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Surveys show heavy drinking, sexual violence remain high at Stanford

Original post made on Jun 15, 2020

New survey results show high rates of student binge drinking and disproportionately high rates of sexual violence among sorority and fraternity members at Stanford University.

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Posted by Reflection
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2020 at 4:31 pm

I hate to say this, but Stanford should probably also be considering looking for students who are more mature, ethical, and less prone to this kind of behavior. It is possible to get energetic, interesting, motivated students who aren't all prone to drinking heavily when they got to college. Maybe it's time they re-examined some of their admissions habits.

Have they ever addressed the Stanford duck syndrome? This, too, could lead to a culture of drinking so that students have cover to not be perfect, if it's still assumed that students are supposed to do well by sheer talent and not hard work. Again, this is probably going to be necessary to address in part through a look at admissions policies.

When I was in school. there was definitely a kind of kid (prep school types, but not only) who was prone to hiding things from the parents to appear to be the perfect kid, who went wild when they got to college, drinking, etc. I don't know how you change things from seminars if you get a large concentration.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm

[Portion removed.]

Perhaps Stanford should be recruiting hard working American students with B's and C's who worked part-time jobs most of their lives to help their families and themselves. [Portion removed.] The students who have solid life skills often make the best scientists, engineers, and physicians. They have higher moral values and ethics.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2020 at 10:32 am

Stanford has (through "sins of omission") been encouraging drinking for a long time. Like many, perhaps most, major universities in the US. I can't say exactly when it started-- I do know that in its earliest days, the area around Stanford was off-limits. But, by the late 70's, I recall seeing dorm windows with booze hanging in bags outside dorm windows -- a kind of pro-forma no booze in the dorm room thing.

Yeah, yeah. "Alcohol doesn't -cause- criminal behavior." Don't bother.

If Stanford actually wants to do something about this, Stanford will stop encouraging drinking. In dorms, at frat parties, etc. etc. etc. But, Stanford won't do it, because too many alumni/future-benefactors, will object.

Anybody else remember this one:

"Delta Upsilon was closed in 1986 after a series of disciplinary problems, including members' throwing a burning couch off their balcony."

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