Tech’s intramural center offers both an indoor and outdoor pool for students to enjoy, but are there ways to make it more enjoyable?
There is a constant debate among students as to whether or not alcohol should be allowed on campus and specifically at the Lambright pool. There are many students who feel that alcohol should remain prohibited at the Lambright pools. One of those students is Taylor Haynie. Haynie, a junior middle school math and science education major, says it could potentially ruin the family atmosphere at the pool.
“When you allow college students to drink out there, it will lead to some students getting drunk,” Haynie said. “As of right now there are many families who enjoy the pool as a fun family activity, if you mix college kids and alcohol in that picture, it may ruin it.”
Chelsea Davenport, a senior chemistry major, said she also in favor of the current alcohol rules at the Lambright pool.
“I think allowing alcohol at the pool opens up Tech to a nightmare risk management situation,” Davenport said. “When someone has been drinking out in the sun all day, it can lead to them doing dumb things which just makes the job more difficult for the staff.”
Davenport said that while she understands other students concerns, there are other places for students to drink and hang out.
“There are multiple other community pools in the Ruston area that allow alcohol at them,” Davenport said. ”While I understand the argument, Tech has created a family atmosphere at the pool and there is no reason to mess with that by allowing alcohol.”
Barry Morales, director of student activities, said there is a reason Tech has taken precautions when dealing with alcohol.
“It’s a valid safety issue not to have alcohol at the Lambright pool,” he said. “Tech is an alcohol-free campus.”
John Terral, a sophomore business administration major, disagrees with the current rule prohibiting alcohol at the Lambright pool.
“I feel like if people were allowed to have alcohol, more people would show up to the pool,” Terral said. “A lot of students go to other pools just because they allow alcohol.”
Haynie said another issue at hand is that not all students are comfortable being around alcohol, and allowing drinking would make some students feel uncomfortable.
“Right now, students have a place to relax, have fun and not worry about having to deal with alcohol,” Haynie said. “While you would have more people coming to the pool because alcohol is allowed, you would potentially lose a large chunk of students who do not want to deal with alcohol.”
Terral said he understands why some students are against alcohol being allowed, but feels like the administration should take more feedback from students.
“I know there are people who disagree with alcohol being allowed, but there are just as many students who would support alcohol being allowed,” Terral said. “I feel like the university should at least take a poll of student opinion and then make a decision from that point.”
Davenport said she agrees that there are obviously differing opinions in regard to alcohol, and is understanding of that.
“I feel like everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Davenport said. “If the majority of Tech’s campus wanted to allow alcohol at the pool, I would accept that. I just feel like that is not the majority opinion on campus.”
Haynie said she feels the rule was put in place for a reason and will remain in effect for at least the next few years.
“I think that the rule is in place to keep a family atmosphere,” Haynie said. “Not allowing alcohol will continue to encourage the Ruston community to come out and enjoy the facilities that the Lambright center has to offer.”
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