Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Student journalists forgot to do homework

The geniuses on the editorial board of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, the student newspaper at the University of Massachusetts, recently opined in favor of the HEA Drug Provision.
Short and sweet, the federal government is not funding a student's college education so they can get high. If that is how they choose to spend their money and their time in college, they certainly do not need to be wasting the government's money in the process; money, mind you, that could have gone to students who take their education and time here more seriously.
Someone needs to (respectfully) tell these fools that there is already a measure that makes sure students are getting the most out of their college education and the federal financial aid they receive - it's called grades. That's right, students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average to receive aid. So if students are wasting all of their time using or selling drugs instead of studying and going to classes, they're already going to lose their aid.

The HEA Drug Provision is discriminatory, causes much more harm than it prevents, and should be repealed immediately.

If you have five minutes, please write a letter to the editor of the Daily Collegian and send it to: editorial@dailycollegian.com. Don't forget to plug SSDP for any interested students who might read your letter!

2 comments:

Keith Halderman said...

It is also important to remember that in the late 1960s and early 1970s compared the grade point averages of marijuana users and non-users finding that the marijuana users had the higher GPA's.

Angie said...

I've found that to be true as well; in fact, I've had friends whose GPAs actually went up after they began smoking. Not that I'm saying pot increases your brain power, necessarily. However, at least in the cases I've witnessed, the people who smoked pot tended to be less anxious about failing their assignments (which is the kiss of death, especially when it comes to writing) and also more likely to be comfortable staying home and completing homework rather than going out to party five nights a week.