Green Beer Day is a long-run Miami University tradition since 1952 where students typically gather the Thursday before Spring Break and drink Green Beer all day, starting as early as 5 a.m. This long-run tradition comes with lots of merchandise, apparel, and typically seniors in college celebrating their last GBD as students of Miami University.
As charming and sentimental as this tradition may be, we must not forget that we are in fact still in a pandemic. Yes, COVID vaccines are still rolling out, but in Ohio, higher education is not being prioritized, meaning that a majority of folks in Oxford do not yet have access to the vaccine. Meaning, the risk of getting COVID and spreading it is just as high as it was last year when we canceled due to the pandemic.
If you're going to celebrate GBD, do it at the leisure of your home, with the people inside your 10 person and below bubble — do not go to bars, and for the love of God, do not go to fraternity houses if you are invited to parties.
The Dean of Students is still suspending students caught in 10 plus gatherings right now, so is a binge-drinking tradition really work suspensions or expulsions? Especially in your final year of school?
No, it's not.
To my readers under 21, if you're getting a fake ID or thinking of getting one for GBD, don't — it's not worth it.
I am all about traditions and upholding them — but one that promotes binge-drinking and large gathering amongst a pandemic where lives are still being lost really isn't worth it right now.