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MIT's Alcohol Policy Myopic, Unfair

MIT's Alcohol Policy Myopic, Unfair

In the last year, MIT's policy on alcohol has changed dramatically in response to the untimely and tragic death of Scott S. Krueger '01. The Institute would like us to think that the actions taken in the wake of last fall's upheavals are done with the best interests of the students in mind. However, I'm repeatedly stunned by how myopic and out of touch with reality the administration really is. Most students around campus will tell you in all certainty that underage drinking has not significantly slowed down in recent months, only that the policy has forced students to drink in their rooms, behind closed doors, where it can't be monitored or kept under control. Last Friday, this is exactly what I was told to do by the campus police.

At a dry, registered dormitory party that I attended last Friday, members of MIT's own intrepid Campus Police told me in no uncertain terms that I was not allowed to drink a beer in the lobby area, inside the actual party, the lounge, or even in the elevator, for that matter. Under threat of fines for alcohol violations, my friend and I, both 23 years of age, were told rather gruffly to go finish our beers in an upstairs bedroom, preferably with the door shut.

MIT's new drinking policy is a complete travesty. There is no need for a sober adult and his friend to be harassed by the Campus Police for consuming a single beer. The policy has made people afraid to get medical help for fear of reprisals from the CPs and has forced students to resort to illicit and devious methods to get alcohol. It is an affront to the intelligence of the MIT population, and an unfair abridgement of the rights of legal-age students. It seems to me that as far as MIT's policy on drinking is concerned in the dormitories, the hypocritical message is clear: drink all you want, but make sure you do it in a place where MIT is not as legally liable.

Iyad Obeid G