 27-Tues., Feb 28-Museum Advocacy Day
Feb. 27 -Meredith’s 121st Birthday
Ivory Lewis, Staff Writer
* Student apartments and off campus apartments
provides students with privileges for more Open
House hours and alcohol.
For Open Hours and Alcohol:
* Provides more time and/or days for students
to have male company over; wouldn’t have to leave
campus as much to go visit male friends or boy
friends. It could make people feel safer and more
comfortable that they can stay on campus and just
invite others over.
* Fewer students would attempt sneaking company
into residence halls.
* Guys would not be more of a distraction than
other girls; girl friends can also be a distraction.
* Campus Security is here to protect us from any
problems that may occur.
* Not every student who is 21+ can afford to live in
the student apartments or off campus.
In case you are wondering what is to come of the
voiced opinions fi'om the SGA Student Body Forum,
no rash decisions will be made. SGA will be taking
eveiy student’s opinion into consideration,’ along
with other steps, before coming to a final decision.
“We are in the information gathering stage,” said
Prince. “Last semester, a survey wa^ sent to residence
hall students, regarding the two issues and residence
hall policies. In addition to the work SGA is doing,
there is a college program staff committee who is
also looking at the issues. The two groups will do
research, not only on Meredith opinions, but also on
the policies of our peer institutions. We are nowhere
close to making a decision because we are still seek
ing feedback from members of the student body.”
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