Yale Bans Kegs in Response to "The Game's" 'Unsolved' U-Haul Death | Bob's Blitz

Yale Bans Kegs in Response to "The Game's" 'Unsolved' U-Haul Death

30-year-old Nancy Barry was killed by a man driving a U-Haul truck in a parking lot designated for pre-game tailgating by Sigma Phi Epsilon (Yale Bowl's Lot D) at the Harvard-Yale game last November. This past Thursday, Yale released new sport guidelines that ban kegs and “box trucks,” establish a vehicle-free tailgating zone, and require that all fans leave the student tailgating area by kickoff.

Astonishingly, the Yale Daily News reports: "A New Haven Police Department forensics investigation, begun immediately after the crash, is still ongoing, and NHPD spokesman David Hartman said Jan. 12 that it would be “quite some time” before the investigation is concluded."

“One should be a bit cautious when relying on the elimination of kegs as opposed to the elimination of alcohol in general,” NHPD spokesman David Hartma said. “One can get more impaired off a shot of whiskey than from kegs, but, that said, I understand the atmosphere is a lot different when you tap a keg — there’s a more free-to-drink atmosphere.”

Interestingly, the first 2 comments after the News piece wanted more police activity on campus:

Amazing so much effort is put forth after one freak accident - but that the constant, predictable stream of serious injuries and deaths around central campus resulting from improperly designed streets, speeding vehicles & red light runners receives virtually no serious attention or funding from the University.

How about just the number of robberies and assaults? Face it, there are few safe places for Yalies to roam. THAT should be the topic of much debate.

Indeed. Here's University Vice President and Secretary Linda Lorimer's email to the student body:

To: Yale Students, Deans and Directors, Yale College Dean’s Office Staff, Student Affairs Staff, Masters and Deans of the Residential Colleges, Athletics Colleagues

From: Linda Lorimer

Subject: Changes to Tailgating Rules

Immediately following the tragic accident at the Yale Bowl last November, President Levin constituted an ad hoc committee to review Yale’s existing tailgate rules and to focus particularly on the presence of beer kegs and oversized vehicles in tailgating areas. Associate Vice President for Administration Janet Lindner led this committee, which also included Director of Athletics Tom Beckett and Yale College Dean Mary Miller.

After reviewing Yale’s tailgating policies and the policies of other universities, and conducting site visits to other university stadiums, the committee made the following recommendations, which the President and the other Officers have accepted:

Kegs will not be permitted at University athletic events or functions. This policy is consistent with practices at many other universities, including Princeton and Harvard.

Oversized vehicles, such as box trucks or large commercial vehicles, will not be allowed in University lots at athletic events, unless driven by a pre-approved authorized vendor.

Student tailgating will end at kickoff, and all students and guests will be required to leave the student tailgating area; we hope they will enter the stadium to watch the game or otherwise they will need to leave the Bowl area.

A new “vehicle free” area for student tailgating will be created. Students who must bring a car will be able to park in another area at the Bowl.

These regulations will go into effect immediately.

As the next step of the review, President Levin has asked Janet Lindner to continue working with Tom Beckett and Mary Miller, as well as experts in sports stadium safety, to review Yale’s tailgating logistics, including parking, traffic control, crowd control, tailgating locations, police, security, shuttles and signage. As part of this assessment, the committee will seek counsel from the residential college Masters and Deans; students, including graduate and professional school students; the AYA leadership and the Football Y leaders; Athletics colleagues; Yale’s General Counsel; and the Yale, New Haven, and West Haven Police Departments. Together, I am certain we can continue the tradition of tailgating at Yale in a way that is safe and enjoyable for all.

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