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OC Slammed in R-G Letter to Editor

Haven’t heard enough whining lately? Check out the letter from Ellen Furstner in today’s Register-Guard:

As long as the Commentator, a UO-funded publication, encourages alcoholism in its annual “Back to the Booze” issue; as long as the UO shuts its eyes to fraternities that, although their houses are supposed to be dry, nevertheless don’t seem to balk at buying alcohol for the students in the dorms, students will believe that getting drunk is a normal and healthy part of college life.

College students will stop drinking if the Commentator stops printing BttB and the fraternities are squeezed dry? I never knew he had so much influence on campus!

Alcohol abuse affects young people’s emotional and physical health, their education, their relationships and their decision-making skills. The UO, to whom we send our children when they first leave the nest, should take its role as guardians of these young people on their new and confusing journey more seriously.

Here’s an idea, Ellen: how about parents teach their kids to drink and behave responsibly rather than expect a University or fraternity to do it for them. Drinking is normal for a majority of students at nearly every public university in the western world. If you’re upset with this, I suggest sending your kids to Haverford.

  1. Michael G. says:

    It seems she endorsed Kitty Piercy for mayor.

    A quick Google search reveals she is a “parent and community advocate” from Marcola (and has no business endorsing a Eugene mayor candidate) and attends various substance abuse related events.

    Hey Ellen: Get a life and MYOFB. Criticize us all you want, but keep in mind that it’s not your job to parent everyone at the University. You can’t expect students to behave like adults while you treat them like children.

  2. Andy says:

    Yea but in that link it says we’re the monthly commentator…

  3. Timothy says:

    How many cats do you think this lady lives with?

    I say no fewer than a dozen.

  4. bryan says:

    Furstner’s got a point, after all: the University ought to *take its role as guardians (sic) of these young people more seriously*. I would argue for making Critical Reasoning a mandatory course for all incoming freshmen and new students. Among other things, the class (assuming it exists now as it did when I took it however long ago) involves dismantling letters to editors, taking a magnifying glass to the logical errors therein, and generally learning to live happily without paying heed to the pseudo-moralistic proclamations of cretinous windbags like Furstner. I’m definitely not complaining, though. She’s exactly the sort of enemy we need– one who can only raise our profile.

  5. If you happen to do something involved with Debauchery, contact Christopher Looney and Andrew Hill. They are experts above and beyond the call of duty.

  6. Michael G. says:

    We need another booze-oriented issue this year.

    Okay. We need a strip club review, tobacco review, bar guide, shot guide, and centerfold swimsuit girl in “The Debauchery Issue”.

    Or not. But it’s a nice thought.

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