AAThe prevalence of drinking on a college campus isn’t exactly breaking news. In fact, some go as far as to call this alcohol-consuming lifestyle part of the college culture. While many universities have accepted this, others such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison take the issue more seriously.

As of this semester, university officials are fining students for underage drinking, which the students will have to pay out of their pockets. The fine consists of a payment to the local police department ($263.50) and “substance-abuse counseling” which costs $78 for two group sessions or $200 for two personal sessions (because students might want extra attention for their alleged “substance-abuse problem”). We don’t know about y’all, but we sure as hell don’t have $400 just lying around in case of an emergency alcohol violation. read more »

Thank God we don’t live in Michigan.

Hard liquor

Starting Nov. 1, the state will require beer retailers to attach a tag to each keg with the buyer’s name, address, phone number and driver’s license number. The purchaser is also mandated to put down a $30 deposit per keg, which won’t be reimbursed if the shell is returned sans tag. Tag-removers may be charged with a misdemeanor and could be fined $500 and spend up to 93 days in jail. (Ye be warned.)

The frats at Michigan State are probably flipping a cow right now. read more »

beer 2facebookSocial networks. Sigh. Oh, Facebook. Oh, Twitter. Oh, whatever other inventions that exist to connect the small world we currently live in. Oh, you all.

You were so much fun in the beginning. The good times, the bad times — together, we trekked through them all. Remember those hilarious photos of when Derrick got totally wasted and pranced around in his little sister’s ballet leotard? Or, wait for it, when Blair passed out after her seventh shot in a span of twenty minutes and everyone drew on her face with a Sharpie? Also, how can we forget when there were tons of updates about how drunk our buddies were and that someone had almost blacked out while driving down local street at over 95 mph?

Fun stuff.

Then after the novelty wore off, you all came off as backstabbers. read more »

berk high

Ever get that high school nostalgia? Recall the sports games, spirit weeks, school dances, showing up to class drunk and/or high. Wait what? Reeeeeewind and pause. As far as we’re concerned, attending class whilst crunk is neither conducive to the activity (learning) or even fun for that matter.

Still, Berkeley High students seem to find some appeal in it, perhaps because they believe (delusionally) in a certain status of badassness attained in doing so. Ah, high school, the place read more »

U Can haz just 1 beer with me be4 reading?… Because it’s Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, guys! Did you know that? Well, we’ve been counting down the days since, like, last year. No–since, like, forever. It’s just that exciting. And well-publicized.

OK, so we don’t live in the res halls anymore. Maybe the freshmen are totally up on it. We bet there are signs plastered to every available surface in Crossroads. But for some reason, we just don’t know if kids these days will appreciate the subtle fun-making genius of events like this:

Meet Your Neighbor Day
Friday October 23
Drinking & parties can disrupt others’ sleep and study. But when we know our neighbors’ names, lifestyles and priorities, we are more considerate.  So make the extra effort today to meet and exchange key information with all your neighbors. read more »

how berkeley can you be

In a fun-killing move of Palo Alto proportions, the yearly “How Berkeley Can You Be?” parade has been canceled. No doubt, a terrible gloom will hang over the alcohol and nudity free length of University Avenue this summer. This sad news follows a Fire and Police Department declaration that an extra $8,000 would be necessary to maintain safe levels of Berkeleyness at the event. Surely, a resounding cry of “lame” echoed from the heavens following this demand.

The parade read more »


As Tuesday’s cultural tribute to Northern European alcoholism approaches, kids across the land look to get their underage paws on some booze. However, Northern California’s long and totally lame arm of the law seeks to foil these juvenile endeavors, with seemingly no regard for how many dreams of being the only eleventh grader to throw a totally sick party and thereby achieve everlasting popularity they squash in the process. read more »