Persuasive Letter: Scott Krueger Essay

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Dear Ms. Vagas:I saw your Broadcast piece, "The Scott Kruger Story", on ABC that was shown in September 1997 and would like to respond because I think that two key aspects were not discussed: Scott's parents and Scott himself. In my opinion, they are the only people to be held responsible for his death. Although I agree that MIT turned a blind eye on the problems because they obviously knew they existed, especially in this fraternity; it was Scott's personal and free choice to live there, to start drinking, and to continue it in the form of binging until his blood alcohol level hit .41 (Kalb, p.69).Teenage binge drinking is a serious problem and unfortunately widespread on US campuses. "The deaths are just pilling up here," says Hank Nuwer author of Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing and Binge Drinking ("Binge Drinking's Campus Toll", 2002). A Harvard study found that 70% of students at 119 colleges binge drink. Among Greek students, the numbers are even higher: 86% of fraternity members and 80% of sorority members living in chapter houses are likely to engage in binging, which was defined as more than 5 drinks in a row for men and more than 4 drinks in a row for women (Kowalski, p. 6-7). As you can see events like the "Animal House night" are not just a problem for MIT or the Fiji House. "Alcohol is the No. 1 issue on every campus I've been on," says John Williamson, executive vice president of the Indianapolis-based North-American Interfraternity Conference, which represents 66 fraternities on 800 campuses in the USA ("Binge Drinking's Campus Toll", 2002).The Harvard study also found that students drink to get drunk (47%), drink because of the status associated with drinking, drink because it is a tradition and culture or because of peer pressure, and/or academic stress ("Binge drinking on college campuses"). Indeed, MIT ignored the numerous letters and warnings by former students, but they probably did, because fighting against such big and widespread traditions seems very hopeless. Even if they had reacted there would not have been a guarantee that Scott had not been with the same guys at the same night, doing the same exact thing he did. Since he was under aged, he acted against the state's law in the first place and would not have cared much more about a campus law that forbids binging.Truly, some students drink because of peer pressure, which is defined as the attempt from people your age to influence you one way or another (Lyness, 2001). Studies like Ash's Conformity Experiment and the Milgram Experiment showed its meaning. The first one demonstrates how peer pressure can influence someone to change his mind from what he knows for sure is a correct answer to the incorrect answer, just because everyone else gives the incorrect answer. The second one shows how careless somebody would hurt another person, because an authority figure tells him to ("Conformity Studies"). The Wave is another example. In this movie, which is...

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