Binge : After 30 years as a correspondent and editor for Time magazine, in his late fifties, Barrett Seaman embarked on a two-year quest to uncover the real story of college life today and to see how undergraduate living has changed since he was at college in the turbulent late 1960s. After months of reporting on the campuses of 12 diverse colleges and universities across North America-Harvard, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Hamilton, the University of Virginia, Duke, Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Pomona, and Canada's McGill-Seaman discovered that the differences between college life then and now are profound indeed. Now, in this major new book that is often alarming, always fascinating, and ultimately hopeful, he shares his findings. Res Life depicts a campus culture in which today's best and brightest students suffer from emotional problems and stress that is often self-induced. Talking to students on their own terms, Seaman reveals the sense of isolation students feel from the "real world" as well as the sexual confusion and ambivalence many feel in an environment in which relationships are formed through hanging out and hooking up-and sometimes broken by the violence of date rape. Alcohol is the forbidden drug of choice, and far too much is consumed. And there is still far too much bigotry and intolerance on campus today. Despite many disturbing trends, though, Seaman ultimately found today's students up for today's challenges and eager to take their place in the adult world - if only they were given the chance - giving him cause for hope. For any parent who wants the inside story of college life today, Res Life will be required reading.
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