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Release: Oct. 20, 1999

Student government, residence halls sponsor alcohol-free homecoming tailgate

IOWA CITY, IOWA — University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) and Associated Residence Halls (ARH) are re-defining traditional "tailgating" as their party forces combine to co-sponsor an alcohol-free Iowa/Indiana Homecoming tailgate this Saturday.

Dan Patterson, UISG collegiate senator and ARH national communication coordinator, said, "It’s a great unifying event for the community and the university. It’s important for Iowa City to have alcohol-alternative events."

Megan Adams, UISG activity senator and director of programming for ARH, said, "We get our name out as a group that will do non-alcohol events. Students want this." ARH represents 5,500 students on campus.

Andy Stoll, UISG vice president, will be the disc jockey for the event. Activities include face painting and games like Velcro golf and boxy bouncing. Prizes will be awarded. Barbecued hotdogs, hamburgers, pop, chips and ice cream by Blue Bunny will be provided free of charge.

The alcohol-free tailgate begins at 11 a.m. in Lot 14 behind Slater Hall at the northeast corner of Melrose and Grand Avenues. The event is open to everyone: students, adult fans and their children, including students and fans from the opposing team. It is co-sponsored by The Stepping Up Project.

Football parking is available in all UI lots beginning at 7 a.m. for $5 per car. Game time this Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

The Stepping Up Project is a community coalition to reduce the harmful consequences of high-risk drinking and is funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For more information, call Julie Phye at (319) 335-1349.