One thing that makes me really angry about this school, maybe the only thing, is that EWU is so determined on making every student that is underage and has consumed a beer into a criminal. I’m talking about the MIP (minor in possession, if you have been living on the moon for the past decade) situation.
It’s unbelievable. And if you’re a drinker and you’re not upset, you should get a swift kick in the pants. In this town if you are a minor and find yourself drunk and talking to cops you are basically screwed. Especially EWU police, whose only goal is to screw students over for having a fun time (the Cheney police are a little better).
If you get an MIP in this town you could pay a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to one year in jail, but usually only $250 and maybe community service. On top of that you will have your very own rights to brag of being on probation. Isn’t that fun?
For engaging in underage drinking you get to be on probation, which will cost you at least another $600.
Then, when you are done dealing with the court you get to deal with the school as well! If that doesn’t sound like fun, you’re on dope.
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities has their own chance of getting a piece of your sweet heiny too! That is a good deal. Screwed over twice for one so-called mistake. Man life is great.
Last year wasn’t necessarily like this. If you weren’t living in the dorms you didn’t have to go through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. But now all minors who live off campus get their truly appreciated present of fines and community service hours from OSRR. Double jeopardy? Most likely.
Last year I lived in Streeter Hall when my roomate and I came back from a little shindig in January. We went straight to our room, shut the door and fell asleep, not being obnoxious and not being loud, just straight to sleep. Three hours later I woke up with a cop’s blinding flashlight in my face with an officer telling me to get up. I looked outside and saw my roommate handcuffed on the ground.
I asked the cop how he got into the room and he said that my roommate had let him in. Which was a lie. The cops opened the door while the CAs hid behind the corner so they wouldn’t see how the cops broke into my dorm room. Needless to say, the courts dropped my MIP with help from the totally awesome Gary Panar, public defender. I didn’t even have to go to court. I got a phone call the night before saying I was free of all charges. Rock on.
Well, free of all charges from one of the courts charging me. The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities still charged me with drinking underage. They knew the cops broke into my dorm room and still didn’t care. How freaking unbelievable is that?
There are plenty of stories just like mine. We need to stand up and find a way to fight back. Friends, don’t roll over and let them give it to you.