CSU President Larry Penley charged the Alcohol Task Force
Thursday with a duty to target “forces, activities and perceptions”
of alcohol and substance abuse within CSU and the surrounding
The Alcohol Task Force met for the first time in Lory Student
Center Main Ballroom to introduce the committee members and
subcommittees, discuss the task force processes and to hear
comments from the community.
Penley spoke briefly at the meeting thanking both the task force
and the community for their concerns on the task force issue.
“Your leadership, your courage in taking on what we all know are
difficult issues,” Penley said. “It really is a great gift to
Colorado State University and I believe to Colorado as well.”
Penley acknowledged the “tragic results of such abuse at our
institution” and said the actions of the task force should help to
create a safer environment for the students at CSU.
He also asked the committee to evaluate the existing educational
and support programs at CSU and Fort Collins and expressed a desire
to find a way to involve students, faculty, parents, alumni and the
community in reviewing current CSU policies and procedures.
Penley created four subcommittees that will each look at
different aspects of alcohol and substance affecting the
The subcommittees are:
* Policies, Protocols, Enforcement Practices
* Student Behavior, Educational, Prevention and Intervention
* Legislation, Distribution and Sales, Advertising
* Alcohol at Hughes Stadium
Katie Clausen, Associated Students of CSU president and task
force committee member, said the subcommittee she is on, “Alcohol
at Hughes Stadium,” will look into issues including the schools
that sell beer at their stadiums, the location of those schools to
the stadiums, how much revenue will be lost and where the majority
of the beer was sold.
She said she would like to start an advisory board made up
exclusively of students that will give her ideas and suggestions
that could help the subcommittee make a proper decision regarding
the sale of alcohol at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
“We definitely do not want the 10 of us to make this decision,”
Clausen said she will have a meeting before the task force meets
again and would like to hear the community’s views on alcohol at
The task force will meet once a month, except for January.
Ben Goldstein, ASCSU’s vice president, spoke during the public
comments session of the meeting.
He told the task force about ASCSU’s frustration with Penley’s
decision to suspend alcohol at Hughes Stadium.
“We weren’t consulted on this,” Goldstein said. “We feel like
the administration is not being strong in representing the
Goldstein provided a copy of the legislation that ASCSU passed
Wednesday evening requesting a lift on the suspension of alcohol
being sold at Hughes Stadium.
“I can only hope it will assist at least the task force,”
Goldstein said. “And certainly a copy will be forwarded to
President Penley, and I do think he will take it seriously.”
Goldstein also said he is concerned with students’ consumption
of alcohol before football games and the past problems CSU students
had before alcohol was sold in the stadium that he sees now.
“Students back then would try and line entire concrete wall,
from goal line to goal line with bottles,” Goldstein said. “That is
a lot of alcohol being smuggled into the stadium, and I think we
are heading back in that direction.”
The Alcohol Task Force will meet next from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct.
28, in room 228 of the LSC.