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EDITOR’S NOTE Cleaning Out My Inbox have learned that thIs column can touch a few nerves. two examples of this are editorials I wrote about guns and alcohol, both of which continue to draw reader response long after they were published. In the first column (“should students Be armed?” may) I told about a group called students for concealed carry on campus (sccc) who want the right to carry concealed weapons on campus to defend themselves from violence. moses Baines, assistant dean at the Louisiana Technical your editorial. Be prepared, however, to receive a ‘spam load’ College–Natchitoches told me about a bill in the louisiana of e-mails from madd. my cIo cut off access to my achouse to allow that very thing. the bill passed in committee count after the e-mails reached over 500. I even received a by 11-3, but it was ultimately shelved in the full house when letter yesterday (same template) from another ‘outraged’ indiit couldn’t get the 53 votes required to pass it. vidual who learned of my support and urged me to recant. “I am as concerned as anyone else about shootings on col“You are ‘dead on’ in your assessment that just about every lege campuses,” Baines wrote. “however, I do not believe that letter and e-mail suggests we are for reducing the age to 18. we should let the baser elements in our the initiative didn’t state that, and society set the benchmark for how an neither did we.” As voters in the recent enlightened society should function. nathan Warthan, director of Fielection made clear, ‘more nancial aid at Corban College & simply put, let’s not permit the criminals and the criminally insane to dictate of the same’ isn’t working. Graduate School (ore.) disagreed how we function. there are situations with my suggestion that the amethyst that could occur that would be an invigroup’s action showed backbone. tation for deadly accidents or incidents. sporting and celebra“I don’t think it’s backbone, I think it’s surrender,” he wrote. tory events where alcohol would be consumed would be such “the amethyst Initiative sounds like it is leaning toward giva situation. What about the dormitories? are we to permit ing up instead of reinforcing the hard work necessary. weapons to be kept there also? Get a visual of that kind of “What if the college presidents really grew a backbone and fiasco! I agree with most students and educators; we do not addressed why students are showing up on their campuses need more guns on campus, but fewer of them.” with attitudes about drinking that are unhealthy, in the first a student at Ball State University (Ind.) sent this note: place? Why don’t they ask why those attitudes are reinforced “today I was inspired, after reading an interview in our when they step on campus? Why don’t our college presidents paper with the local sccc chapter, to find some information take a strong stand instead of a weak one?” and opinions of other people on the issue. I completely agree I believe the amethyst signers are taking a strong stand by with everything you said in your article. It’s ridiculous that raising an issue that many wish would simply go away. as I people think the solution to guns is more guns. this is a college said, madd has done many commendable things in its excampus, a place for peace, education, and life, not for guns and istence. But, 30 years later, alcohol is still a huge problem on an increased chance for firefights in the dining halls.” campus. as voters in the recent election made clear, “more In the second column (“a long overdue conversation,” of the same” isn’t working. It’s time to try something new. october), I wrote about the amethyst Initiative, a group of higher education leaders who say it’s time to “rethink the drinking age.” I said the group’s message was being drowned out by louder voices that misrepresented their cause. robert ritschel, president of Spoon River College (Ill.), wrote, “as one of the 130 who signed the initiative, I applaud Write to Tim Goral at December 2008 | 7 I

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - December 2008

University Business - December 2008
Editor's Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Sense of Place
Human Resources
2009 Annual Directory to Financial Services
Future Shock
Independent Outlook
Endowment Management
Look Before You Leap
50 Best Branding Ideas
Remedial Nation
What's New
Facilities Focus
End Note

University Business - December 2008