It seems the message that UGA President Michael Adams sent to tailgaters back in September about picking up their trash before they leave campus after a football game has only been partially received.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that while the pleas not to turn the campus into a dumping ground have resulted in improvements in some tailgating areas, things have not improved on the North Campus quads near the university Arch, where the crowd is largely made up of students.
Speaking of last weekend’s Auburn game, George Stafford, UGA’s associate vice president for auxiliary and administrative services, said: “Saturday was a bad day. North Campus was as crowded as it’s ever been and the trash was awful.”
The problem has been exacerbated by the increase in night games in Athens, which means more time for tailgating and drinking.
“We’re very concerned about it,” Stafford told the Chronicle. “There’s so much time for people to gather and party. … So many of them are drinking, and when [alcohol] is consumed, good judgment goes out the window.”
Since the appeals to the tailgaters’ better nature haven’t worked, UGA is probably going to have to start issuing citations for littering and public drunkenness in order to get the message across. Or maybe even restrict access to the quads and charge a fee for the right to tailgate there.
“I don’t know what the next step is,” Stafford told the Augusta paper. “But I can tell you that nothing is off the table.”
What do you think? Should the university deploy cops on North Camps to crack down on the idiot behavior there? Is it time to charge a fee for the right to set up on the quads?
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