The email discussion list for Carleton College parents has been heating up of late, with some parents upset that the administration is planning to install a surveillance camera on the Bald Spot to deter underage drinking. After phoning Associate Dean Joe Baggot, one parent wrote: (continued)
Update 10:20 PM: this appears to have been a hoax. See the comment thread below.
According to the dean, they’re going to try implementing it as a deterrent for underage drinking–any underage student identified with alcohol in their possession will be given a citation (he compared it to the cameras on stoplights). The number of hospital visits last year due to alcohol was “simply too high.”
Northfield taxpayers have a stake in this issue, as City Police officers (I’ve confirmed this with two recently) are spending an increasing amount of their time with these hospitalizations on both St. Olaf and Carleton campuses.
But is this the best way to handle the problem?
See this Nov. 2008 RepJ story: St. Olaf students address drinking on and off “dry” campus
See this Sep. 2008 blog post: Rethinking the age for drinking; rethinking the age for driving