By Michael Isberto |Staff Writer|
The Blue Coyote Pub is one of many eateries on the CSUSB campus, and
it is the only place where students can consume an alcoholic beverage. Should we still be considered a dry campus?
According to CSUSB’s Annual Safety Report, “CSUSB has adopted a ‘Dry Campus’ policy including all university housing (no exceptions). Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in university buildings or on CSUSB property is prohibited. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action leading to probation, possible eviction and prosecution.”
Students believe the only reason CSUSB states it is “dry” is to portray a good character status.
“I think it’s a dry campus because we don’t want to have a bad reputation,” said student Serena Gomez.
Although the report says ‘no exceptions,’ The Blue Coyote Pub is still a place where one can find students drinking a beer or two in between classes.
“I think it is cool to have a pub on campus but not necessarily smart,” Gomez said. Because I know people who go to class a little buzzed and it’s not very efficient.”
On CSUSB’s Drug Information web page, it mentions alcohol as a substance that impairs judgment, and also slows down reaction times. It also mentions harmful implications on schoolwork.
“Alcohol misuse and abuse places you at increased risk for physical injury, under the influence, sexual assault and other violent behavior,” csusb.edu stated. “Misusing alcohol can also have a negative impact on academic success, work performance, friendships and family relationships.”
Although some students believe it is not smart to have a place where you can drink on campus, other students believe it is OK but only in moderation.
“I don’t think there’s anything bad with having a pub in school,” said Communication Studies student Erendy Torres, “I personally like that we have options. It is up to us if we want to drink or not. I don’t think having a pub in school promotes drunkenness by any means.”
Having a place like the pub can give students a place to relax from the stress of everyday school life.
“I think it’s OK for a pub to be on campus because it gives the students a place to relax with their friends and have a beer or two as well,” said sophomore Adrian Alcantar, “It’s cool to have a place on campus where we can be at school while it doesn’t feel like we are.”
It is also clear to students that there is a drink limit at the pub as well. Students believe this will keep things controlled and safe for everyone on campus.
“We aren’t allowed to drink outside of the pub and there is a set limit of two drinks per student and the staff monitor
what we drink,” said Alcantar.