All posts by Christian Lupica

The United States Should Lower the Minimum Legal Drinking Age

The role of government preventing the consumption of alcohol began with the Prohibition era. In the current day, we have found ourselves in a neoprohibitionist era where those deemed ‘adults’ are unable to purchase and consume alcohol due to government regulation. In this paper I attempt to argue why reducing the minimum legal drinking age to 18 would be more beneficial to the safety of the young adults in America. By making the drinking age 21, we have forced over half the drinking population in United States college universities into drinking situations where they are more likely to drink heavily and are forced to drink in uncomfortable and unsafe conditions. The 21 minimum drinking age also makes it extremely difficult for university administration and campus safety officers to properly protect their students from unsafe drinking as they have to constantly flirt around the minimum legal drinking age law.

Complementary video on the topic:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufXLSRtsCGQ

Link to my paper: White Paper

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College Presidents on Drinking Age

When considering the idea of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 or 19, I feel as though the “businesses” this affects most are colleges. The entire societal nature of college oftentimes revolves around alcohol and underage drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol are most likely a main topics of concern for every college president across the United States.

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Get real, lower drinking age to 19

This CNN article by William Cohen expresses his distaste of the 21 year old drinking age in the United States, especially in regards to how it affects college campuses. This is a sentiment that many others, including many university presidents, agree with, stating that it causes a severe amount of dangerous binge drinking on college campuses.

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National Minimum Drinking Age Act

Since my white paper is looking at the policy of the 21 year old age requirement to legally drink alcohol in the United States and considering if lowering the age to 18 would be more beneficial for our society, I figured it best to start than the act that brought the drinking age from 18 in most states to 21 in all.

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Last Blog Council: Wrap-Up!

Before we wrap-up the semester with the last Blog Council report we have our weekly award winners from Blog 11:

  • Bucknell Bubble Award: Kendall
  • Globalization Award: Jack
  • Professor’s Award for Alcohol Reform: Christian
  • Professor’s Award for Production Value: Santi
  • Blog Council Choice: Cate
  • Reader’s Choice: Nicole

Since we don’t have a prompt for next week, we wanted to conclude the semester with some stats/recognition for the best posts and bloggers for the semester.

Top Posts of the Semester:

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Top Bloggers of the Semester:

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The Global Reach of our blog:

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And our favorite terms that people searched to end up on our blog:

  • Ugly food at whole foods
  • Are women being fooled into thinking they don’t need a man
  • Photo of Michael Jordan Gatorade slam dunk from free throw line on sale
  • John Mayer ice bucket challenge
  • Jerry Seinfeld is not nice
  • Affection and getting old and ugly
  • Good booty call

& That’ll do it for the semester. Great work everyone!

-Christian & Santi

HealthSouth, Inc.: A Case of Corporate Fraud

Background

The 1960s found 17-year-old Richard Scrushy pumping gas in Selma, Alabama, thinking of better opportunities. With his then-wife pregnant, Scrushy found his first real job working alongside his mother as a respiratory technician.5 After graduating from the University of Alabama, Scrushy was hired at an entry-level position at Lifemark Corp, a Houston-based health-care company.5 He worked his way up the ladder and, in no time, was running the company’s pharmacy, physical rehab, and merger departments.5 In 1984, Scrushy received a $1 million loan from Citicorp Venture Capital to start his own company, HealthSouth, Inc.5 HealthSouth, the first national chain of orthopedic hospitals and outpatient centers, quickly became one of United States’ largest owners and operators of inpatient rehabilitative hospitals.1,5 By 1996, when Scrushy took his company public, HealthSouth had a massive market value of over $12 billion.2 However, in retrospect, HealthSouth’s growth, market value, and financial statement values were not nearly what they appeared to be, as HealthSouth executives had perpetrated an upwards of $2.7 billion of accounting fraud.3

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The Rationalization of Fraud

With our discussion of Enron this week, I was reminded of an article I read in Audit class about the Psychology of Fraud. I feel as though we often hear stories about different accounting/financial fraud that have happened either in recent or past events and look at the perpetrators as awful, moral-lacking people without considering how one gets to the point of committing fraud.

The article highlights a massive bank fraud by Toby Groves and I felt as though remaking the conversation between Toby and a skeptical interviewer would be able to shed some light on how executives justify committing fraud in their companies.

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Riess the Beast

To be honest, I have no idea who I would actually choose if I could have dinner with one person in history. Since I can’t decide, I wanted to pick someone who I thought 1. Would honestly be a good time to spend time with, and 2. Wasn’t overly cliche like I expect most answers to this question usually are; so I decided to go with Ryan Riess the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion.

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