...is just about enough for everybody.
Here's a link to the Veishea Task Force's report to ISU President Steven Leath on the future of the celebration. I'm not going to read anything into the fact that it hit my email inbox just before 5:00 on a Friday afternoon. The cynic in me, however...
- Don't call it Veishea anymore. No only does the event's acronym no longer reflect all the colleges on campus as the original did, but Veishea no longer carries a positive perception. When you say "Veishea" most people think "riot."
- Consider breaking up the once-a-year celebration to three smaller celebrations, but don't have them in spring. To me, this really limits when these events could be held to capture most of the student population and not conflict with things like football season.
All of this is well and good, but to me ignores the obvious--and maybe for good reason...
How do we figure out the best way to dial back the 2014 college student's love of booze? Don't get me wrong--when I was in school, I knew my way around a beer or five. I have the fifth year of college to prove it. But... It's different today. There doesn't seem to be the same "social" aspect to it back in my day. Today, kids seem intent on drinking as much as they can, as quickly as they can, and more than than--staying as drunk as they can for as long as they can. When ISU (or any other school) can get a handle on that, then we'll see some changes.