COLUMN: Students for a Democratic Society should be allowed to drink
Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, have come under fire recently for “misusing” their office space in the student union. Allegedly this group has endangered the entire student population while defiling our sacred institution by partaking in the heinous crime of drinking alcohol on campus property.
Usually I’m not a fan of Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS. They have a radical and progressive agenda that only an unemployed sociology major could love. But now that they are in trouble for alcohol violations, I would be wrong not to come to their defense.
Students Downing Spirits, or SDS, have found themselves in the midst of an age old struggle between those who just want to have a good time, and authoritarian bureaucrats with a limited understanding of fun. From the age of prohibition, to the war on drugs, the struggle continues to this day. Our cause is immortalized in the words of a certain famous 1980s all white rap group. “You gotta fight for your right to party.”
Students Drinking Secretly, or SDS, should not have to face this problem alone. Many student organizations are still under oppression by President David Boren and his power hungry lackeys. Greek life should be the first to come to the aid of SDS. Yes, SDS may have more communists in their midst than the 1960s soviet Duma. Yes, they probably wear Birkenstocks and cargo shorts. And yes, they probably want to overthrow your daddy in all-out class warfare, but that’s not important. What is important is that we come together in defense of drinking.
President David Boren is a hack. America moved on from prohibition in 1933, but Boren still clings to it with the hands of a petty tyrant. Worse yet are those who blindly follow this liquor stickler. Student Government Association works as Boren’s secret fun police. SGA president and most honorable chairman Joe Sangirardi is now implementing policy that prohibits student organizations from completely covering their glass windows so that office space can be constantly inspected. Maybe, if we’re lucky, comrade Sangirardi will approve Student Government Association issued victory gin as well.
When the laws become unjust, is it not our moral obligation to disobey? Every student organization should have the right to drink in their offices. Students for a Democratic Society are just standing up against an unjust law. Isn't that what student activists are supposed to do?
Is it not nobler to stand drunk and free, than to kneel sober and servile? It is only when good men do nothing, that evil is able to succeed. I for one raise my glass not only in praise of good men, but also in spite of tyrants. In the words of radical capitalist philosopher, and surely SDS’s favorite person ever, Ayn Rand “I’m not asking who’s going to let me, I’m asking who’s going to stop me.”
Scott Houser is an international business senior.