Poor message

I had to do a double-take when I saw the survey conducted by Health Enhancement Services printed on page 7 in the October 7 issue. Are they actually serious when they claim NIU students are safe drinkers? Is this a pat on the back for drinkers who were lucky enough not to suffer “negative consequences”, or is it just a bad joke? I prefer the latter.

If you look closely at this survey, you can see how deceiving it is. Who are they trying to impress? I did my own calculations using their figures and found approximately 130 students were involved in fights, 130 caused injury to themselves, 65 caused injury to others, 24 had sex by force or by threat of force, and 8 were arrested for DUI. The most unbelievable thing is that these figures are based on a survey of only 814 students. That is roughly a mere 4% of the entire student population.

Is it through pure ignorance that the University Health Service sends out such a poor message to the students of NIU, or are they simply trying to hide the facts with impressive graphs and fine print from the administration and concerned parents? A word of advice: don’t believe everything you read. Someone may be challenging your intelligence.

Kelly J. Doorn

Pride Letter Editor

Gay/Lesbian Union