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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 30, 2005

UI Officials Will Enforce Trademark, Alcohol Laws

University of Iowa officials will be on the lookout for illegal Hawkeye merchandise, such as t-shirts, being sold by non-licensed vendors at football games this fall.

In addition, UI Police and other law enforcement personnel will enforce laws prohibiting underage consumption of alcoholic beverages and possession of open containers of liquor, beer and wine on public sidewalks and streets.

"We love seeing Hawkeye fans decked out in black and gold, but we do want to make sure that we protect our Hawkeye apparel licensees who abide by the rules regarding the production and sale of clothing and other items with our trademarks, such as the Tiger Hawk and Herky," said Dale Arens, director of UI Licensing.

State law prohibits the consumption of hard liquor and the possession of an open bottle of hard liquor on public property, which includes UI parking lots. People caught violating the law will be required to empty the bottle(s) and will be issued a citation.

Anyone in possession of an open container of alcohol (including beer, wine or hard liquor) on the sidewalks or streets on the way to Kinnick Stadium will be issued a citation and the beverage will be confiscated.

Fans should also remember that Iowa's minimum legal drinking age is 21.

Within Kinnick stadium, unruly and disruptive fans may be ejected.

Fans are also encouraged to remember Iowa's law, under which a blood alcohol content of .08 percent is considered presumptive of guilt in cases of driving while intoxicated.

UI officials urge fans to use alcohol responsibly. They suggest having plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available, and serve adequate food to reduce the effects of alcohol. Select a designated driver or stop serving and consuming alcohol several hours before attempting to drive.

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STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott,, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972