What really rankles me is that this seems to have become accepted, expected behavior.
I'd give you +100 K if I could for this.
Ithaca and Cortland can do all the after-the-fact tsk tsk tsk they want. The bottom line is that the schools/towns *know* this type of idiocy goes on, and while they may not be overly encouraging it, they're certainly tacitly doing so by failing to effectively enforce their own rules and execute common sense
I was talking to a college admin type at a game this year and we were discussing the issue of underage drinking and it's resultant problems on college campuses. I was never a big drinker, even in college, and hardly touch the stuff now. It's just not my taste. But the admin type said schools are really in a rock and a hard spot. You want to crack down and you need to crack down for legal reasons. However, it is very painful to do so. Schools have found a very clear relationship between mercilessly cracking down on drinking and admissions and donations. They have also found that cracking down on major events issues, as I'd assume Cortaca is considered, has the same affect. Largely because these are highly visible "fun" events that help draw students to campus. And while we consider obnoxious drunkenness a problem, your average h.s. junior or senior is going to see it as an exciting draw to that school.
These are the same issues inherent in cracking down on the Greek system. It's all tied together. People look back fondly on their stupidity of youth and while they profess not to want their kids to experience it, or that it bothers them now, it's also part and parcel of the stories we tell at reunions and even to our children when they get age appropriate. We don't remember the extremes, or we tend to edit ourselves out of the extremes as if we weren't there, while still laughing about the "good old times." And when colleges start stepping on the toes of those "good old time" memories, there is a clear repercussion.
So what is to be done? I don't know. Frankly I'm amazed things like the Greek system has survived to this modern age. I'm not surprised that stupidity, especially alcohol fueled stupidity, has survived. You just can't legislate stupidity, especially youthful stupidity, out of existence, as much as we'd like to try as we get older.
I will say that most schools have found the most palatable option has been to let local law enforcement handle it. That way the school can remain disassociated from the consequences while something is still done. On the other hand, local law enforcement wants it to be a university problem because they have other things they want to spend taxpayer dollars doing. Plus going in force on a college campus arresting drunks is a messy, irritating, horrible job that leads to a lot of complications.