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ERIC Number: EJ812076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-5
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
College Presidents Take on 21
Fain, Paul
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n2 pA4 Sep 2008
College presidents have long gotten flak for refusing to take controversial stands on national issues. A large group of presidents opened an emotionally charged national debate on the drinking age. In doing so, they triggered an avalanche of news-media coverage and a fierce backlash. While the criticism may sting, the prime-time fracas may help elevate the role of college presidents as public figures. This article reports that the uproar began when 100 college chief executives, including those at several prominent institutions, joined a "rethink the drinking age" campaign. The nascent effort, dubbed the Amethyst Initiative, seeks an "informed and dispassionate" debate over the effects of setting the legal drinking age at 21, a minimum that the presidents say can contribute to binge drinking. The response has hardly been dispassionate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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