Opinion

Unofficial Relays drinking tradition

Comments (10)
  1. Bridget says:

    This is obnoxious and pretentious. “I’m not here to preach” – except for that is what the entire article is doing. First of all, she’s a freshman who has not been here to experience relays in the past. 99% of Drake students are NOT in a constant state of “drunken oblivion,” they will however, go to a bar at night after a full day’s worth of classes and homework. Also, the writer failed to address the fact that at least half of Drake students ARE of legal drinking age, and she has no place telling them how to drink.
    Overall I find this article very immature and unsubstantiated.

  2. Joe says:

    Completely agree with Bridget’s comment, and I’d like to add another small issue in this article: how is someone who has not only never consumed alcohol before, but never been to Relays qualified to pass out judgements and “advice” to students and alumni who have been through Relays many times and many of whom balance alcohol, school, work and other responsibilities? Not only is this writing thoroughly pretentious, it’s based entirely on uninformed observations and assumptions. A junior, senior, or grad student reflecting on their own experiences with drinking & Relays over several years would be a much more authoritative perspective.

  3. Really? says:

    Why did this get published? An opinion about Relays week drinking from a freshman who obviously has no experience with it… Good for a laugh, but not much else.

  4. Spike Loves Relays says:

    I’ll buy you a mug tonight at Peggys! See you there with your fake.

  5. give her a break says:

    It’s an opinion piece and she’s just sharing her opinion on the topic. Over my 4 years at Drake now, I’ve seen many of my peers use alcohol extensively especially during Relays. I’ve seen peers who usually do not drink do it for the first time during relays and lose control. The author never mentioned that 99% percent of Drake is in a state of “drunken oblivion” as you mentioned. She said that she has a negative outlook because of her observations. I knew many people who would wake up and drink before classes start. You are also entitled to your opinions, but you can’t just ignore the fact that drinking seems to overshadow the Races or the fact that people attend the events like the Pancake Breakfast after getting drunk.

  6. Adam says:

    You’ve seen bad things happen from alcohol and don’t want to drink? Cool, that is totally your choice. For the rest of us, college is the only time in our lives where being drunk for 3 days in a row is socially acceptable. College is a time to do things you don’t get to do once you make it into the “real world” Live it up while you can.

  7. FreshieSayWhat? says:

    As a fellow “first-year”, I do not think think this article even had the chance to be perceived well. I don’t care what you do on your own time, but don’t be a Negative Nancy/Mother Hen to the rest of us. The mentality at Drake, as told to me before I even came here, was that students work hard and play hard. We all have our own definitions of fun. Now get down off your self-proclaimed pedestal.

  8. Truth says:

    “Despite cross-cultural variations, the central fact remains that in all cultures where alcohol is used, drinking is an essential element of celebration.”1 Drinking, whether you agree with it or not, has been and will continue to be a way of bonding and celebration for millenniums. I respect your choice not to drink and am not encouraging people to drink (wait similar to the article, I will go on to say something that is hypocritical with what I just said). You don’t have to drink to get drunk. Partaking in adult beverages has always been a way to celebrate. Relays is a time before finals where you can celebrate the semester/year and look back on what you have accomplished. Spending time with friends and making new friends gives you an opportunity to relax before finals week. I am a senior, and I hope after your ignorance of freshman year has left you that you will respect the celebration that occurs during Relays week. We celebrate the academic year, the “stress” of college, and the companionship of the fellow Drake community. Yes you can have fun without alcohol, but can you have fun being judgmental and hypocritical? “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” -Martin Luther King, Jr (2)

    1. http://www.sirc.org/publik/drinking6.html
    2. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/ignorance.html

  9. Peggy says:

    There is nothing “unofficial” about this tradition. If you ask any upperclassman or alum they will tell you it is the ONLY tradition…except for a few rumors about a track meet nearby.

  10. Kim - J '91 says:

    I’m many years removed from Relays but still fairly confident that drinking is not an UN-official tradition. If so, then I need another explanation for the Relays-branded Peggy’s t-shirts and plastic cups stored in my basement. A more useful attitude might be to acknowledge that yes, given the spring timing and festivities of Relays… students WILL partake. Take responsibility for your own actions, but also watch out for those who have over-indulged and impaired their own judgement.