Thursday, October 11, 2007

University officials vs alcohol

Harvard students are considering boycotting the inauguration of the new president. The immediate reason is not terribly deep: it is the undergraduate Party Fund, a negligible part of the budget that may have much more significant impact on the students.

It is surely not my main goal to promote drinking undergrads. On the other hand, I am convinced that the Harvard students could afford many more such parties and that this aspect of life deserves expansion in the Ivy League. Whether you like it or not, alcohol helps to create emotional links between humans, too.

I find the age restriction in the U.S. to be absurdly stringent and it seems even higher in the context of elite university students who are expected to get mature earlier than their friends. To summarize: the Party Fund is not the most respectable among the possible reasons to complain but I do understand them, after all.

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