Thursday, September 06, 2007

while i love my iowa hawkeyes, i cannot defend their capacity to distinguish correlation from causality

hawkeye tailgating
(me, at a tailgate party from the Hawkeye game last weekend. the guys behind me are playing a rousing hawkeye-themed version of that favorite game of midwestern tailgating, cornhole)*

From the Des Moines Register:
Not all students - or faculty - are happy about the University of Iowa's plan to schedule more Friday classes.

But the U.S. Surgeon General recommends an emphasis on Friday classes, and a University of Missouri study shows that students with Friday classes drank just half as much as classmates who were starting the weekend a day early.

"The evidence there is pretty strong that having students in class on Fridays helps reduce binge drinking," said University of Iowa Associate Provost Tom Rocklin.

The Missouri study surveyed 3,341 students at the Columbia campus on their drinking habits over four years and compared the data with class schedules and transcripts.

Students whose first Friday classes started at 8 a.m. or earlier drank an average of 1.24 drinks, compared with students whose Friday classes were noon or later who drank an average of 2.52 drinks
, according to the study, which was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
* The Charlie Brown shirt has been in the rotation of attire I wear to Hawkeye games since I was an undergrad. Back then, Charlie Brown was part of what "everyone knows that everyone knows" about culture. Now, it's something where people feel like they "get the reference," like the drunk guy who looked at me for a few moments and then started shouting, "Hey... I get you! I get you, Charlie Brown! I get you!"


Jamy said...

Re: cornhole. That game is popular in DC too, at parties, among the 20-something set. Don't ask me how I know.

tina said...

One of the teams I played against in my frisbee league this summer wore Charlie Brown shirts, too.