In a strange twist of fate, junior marketing major and former frequent law-breaker Kate DiBlasio has almost completely stopped breaking the law since her 21st birthday back in October.
DiBlasio’s friends noticed the change almost immediately. According to peers, DiBlasio was known to break the law every Friday and Saturday evening, with the occasional Wednesday or Thursday thrown into the mix. That is, until she celebrated her 21st birthday.
“It happened literally overnight,” friend and fellow third-year marketing major Leslie Brown told The Black Sheep, recalling the evening of DiBlasio’s birthday celebration uptown. “Actually, it almost happened in the course of a minute. It was like the clock struck 12, and it was Kate’s 21st birthday, and suddenly, Kate stopped blatantly breaking the law.”
DiBlasio’s incredible experience isn’t an isolated phenomenon on Ohio University’s Athens campus. Other students witnessed this “magical,” “sign-from-above” change in behavior in their friends as well.
Senior chemistry major John Humphrey claims to have gone through this transformation himself on the night of his 21st birthday celebration back in August. According to Humphrey, from the beginning of his freshman year at OU, he had been breaking laws “left and right.” He owned a fake ID, and he even drank alcohol to the point of extreme underage intoxication nearly every weekend.
But just like Kate DiBlasio, John Humphrey miraculously turned his life around in the blink of an eye.
“I was a bad seed,” Humphrey recalls, looking back at all those illegal shit-faced pregames and unlawful forgotten nights. “And I know some of you won’t believe me, but when I saw the clock change to midnight, I could feel all of that wretched behavior falling away, becoming a thing of the past. I haven’t been arrested for public intox since.”
Not convinced? The Black Sheep spoke with one of OU’s top sociology professors to get his take on this unbelievable phenomenon. According to Dr. Robert Dimble, studies have shown that since the 1960s, law-breaking among Ohio University students takes a sharp decrease after students turn 21 years of age.
“This so-called phenomenon can be explained by a very simple sociological theory,” explained Dr. Robert Dimble. “Students who change their law-breaking ways upon entering their first year of having full adult rights are simply reaching the stage of maturity that allows them to guzzle gross amounts of beer and liquor without the adverse effects of being arrested. It is fascinating to witness this process first-hand with my students!”
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