“It’s about connecting more students to opportunities that are well within their reach.”
- Dana Mohler-Faria, President, Bridgewater State College,
referring to Deval Patrick's vision for universal public education as quoted in Commonwealth Magazine
Ah... the bells are ringing once again. Frantic freshman, schedules in hand, comb the campus for their classrooms. The quad is crowded. Shuttle busses are running. Traffic is jammed.
School's back in session at Bridgewater State College.
And so, I thought this might be an excellent time to remind my readers, once again, of the potential effects a mega casino could have on the students at Bridgewater State.
One might assume, with gambling only legal at 21 years of age, that a casino in close proximity to BSC would be a non-issue.
However, a study by Platz, Knapp and Crossman titled Gambling by Underage College Students demonstrated that for students residing in an environment affording opportunities to gamble, age is no impediment.
The study revealed that...
59.8% of 18 year olds,
72.8% of 19 year olds, and
86.1% of 20 year olds
...admitted to gambling in a casino because a casino was readily available.
BSC has a total enrollment of approximately 8,000 undergraduate students, most of whom are under 21 years of age.
If a casino is built in Middleboro, it will be less than 10 minutes away, and a straight shot to the front door of Boyden Hall (the building in the photo).
Do we really need to give college students another distraction? Do they really need another opportunity to develop a bad habit, or worse - an addiction? Do they really need another tempting piece of forbidden fruit within easy reach? And do any of our communites need another place where young people can get tanked up on free drinks, get into their cars, and hit the roads while text messaging their friends?
Because, as you can see, underage patrons will get into casinos.
So, why haven't we heard from Bridgewater State College president Dana Mohler-Faria about this? Don't expect to. He is Governor Patrick's 'Special Advisor for Education'.