The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

I'm so proud...

Good work boys. Good work. Wisconsin is the number one party school this year:

Halloween, football games and State St. bars help fuel an environment of heavy student drinking, she said. Students enter UW expecting a lot of partying, and that's what many want.

"I think people will be proud that we're number one," Borrelli said.

But university officials who have been working to
curb binge drinking on campus said the survey did nothing to address a serious
problem on campus. They questioned the survey's legitimacy.

"High-risk drinking continues to be a top health issue on college campuses across the country," Chancellor John Wiley said in a written statement. "Junk science that results in a day of national media coverage does not do this issue justice."

The university has banned alcohol in dorms that house underage students. For the second year, Wiley has sent letters to the parents of incoming freshmen about the high-risk drinking that occurs during the first six weeks of classes.

Susan Crowley, director of prevention services at UW-Madison Health Services, said these efforts are paying off.

She pointed to student surveys that show that the school's binge rate, defined as binging at least one time within a two-week period, dropped from 67% in 1999 to 59% in 2004. Binging is defined as five drinks or more for males and three or more for women.

Wisconsin has this Animal House thing going on, particularly with the university bigwigs and deans. I wouldn't be surprised if several students were on double secret probation. It is very silly.

The only way to curb drinking at Wisconsin is to move the school out of Wisconsin.

Until then, we're number 1!


  • I'm proud too.

    They tried to curb binge drinking with illegal price fixing but that didn't really work. How is being a party school a problem when we're academically one of the top schools in the country in spite (or because) of it?

    And you are right about Wisconsin being a aprt school as long as it is in Wisconsin. People in Wisconsin drink more than other people. That's all there is to it. A lot of people don't realize it but people at UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse and all of the other UW schools drink just as much and party just as hard.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 9:27 AM  

  • I'm laughing my ass off at an *improvement* to 60% binge drinking. Damn, you boys know how to party up!

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 9:32 AM  

  • Couldn't be more proud to have attended such an esteemed institution where I can drink brandy in the middle of class solely because it's my birthday.

    By Blogger FreakinRican, at 10:30 AM  

  • It's also interesting to note that US NEws ranks UW at 34 and Brigham Young (Princeton Review's Stone Cold Sober School)at 71. I don't know how Princeton Review ranks the two but I bet it's not that different.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 10:59 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 AM  

  • Way to go guys!! We're #1!!

    As a proud alumnus it is a shame when the students have more common sense about what this means than the administrators, but it is par for the course as far as the current administration is concerned.

    By Anonymous Rod, at 11:53 AM  

  • Hmmm... I wonder if I ever made it onto the double secret probation list. Probably not, since I seem to have perfected the balance between hard-core studying and drinking!

    By Blogger Jodi Haraldson-Noonan, at 3:06 PM  

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