SCRIPPS REPORTS MOST PREGAMING OF 5CS

AlcoholEdu, the online alcohol abuse prevention course completed by incoming first years at over 500 universities across the country, provides students with information about the dangers of alcohol and also provides administrators with information about the drinking habits of its first-year class. This year the disparity between the five colleges’ results was quite surprising. Scripps recorded the highest percentage of students pre-gaming (68 percent) and taking shots (63 percent) out of all of the colleges. While Pomona and CMC were within 5 percent, Scripps still fell 17 percent above the national average. 

Some students were not surprised by the results. “So many of the parties are on campus that the majority of the drinking is happening at the pregame,” Joelle Leib ’17 said. The results seemed to back it up as well, because 84 percent of the first years that have drunk said they did so in dorm rooms on campus. 

The program goal is to educate students to practice safe drinking habits and to ultimately reduce the number of negative circumstances that develop from drinking. The course includes five modules covering topics such as: how to minimize harm with alcohol consumption, the standard drink, alcohol laws, and high-risk habits. Four of the five modules are completed before the start of the school and the last is taken a few weeks into the school year. Along with Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, and Pomona all participate in the online education course. 

High risk drinking, defined as five drinks or more at least once in a two week time period, is also a problem at the 5Cs. CMC drew the highest amount with 28 percent, with Scripps just a mere 4 percent behind. All of the four participating colleges were at 15 percent and higher for at risk drinkers. 

Another red flag that drew campus officials’ attention was the number of students that reported being taken advantage of sexually during a time when they were under the influence. Ten percent of first-year students reported having this experience. 

The data was collected within the first few weeks of school because the goal of the program is to eliminate any potential negative affects that first years may encounter with consuming alcohol. Therefore the number of sexual assaults that have occurred during intoxication is disturbing. 

Evetth Gonzalez, of SARLO, says that there are programs planned for the future that will hopefully help combat these issues. Between a new Health and Wellness director at the Tiernan Field House, and the increase in programs that everfy (the company that does AlcoholEdu) positive change will hopefully occur. 

It is all part of the college experience to go out and have fun. AlcoholEdu is a program that is supposed to guide students by helping educate them to make informed decisions. The results give a look into what is working and what is not, which shows there is room to reflect and improve—to make sure that the ultimate goal of students feeling safe on campus is accomplished.

AlcoholEdu, the online alcohol abuse prevention course completed by incoming first years at over 500 universities across the country, provides students with information about the dangers of alcohol and also provides administrators with information about the drinking habits of its first-year class. This year the disparity between the five colleges’ results was quite surprising. Scripps recorded the highest percentage of students pre-gaming (68 percent) and taking shots (63 percent) out of all of the colleges. While Pomona and CMC were within 5 percent, Scripps still fell 17 percent above the national average. 

Some students were not surprised by the results. “So many of the parties are on campus that the majority of the drinking is happening at the pregame,” Joelle Leib ’17 said. The results seemed to back it up as well, because 84 percent of the first years that have drunk said they did so in dorm rooms on campus. 

The program goal is to educate students to practice safe drinking habits and to ultimately reduce the number of negative circumstances that develop from drinking. The course includes five modules covering topics such as: how to minimize harm with alcohol consumption, the standard drink, alcohol laws, and high-risk habits. Four of the five modules are completed before the start of the school and the last is taken a few weeks into the school year. Along with Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, and Pomona all participate in the online education course. 

    High risk drinking, defined as five drinks or more at least once in a two week time period, is also a problem at the 5Cs. CMC drew the highest amount with 28 percent, with Scripps just a mere 4 percent behind. All of the four participating colleges were at 15 percent and higher for at risk drinkers. 

    Another red flag that drew campus officials’ attention was the number of students that reported being taken advantage of sexually during a time when they were under the influence. Ten percent of first-year students reported having this experience. 

    The data was collected within the first few weeks of school because the goal of the program is to eliminate any potential negative affects that first years may encounter with consuming alcohol. Therefore the number of sexual assaults that have occurred during intoxication is disturbing. 

    Evetth Gonzalez, of SARLO, says that there are programs planned for the future that will hopefully help combat these issues. Between a new Health and Wellness director at the Tiernan Field House, and the increase in programs that everfy (the company that does AlcoholEdu) positive change will hopefully occur. 

    It is all part of the college experience to go out and have fun. AlcoholEdu is a program that is supposed to guide students by helping educate them to make informed decisions. The results give a look into what is working and what is not, which shows there is room to reflect and improve—to make sure that the ultimate goal of students feeling safe on campus is accomplished.