Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You

Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You

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by Barrett Seaman
     
 

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"Amid all the talk about what life is like on college campuses, Barrett Seaman has done something very valuable: he actually went out and reported what really is happening. From sex to drugs to studying, he provides a fascinating and reliable report that every parent ought to read carefully."
?Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Benjamin… See more details below

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"Amid all the talk about what life is like on college campuses, Barrett Seaman has done something very valuable: he actually went out and reported what really is happening. From sex to drugs to studying, he provides a fascinating and reliable report that every parent ought to read carefully."
?Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

"Binge is an important book written with the insight and passion of a college trustee and the objectivity and eloquence of a veteran journalist. Seaman's comprehensive recommendations are logical, sensible, and ambitious. If heeded, they should be a major catalyst for change."
?Eugene M. Tobin, Program Officer for the Liberal Arts Colleges Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Just how hard are students studying? Has diversity worked on campus? What's the "right" drinking age? How can parents help or hurt their child's chances for success? Barrett Seaman embarked on a two-year investigation of colleges and universities across North America to answer these and other questions about the real story of campus life today. In Binge, he reveals what every parent, student, and educator needs to know about the disturbing trends from depression and substance abuse to racial tension and isolation as well as the reasons for optimism. Offering provocative, well-informed suggestions for improving the undergraduate experience, Binge is an extraordinary investigative work that lays bare the realities of higher education.

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Publishers Weekly
Seaman, a longtime reporter and editor at Time magazine, retired in 2001. A trustee at his alma mater, Hamilton College, since 1989, he became increasingly curious about how the residential college experience had changed since his student years in the 1960s. Choosing 12 colleges, among them Harvard, Berkeley, Duke and Stanford, Seaman spent two years living at colleges and investigating campus life. His findings will be utterly unsurprising to most parents, students, professors and administrators: today's students are overextended, isolated by technology, drink too much, study too little and engage in sexual experimentation that can lead-in combination with alcohol and other wrong choices-to depression, diseases and even date rape. How do today's residential campuses differ from those of Seaman's day? The author provides no comparisons, yet he seems highly alarmed by the changes he perceives. He is at his best detailing statistics, whether on campus drinking or emotional stresses placed on students; weakest when focusing on the influence of technology (he decries Instant Messaging and multitasking), the impact of sexuality and the conflicts caused by race. Seaman does recognize the need for college administrators and professors to be more engaged in student life/lives; this book is addressed primarily to them. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Having edited college guidebooks, served as a college trustee, been a parent to college students, and held on to fond memories of his own undergraduate years (Hamilton College class of '67), retired Time magazine journalist Seaman decided to explore undergraduate life today and note how it has changed in the last 40 years. He selected a dozen campuses (Dartmouth, Middlebury, Harvard, Hamilton, Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Virginia, Duke, Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Pomona, and McGill) and, over a two-year period, arranged to live with students in college housing at each school. Reporting on everything from the mundane (tripping over plastic conditioner bottles to shower in coed bathrooms) to the most sobering (observations and/or interviews with students about "hooking up," alcohol consumption, date rape, diversity, the Greek system, college sports, and mental health), Seaman shares his insights about the daily lives of undergraduates across the country. He reveals no earth-shattering surprises, but his book may be informative (although perhaps not soothing) to anxious parents sending their kids off to college. It will also provide an accessible historical overview for readers in the future. Recommended as an optional purchase for college and public libraries.-Jean Caspers, Linfield Coll., McMinnville, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
* "Parents eager for a sense of what their college-age children's lives are really like…could look at Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You, by Barrett Seaman."—from "Going Native" by Charles McGrath (The New York Times, November 6, 2005)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118040041
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/10/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
0 MB

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"Amid all the talk about what life is like on college campuses, Barrett Seaman has done something very valuable: he actually went out and reported what really is happening. From sex to drugs to studying, he provides a fascinating and reliable report that every parent ought to read carefully."
—Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and The Wise Men: Six Men and the World They Made

"Barrett Seaman has done his homework well. Binge, his picture of life on American college campuses, is an accurate representation of my experiences and those of my peers. As a student at a midwestern Big Ten university, I got nearly perfect grades and nailed down two majors and two minors, but was always first at happy hour on Monday or karaoke on Thursday and pulled all-nighters for studying and partying alike. Told with vigor and moxie, Binge doesn't condemn as reprehensible the behavior of a vast majority of American college kids—it simply tells it like it is without reproach. This is an excellent book."
—Holly Johnson, Indiana University class of 2004

"A lively, thought-provoking, witty, sometimes unsettling look at contemporary undergraduate culture outside the classroom, this book will be widely read and debated on college and university campuses across North America. Binge is an important book written with the insight and passion of a college trustee and the objectivity and eloquence of a veteran journalist. Seaman's comprehensive recommendations are logical, sensible and ambitious. If heeded, they should be a major catalyst for change."
—Eugene M. Tobin, Program Officer for the Liberal Arts Colleges Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former President of Hamilton College

"Barrett Seaman gives us an authentic and fascinating view into what really happens to kids when they go away to college. This is an essential book for parents who want to get the inside story."
—Nancy Samalin, founder and director of Parent Guidance Workshops and author of Loving Without Spoiling

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