A Clarkson Mosaic - page 488

ICAC, and special mention AWSF All-American and junior guard; Ann Stuhlman, was named
to the First Team All-ICAC.
The men's soccer team hosted an NCAA Division III event and finished eighth in the
country with a 14-2-1 record, the best in Clarkson history. Men's lacrosse hosted the ECAC
Tournament and went on to win their second title.
New Alcohol Policy.
To prepare for the impact of the new alcohol consumption law in New
York State, which made it illegal for anyone under 21 even to drink alcohol, much less to
purchase it, Clarkson's dormitory officials amended its residence life policy to include sanctions
for those underaged caught drinking. Other area colleges announced that they either would
outlaw drinking in the dorms or would deal with the situation when it becomes a problem. (See
p. 567)
Under the new law, which became effective on January 1, 1990, those under the age of
21 no longer were able to consume alcohol unless it was provided by a parent or legal
guardian. Consumption was considered a violation, a non-criminal act. This changed the current
law which dealt only with serving and purchasing alcohol; serving and purchasing alcohol by
those under 21 became a misdemeanor.
Clarkson's new policy outlawed alcohol in any public areas, hallways, lounges,
cafeterias, regardless of age unless it first was approved by the University. Dorm officials were
not planning to "spy" on dorm residents to see if they were drinking. Only when the noise levels
made inspection necessary would officials investigate any dorm area or room.
Fraternities and sororities were a different matter. They would fall under the jurisdiction
of the local police. Police may not enter a private dwelling, including a fraternity or sorority,
unless they have proper cause or are responding to a complaint. Even then, the police were
expected to handle each case as it arose. One possible solution was to arrest the hosts of the
party, but that was not made the standard response.
In reaction, Clarkson students created an original computer program that teaches other
students about alcohol use and abuse, approaching this problem in a new and novel way. The
program operates like a book. First, the cover appears on the screen with the title
You Always Wanted to Know About Alcohol
. Then, as the pages turned, the table of contents
and chapters appeared. Each chapter consists of a different topic, while each page has a fact
concerning alcohol abuse and a graphic pertaining to that fact.
This work emerged from the desire of BOARD (Board Of Alcohol and Responsible
Drinking) to create something different for Alcohol Awareness Week, October 15-21. Prof.
Mark Koch, ECE department, presented his computer graphics class with the challenge to
create the graphics as a project. Each student selected a fact and created an appropriate
illustration. Lisa Young, computer science major and member of BOARD, assembled the
material in its final form.
Vending-machine Software.
Students can go to one of 30 computers across campus that are
linked to the central computer in the Educational Resources Center, pick a program off a menu,
and copy it free of charge. Previously, students had to ask attendants in the main library for
disks, then copy the software onto diskette using computers elsewhere in the library.
This new system offered more than 1,000 pieces of software, including computer games
and programs that supplement course work written by university professors and students,
licensed to Clarkson by other companies, or distributed as shareware. Other material included a
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