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Paulus Magintie

Paulus Magintie

4/14/2012 9:56:38 PM
[url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/apr/12/university-alcohol-free-zones-muslim-students]University where 20% of students are Muslim considers alcohol-free zones 'We need to be more cautious about sex too,' says vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan University [/url] [quote]A London university is considering establishing alcohol-free zones on its campuses because so many of its students consider drinking to be immoral. Professor Malcolm Gillies, vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan University, said the selling of alcohol was an issue of "cultural sensitivity" at his institution where a fifth of students are Muslim. Speaking to a conference of university administrators in Manchester, he said that for many students, drinking alcohol was "an immoral experience". "Because there is no majority ethnic group [at London Metropolitan], I think [selling alcohol] is playing to particular parts of our society much more [than to others]," he was reported as saying in the Times Higher Education magazine. He said he saw little reason for the university to subsidise a student bar on campus when there were "at least half a dozen pubs within 200m". He told the Guardian the makeup of his institution had changed considerably over the past few decades. In the past it had been "substantially Anglo Saxon now 20% of our students are Muslim," he said. "We therefore need to rethink how we cater for that 21st-century balance. For many students now, coming to university is not about having a big drinking experience. The university bar is not as used as it used to be."[/quote] [Edited on 04.14.2012 1:59 PM PDT]

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