The Amethyst Initiative got a lot of media coverage last month.
Launched in July 2008, the Amethyst Initiative is made up of chancellors and presidents of universities and colleges across the United States. These higher education leaders have signed their names to a public statement that the 21 year-old drinking age is not working, and, specifically, that it has created a culture of dangerous binge drinking on their campuses. The Amethyst Initiative supports informed and unimpeded debate on the 21 year-old drinking age. Amethyst Initiative presidents and chancellors call upon elected officials to weigh all the consequences of current alcohol policies and to invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use.
In Minnesota, according to this StarTribune article (with 187 comments attached), Gustavus Adolphus College President Jack Ohle signed on.
- Since St. Olaf is a ‘dry’ campus and Carleton isn’t, is the problematic drinking among students at the two colleges any different, on or off-campus?
- Might this be a good time to also debate raising the age for driving?