The Gatepost Editorial: Don’t drink the jungle juice

For many, the next two “Halloweekends” are bound to be filled with parties, costumes, and, yes – alcohol. 

The Gatepost does not condone underage drinking or policy violations, but we realize we’re not your parents. As adults in college, you are entitled to make your own decisions. Many students, in fact, get their first taste of independence their first semester of college. But some do not know how to handle their newfound freedom. 

That’s why we believe it’s important to let students know what rules are on the books on campus – so you, as readers, can make your own informed decisions. 

We don’t want to tell you how to live your life or put a damper on your Halloween fun. However, we would like to strongly advise anyone going out this weekend, the next – or in general – to be safe and understand the risks that excessive alcohol intake can bring.

Freshmen, this is your first “Halloweekend” in college, and trust us – you don’t want it to be spent leaning over a toilet. You might want to go “HAM” and try to show everyone you can handle your alcohol, but it’s important to know your limits. 

There’s no shame in knowing when you’ve had enough. 

No one wants to be the one passed out on the bathroom floor, and it shouldn’t have to be your responsibility to take care of your fellow party-goers, but we encourage you to be vigilant and take care of each other. 

Most parties are harmless fun, but it only takes one person to put you in serious danger.  Keep your eyes on your own drink, never take cups from anyone you don’t know, and bring your drinks to the bathroom, just to be safe.

That doesn’t mean you should be paranoid of everyone you meet at a party – it means it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s a simple step, but it can prevent you from ending up in the hospital, being taken advantage of – or worse.

More importantly – no matter how blunt it may sound – don’t slip drugs into other people’s drinks. The responsibility shouldn’t have to fall on the victims, and know these actions can easily land you heavy jail time.

If you decide to go off-campus, make sure you have a designated driver or a plan to Uber or Lyft home – a cheap and safe alternative to driving or walking. 

A Gatepost article published last week provided a detailed description of the University’s alcohol policy. FSU is a dry residence hall campus, meaning there is no alcohol allowed in any dorm – even if there are events on campus where alcohol is served.

However, we know some students may disregard this policy and decide to indulge in a few White Claws here and there.

The University recognizes that students need to be safe before they are punished. This is why FSU has a medical amnesty policy, so you are not punished for letting medical professionals, law enforcement officers, Security Desk Attendants, or Resident Assistants know someone has been drinking or doing drugs.

If you, or someone you are with, gets sick on campus from being intoxicated, do not be afraid to call University Police or your RA. Do not leave out any part of the story so that paramedics are able to administer exactly the right treatment.

You will not face any repercussions for seeking help in the event of an emergency. 

Technically, the Rams Student handbook states students will be met with disciplinary action after what the Office of Community Standards deems an excessive amount of reports. Think about it this way, though – it’s better to be in trouble than to be dead.

One last piece of advice: whatever you do, don’t drink the jungle juice.

Some helpful resources:

Campus Police: 508-626-4911

Tommy’s Taxi Service: 508-872-3500

Framingham Union Hospital: 508-383-1000