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2008-11-11 11:15:56 AM  
Well, at least you know they're paying attention in Fluid Dynamics class.
 
2008-11-11 12:18:39 PM  
The quote of the year comes from fraternity member Max, a 19-year-old freshman, who is preparing at 10:30 a.m. to watch UF take on Ole Miss. This from the article by Times reporter Kevin Sack:

"Per-son-al-ly," he says, punching out each slurred syllable, "I do agree the age should be lowered. It will cut down on binge drinking. We take care of each other. We will not let anyone drink under the influence."

He pauses. "I mean drive under the influence. I'm sorry, I'm drunk already. It's been a long morning."


Awesome. I remember those carefree days of drinking beer for breakfast and being drunk by 10:0... Or as we call it at my house, Sunday.
 
2008-11-11 01:24:56 PM  
submitter: Florida university students support lowering drinking age from 21 by 18

Just what we need, drunken 3 year olds.

Good jorb.
 
2008-11-11 03:02:19 PM  
gopher321: submitter: Florida university students support lowering drinking age from 21 by 18

Just what we need, drunken 3 year olds.

Good jorb.


I was told there would be no math.
 
2008-11-11 03:03:43 PM  
Yeah, that was quite obviously UF before I even clicked the link. Hell, you could leave out any mention of Florida at all.

/go gators
 
2008-11-11 03:04:18 PM  
This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2008-11-11 03:04:29 PM  
gopher321: Just what we need, drunken 3 year olds.

Good jorb.


Pedobear is on his way right now to Florida.
 
2008-11-11 03:04:29 PM  
gopher321: submitter: Florida university students support lowering drinking age from 21 by 18

Just what we need, drunken 3 year olds.

Good jorb.


You Bastard! Strawberry yougurt, out my nose...thanks
 
2008-11-11 03:04:53 PM  
Now, while UF's 40-person funnel is impressive, it's not the largest in the nation.

That accolade likely goes to students at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, who constructed a 100-person beer bong that is attached to an actual keg. In a test of the system, the keg was emptied in 5 seconds, with each person drinking the equivalent of 1.65 beers.


Pics?

/*wipes away a tear*
//proud to be from wisconsin
 
2008-11-11 03:06:27 PM  
Pure engineering genius.
 
2008-11-11 03:07:26 PM  
21 by 18

That's 378 years, subby!
 
2008-11-11 03:08:23 PM  
Cyno01: Now, while UF's 40-person funnel is impressive, it's not the largest in the nation.

That accolade likely goes to students at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, who constructed a 100-person beer bong that is attached to an actual keg. In a test of the system, the keg was emptied in 5 seconds, with each person drinking the equivalent of 1.65 beers.

Pics?

/*wipes away a tear*
//proud to be from wisconsin


http://www.offbeatearth.com/100-person-keg-bong/
 
2008-11-11 03:08:49 PM  
Drinking age should be lowered, and gradually reduced to nothing. Works fine for other countries, why won't it work for us?
 
2008-11-11 03:09:11 PM  
FTFA: We will not let anyone drink under the influence

That guy's my hero.
 
2008-11-11 03:09:22 PM  
Benevolent Misanthrope: The quote of the year comes from fraternity member Max, a 19-year-old freshman, who is preparing at 10:30 a.m. to watch UF take on Ole Miss. This from the article by Times reporter Kevin Sack:

"Per-son-al-ly," he says, punching out each slurred syllable, "I do agree the age should be lowered. It will cut down on binge drinking. We take care of each other. We will not let anyone drink under the influence."

He pauses. "I mean drive under the influence. I'm sorry, I'm drunk already. It's been a long morning."

Awesome. I remember those carefree days of drinking beer for breakfast and being drunk by 10:0... Or as we call it at my house, Sunday.


And who won that UF/Ole Miss game? That's right, the number TWO party school in America.

/go rebs
 
2008-11-11 03:09:41 PM  
The University of Florida is the best school in the state?

Sad.

/No offense meant to UF students/alumni
//Okay. Maybe a little offense meant
 
GCD
2008-11-11 03:09:51 PM  
Is this article for real? It seriously sounds like The Onion.

The comment about driving under the influence is the red herring...
 
2008-11-11 03:10:06 PM  
Drinkin' ages are BS.
Thought so 20 years ago when I turned 18. Think the same today.
I don't want punk kids at the bar as much as anyone, but if they can die in war, they can vote, go to jail for life, ect. They deserve equal rights. I would, however extend the drive age to meet whatever age of adulthood we would agree on in society.

Everything one age is too logical or something?
 
2008-11-11 03:10:26 PM  
Drinking age - 18
Driving age - 20

And maybe if you swear under penalty of imprisonment to never drink a drop till you're 21 you can have a license earlier.
 
2008-11-11 03:11:51 PM  
A 40-person beer bong, and no HERO tag? I know it's Florida, but damn ...
 
2008-11-11 03:11:54 PM  
gopher321: submitter: Florida university students support lowering drinking age from 21 by 18

Just what we need, drunken 3 year olds.

Good jorb.


APPROVES (new window)
 
2008-11-11 03:12:47 PM  
ultraholland: 21 by 18

That's 378 years, subby!


I was going to make a crack about 3 year olds drinking, then I read this post. So, the drinking age in Florida is 378? No wonder they want it lowered, it's hard to get Samuel Rutherford to buy brews for all the college kids down there.
 
2008-11-11 03:13:18 PM  
Barbecue Bob: Drinkin' ages are BS.
Thought so 20 years ago when I turned 18. Think the same today.
I don't want punk kids at the bar as much as anyone, but if they can die in war, they can vote, go to jail for life, ect. They deserve equal rights. I would, however extend the drive age to meet whatever age of adulthood we would agree on in society.

Everything one age is too logical or something?


Driving starts when at least the potential for working starts, which is a good idea. If mommy and daddy had to drive little jimmy to school, football practice, guitar lessons, and work for an extra 2 years they'd lose their minds.
 
2008-11-11 03:14:10 PM  
Considering that the binge drinking culture in American college has developed in large part because of the drinking age being set at 21 (thereby eliminating any government regulation or oversight of alcohol sales to individuals under the age of 21), I think this is a good example of why the drinking age should be lowered.

If the drinking age was 18, college students would likely drink in public settings (such as bars and restaurants) rather than finding secluded or private places (outside the scope of supervision) to binge drink and pre-game.

I'm not saying lowering the drinking age would stop people from using alcohol in an irresponsible fashion, but it would take away some of the reasons that people do binge drink.

Pity we treat people ages 18-20.99 as children. Perhaps if we showed that our fellow Americans in that age group some respect, they would behave responsibly.
 
2008-11-11 03:14:19 PM  
The author muses how the institution can be a great party school while being a great center of learning. Well that's because people who are smart like to get high. They have more apparatus to process the experience. Paul Erdos was a speed freak. As was Tennessee Williams. The guy who invented PCR was an acid-head. I could go on and on.

//Pythagoras was into 'schrooms.
 
2008-11-11 03:15:18 PM  
H_is_for_Heretic: Drinking age - 18
Driving age - 20

And maybe if you swear under penalty of imprisonment to never drink a drop till you're 21 you can have a license earlier.


I really hate the tying together of drinking laws with driving laws. It's not like there's a minimum age for owning a cell phone or being tired, but we discourage people from driving while doing either of those.

Laws against drunk driving are illegal, but don't act like every person who drinks will also drive while doing so.

/Had to retake the drivers test here in Texas after my old license expired. They had questions like "what's the penalty for underage drinking?" Um guys, I'm 25 years old. What does this have to do with my ability to drive a car?
 
2008-11-11 03:15:39 PM  
I'm so proud.

/Gator
//Had my first drink at 22
 
2008-11-11 03:16:51 PM  
Drunk three year olds... Sounds like my family reunions.

And Christmas.

And Thanksgiving.

And Fridays.
 
2008-11-11 03:16:57 PM  
gorgor: APPROVES (new window)

Man I wish that was a sequence photo. The kid on the left has no idea what's coming.
 
2008-11-11 03:18:09 PM  
I think if a school is both the #1 party school in the nation, and #1 academically in Florida, it speaks mostly to the quality of the other schools in Florida. Or are we really surprised?
 
2008-11-11 03:19:33 PM  
signaljammer: The author muses how the institution can be a great party school while being a great center of learning. Well that's because people who are smart like to get high.

Virginia Tech is an excellent engineering school, and has a good football team (well maybe not this year). But it would be wrong to assume that our football players are good at engineering, or that our engineers are good at football.

I'm sure Florida's situation is similar. They've got a large group of smart people, as well as a large group of party animals with BS majors like Midget Studies or Business.
 
2008-11-11 03:19:48 PM  
serial_crusher: Um guys, I'm 25 years old. What does this have to do with my ability to drive a car?

Every state has that bullshiat. Virginia asked me what percentage of motorcycle accidents involved cars. It was something like 50%. Unfortunately I figure percentages while I drive.
 
2008-11-11 03:20:23 PM  
^^*don't
 
2008-11-11 03:21:17 PM  
ultraholland: gorgor: APPROVES (new window)

Man I wish that was a sequence photo. The kid on the left has no idea what's coming.


He's all smiles now, but when that chowder shower hits his neck he's gonna need therapy.

Also, WTF, I hope they took another picture.
 
2008-11-11 03:22:16 PM  
The drinking age should be lowered...
Now anyone have any pictures of youtube links for the 100 man beer bong?
 
2008-11-11 03:24:30 PM  
VTech's football team is alright.

The Big 12 and SEC being ridiculous just makes them seem like they suck.
 
2008-11-11 03:27:04 PM  
serial_crusher: They've got a large group of smart people, as well as a large group of party animals with BS majors like Midget Studies or Business.

First my mother, now you.

MIDGET STUDIES ARE A NEEDED FIELD, AND MY MAJOR IS NOT STUPID!

You guys are gonna be all sad when you see how much my minor in Physics for Poets helps me get a job in the future too.
 
2008-11-11 03:27:17 PM  
The "other countries" argument works pretty well if you have never been outside of the US....


I would be ok for servicemen drinking at 18.

maybe, MAYBE lower the drinking age, but never lower the club age.


18yr olds can get ID's to get into clubs, but when you take them home, you won't get statuary. Change this to 14-16yr olds getting fake ID's and we have trouble.
 
2008-11-11 03:30:20 PM  
Cyno01: Now, while UF's 40-person funnel is impressive, it's not the largest in the nation.

That accolade likely goes to students at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, who constructed a 100-person beer bong that is attached to an actual keg. In a test of the system, the keg was emptied in 5 seconds, with each person drinking the equivalent of 1.65 beers.

Pics?

/*wipes away a tear*
//proud to be from wisconsin


Wait, isn't 1.65 beers the equivalent of half a pint?.
 
2008-11-11 03:30:54 PM  
ultraholland: gorgor: APPROVES (new window)

Man I wish that was a sequence photo. The kid on the left has no idea what's coming.


His shirt would say EGADS!
 
2008-11-11 03:31:26 PM  
hockeyguy3066: I think if a school is both the #1 party school in the nation, and #1 academically in Florida, it speaks mostly to the quality of the other schools in Florida. Or are we really surprised?

Not sure now, but when I was in high school, c/o 98, UF was the #2 public university for academics behind Michigan.
 
2008-11-11 03:32:40 PM  
CygnusDarius: Wait, isn't 1.65 beers the equivalent of half a pint?.

A pint is 1.33 12 oz beers, but thanks for playing. Basically it's 20 oz per person in 5 seconds.
 
2008-11-11 03:34:20 PM  
Yes, we can!
 
2008-11-11 03:35:19 PM  
blackartemis: 18yr olds can get ID's to get into clubs, but when you take them home, you won't get statuary. Change this to 14-16yr olds getting fake ID's and we have trouble.

Pffft, I had my 21 ID and went to clubs at 16 and I look young for my age as is.
 
2008-11-11 03:37:08 PM  
So doesn't that thing look like it's gonna give about a gallon per person?
 
2008-11-11 03:41:01 PM  
gopher321: submitter: Florida university students support lowering drinking age from 21 by 18

Just what we need, drunken 3 year olds.

Good jorb.


I came in here to say that.

/that is all...carry on.
 
2008-11-11 03:43:39 PM  
snake822: CygnusDarius: Wait, isn't 1.65 beers the equivalent of half a pint?.

A pint is 1.33 12 oz beers, but thanks for playing. Basically it's 20 oz per person in 5 seconds.


Wait, I still get two more lives left!.
 
2008-11-11 03:44:28 PM  
OriginallyDC: Considering that the binge drinking culture in American college has developed in large part because of the drinking age being set at 21 (thereby eliminating any government regulation or oversight of alcohol sales to individuals under the age of 21), I think this is a good example of why the drinking age should be lowered.

If the drinking age was 18, college students would likely drink in public settings (such as bars and restaurants) rather than finding secluded or private places (outside the scope of supervision) to binge drink and pre-game.

I'm not saying lowering the drinking age would stop people from using alcohol in an irresponsible fashion, but it would take away some of the reasons that people do binge drink.

Pity we treat people ages 18-20.99 as children. Perhaps if we showed that our fellow Americans in that age group some respect, they would behave responsibly.


I doubt it. By that logic you would not see binge drinking once you hit 21.
Being that I was a poor starving college student when I turned 21 I found it was cheaper to drink in my apt/dorm than to drink at a bar. It's like going out to eat versus getting your food at market. Being able to buy alcohol wouldn't solve this fact.

Seeing how I don't have any dogs in this fight I don't care one way or the other. I just don't see how lowering the age will curtail binge drinking.
 
2008-11-11 03:59:11 PM  
OriginallyDC: Considering that the binge drinking culture in American college has developed in large part because of the drinking age being set at 21 (thereby eliminating any government regulation or oversight of alcohol sales to individuals under the age of 21), I think this is a good example of why the drinking age should be lowered.

If the drinking age was 18, college students would likely drink in public settings (such as bars and restaurants) rather than finding secluded or private places (outside the scope of supervision) to binge drink and pre-game.

I'm not saying lowering the drinking age would stop people from using alcohol in an irresponsible fashion, but it would take away some of the reasons that people do binge drink.

Pity we treat people ages 18-20.99 as children. Perhaps if we showed that our fellow Americans in that age group some respect, they would behave responsibly.


I'll be honest, that last paragraph is exactly why I've supported the lowering of the drinking age to 18 for many years.

Where's the logic that a 19 year old can serve in the military (even being drafted into it, even if they're not doing that now), can own property, and can be criminally liable for their actions as an adult. But they're not grown up enough to have a drink?

The military one gets me the most - that a 19-20 year old can give his life for his country, but can't have a beer to celebrate surviving another day?
 
2008-11-11 03:59:27 PM  
I say raise the voting, military service, and drinking age to 22. That's about the time you START to actually think about what you're doing.
 
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