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Stull rallies student support

Published: Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:05

The UTEP football team has a big game in the Sun Bowl on Oct. 9 and needs your support! The Miners will be taking on Rice, and the Owls have always played very well against us. This is an important step in the pursuit of a Conference USA West Division title. No stadium in college football is more electric than when 50,000 fans are rocking the Sun Bowl, and I hope you'll help us pack the place for our 79th homecoming game. It is YOU – the students – who make a huge difference in the team's success!

I know a lot of students are upset about the new tailgating rules, and I wanted to take this opportunity to address the situation. As you know, we have moved the time that inner campus opens for tailgating from noon to 2 p.m. You can still tailgate in the outer lots of campus beginning at the usual time of 8 a.m.

We have always encouraged tailgating on our campus – that's what makes the UTEP football game day experience special! We want to foster a safe, but fun, environment for tailgating. Unfortunately, in recent years this safe environment has been threatened, particularly with the influx of underage drinkers on campus. We have found that many people are coming to our campus just to party and aren't even going to the game. Sad to say, it only takes a few disruptive individuals to spoil the healthy tailgating experience of responsible fans.

The UTEP athletic department, in conjunction with university police, is working very hard to eliminate underage drinking and re-install a safe tailgating atmosphere on campus. But in the meantime, in the best interest of all of our students – including those who have classes on game day – we have had no choice but to push the inner campus tailgating start time back two hours.

Please understand that we are doing this for your safety. We still want you to tailgate responsibly and rally behind your team … the UTEP Miners. I hope to see you on Saturday and thank you as always for your support.

Bob Stull is the UTEP Athletic Director.

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