Many colleges face underage drinking problems and while many people choose to believe that underage drinking is "part of the college experience" and write it off as inconsequential, it is illegal.
Without getting into the negatives of underage drinking - we can all agree that IT IS ILLEGAL to serve alcohol to minors. The state of NH has very strict policies concerning the sale and service of alcohol. Businesses and individuals pay a high premium for a liquor license as well as insurance costs and rules to obey the law.
At any time, a representative of the liquor commission can enter an establishment and attempt to "catch" the license holder breaking the law, either serving to underage persons, serving alcohol out of your licensed jurisdiction, serving too much alcohol, serving alcohol without food (if you do not have the proper license for a bar, alcohol can only be served with food), etc, etc.
But, at Dartmouth, they feel that the rules do not apply to them. AND they are getting away with it.
According to this article in Thursday's Union Leader, Hanover Police have agreed NOT to go into parties where underage drinking is taking place. Instead, they will allow Dartmouth to consider how they will address the problem.
Hanover Police officials (have jurisdiction throughout Hanover, including the Dartmouth campus) alerted Dartmouth police to their plan to go into parties and arrest underage drinkers and those serving alcohol to the minors.
Dartmouth students and faculty were outraged & after some "negotiations" the Hanover Police agreed to "postpone" their decision to enforce the law.
After much interaction with Dartmouth students & faculty, I can say that I am not surprised. This is an "elite" group of people who have a "liberal" bias to their views. They constantly vote more and more laws in, but when it comes to following those laws, they feel that they are exempt. They feel that the laws are there for other people, people not capable of "truly understanding" the big picture, such as themselves.
These are the same people that cite study after study (many of which they have done themselves) about the dangers of alcohol and irresponsibility. These are the same people that sue establishments for serving them the alcohol they ordered and then wrecked their car driving home. These are the same people that feel that when a law becomes inconvenient for them, it should not apply -- to them.
The problem, really, is how come these people can get away with it?
Q. What would happen if I told a police officer that I didn't want them stopping me for speeding?
A. The police officer would laugh as he handed me my summons.
Why is Dartmouth allowed to dictate which laws are followed? Why, then, are they given any credibility?