Applaud preventative measures
Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2012 22:06
The Ohio State campus is open to many non-students every home football Saturday, and with the amount of people attending Lane Avenue festivities, the skull session and the actual game, keeping the crowds under control is imperative for everyone's safety.
According to an article written in Tuesday's The Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus Division of Police have taken steps to remove the temptation of car burning around the campus area by prohibiting parking on six streets: from E. 11th Avenue north to E. Norwich Street, between N. High Street and Summit Street.
We applaud the Columbus polices taking measures to prevent any post-game (or post-victory for Ohio State) violence. It was such violence that plagued the OSU win against Michigan in 2002.
It is also good for Student Affairs to take the initiative to approach parties that might get out of hand Saturday night, for what Richard Hollingsworth, vice president of Student Affairs, calls a "soft-intervention."
Student safety is important, but it is also important to remember how many non-students are on campus during The Game. Underage drinking is a problems not to be taken lightly, but should not be the main focus this weekend.
Couch burning, car flipping and acting in disruptive manners are the main issues on which police should focus.
In a story in Tuesday's The Lantern we reported that Columbus police are prepared to send the highest number ever of officers to campus.
Although safety is imperative, officials need to focus on the important issues this weekend.
"Screwing up this weekend could not only land you in jail but can also get you suspended from school," said Richard Hollingsworth, vice president of student affairs in the article.
As college students, it is hard to avoid an environment where alcohol is not present, especially this weekend. Underage drinking is not going to be the main problem for the weekend, nor should it be grounds for suspension from school.
Just because a student makes a bad judgement call by drinking at a party this weekend, does not mean their school career should be ended. If the university were to kick out each student arrested for underage drinking, we would not have as many students.