Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
And who says the blues are dead?
For the third Tuesday in a row, my column has landed on page 7 of TNH. Enjoy the linked up and unedited version here:
When I took Psych 401 my freshman year I learned to be myself, and to not let other people’s opinions have a major impact on me. It does not matter what other people think of you, as long as you know yourself. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs also struck home with me. One of the pieces of this theory is called “Self-Actualization” which means to have the ability to accept the facts of a giving situation. UNH needs to take this lesson to heart. Ever since The Princeton Review first labeled UNH as a party school, administrators have been overreacting and cracking down on many policies, primarily alcohol.
I believe that there is a fine line between protecting students and being out to get every underage student who sips on a beer on a Friday night. I feel as though this line has been crossed. Over the past few years the cops at UNH have become more and more of a problem for students who are looking to relax and have a good time. Now when a student gets caught drinking in their dorm he or she is more likely to be kicked out after one offense, rather than just receiving probation. The local police have also increased their presence on campus. Go sit in front of D-Hop on a Friday or Saturday night and count how many cops pass you, driving around campus, unnecessarily wasting gas, and taxpayer money.
When I first arrived at UNH, and saw people getting arrested, I figured that they were probably really drunk or acting inappropriately. But now that my experience at UNH has grown I have come to realize that the UNH Police are on huge fucking power trip. I guarantee that most of the names in the police log belong to good students who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Is that really fair to jeopardize a young adult’s career because of a drink? Personally, the recent increase of police resources on campus has had no affect on my drinking habits. I have only learned to become more aware of my surroundings.
I know a lot of you are probably thinking that if someone is under 21, then they shouldn’t drink. I have one thing to say to you if your thinking that: This is college, and no matter what UNH’s policies are students are still going to drink, every week. I am not encouraging underage drinking and I am not saying that every college student drinks, but there is a large percentage of our student body that does.
Let us not forget that the National Drinking Age Act was not passed until 1984. Before this only 12 states had a drinking age of 21. All of the New England and Mid-Atlantic states, with the exception of Pennsylvania, had drinking ages below 21. For example New Hampshire and Massachusetts’s legal drinking age was 18 from 1973 to 1979, and 20 until 1985. What this means is that most people over the age of 48 who tell us that underage drinking is wrong, could drink when they were 18. I am not trying to start a debate over what the national drinking age should be I just wanted let the piece of information be known.
I am not saying that students should go out and get wasted every Friday and Saturday night, (Well in the newspaper I say that, but on here... why not...) but I honestly see nothing wrong with college students having a few (dozen) drinks on weekends. I believe that moderation is key, if you are able to handle and control yourself after a few drinks, all the power to you. I strongly believe that the social aspects and experiences of college are just as important, if not more, than that what students learn in the classroom.
UNH needs to accept the fact that it is a state university and it always will be. Not that there is anything wrong with that, infact the valedictorian from my high school came here. Many UNH alumni have gone on to do great things, and I am very proud to be a member of the student body here. Students come to UNH because they know they will receive an excellent education and also be able to experience a unique social culture. I guess the main point I am trying to make is that state schools are very respectable, but because of the size there will always be a large population of underage students who are going to drink. Until UNH realizes this I am afraid that the will be a continuous waste of money, time and effort being poured into a failing system.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
PS: Today's awesome guitarist will be up later in a small separate post.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Stay classy, not UMassy. (Or UMainy for that matter.)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Have an awesome weekend and stay safe, stay smart, stay drunk and most of all:
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Deaths/year by tobacco: 440,000 (Center for Disease control)
Deaths/year by poor dieting & inactivity: 400,000 (US Dept of Health and Human Services)
Deaths/year by alcohol: 85,000 (Journal of the American Medical Association)
Deaths/year by marijuana: 0 (US Drug Abuse Warning Network)
I think you are all smart enough here to make some connections so that is all I have to say on that topic.
Hey, how about that power outage today? I still had to sit in class for an hour and a half in the dark. You have no idea how hard it was to not fall asleep. School has been happening now for 3 1/2 weeks I have officially fallen into "drone mode." Drone mode is when you wake up and the next thing you know you're in the middle of a huge lecture and you have no recollection of walking to the building or anything the professor has said. It's like in driver's ED when they talk about "high way hypnosis." Drone mode is aided by drinking coffee all day and then half a bottle of Nyquil before you go to bed. I have a feeling alcohol doesn't help either. For example this morning I woke up, took a shower, ate at HOCO and then read at the library for two hours. When I got back to my dorm I didn't remember leaving the library or walking back at all. Luckily I did remember most of what I read.
So, this weekend I'll be heading north to Orono, Maine to visit a friend from high school. I plan on terrorizing the UMaine campus and then writing about it on the blog next week. Because of my departure I may not have a blog post on Thursday or Friday so I apologize in advance. Also, for those of you who read my Tuesday columns in TNH, I have already started my next piece. it will be my first one to be highly opinionated and bias like my blog so I am very excited to see how that goes. Keep an eye out for next Tuesday's issue.
Bigs news for the blog, yesterday's post is up to number 3 on The College Blog Network blog-wire hotlist. The University of Nonsensical Happenings is also ranked as the number 1 comedy blog ...cough*with 3 thumbs up*cough... The site is basically a directorial for college blogs across the country, so I'm pretty pumped about that. If any of you are new readers, I hope I gained some because yesterday was my highest page hit view counter of the semester, I have a facebook account for the blog. Feel free to friend request the New Hampshirite if you wish to stalk me even more.
Stay classy not UMassy.
PS: Happy Birthday to the boss!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The best one I found was a 400-level Social Work class called “You’ve Got Your Troubles, I’ve Got Mine.” I think they could simplify the title to something like “The Hills.” With the help of Google, I decided to do some research to find the weirdest college courses from around the country.
Stay classy, not UMassy.