Possible changes for Tech Tailgaters - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/2/09

Possible changes for Tech Tailgaters

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Tech football season is just right around the corner and for thousands of Red Raider fans, game day means tailgating. But if tailgaters are drinking alcohol then they are not following the current university's policy, which prohibits alcohol anywhere on campus.

"Technically it's not suppose to be and that's kind of been the rule for awhile now, but we would be naive to think that's actually what is being practiced," said SGA President Suzanne Williams. Williams is part of the university's alcohol policy review committee.

"The committee is just set up to look over the tailgating procedure, what's stated in our rules and regulations, and make sure that ultimately we are looking out for the safety of the students, but also alumni and other tailgaters that participate on game day," said Williams.

Currently the committee is looking into whether or not glass bottles, kegs, and drinking games should be permitted, as well as which parking lots should be used. "Basically just analyzing each situation that is part of tailgating," said Williams. Williams says the committee wants to come up with a policy that will be enforced.

"We've been lucky here at Tech where there have not been major problems and where there has been injuries and issues that we have deal with luckily, but we feel like without having a policy that kind of leaves this open for there to be something," said Williams. 

Tech's alcohol policy review committee hopes to have policy set by football season, but wants to make sure they complete enough research of what should and shouldn't be prohibited. The committee will meet again later this week.

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