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Will DePauw’s New Alcohol Rules be Effective?

A photo of multicolored liquor bottles.

The “drinking culture” on DePauw’s campus is one of both worry and intrigue, for it has caused more concern for the safety of DePauw students. But it has also pushed DePauw to react in attempts of curbing this “drinking culture.” The amount of hospitalizations due to alcohol related incidents has skyrocketed to 13 students since the 2017-2018 school year has started and in response to this, DePauw is cracking down — hard. Effective immediately, there will be harsh consequences for students under the drinking age that are caught with hard liquor. Is DePauw being too harsh here? Or is cracking down on DePauw students completely justified?

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