Regarding the April 11 article “University plans to amend alcohol policy for 2007-08”
First of all, I think it is important to say that all students did have a say in this policy change. All students had the chance to complete a survey in which this policy was addressed, and SA President Matt Worthington challenged us more than once, that if we want to have a say in all this, we should take the opportunity of answering this survey.
Second, I doubt this change was made to attract more non-Christian students (as a matter of fact, I think it is sad that every single policy change made is believed to be on these grounds.) It seems this change was made in response to the student survey, and anyone taking a look around campus with open eyes, would realize that alcohol consumption does not only occur among non-Christians. Rather I would say the change was made with the realization that alcohol does not equal sinning. As is stated in the article, how we handle alcohol is the determining factor.
Being a student in the Bible department, and thus being around several of the Bible faculty on a daily basis and taking in the overall mood in the department, I believe the majority of the faculty would approve of this change (although I cannot speak for them myself of course).
I do not think ACU exists to be our den-mother while we are in college. We cannot and should not try to shut away all of life’s problems simply to keep students from sinning.
Junior youth and family ministry major from Germany