Today during orientation we were told to expect FYC papers on the new petition signed by over 100 university and college professors asking legislators to open up debate about lowering the drinking age. I’ve seen papers on lowering the drinking age before, but this opens up all new exigencies for the topic. I also read, via kairosnews, that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is upset with the petition:
MADD’s national president, Laura Dean-Mooney, even suggested, “Parents should think twice before sending their teens to these colleges or any others that have waved the white flag on underage and binge drinking policies.”
Peyton R. Helm, president of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, called that response “absurd.”
“What this movement calls for is a national discussion,” he said. “It doesn’t recommend a policy.”
I always think it’s amazing that when someone asks for discussion, that others jump immediately to believing they are demanding policy change.
But, yeah, I’m pretty sure that this will elicit some FYC essays.