Colleges Take on Drinking Issues 

Underage and binge drinking on college campuses aren’t new problems.However, in light of the publicity revolving around the alcohol related arrests of two Colby College students last week, pressure is being put on school officials to address the issue head on.One central maine college is getting students involved in hopes of finding a solution.It’s the coveted cup that students at Unity College strive for.”It’s really catching on fire, really working. surprisingly.” The Dean’s Cup was introduced last year as a way to build relationships between students, give them a sense of belonging, and reduce alcohol abuse on campus.”A lot of times people go to college and the way to get to know people is through drinking and partying so i feel it gave them a chance to socialize and connect with other people.” There are six teams representing the various dorms on campus. The goal is to get as many people involved from your hall to take part in activities that are scheduled throughout the month.”Dodgeball, baseball, or hotdog eating contests.” Some of the Dean’s Cup contests are evening events while others get students up at 8:00 a.m.on Sundays.20-year-old William Knight admits those early mornings may be a time many college kids would rather be sleeping or recovering from a hangover… but “Everyone was at the softball tournament. It was like the whole school was there and you’re noticing people for all the right reasons now and not the wrong ones.””Really it’s a multifaceted tact to keep students busy, involved and feel involved in their community and have a part in it.”Two years ago more than 60 alcohol related incidents were reported on Unity’s campus. Since September of last year, there have been twenty. Unity’s residence life director attributes the cup’s debut in cutting that number down, “We’re seeing a lot less of our students going to the hospital and that stuff.” Dean’s Cup shirts are given to every student encompassed by the words integrity, community, respect and environment.”We want them to make sure they keep these values in tact.”