Walking into the archives section, I did not expect to find much related to alcohol abuse. I was wrong. Much to my surprise, there were a number of newspaper articles dedicated to the struggle of students facing legal trouble due to alcohol consumption. These articles dated back to the 60s and 70s and many were published in the Sandspur, Rollins’s own newspaper. This shows how applicable the issue of alcohol on college campuses has been to the community for decades. Back then it was an issue, and remains an issue today. One would think that if the college has been dealing with something like this for so long that it would have found a solution by now, but it is clearly not that easy. The author shows passion for the topic, claiming that the law allowing only those over 21 years of age to drink significantly limits the social capabilities and bonding between members of fraternities and sororities. The author also claims that without the ability to drink with one another, they will instead have to “twist their thumbs and wiggle their toes and chew on a piece of straw.” Personally this made it seem as though members of Greek life are almost dependent upon alcohol in many of their social gatherings. Both then and now, alcohol serves as a basic component of many parties. This emphasizes the significance that the college needs to find a way to deal with this and keep drinking behaviors of their students under control. It has been a long time since this article was published, though it clearly does not mean that a solution to this issue has been found.
Schmidt, S. “New Revolutionary Movement Challenges Enforced Drinking Laws.” Sandspur, 2 Dec. 1964.