Selling alcohol at games counterproductive

Published 6:46 am Thursday, January 26, 2012

The goal of Troy University is to “educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act.” I have heard Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins say this on television numerous times over the past few weeks. I don’t know who came up with the phrase, but I have to say that I love it.

I have a question. How does the university’s plan to start selling alcoholic beverages at athletic events fit into that goal? While universities across America are trying to figure out ways to control alcohol abuse among college students, our Troy University officials are creating another way to introduce the potential of greater abuse.

In this case, the abundance of “book learning” and advanced degrees held by the decision-makers at the university fails to translate into common sense. In a day when one of the major issues in our society is the abuse of alcohol by any age group, why would a world-class university like TU want to open another avenue for the abuse?

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I suspect it has to do with revenue. The administration sees it as merely a business decision. How difficult is it to see that dealing with the problems that will result from making alcohol available to students during athletic events will far exceed any potential profits from sales? Is that too “common-sense” to be considered?

I am asking the administration at the university to reconsider this decision. The university has been entrusted with the minds, hearts, and bodies of thousands of students, many of them still teenagers. Be a good steward over them. You are accountable. On the altar of a minimal financial profit, you are willing to possibly sacrifice the minds, hearts, and bodies of thousands of students. Shame on you.

If common sense prevails, this decision will be reversed. It may take some urging from other voices in Pike County. This letter will probably not be read, let alone regarded, by any of the decision-makers at the university. After all, who am I to be heard? The bottom line is that it will take more than one person writing a letter to the editor. By whatever means you choose to let your voice be heard, please do it, and do it now. Don’t wait until some student leaves the football stadium, gets in his or her car while under the influence of alcohol, and causes an accident that results in the death of innocent people.

Don Hatcher