Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
Another Case of School Colors Gone Wrong
by Andrew Cohen September 2009
We all know that universities are far cozier with beer companies than educators of underage drinkers probably ought to be. It's tough, though, when part of your educational mission is to send your boys out onto the gridiron in front of 70,000 paying fans who, let's face it, have been known to - on occasion - pop open a few beers in the parking lot beforehand. So, let's give props to the University of Wisconsin athletic department for "taking one for the team" (in the words of Vince Sweeney, the school's vice chancellor for university relations) by battle against binge drinking by UW sports fans.
Schools Seek New Ways to Combat Student-Athlete Alcohol Abuse
by Paul Steinbach August 2009
A parade of off-season DUI offenses has schools seeking new ways to combat student-athlete alcohol abuse.
Success of High School Athlete Drug Testing Still Unknown
by Michael Popke March 2009
Is testing high school student-athletes for drugs really working?
Hawkers More Likely than Concessions Stand Workers to Sell Alcohol to Minors
by Paul Steinbach September 2008
New research suggests stadium hawkers are more likely than concessions workers to sell alcohol to minors and impaired individuals.
One on One: Roger Tobin Studies Steroids' Effects on Home Run Stats
by Paul Steinbach October 2007
Professor Tobin uses physics modeling to study the effects of steroid usage on home run results.
Division III Institutions Sign On to NCAA Drug Testing Program
by Paul Steinbach April 2007
Division III colleges and universities sign up for the NCAA's pilot program of year-round drug testing.
Coach's Alcohol Policy Backfires
by Michael Popke December 2004
One coach's alcohol policy backfires, prompting more questions than answers
Sporting Events and Booze a Volatile Mix
by Paul Steinbach September 2004
Sporting events and alcohol can make for a volatile mix unless management strategies exist to ensure the safety of all in attendance
How Tailgating Policies Help Schools Control Game Day Alcohol Abuse
by Paul Steinbach August 2003
Whenever Louisiana State University's football schedule produces a marquee Southeastern Conference matchup, at least 100,000 people roll into Baton Rouge to make the scene — the invasion beginning Thursday and lasting all weekend. Tiger Stadium (capacity: 91,600) has managed to squeeze no more than 92,141 fans through its gates (vs. Auburn in 2001), meaning that on most fall Saturdays, upwards of 10,000 fans descend on Death Valley only to park their vehicles and party — the time-honored autumn ritual known nationwide as tailgating. Once there, according to research commissioned by the LSU athletic department, the average tailgater logs 10 hours behind his or her wheels. "Our fans come the earliest, stay the latest and make a real Mardi Gras out of the football game," says LSU athletic director Skip Bertman.
Use of Nutritional Supplements Among Young Athletes Getting Harder to Swallow
by Michael Popke December 2000
Although currently legal, the use of nutritional supplements among young athletes is getting harder for some sports administrators to swallow.