« on: July 23, 2016, 04:33:51 pm »
Nebraska Wesleyan responded to my inquiry about pregame tailgating.
I explained that Wartburg fans and those from some other IIAC institutions enjoyed an occasional adult beverage during tailgating festivities.
They sent a polite but short response that we would be welcomed in college owned facilities for pregame gatherings, but booze of any sort was not permitted on campus.
Monmouth on week one followed by Nebraska Wesleyan in week two. They both appear to be party poopers. There could be some serious demand for tailgating debauchery when Knights finally return to the friendly confines of Walston-Hoover.
I wonder if this info had been known before the conference invite, if the vote would have still been unanimous
If I'm driving all the way to Nebraska, I should be allowed some alcohol as a reward. Not many people drive to Nebraska...willingly!!!
NWU has always been something of a party pooper when it comes to the consumption of "adult" beverages. This is largely due to its Methodist heritage. Back in ancient times (the 70s) when I was a Plainsman (NOT Prairie Wolf) athlete, the Alcohol (and Drug) Policy Statement wasn't a mile long like it is now, and mainly just prohibited alcohol in University housing and by those not of legal age.
Tailgating was basically absent at FB games with local adults and partying at home, out of town visitors at their hotels, and students in fraternities (5 at the time) and sororities (4), despite being classified as "university" housing. The underage Greek system pledges would just go from the dorms to their houses to join in the partaking festivities. Many groups of kids would ban together to rent cheaper hotel rooms in which to enjoy the consumption of mass quantities prior to games. I'm sure the scene was much the same at many schools. At any rate, a large percentage of the NWU crowds at the usually well attended games, always arrived well primed and ready to enthusiastically voice their support.
One thing that always seemed odd was NWU's rather conservative stance on alcohol possession/consumption when the State of Nebraska was actually quite liberal during those times, lowering the drinking age to 20 in 1969, and then to 19 in 1972, before raising it back to 20 in 1980, and finally to 21 in 1985 in accordance with the national Drinking Age Act of 1984.