Sep 302004
Authors: Anne Farrell

The alcohol ban at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium has been

a controversial topic among Rams since CSU President Larry Penley

announced it on Sept. 9.

“I wish it didn’t have to be this way but I understand that

people aren’t responsible enough to handle that privilege,” said

Jenn Mullins, senior art major.

For two weeks, Ram fans have continued to find a way to drink

despite the new rule.

“It’d frustrating to be of legal age and not be able to buy

beer. Underage drinkers can still tailgate and it’s only making it

worse,” Dana Lamm, a junior speech communication major said.

Saturday’s game against Minnesota was fairly uneventful from a

law enforcement perspective and Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police

Department believes it had “a lot to do with the time of the game.”

Saturday’s game was at 1 p.m., giving students little time to

tailgate. Saturday’s Homecoming game against Brigham Young

University is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m., and Chaffee said he

expects more tailgating.

Chaffee said he has noticed people drinking more during

tailgating before games, but alcohol-related disciplines during the

game have remained relatively average compared to last year. There

were 13 emergency incidents at the Saturday’s game, 11 of which

were alcohol related.

For each game, Poudre Valley Hospital donates three ambulances,

three to five paramedics and anywhere from three to 70 emergency

medical technicians. There is also one physician on staff during

each game at the first-aid station.

On average there are 12 to 13 incidents at the first-aid station

during the game within the first and second quarters. By halftime,

most intoxicated people have begun to sober up and there are fewer

occurrences of falling down stairs and throwing up, said Lyle Huff,

ambulance supervisor for PVH.

“Alcohol is a problem,” Huff said. “Ninety-eight percent of the

incidents are alcohol related.”

At Saturday’s game there were three emergency transports, all of

which were alcohol related.

Any student contacted by police or ejected from a football game

must give the officer his or her name and student identification

number, said Anne Hudgens, executive director of campus life. The

student receives a purple card that instructs him or her to appear

in the Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services office on

the Thursday following the game.

At the office the student receives a letter containing

instructions about his or her disciplinary action. All students

contacted at games will have a follow-up disciplinary procedure,

even if it is a first-time offense. First-time offenders or those

with minor infractions may receive a warning or referral to an

alcohol or other related education program.

Repeat offenders may face a disciplinary hearing and lose the

privilege of attending football games. Students with a record of

offenses may face more serious discipline, ranging anywhere from

probation to university dismissal.

CSU officials want students to enjoy the football game rather

than focus on drinking.

“Football isn’t about getting so drunk that you can’t stand,”

Huff said.

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