Blog Post 9

My research process has definitely been an interesting one.  I would imagine that mine has had a unique aspect not shared by my fellow students.  That aspect being that I have research the topic before. When I first research the drinking age my freshman year, at the ripe age of nineteen, I did not have as quite an objective perspective as I had thought at the time.  I wanted to be able to go drink with my friends! So of course the paper that I wrote for Composition 1, while research, was certainly biased.  After four years and researching the topic again, I found that I had the same opinion.  That the drinking age should be dropped to the age of eighteen with required education.  It wasn’t until I was writing my final paper, however, that I realized that my argument was in fact not about the drinking age at all.  As I was writing my paper and brining up the issues I realized that the underlying cause was in fact the lack of a formal alcohol education program.  With this realization I had the fun task of refocusing my writing to address that issue rather than changing the age.  Not that I believe that the drinking age should remain at twenty-one or be lowered to eighteen, the age at which an individual is allowed to drink will most likely remain a highly debated topic.  So because of that why not look at other avenues that can correct the issues we are currently facing?  An standardized alcohol education system could help prevent alcohol related illness, binge drinking, drinking and driving, etc.

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Blog Post 10

Well after a weeks hiatus I am back with an update on my completed research.  As you all know my research topic is the legal drinking age of twenty-one and whether or not it should remain the same, be raised, or be lowered.  For our second essay we had to come up with ten to twelve sources related to our topic that we created annotative bibliographies for. As I have researched the topic in the past not only did I have a base knowledge about the subject but also a few sources to start with.  These sources led me to new and fresh sources like those that I mentioned two weeks ago: Our Thinking About Drinking, and Choose Responsibility.  Upon further digging into Choose Responsibility, I found out that the true road block in considering new legislation for lowering the drinking age is a federal law that states that an state that has a legal drinking age below the age of 21 will lose ten percent of its federal highway appropriations.  For some states this could be tens of millions of dollars.  So while there are multiple organizations with valid alternatives to curb underage drinking as well as over a hundred college presidents and chancellors in support of a change there can really be no change unless the government decides to alter this legislation.  My research has also shown me that while I have research the topic prior to now and that it is very closely related to my field of experience (roughly nine years) there is still plenty that can be learned.

Until next week!

Blog Post 8

This week’s blog post follows the trend of last weeks. To discuss our research process as it progresses. Unfortunately I have not been able to accomplish as much research as I would have like to have done. However I did accumulate about five sources for a computer lab session that I had emailed to me. Today I began going through one.  At first I thought that is was going to be a dead end. I could not remember exactly what the article was about and it was within a magazine.  I keep going through the articles though until I finally came across the article. It discussed how the Brown – Forman group created a website Our Thinking About Drinking. This website discusses multiple issues related to alcohol including drinking and driving, alcohol and health, over consumption, marketing, and youth and alcohol.  Being that my research question is about the drinking age, I clicked on the link youth and alcohol. This led to a main page discussing why this area of research was important with two sub sections; underage drinking, and the drinking age.  I began looking at the research that they had compiled for the drinking age and was immediately impressed. Not only do they analyze United States’ policies but other countries as well while comparing and contrasting.   The research shows that the average legal drinking age around the world is 18 years old and that the United States is in the higher range as well as Indonesia and Micronesia.  I also learned that in 2008 about 100 universities moved for the drinking age to be lowered to 18, due to the belief that the mixture of underage and of age students on campus fostered binge drinking.  The last bit of information that I would like to include is that they mentioned the Choose Responsibility organization.  This organization has the belief that the drinking age could be lowered as long as there was increased education tied to licensing, much like a drivers license.  This particular information really interested me because I have actually written an argument much like this in the past and was going to incorporate it into my final research paper.  Until next week!

Blog Post 7

Well for those that have been reading my blog, you may have noticed that I have had a specific interest in the beverage industry ever since we began narrowing our research done to a specific question.  While the bulk of my industry experience lies in restaurants, over the last three and a half years the direct of my interests within the industry has led me to beverages.  The day we brainstormed on different options I came up with many. Some of those included researching the evolution of beverages ( Yes, this includes all beverages not just alcoholic ones. ) with a focus on how the demand of diverse drink options has escalated over the last decade.  Or researching the varying laws on alcoholic beverages from state to state. For those that live outside of Oklahoma and have visited, know that our liquor laws are.. unique to say the least. While I liked both of these options I decided to go with the a research question that discusses the drinking age and if the age of twenty-one is appropriate.  I decided to go with this research topic because at one point in everyone’s life it is a rather heated subject.  While the amount of research that I have done this far has been limited the sources that I have come across have been quite interesting and informative. I am definitely looking forward to continuing my research.


Also for those reading, please take the time to leave a comment containing thoughts and questions related to the research topic. It will help out tremendously!

Blog Post 6

This week we were asked to look through a reliable new site or journal for an article related to our area of research.  The area of research that I wanted to focus on was the beverage industry.  Many will read ‘beverage industry’ and assume that it is restricted to alcoholic beverages, that assumption is, in fact, false. The beverage industry actually includes all drinkable fluids including coffee, tea, fruit drinks, etc; and this sector of hospitality has boomed over the last decade.

For the beginning of my research I decided to go to the New York Times and looked through articles that were related to hospitality, food, and beverages. I ended up coming across an article that talked about the history of wine bars over the years and how they have really begun to diversify from the norm.  I went ahead and did a short summary over this article, which you will find below. Through further research, after we were shown how to navigate the universities databases, I narrowed my research topic from the beverage industry to the debate of the drinking age. Basically the issues surrounding it and whether it should be lowered, raised, or remain the same. I look forward to further researching the topic. If anyone would like to leave a comment on their opinion on the subject feel free! I’m interested in hearing from you all!


In the article “Wine Bars Grow UP and Squeeze In,” Asimov explains how over time wine bars have evolved into a lasting part of the hospitality industry. As Asimov states, wine bars have begun “forging identities that distinguish them from the more mundane masses. Wine bars are able to achieve this through offering unique atmospheres, diverse wine lists, and/or interesting food pairings.

Blog Post 5

There are many types of universities in the United States, from public and private such as TU and OSU to regional such as UCO.  OSU happens to be a research university. This means that all of our faculty have to do research pertaining to the major in which they teach.  For this weeks post we were asked to look into our particular majors in order to find out what topics of research were being explored and who was conducting the research. For those that do not know mine is Hotel and Restaurant Administration.  So I pulled up the HRAD website and found that there are multiple areas of research being conducted.  From consumer behavior and hospitality issues to cross-cultural hospitality educational programs. Out of the eleven areas of research, there were three in particular that stood out to me: cross-cultural hospitality educational programs, hospitality branding, and hospitality strategic management.  Cross-cultural interested me because I was actually apart of this research this past summer while I was studying abroad.  One of the two researchers for this topic is Dr. Ryan.  Dr. Ryan was the administrator for the study abroad program and really emphasized learning about and experiencing not only European culture but also the subcultures of the different countries that we were able to visit during our trip. For those that have yet to have had the opportunity to study abroad, you should start looking into it. It’s the experience of a lifetime. The next topic was hospitality branding. This area interested me because throughout my major, I have had the privilege of hearing from a multitude of guest speakers.  These speakers vary from corporate to private to startup companies but there has always been common themes between them, branding being one of them.  It is quite interesting how much branding can effect a business. There are three researchers for this topic, two of which I have had classes with: Dr, Hancer, Dr. Qu, and Dr. Slevitch.  The last topic that I found interesting was hospitality strategic management.  Dr. Hancer and Dr. Chung research this topic. Dr. Chung teaches our Capstone course, which is essentially strategic management. I took the course last semester and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different strategies that could be used to further a companies goals.  Until next week!

Blog Post 4

For this week’s blog post we were instructed to explore the website called Reddit.  Reddit is essentially a website where you can post anything and everything, from a 9 year old creating a non-profit to a homeless man using rocks to catch fish.  Once posted registered members can then vote either up (good) or down (bad) in order to order the posts based on the populace’s interest in it. After browsing the website for awhile I came across a post about the Italian government seizing roughly 220,000 bottles worth of counterfeit wine. (http://dobianchi.com/2014/09/09/counterfeit-brunello-scandal-2014/)  It immediately caught my attention because I was in the region this last summer while I was studying abroad.  For those that do not know Italy, unlike the United States, has some very strict regulations on the production of certain types of wine.  The wine in question Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino. Both varietals can only be grown in a certain area around the town of Montalcino, they are only allowed to produce a certain amount, plant and harvest at a certain time. Not only that but after the tedious process the wine may only be able to be labeled as such if it passes a taste test. So when nearly a quarter of a million bottles of counterfeit wine is produced, one might say that it is a big deal. Just imagine how dramatically the priced would be effected if that many bottles had entered that market! Luckily the authorities were tipped off and were able to apprehend the individual responsible.

Until next week!

Caleb