Dr. Stephen Jordan, president of Metropolitan State College in downtown Denver, also signed the initiative. "I'm a split personality on it (lowering the drinking age). I'm more in the camp that thinks we need a national debate on this. But there are a whole range of issues worth noting. Eighteen-year-olds can run for public office, vote, serve in the military and get married. So, the lower-drinking-age question has to be considered in the context of all those other decisions," Jordan said.
"My concern and that of many of the other presidents who signed the initiative is that we aren't doing our students a favor by avoiding this. Saying that keeping the minimum age at 21 is reducing highway deaths is ignoring the bigger problem."
Dr. George Dennison, president of The University of Montana-Missoula, said, "Binge drinking is a problem on every campus; don't let anybody tell you it's not."
He has been president of the 14,000-student school for almost 20 years.
He joined the initiative because "to me, it's all about alcohol education. We haven't accomplished what we wanted (with the minimum 21 drinking age). The alcohol abuse is still there. How do you reduce it?"
The answer to his question is alcohol education, that’s what he thinks it's all about. If we educate our young adults at the age of 18 that binge drinking is not cool that’s what they will think. If we educate them In large groups of kids, such as anyone who wants to drink legally, then all of them will have seen what can happen. It will unlikely that a large group of college students will think binge drinking is cool, and that they will effect others around them, and eventually starting a trend of binge drinking.
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