Campus Informer, April 9, 2007 Ice-pick-wielding parents, dirty elections, and more news from schools around the world.
April 9, 2007
Brits get boozed
Apparently American universities aren’t the only ones with out-of-control alcohol problems. Because of widespread alcohol-induced vomiting on campus, members of the janitorial staff at Cambridge’s Gonville and Caius College are now being vaccinated for Hepatitis B, a potentially deadly liver disease. Frequent plumbing problems caused by an abundance of post-partying sickness led to the new policy. Such messes must “be cleared up by contract cleaners who have been trained and have had a Hepatitis B injection,” wrote union president Tor Garnett in an email to students.
A cause for the overflow of vomit has been identified–freshmen. According to Garnett, “the majority of [the vomit] is due to first-years drinking more than their limit.” The Cambridge Evening News points specifically to pennying, a drinking game “in which students drop coins in a glass then knock drinks back in one to retrieve them” as a major cause of “rowdy and drunken behaviour [funny British spelling in original].” So much for theories that lowering the legal drinking age leads to responsible alcohol consumption. It looks like freshmen will be freshmen regardless.
College election takes cues from Karl Rove
State University New York, Stony Brook
During student government election season, there’s never a shortage of underhanded political tricks on display at universities across the country. This spring, we turn to SUNY Stony Brook for a stunning example of dirty campaigning.
Undergraduate Student Government President Romual Jean-Baptiste was impeached for planting fake campaign flyers that appeared to come from his opponent, USG rep Joseph Antonelli. Many of the posters featured Jean-Baptiste’s picture next to a chimpanzee, leading the USG to suspect that Jean-Baptiste tried to frame his opponent for a hate crime. According to the Stony Brook Statesman, “it was the opinion of the Senate that these posters were used in a malicious manner to discredit Antonelli and to bring possible physical harm and racial backlash unto him.”
The USG also impeached Junior Class Representative Michael Cohen, who was appointed mid-year by Jean-Baptiste and played the role of the classic crony. Following Jean-Baptiste’s orders, Cohen was caught on surveillance camera posting the questionable flyers. An anonymous USG member was allegedly threatened by Cohen, who approached him and said “It’s a good thing we’re both in USG ’cause if I saw you outside I would demolish you and break your f—ing neck.” Rounding out a glowing report, Vice President of Academic Affairs Chinelo Onochie questioned Cohen’s qualifications, saying that “No one that stupid should be able to hold office.” If only the same standard could be applied to national political scandals.