The 50-some people relaxing on the steps of the Administration
Building Monday afternoon hardly seemed upset, but these students,
who talked quietly in groups of two or three, were intent on making
the administration sit up and take notice of their thoughts.
The students, who were protesting the temporary ban on beer
sales at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, cited a variety of
reasons for attending the gathering.
“I was kind of devastated at what they had done,” said Erik
Neperud, a senior bioresource engineering major. “There are very
few stadiums anymore that do that. It was really unique to
The Associated Students of CSU organized the “silent
“There were a lot of people who wanted to express their opinion
about this issue, and we wanted to give them a safe and respectful
way to do it,” said ASCSU President Katie Clausen.
Last Thursday afternoon, just two days before the Rams’ first
home football game, President Larry Penley announced that beer
sales at Hughes Stadium would be temporarily suspended, pending a
report by the alcohol and substance abuse task force created in the
aftermath of student Samantha Spady’s alcohol-related death on
Sept. 5 in the Sigma Pi fraternity house, 709 Wagner Dr.
Clausen expressed disappointment that neither ASCSU nor the
student body was consulted prior to the decision.
Ben Goldstein, vice president of ASCSU agreed, saying that the
decision seemed spontaneous and did not reflect student
“I think the biggest complaint is that (the students) didn’t get
a chance to review it,” he said.
After hearing of the ban on beer sales, ASCSU quickly organized
Monday’s gathering from noon to 1 p.m. on the steps of the
Administration building. Volunteers passed out fliers to RamRide
users, attendants of Saturday’s football game and to students on
the Lory Student Center Plaza Monday morning advertising the
Goldstein and Clausen said they hoped for a larger turnout.
“We would have liked around 100, if not more, but I’m still
really happy with the turnout,” Goldstein said.
Goldstein said he thought lack of publicity, and students’ busy
schedules contributed to the relatively low turnout.
“We really had to do a last minute effort,” he said, adding that
many alumni at Saturday’s football game were interested but unable
Clausen expressed concern that the low numbers might damage the
gatherings’ impact on the administration.
“It’s hard to make a case that students are really upset about
this when they don’t show up,” she said.
However, the students who did attend feel that the ban could
negatively affect the university and questioned the
“I think taking (the beer) away could really affect our already
poor attendance,” said Justin Vallely, a senior mechanical
Other students expressed disappointment, saying the ban was an
unwarranted reaction to Spady’s death.
“It seems like (the administration) is more concerned with the
lieutenant governor than the students,” said Richard Lynn, a junior
political science major.
Many students said that the ban seems unnecessary, since beer at
the stadium is sold only to legal drinkers and concessions staff
can refuse service to highly-intoxicated individuals.
“If anything, alcohol sales at Hughes are a more controlled form
of drinking,” said Brandon Bianco, a junior speech communications
major, who said he does not think the ban will prevent heavy
drinking. “If you’re not going to have alcohol in the game, you
almost make a conscious effort to get more drunk beforehand.”
Students who attended the game said the ban did not lower the
amount of drinking that occurred.
“(I saw) more people drinking at that game than any other game
I’ve been to,” said senior history education major Bobby Hodge, who
did not attend the protest.
Clausen announced that ASCSU will sponsor a similar gathering
every Monday, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Administration Building,
until the task force makes a recommendation about the sale of beer
at the stadium.
ASCSU is planning emergency legislation for this Wednesday’s
Senate meeting, requesting that the task force move up the date of
their recommendation, from Feb. 1 to Oct. 22. Clausen said the
October date was chosen to allow the potential of beer sales at the
Oct. 22 home game against Wyoming.
“We would like (the decision) for the Homecoming game (on Oct.
2), but it’s just too soon for the task force to make a decision,”
Clausen encouraged students to attend this Wednesday’s Senate
meeting, at 6:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers.
“If any students want to have their voice heard on that bill,
they should come to Senate on Wednesday,” she said.