Bordertown Blues commented on the letter to the editor about the Webb County Community Coalition and its call to ban alcohol at the Autmus festival and Laredo Heat soccer games (both non-TAMIU events that are held on the TAMIU campus).
Personally, I think the coalition needs to focus on changing the culture of drinking and not trying to quash it by calling for a ban. I would think we learned some lessons from the temperance movement – public pressure just doesn’t cut it. Unfortunately, they are an outside group asking for a change in a very superficial approach. If they REALLY wanted to change culture of drinking, a peer-to-peer approach would be more effective than a public letter writing campaign that only gives them press but doesn’t change behavior. I can see that TAMIU may inadvertently support alcohol with some of its practices but it is still up to the individuals on the campus to make a dent.
As a non-drinker (ok – very, very little drinker), I can honestly say that my actions to let me friends know in college that it was OK not to drink probably did a lot more than strangers telling my college to tell us not to drink. Here is an example of how one study approached the issue of binge drinking – by fighting PERCEPTION amongst students. If students really knew how little others drank, they wouldn’t feel the pressure to think they have to keep up.
As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Oh wow, I am getting on my own nerves with that quote!! Haha, but it is so true.
We know that sometimes people are “friends” on Facebook for the strangest reasons but…
Be glad I decided not to take a screenshot of the “shots, shots, shots, shots” (I think it has more “shots” than that) fan page followed. Not a good example if you are going to take up this fight. BUT, maybe this can trigger true cooperative work for community and university to really fight binge drinking and not just shoot blanks in the air with media attention.