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Archive for Saturday, June 19, 1999

POLICY ALLOWING ALCOHOL IN SKYBOXES BRINGS REBUKE AT KU

June 19, 1999

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The Kansas University Student Executive Committee passed a resolution this week chiding the university for allowing alcohol for some at football and basketball games.

Dry should mean dry.

That's what some student legislators are trying to tell the Kansas University administration.

The KU Student Executive Committee this week passed a resolution calling on the university to reconsider a decision to allow alcohol to be served in the new skyboxes at Memorial Stadium during KU football games and in the Naismith Room of Allen Fieldhouse at Jayhawk basketball games. Alcohol is prohibited on the rest of the campus.

"It just drives me crazy that they do these sort of things," said Partha Mazumdar, a graduate student senator who drafted the resolution. "... Either you let everyone drink at the game or you don't allow anyone to drink at the game."

The resolution was passed unanimously by the committee of elected Student Senate representatives and committee chairs that stands for the senate during the summer. It points to a recent focus on alcohol issues on campus and new university policies to curb student drinking.

"It's not the alcohol we desire," it states, "it is the hypocrisy we deplore."

" It's hypocrisy. If alcohol is such a big deal ... then the university shouldn't be in the business of providing alcohol to only certain people," Mazumdar said.

Consumption of alcohol is permitted on campus by special permission from the chancellor, said Tom Hutton, director of university relations.

He noted that alcohol also is served at the Lied Center and museums -- but only at certain functions and after considerable paperwork. It's not "taken lightly," he said.

The university's focus on alcohol particularly zeroes in on illegal drinking, Hutton said. For the majority of KU students, he noted, it is illegal to consume alcohol.

The issue of drinking in the fieldhouse or the stadium is also one of control, he said. Allowing alcohol in small, confined area is easily controlled; allowing its consumption throughout a 50,000-seat stadium is not.

"There's substantial difference," he said.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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