Behind the Arch: The Truth about Drinking at BVU
After reading the book, Behind the Arch: The Truth about Drinking at BVU by Chris Allen, Alisa Dixson, Jennifer Durham, Shelley Katzer, Max Kenkel, Teri Kramer, Toby Malavong, and Courtney Weller, I realized that drinking on our BVU campus is a problem. I think that this is a problem on almost all college campuses though. This same group of students could go to almost any campus in the nation and find the same facts I believe. I did however, have some problems with the facts in the story. Some of the facts, to me, seemed almost impossible to be factual. Also, I think that the voiced teacher opinions were not needed in the book as ...view middle of the document...
This isn’t a bad story, but if this book is aimed for us to understand how much drinking was going on around our campus, then why didn’t they start the story with someone who is drinking. How can a reader get the full truth about drinking, if they are interviewing kids that do not even participate in partying or drinking, not even socially?
Another question, was all the detail about location of the buildings necessary? The book took a total turn from a story of a drinking and why the day was so dead on a Saturday, to some girl telling the location of where all the buildings are. Could it possibly be that maybe detail of building location should have been the start of the book, to give people a better understanding of what they are reading about? I am not saying it has to be like that, but that is my thoughts on the issue.
Now after this, the authors finally start with talking about drinking. Yet again, it was not a story from a student that seemed to drink or drink heavily. Isn’t this what the book was supposed to be about? This students story makes it sound like she drinks to be casual and fit in, but for the most part her nose is in the books all day, which by the way is not a bad habit.
With my understanding, of what the book’s main point is, I still have not discovered that the students who wrote this book did extensive enough research and surveying to conclusively be so sure of their opinions.
Moving on to chapter three; the first writing on the top of page one, besides the title, is a quote from a student. It read, “I hate the taste of alcohol, and it’s looked down upon by my church.” Now can anyone honestly tell me that binge drinking is an acceptable habit in any church or religion in which any of us in general are familiar with? I did, however, find in chapter three, first...