Excise frustrates admin., too
It's not surprising college students aren't big fans of the Indiana Excise Police's Intensified College Enforcement Program, which aims to reduce underage drinking on college campuses.
The program, which will last throughout the end of the semester, targeted DePauw, along with Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Excise officers in plainclothes and uniforms patrol locations where underage possession or consumption of alcohol is likely to occur.
But it seems telling that University administrators have become frustrated with the organization, too.
"We have no updates on their plans, and we get no sense of what they're doing," said President Brian Casey in an interview after Little 5 weekend. He, along with Director of Public Safety Angie Nally and Vice President for Student Life Cindy Babington, didn't know what kind of presence Excise would show.
And, they were especially worried because of news from Indiana University that Excise issued hundreds of students drinking citations. Casey said they had no idea what kind of presence the officers would have.
"Angie [Nally] and Cindy [Babington] are just clearly trying to have some channel of communication, and we've gotten none," said Casey.
The Intensified College Enforcement Program's expressed purpose is to reduce underage drinking through education. Myths about Excise running are wild across campus and few learning opportunities - except the deferral programs offered to citation-holders - have presented themselves.
In a past editorial, we noted that a drinking culture is changed through awareness of danger and fostering adapted habits. Creating a real and particularly expensive repercussion is a step, but only that. We're not sure why the obvious step of working with university administration has been left out of the picture.
And we're left scratching our heads why Excise barely had a presence on campus this last weekend.
Excise seems to only to be a law enforcement agency, not an educational one that might create positive change.
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