Avila University President Ron Slepitza was a graduate student working in residence halls at the University of Maryland when states started raising the drinking age in the early 1980s.
Talking to 18-year-olds about drinking responsibly was working, he said, but then a new law pushed the legal drinking age to 21 and the conversations with younger students stopped.
"Drinking went underground and off campus," he said.
Now, about 25 years later, Slepitza is one of 100 college and university leaders who want to talk about the drinking age again. The presidents and chancellors have signed the Amethyst Initiative, which encourages a national conversation about whether the drinking age should be lowered to 18.
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