One of college’s proudest traditions is upon us. Homecoming is almost here, and students and alumni alike are poised to indulge in the debauchery.
Aside from the traditional festivities of the October event, reckless partying will no doubt reign supreme for many Central Michigan University students and graduates.
Those who have weathered the storms of higher education traditionally return, to pass the torch of Chippewa pride on to incumbent students.
But there are also many who unite with their old buddies and pass the bong in remembrance of their lackluster performances while falling through the cracks of CMU’s infamous history of excess.
The alumni should look out for newer students and set a good example for what should be the early stages of adulthood. Partying might have been fun in their heydays, but students are expected to move on as they work through education.
As one of those new students, I’ve been troubled by whisperings echoing in the fall wind. A simple inquiry into the purpose of homecoming, and what to expect, garners giddy sighs as long-time students and faculty recant dangerous behavior observed by alums.
It’s not a time for all these graduates and former students to come back and get drunk one last time. Homecoming is a much-need celebration as the year’s first semester reaches the half-way point. We deserve to celebrate, as time has left higher education seemingly more manageable than at our initial approach.
Campus police will be out in droves, looking out for seasoned non-students hoping to cause problems. Imagine the student who powered through the mid-term and dashed out to the game for homecoming merriment only to witness one his proud elders carried away in a paddy wagon.
Chances are, that young student will replicate the behavior in front of him. He’ll totter through classes and swiftly come to rest, like his predecessors, in a puddle of warm beer.
Alums need to break the cycle of recklessness. Remain sober amidst the fumes of embellished memories. Wipe the liquor from your faces and give us something to live up to. Our futures depend on it.