No, this isn’t from the Onion.
COLONIE — There’s a new drinking policy at Siena College.
Even water. Or iced tea. Or coffee, Red Bull or lemonade. Or vodka or beer, for that matter, in case anybody gets any bright ideas.
According to a policy dated Sept. 17, students are “no longer allowed to consume alcohol or any other beverage in any type of container outside of their townhouse or in any public area on campus.”
College officials maintain the rule is meant to increase security after a spate of off-campus party crashers showed up early this semester, and police responded to noisy gatherings outside student apartments. Some outsiders were arrested for burglarizing apartments during those parties, using the hurly-burly for cover.
Because students weren’t abiding by campus rules to register all outside guests, officials decided they had to crack down to reduce the gatherings. “Safety first, that’s what it’s all about,” Siena spokeswoman Janet Gianopoulos said.
But does the new policy also mean a person who buys a Pepsi in a vending machine on the Loudonville campus and opens it on one of the lush quads is breaking the rules?
Yes, Gianopoulos said. But they can crack open that drink once they reach their residence, she added.