On-Campus Bars? Is That Even Legal?

On-Campus Bars? Is That Even Legal?

Actually they are, minus the dorm-room speakeasies, and they are gaining traction! Find out how they might affect your college campus next!

It’s been rumored that Chapman University is planning on opening a bar on campus for student and professor enjoyment, alike. Although most people are excited to have a new hangout on campus, others are worrying about the consequences of having an alcohol-providing establishment so open for students to utilize.

So what are the pros and cons of having a bar on campus?

The pros line up like 99 bottles of beer on the wall:
1. It would provide easy access to alcohol for anyone 21+ on campus.

2. The open space would lead to less violent acts caused by heavy alcohol consumption.

3. It could be a safe place to drink for those students who aren’t into partying.

4. It gives the responsibility to those who are old enough to drink. 
Sure, you can go in and grab a few beers at 9pm on a Monday, but you know you’ll be frustrated with yourself when you have a splitting headache sitting under the bright lights of that lecture class you have on Tuesday morning. No one is going to stop drinking, no matter how many statistics we see, but letting students experience a communal area in which to drink allows them to experiment with alcohol and have a good time in a safe space. This could actually lower binge-drinking levels of a university!

5. It’s more fun!
How cool would it be to say “We’re all meeting at the pub tonight!” and have everyone know what you mean and actually be excited to go?

The cons are a little scarier, but mostly because they are dangerously true:

1. Anyone 21+ who can come on campus can potentially enter the bar.

2. No one can guarantee that people will drink responsibly.

3. People under 21 could potentially still get in.
Fake IDs can be difficult to identify and there are some pretty convincing fakes out there.

4. Most students 21+ live off-campus so they would be more likely to drink and drive.
Those statistics are high enough, with 1,825 students dying every year from alcohol-related incidents.

5. This cumulatively creates more work for the officers working for the university.
They try to keep the peace, but a bar can invite certain levels of extra chaos.

With all this in mind, there are also many different kinds of bars and variations therein.

Types of drinking establishments generally go as follows:
1. Bar: ranging from dive bars to night clubs, this is where the alcohol is served and the music is played
2. Pub: serves alcohol, but also almost always serves food as well (also associated with European pubs across the UK)
3. Tavern: place of business where food and alcohol is served, and the drinkers are called guests and treated as such
4. Brewpub: beer is brewed on-site
5. Beer hall: large pub that specializes in beer
6. Speakeasy: most common during the Prohibition, this kind of bar serves alcohol illegally. 

With the right restrictions, like regulating operating hours and alcohol serving hours depending on the establishment and/or having people checked at the door for proof of age and student IDs, bars can be a successful collegiate endeavor.

And while objectively I have to ask why college students need another excuse to drink, as a current college student I know that we don’t really need one, but that won’t stop us!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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