27 November 2008

UC does nothing on binge drinking

| johnboy
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The ABC has the thumping headline “Uni takes on student binge drinking culture”.

Sounds like a great way to cruel enrollments I thought.

But then it turns out that all that’s happened is researcher Amanda George has been paid to state the bleeding obvious: A lot of students get hammered.

The Uni is going to “now try to establish more alcohol-free social events and better health counselling”.

(“now” meaning “We’ve done nothing so far”, “try” meaning “it might not happen at all”)

I think this means the students can still get as hammered as they like, but some prospective parents might be re-assured by some decorative fig-leaves.

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grunge_hippy9:59 pm 27 Nov 08

does that mean stonefest is off??

hahahahahaha. as if

I’d like to see the methodology. I think it was an online voluntary poll.

The whole country’s going to the dogs, we’re being taken over by bible-bashing wowsers. We are getting worse than the yanks, they can still buy beer at servos! Even in Utah.

I miss flattering the BFA resi girls to get free bottles of booze.
Now, I’m not brand-loyal to any of them. And nor do I consider myself a binge drinker.
I do know a few people who were at Wagga who are & do, but they all had severe alcohol problems before they ever met the BFA people.

I am at UC right now, and there is beer in the fridge just a couple of metres from me. I, however, am at work not a student, so I can binge drink as much as I like…

Cultural heritage should definitely be preserved ….

; )

Just because you said ‘hammered’ I felt the need to share this High Court gem. Lots of UC students go on to become lawyers, not so sure about High Court Justices just yet though:

An extract from Joslyn v Berryman –

CALLINAN J: Mr Jackson, it seems to me that clearly the people at the party, including Ms Joslyn and Mr Berryman, went out with the intention of getting drunk.

MR JACKSON: It would be a big night, Your Honour, big night.

CALLINAN J: With the intention of getting drunk and they fulfilled that intention.

MR JACKSON: Well, Your Honour, young people sometimes…

KIRBY J: I just think “drunk” is a label and I am a little worried about — it is not necessary to put that label. It is just that they were sufficiently affected by alcohol to affect their capacity to drive.


KIRBY J: “A drunk” has all sorts of baggage with it.

HAYNE J: Perhaps “hammered” is the more modern expression, Mr Jackson, or “well and truly hammered”.

MR JACKSON: I am indebted to Your Honour.

KIRBY J: I do not know any of these expressions.

McHUGH J: No, no. Justice Hayne must live a very different life to the sort of life we lead.

KIRBY J: I have never heard that word “hammered” before, never. Not before this very minute.

barking toad10:07 am 27 Nov 08

Students getting on the piss!

Hell, when did that start?

I heard the UC student association president (I think that’s who he was) on Radio Nash this morning disputing the findings. His line was basically – “they’re uni students, they get tanked, that’s what uni students have always done” and then said that the majority (at least half?) of O-week activities didn’t involve alcohol.

I have never studied at UC but have always thought that it had a strong boozing culture. Maybe this is a deterrent to the parents of international students that are starting to flock back to Australia (thanks to the currency fluctuations) that UC needs to boost its coffers?

So, does this mean there won’t be the “certain popular girls who live on campus get delivered lots of free alcohol by Brown Forman Australia” promotion anymore?

Rooned! We’ll all be rooned!

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