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Friday, November 9, 2007

Be a Good Neighborino ... no matter what.

In university news, the University Senate is looking at a proposal to protect students from disciplinary action when they call in an emergency dealing with alcohol poisoning and/or overdoses. I find this disappointing.

Yes, it may be true that students in on-campus housing are afraid of calling in true emergencies in fear of the punishment they might get. But is that on the university? No, that's on them. Students, regardless of how socially acceptable they believe drinking to be, understand and accept the consequences of their actions. If you drink in a dorm and get caught by an RA, there's not much to appeal. Another potential consequence is alcohol poisoning. I feel as though a lot of people don't try to push their limit like that, but it happens.

It is on the students, then, to recognize the seriousness of the situation and be good samaritans despite the possible disciplinary actions. I can't blame university policy if someone dies after a hard night of drinking and their friends were too nervous to get them help. It is a friend's responsibility to understand that something is a matter of life and death and suck it up.

Just in a second, I can think of many ways such a rule can be exploited. I say this time and time again: If we as students want to be treated like adults, we must accept more responsibility for our actions.

Other notes:

- The Lady Terps open their season tomorrow against Princeton. I didn't really have the time to put together a detailed preview of the game like I made for Concordia, but let me just say this: It would be a closer game, I think, if it was the Terps' basketball skill against Princeton's brainpower, this might be a closer game. But the Terps would still win. Two words: LAURA HARPER.

- I hope all of you heard that Maryland did, in fact, beat Concordia, 75-42. I was disappointed that Concordia was unable to match my projected point total. Dwayne Buckley could've definitely turned in a better game, just look at the box score: 3 rebounds, 4 turnovers and NO POINTS? And he's supposed to be their star! Anyway, Maryland will face another lesser-known opponent, North Florida, for the season opener. However, this will actually be a challenge, due to the loss of James Gist and Landon Milbourne. Thank you, semi-bogus rule.

- After a loss to Wake Forest in the ACC tournament, the No. 3 field hockey team is hosting the first and second round of the NCAA tournament at home. That's right. Here. In College Park. They are defending a national title. The other team playing at home is football against No. 8 Boston College. Have I made my point? Cheer on Katie O'Donnell and the girls and watch a team that wins.

Have a terrific weekend!

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