At tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss and possibly take a position on the University of Maryland’s proposal to sell alcohol sales at sporting events.
The plan calls for university dining services to begin beer and wine sales at athletic venues, including 54,000-seat Byrd Stadium and the 17,950-seat Xfinity Center.
The SGA, the Graduate Student Government, and various other student organizations endorsed the recommendation, as did the UMD Police Department
and the Division of Student Affairs. A subsequent online forum elicited 1,000
But the plan generated opposition from public health advocates, including the co-directors of the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, a state-funded initiative addressing campus alcohol use.
“From the perspective of public health research, this is not a good idea,” said co-director David Jernigan, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. “It is a common fantasy that if we just make it more generally available, there will be fewer problems. This fantasy has not been upheld in research.”
In an April letter to Loh, state Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk, a Democrat who represents parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, expressed her “strong opposition” to the plan.
“I don’t see why it makes sense to go forward temporarily. Why even open that door?” Pena-Melnyk, who chairs a Health and Government Operations subcommittee on public health, said Wednesday. “It’s basically not responsible when we are trying to build a university that is a class-act university, that is respected. A lot of parents have been expressing their concerns.”
Let me know what you think about the proposal.
[Source: Office of President Loh, the Baltimore Sun]