Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You by Barrett Seaman

By Barrett Seaman

In Binge , Barrett Seaman finds what each mum or dad, pupil, and educator must find out about the varsity adventure. Seaman hung out with scholars at twelve extremely popular and various faculties and universities throughout North America­. in the course of his years of study, he immersed himself within the lives of the scholars, frequently dwelling of their dorms, eating with them, conversing with them all alone phrases, and hearing them convey their concepts and emotions. Portraying a campus tradition within which today’s most sensible and brightest scholars grapple with excess of educational demanding situations, Binge conveys the remarkable stresses on campus this day. whereas sharing revealing interviews and the customarily dramatic tales, Seaman explores the complexities of romantic relationships and sexual kin, alcohol and drug use, anxiousness and melancholy, type and racial limitations, and extra. regardless of the nerve-racking traits, Seaman reveals purposes for optimism and provides provocative and well-informed feedback for making improvements to the undergraduate adventure. occasionally alarming, consistently attention-grabbing, and eventually hopeful, Binge is a rare investigative paintings that unearths the realities of upper schooling this day.

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They demanded and won coeducation at formerly male sanctuaries during the late sixties and early seventies. Where there had already been women, which was in the majority of the schools I covered, coeducation expanded from the classroom into the dorms and then through Title IX into the athletic departments. Women also came into key campus leadership positions. Donna Shalala was chancellor at Wisconsin, later the University of Miami; Duke thrived for a decade under the strong leadership of Nan Keohane; Condoleezza Rice was provost at Stanford; and in 2003, Hamilton inaugurated its first women president, Joan Hinde Stewart, after almost two hundred years of men.

While I was there only a week, I never saw anyone out of control or in danger, though on Sunday morning I saw two guys who had clearly ingested too much of one substance or another the night before. But that happens in heavily policed college dorms too. On my first evening following my election as a guest, I was asked to join a small group going to another co-op to watch some movies and do some mushrooms. I had a hunch these were not going to be shiitakes and politely declined. ” I had no doubt, I said, but suggested as politely as I could that I ought to settle in first.

Discouraged by low attendance at early morning classes, professors have largely given up on them. Students check off their academic requirements in the course of the afternoon and early evening, then launch their own agenda just as night falls. m. daily. Pomona’s late-night Snack is essentially a capitulation to students’ nocturnal lifestyle. m. Delis and cafes at Dartmouth and Duke are open twenty-four hours a day, and everywhere stu- d a i ly r e s l i f e 37 dents are asking for more services later into the night.

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