On Thursday, CSU President Larry Penley announced the temporary
suspension of alcohol sales at football games in Hughes
As an editorial staff we feel split by the decision that will
take away a long-standing privilege, but at the same time will
improve the community’s perception of our university amid negative
The decision serves as a proactive stance against alcohol abuse
and shields the university from appearing hypocritical as they have
assigned a new task force and would have allowed 5 percent beer to
be sold at games.
However, the alcohol abuse that we’ve seen this year has not
occurred at Hughes Stadium. Hughes is as safe a place as any to
drink. There are paramedics on standby and most college students
can’t afford to consume deadly amounts of $5 beers.
Banning alcohol at Hughes is not condemning alcohol consumption,
as this decision could encourage students to drink at other
locations before they enter the stadium. We fear we may see an
increase in drinking and driving if students are drinking before
they attend the game.
Although alcohol is banned from being sold in the stadium, it
will still be present at the tailgating parties that occur before
the game. The university hasn’t gotten rid of the problem. They
have only deterred it to a different place and time.
So, we are split.
Instituting an alcohol policy is dangerous without taking future
implications and responses into mind. The university needs to be
cautious when making these decisions. Rash reactions shouldn’t be
made, but we respect the university’s decision and believe it is
the best way to handle the current problems at the time being.