I'VE BEEN READING about the problems in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., last weekend. Central Michigan University students got rowdy and things got out of control, with finals looming and the end of a long school year in sight.
I graduated from CMU in 1988. That's right, 26 years ago. I remember the End of the World parties and general mayhem during my college years, but I stayed away from most of it. We weren't against having a good time, but I vaguely recall students filling the streets and thing getting crazy early on a Saturday night, and I wanted no part of it.
The Mount Pleasant City Council is taking steps to curb the behavior, which of course includes drinking and burning couches, and throwing beer bottles at police. The majority of students want no part of this, and the student newspaper had a powerful editorial about the subject.
It's stupid. You've now been warned, CMU students. Just standing there watching it could put you at risk. Not fair? Tough.
If you want to screw up your graduation or status as a student, go right ahead. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you. The simple way to stay out of trouble is to think ahead and be respectful. You can party hearty all you want, but you don't have to be dumb about it.
My years at Central were among the best of my life. I have fond memories. They won't be tarnished by a few drunken idiots.