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My classmate and Hanover resident Bill Mitchell ‘79 is starting an effort to bring back kegs to Dartmouth social events, arguing that cans are environmentally unfriendly (lots of garbage) and ultimately lead to more and uncontrolled beer consumption because students can simultaneously pour from an unlimited number of cans, whereas beer from a tap can be regulated by the server. He has produced an amusing video to illustrate the latter point. It is up on the BanTheCan Facebook page, and you can watch it here:
This space has consistently criticized the College’s anti-keg policy on any number of grounds: waste; the propensity of students to pre-game when they know that insipid Keystone Light is the only beer at an event; the unhealthiness of industrial beer versus fresh beer on tap (let alone the more satisfying quality of a fresh product); and so on.
The only rationale for the can of which I have ever conceived (I have not seen it from official sources) is that by opening their own beer, women can ostensibly ensure that no one has slipped a date rape drug into an open cup poured from a keg.
The College should acknowledge that the SEMP regulations in their various forms have long been a failure (here and here). Students ignore them, cheat on them, and are not at all deterred from drinking by them. A little common sense would go a long way in reforming the alcohol culture. Rather than chasing after miscreant kegs, the administration should focus all of its efforts on safety.
Addendum: The current SEMP regulations do provide for some kegs, but houses and, wink wink, senior societies, are not allowed to have permanent taps (banned in 1991), which significantly inhibit the purpose of the kegs that are allowed. And houses already bring in kegs in goodly numbers on the sly.
Addendum: One favorite fictitious name for a frat back in the day was Tapa Kega Brewski, and my witty father liked to tell of I Felta Thi and a putative Jewish fraternity Zeta Laida Shiksa.
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