OPINION | Dixie State University not ‘party school’ of Utah

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College students are more anxious than ever to party, but Dixie State University is not the “party school” it has the stereotype of being.

Whether or not students choose to participate in activities that involve drugs and alcohol is a personal choice but must be done off-campus due to DSU’s dry campus policy.

For college students, nightlife and drinking are often when the most fun and parties happen. College parties are known for having a variety of alcoholic beverages and students becoming intoxicated.

The dry campus policy prevents students from being able to fully embrace the college party experience at DSU. Often college students want to consume as much alcohol as possible.

In Utah, the blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.05% as of 2018. Where in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico the BAC is 0.08%. Utah students cannot consume as much alcohol, to begin with, before being considered too drunk to drive.

This legally prevents DSU students from being able to get college-level wasted while at parties if they plan to drive later that night.

“Recent literature has highlighted associations between college party characteristics and high-risk drinking behaviors,” according to the National Library of Medicine.

Compared to other schools in the state, DSU does not fulfill the negative statistics that come with college parties. DSU is not a party school but is still an amazing university with fun events for students to attend.

On Aug. 27, DSU was able to host its’ annual Foam Dance. This was the first dance event to happen at DSU since COVID-19 hit in March of 2020. The event puts an exciting twist on your typical dance party. Over the course of the night, the venue is filled with foam.

This event is proof that DSU does have parties and events that are fun without the typical connotation of a college party.

The DSU campus itself is not the party school campus that it is claimed to be, but if DSU students are seeking fun and parties they will be able to find it.

DSU is just under a two-hour drive from the Vegas nightlife. This is the kind of fun that many students are seeking and also provides students with exotic places to drink that are a short road trip away.

Because of the close proximity to Las Vegas, DSU is assumed to be a party school, but now that DSU received university status in 2013 we need to be considered more professional.

Since receiving the Division 1 status, DSU has been focusing on expanding what degrees it offers. Since DSU became a university in 2013, efforts are being made to be taken more seriously not only by the state but also by future employers.

It is important DSU continues to discredit the party school stigma that many community members and students use to label the university, in order to seem more professional when alumni are searching for future career opportunities.