Monthly Archives: July 2016

Some Scary Statistics

In this thread we are going to explore how to drink safely in college (and beyond).  We are going to talk about lots of topics including binge drinking, pre-gaming, and underage drinking.  I will share my own observations and suggestions in a non-judgmental way, and I’m hopeful that you will reciprocate.  I will also share some of the most recent research on this topic as well as observations from college students, college graduates, college professors, parents, and anyone else who is interested.

You probably know the statistics, but in case you don’t, here are some sobering ones (pun fully intended).  These statistics come from a fact sheet on college drinking published by the:

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Here is the NIAAA Fact Sheet on College Drinking if you want more information.

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Summer Reading

Success in your first year in college starts during the summer.  I totally understand that you want to enjoy the summer between high school and college, but try to find some time to enjoy the suggested summer reading.  Many colleges and universities have such readings, and my school, Lafayette College, is no exception.


Our summer reading this year at Lafayette is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Whatever book has been assigned at your school, you should check it out this summer.  Most of the time these books are “suggested” rather than “required,” but you make some time to read the “suggested” book before school starts so you can hit the ground running.

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Before the Big Bang?

the big bangWhat existed before “the Big Bang”? (I don’t mean the TV show.) Was the Big Bang the beginning of everything?  How is that possible?  We know that the Big Bang occurred about 13.9 billion years ago.  What about one second before the Big Bang?  Was there even time before the Big Bang?

Many cosmologists  wonder what will happen to our universe in the future.  Will it keep expanding forever, or will it contract and end in a “Big Crunch”? That is indeed interesting, but I want to more about how it all began.

Any thoughts about this?

Success in College?

What does it mean to succeed in college?

Good grades? Getting a job after college? Getting into grad school, law school, med school, etc.? Expanding your horizons? Making new friends? Being mentally, emotionally, and physically well?

Of course, it’s all of the above! 

Prohibition Didn’t (and Won’t) Work

When I first started working as college professor over 20 years ago, I thought that prohibition might be the answer.  Don’t allow any drinking on campus, especially among underage drinkers.   Let’s see, how did Prohibition work the first time around?  Not so great.  Seems like a psychological principle called reactance got in the way.  But more on that later.

It didn’t take me long to realize that absolute prohibition was not going to be the answer.

So what to do about unsafe college drinking?  That’s what we’re going to talk about in this blog.

Let me warn you.  There are no easy answers…but I think there are some potential solutions.

Guinea Pigs and Designer Babies

IMG_2066Our family just “ordered” a guinea pig from a breeder.  Female, short hair, tri-color.  She should be available for pick up in a week or so.  I know, we should have looked in a shelter or checked with our neighbors, but this was just way too easy.  Pick up the phone and order the cavy of our dreams.

What if we could do the same thing with human babies?