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The media is full of stories about excessive drinking, rowdy partying and inappropriate behavior by students at Colorado State University, CU/Boulder, Colorado College and even the Air Force Academy. For another take on campus life, check out this week's cover story beginning on page 19.

click to enlarge Tony OBrien  -  - Computer programmer  -  - West Side -  -  -  - Is Colorado Springs enhanced or diminished by its - colleges? There are interesting speakers and films that - wouldn't come to the Springs otherwise. -  - How would we be different without them? We'd - be even more conservative because college is a - broadening experience. There'd be less broad thinking - and active searching for new ideas. -  - Is there a town-gown divide in Colorado Springs? There might be a little at Colorado College, but - students at the other colleges are predominately town - people. -  - Is student behavior more out of hand than formerly? -  I'm amazed at the number of students who have - died from alcohol just in Colorado this year, but part of - it is probably that this is just a good season for alcohol. -  - Is the spiraling cost of tuition fostering a have- - versus-have-not division in society? College - opportunity is getting slimmer. People with money will - always overcome the gap and plug into the good-ol'-boy - network, but the rest of us face a college experience that - is more and more vocational.
  • Tony OBrien

    Computer programmer

    West Side

    Is Colorado Springs enhanced or diminished by its colleges? There are interesting speakers and films that wouldn't come to the Springs otherwise.

    How would we be different without them? We'd be even more conservative because college is a broadening experience. There'd be less broad thinking and active searching for new ideas.

    Is there a town-gown divide in Colorado Springs? There might be a little at Colorado College, but students at the other colleges are predominately town people.

    Is student behavior more out of hand than formerly? I'm amazed at the number of students who have died from alcohol just in Colorado this year, but part of it is probably that this is just a good season for alcohol.

    Is the spiraling cost of tuition fostering a have- versus-have-not division in society? College opportunity is getting slimmer. People with money will always overcome the gap and plug into the good-ol'-boy network, but the rest of us face a college experience that is more and more vocational.

click to enlarge Louise Sasseau  -  - Colorado College student  -  - CC campus -  -  -  - What are the pros and cons of having colleges in - Colorado Springs? Colleges and their students contribute - a lot of social services and volunteer work to the - community, and they contribute to the intellectual - climate by bringing in speakers and sponsoring events - that are open to the community. But if the college - isolates itself, it becomes an enclave of seclusion, wealth - and privilege. -  - Is there a growing town-gown divide? Just the - opposite. CC encourages civic engagement and - connection to the community. I work at Bijou House - through my work-study. -  - Is behavior deteriorating on our college campuses? -  Every generation has had its problems with drugs - or alcohol. I won't deny that my college has an acute - alcohol problem. But the college is working on that. -  - Is skyrocketing college tuition fostering a society of - haves and have-nots? It's a real problem. I'll be - paying off tuition loans for at least 10 years after - graduation. That means I'll probably have no choice but - to consider only well-paying jobs, not socially - meaningful jobs that pay less.
  • Louise Sasseau

    Colorado College student

    CC campus

    What are the pros and cons of having colleges in Colorado Springs? Colleges and their students contribute a lot of social services and volunteer work to the community, and they contribute to the intellectual climate by bringing in speakers and sponsoring events that are open to the community. But if the college isolates itself, it becomes an enclave of seclusion, wealth and privilege.

    Is there a growing town-gown divide? Just the opposite. CC encourages civic engagement and connection to the community. I work at Bijou House through my work-study.

    Is behavior deteriorating on our college campuses? Every generation has had its problems with drugs or alcohol. I won't deny that my college has an acute alcohol problem. But the college is working on that.

    Is skyrocketing college tuition fostering a society of haves and have-nots? It's a real problem. I'll be paying off tuition loans for at least 10 years after graduation. That means I'll probably have no choice but to consider only well-paying jobs, not socially meaningful jobs that pay less.

click to enlarge Michael Bell  -  -   Fund-raising consultant  -  - Manitou Springs -  -  -  - What is the value of colleges in Colorado Springs? - Colleges bring a lot of diversity and intellectual vitality - and young people. I think, though, that the university - needs to deal with destructive problems like alcohol - intake in better-thought-out ways. -  - Envision Colorado Springs without its colleges.  Fewer special events, intellectual activities and - diversity. A less interesting and vital community. -  - Is campus behavior different now that it's ever been? -  I attended San Francisco State in the '60s, so I can - tell you there's always been student drinking and risky - behaviors. But there seems to be more binge drinking - now and students killing themselves by falling out of - windows.
  • Michael Bell

    Fund-raising consultant

    Manitou Springs

    What is the value of colleges in Colorado Springs? Colleges bring a lot of diversity and intellectual vitality and young people. I think, though, that the university needs to deal with destructive problems like alcohol intake in better-thought-out ways.

    Envision Colorado Springs without its colleges. Fewer special events, intellectual activities and diversity. A less interesting and vital community.

    Is campus behavior different now that it's ever been? I attended San Francisco State in the '60s, so I can tell you there's always been student drinking and risky behaviors. But there seems to be more binge drinking now and students killing themselves by falling out of windows.

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