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Alcohol Policy Too Strict

Alcohol Policy Too Strict

MIT's latest draconian measure is an affront to the personal liberties of the student body. It is appalling to witness this slow change into a police state like Boston University. What is next, the threat of expulsion for putting a nail in the wall to hang a calendar, or cutting the tag off of an institute-provided mattress?

The administrators who made this decision are either living under a rock or just don't understand what it means to be in college. Or maybe they've forgotten that the drinking age was 18 when they went to college, and how they probably boozed it up every weekend. College is the first taste of freedom that many of us have had. Freedom means the ability to do what you want, including breaking laws. If every time I drove 2 miles over the speed limit I thought I was in imminent danger of being expelled from MIT for my "insane and unlawful" behavior, I would start to question just what society I was living in. The thought that I can't even have a social drink with my friends anymore because MIT is standing with the sword over my head makes me very unhappy.

In high school, at the SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) meetings, it was always accepted that people drank. What they wanted to prevent was drinking and driving. What MIT needs to do is accept the fact that people drink, and then work towards a solution that involves safe, responsible drinking. It's apparent that the administration has been caught up in red tape and legal mumbo-jumbo and is more concerned about its own reputation than helping its students have a quality undergraduate experience. "Safer, saner, and more responsible?" The policy is what is insane.