Zach Reid – Sophomore, Economics
As I am sure most students are aware, Saturday, Oct. 31, the 400 block of Kiefaber Street was the scene of many rowdy students showing their Halloween spirit.
At first glance, this was an incredible scene: The whole student community coming together to share what was a beautiful day throughout Ohio. Students dressed up in elaborate costumes singing and dancing with their friends and doing whatever they could to have the time of their life. I was just as much a part of this mass as anyone, dressed in my Superman onesie, I could not have been having a better time, until things started to get a little out of hand.
It started with a few harmless chants, but then in the crowd, you could feel a sense of anxiousness.
It was only a matter of time before something bad was going to happen.
And just like that, a glass bottle came from who-knows-where and crashed down on to the street, breaking into a thousand pieces. A few other bottles were broken, and plastic bottles were thrown in the direction of the surrounding police officers.
After these immature actions from a handful of students, the police began to break up the masses of people and called for them to return to their houses. During the time the police officers worked to break up the people, I kept my eyes on the crowds and watched three students placed in handcuffs because of their actions. The student that made the biggest impact on me was arrested all but 10 feet away from me for having a backpack holding beer while underage. Seeing the look on this person’s face was devastating, but prompted me to write this article.
Being a student on social probation because of underage drinking, I can relate to this student. Resisting the urge to drink underage is something that is very hard to do, especially in a generation like our own, when it is almost normal for a person to drink before the age of 21.
Because of the stress to fit in and pressure from peers, most students will consume alcohol before legal age and there’s really nothing anyone can do about that. But, the mistake that one student made that afternoon was carrying the alcohol around with him. If a police officer or resident assistant sees someone underage with an alcoholic beverage, they will write you upl. And your standing in school will be jeopardized.
The consequence is fair because these are the rules set by the university. And with these rules, they are doing what they can to best protect our safety.
The reason behind this is not to tell people to avoid consuming alcohol because that is an individual’s decision and, frankly, none of my business. But by writing this, I want to urge underage students to be smart and not carry alcoholic drinks around “The Ghetto” because it is asking for trouble.
I also want people to hear the voice of someone who has had to deal with being on probation for the last year and make it known that no decision is worth making if it could put you in disciplinary trouble with the school. Make decisions that you know are best for the entire student community, and if we can do that, our time left at UD will be even more amazing than we can imagine. #FlyerNation.