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THE MAROON VOL. 79, NO. 21 gfgf MAROON.LOYNO.EDU a casual PROGRESSION Casual drinking may lead to a way of life, downward spiral for some By Ylan Mui Staff writer Sunday afternoon. The Saints are playing the Rams — and winning. Your homework is done, and your day is free. You're just kicking it on the couch with your buddies and a couple of beers. You're not getting drunk; in fact, you're barely even buzzed. You're just watching the game and having a Bud. True. True. These are the times you remember — as opposed to the times when you've blacked out from 10 too many tequila shots. Although there's a lot of talk about binge drinking in college, studies are surprisingly quiet about a much more common occurrence on college campuses: casual drinking. "It's not about getting drunk, throwing up and making a fool of yourself," said Cristina Gomez, physics and engineering junior. "It's just a way to relax at the end of the day." Getting over it A 1992 study by the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiological Survey shows that about 10 percent of those ages 18 to 24 are heavy drinkers, while about 20 percent are defined as light drinkers, and another 20 percent are dubbed moderate drinkers. The study suggests that though binge drinking may be a problem, it isn't the norm among college students. "If I've had a bad week and I need to relax. I'll have three or four (drinks)," said Kevin Abascal, psychology and philosophy freshman. "But 1 don't necessarily have to drink to have a good time." Abascal said he doesn't think his behavior is typical of college freshmen. New-found freedom mixed with New Orleans' lenient attitude toward liquor laws makes a dangerous cocktail: Quarter draught at T.J. Quills on Tuesdays, quarter pitchers at Waldo's on Wednesdays and Ladies' Night at Hyde Park on Thursdays sends many students into the weekend with their livers already churning. But for most people, it doesn't stay that way. By junior or senior year, many students have given The Boot the boot. "When you see a change in a pattern, that's when you need to be alert." - MICHELE KELLY, SOCIOLOGY INSTRUCTOR, on the potential dangers of casual drinking in college. "I always said I couldn't wait until I'm 21," Gomez said. But now that she's finally legal, it's all been rather anti-climatic. "What are you going to do when you're 21? You did it already." Abascal said he anticipates a change in his drinking habits by the time he hits senior year. "I'm not really going to want to be around a bunch of 18-year-olds getting drunk (at college bars)," he said. He said that he thinks it just gets old after a while, and binge drinking loses its appeal. "They've had their fun with it, and now it's time to go beyond," he said. Single serving Research supports Abascal's theory. In a 1997 study by the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, about II percent of 18- to 25-year-olds listed themselves as heavy drinkers. Among 26- to 34-year-olds, that number dropped to about 7 percent and fell to just 4 percent of those older than 35. Most people don't stop drinking altogether. They simply start limiting their intake. Michele Kelly, sociology instructor, said she remembers the day during her In spite of theft, campus stays safe By Nick Boeglin Assistant News Editor Last semester's low crime rate at Loyola has continued, this semester, said Capt. Roger Pinac of the Loyola University Police. According to Pinac, there have only been seven reported thefts on Loyola's campus this semester. Pinac said that the only notable act of crime came last weekend, when two unidentified people kicked over the first "O" and second "L" of the "Loyola" sign in front of the Music/Communications building. "We haven't had anything major on campus this semester," Pinac said. Many Loyola students said they feel that Loyola has a safe campus. Otto Mertins, communications junior, transferred to Loyola this year from the University of Miami. He said Loyola's police is more efficient than his that of his old school. "I feel a lot safer here," he said. "UM was a lot more dangerous." Christie Knockaert. accounting senior, has been at Loyola for all four of her college years. She said that she has never been affected — directly or indirectly — by any campus crime. Like Mertins, Knockaert said she believes that UP does a good job keeping the campus safe. But, she said she would like them to be more visible on campus. "I think it would be nice to see them a little more on campus, especially at night," she said. Afua Achampong-Duku, biology freshman, said that while a more visible police force after dark would be good, it is not a necessity. Pinac said that overall, it's been a very slow semester. "But Mardi Gras is coming, and that often brings a variety of problems," he said. SURVEY SAYS A look at a 1997 Harvard School of Public Health survey findings on college drinking habits 44% of U.S. college students engaged in binge drinking during the two weeks prior to the survey 70% of the men and 55% of the women reported they were intoxicated three or more times in the past month 61% of the men and 39% of the women drank alcohol on ten or more occasions in the past 30 days Some bikers getting the boot By Matt Walter Staff writer Booting isn't just for cars any more. Beginning this semester, campus police officers are strictly enforcing Loyola's bicycle parking regulations. However, not all students understand the regulations. Several recently found that their favorite parking places on campus are off limits. Mike Karam, history senior, said he thinks that Public Safety or Loyola Parking Services should publicize the new enforcement of the policy. "It's ridiculous. I think Public Safety should use its time more efficiently," Karam said. "Don't waste their time booting bikes." Public Safety will probably boot bicycles parked in front of the library and locked to benches around campus, according to University Police Lt. Angela Honora. Public Safety is trying to increase safety and campus beauty. "Now that several bikes are parked illegally, the booting has gone up, especially in the last two weeks," THE L-O DOWN STAFF PHOTO BY DANIELLE MASTROPIERO For a short time this weekend, onlookers were privy to a very different LOYOLA. Although the sign was quickly returned to its natural form, vandals did manage to make a brief impact on campus. For Complete Story See Page 3. See BIKES, Page 3 See ALCOHOL, Pag 3 KEEPYA 'FRO 11 ft t I £9% The End ofthe Free Music FRESH i - http://maroon.lovno.edu y Pirating Era P39G 4 p Your 24-hour Loyola news source j ~*ee 2 NEXT WEEK: Catch our Mardi Gras special section.
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