In an editorial today, the newspaper endorsed the Coastal Carolina University decision to end bus service for students to Broadway at the Beach:
Who would have guessed that Coastal Carolina University's initiation last year of weekend shuttle bus service between campus housing and Broadway at the Beach would become a problem? The shuttle would become the designated driver, of sorts, for students who might otherwise drive to watering holes and drive back impaired.
But many students instead saw the buses as an invitation to excessive drinking. Shuttle runs - especially late at night - became so rowdy that the university came under pressure to hire police officers to keep order on the buses.
Rather than incur this additional expense, President David DeCenzo canceled the shuttle contract last week. In its place, the university will work with student government to institute a safe-ride program for students who've had too much to drink.
Good. It's not the university's duty to enable immature party animals.
The safe-ride alternative would put the responsibility for off-campus safety where it belongs: on students.