By Bob Ciminel
February 17, 2006
Once liberty commenced, the newly qualified submariners and the old salts headed for the closest bar, usually the enlisted men's club, to conduct the ceremony. Each former NQP (non-qualified puke) had his dolphins removed and dropped into the largest glass in the bar, which in some cases was a Kool-Aid pitcher. The container was then filled with a shot of everything behind the bar and the lucky sailor had to upend the container and catch his dolphins in his teeth without spilling the contents. The results were predictable.
Yep, we thought we were pretty cool back then. We would drink ourselves into stupors and rely on our shipmates or girl friends to get us safely back to the ship. We called it "steaming." As I look back on these escapades, I realize how stupid we were, but we couldn't hold a candle compared with the stupidity displayed by some of today's college students.
On January 22, 2006, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Georgia died in his dormitory room after spending a day (or two) drinking alcohol and taking heroin and cocaine. The police issued arrest warrants for seven of his companions for illegal possession of alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and fake identification cards, and for supplying alcoholic beverages to minors. The victim's friends said he was a model student; not a big partier, and never missed a class.
Something doesn't jive here. A model student typically is someone with above average intelligence. Along with intelligence one should have at least a modicum of knowledge about risky behaviors and their potential outcomes. One would not have to be a toxicologist to figure out that ingesting alcohol, heroin, and cocaine might not result in a positive outcome.
The University has taken drastic
steps to curb this type of behavior and is now requiring all
new freshmen to take an alcohol awareness course. This was based
on a recent poll where over 60% of the respondents reported participating
in binge drinking in the two-week period before the poll was
taken. Fifty-three percent of the respondents said they missed
a class because of alcohol or drug use. What I want to know
is when do they find time for sex?
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