Fresh Perspectives

All of us students recently received an email about the “intensifying” amount of Castleton students drinking. The email had some good points, stating that student’s decisions affect the whole Castleton college community. And that there are positive things the students are doing in the Castleton community that is being overshadowed by the negative things. The article by the Rutland Herald did rub me the wrong way, so to speak. Castleton State Police Officer ,Cheri McDermott, said that the drinking so far, in 3 weeks, has been worse than she has seen in four years.

That makes sense. I understand it is her job to enforce the law, and protect us from dangers that we’re too immature to recognize, but it seems as though people are expecting college students not to drink. So everyone, brace yourself, college students drink. I’m not saying it’s not a problem, but I am saying this issue is being blown out of proportion. Officer McDermott also said that drinking “.takes up way too much of our time”.

Now I don’t consider myself a genius, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot going on in Castleton, not that it’s a bad thing. I grew up in a small college town like Castleton, where the cops have just as big of a power trip. McDermott’s best comment about us hooligan college students was this; “They don’t care. It’s like you’re a babysitter for some of these college kids.

They have no respect for anybody.” That’s it Cheri, all we do is drink and disrespect. We’re not the only generation to drink, college students have had the stereotype of drinking since college started, and even our parents and grandparents partied in college! Mind blowing, I know. I guess all I have to say is keep it safe Castleton, and for the authority, put yourself in our shoes, you’ve all been there.

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