Greeks host first tailgate but lack attendance at game
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 20:09
Members of the Greek community hosted a tailgate on Sept. 7 prior to kickoff between the Hens and the Delaware State Hornets.
Senior Corey Ellsesser, President of Inter-fraternity Council, says he was one of the masterminds behind the project. Having worked for the athletic department in the ticket office for the past three years, Ellsesser says he wanted to do something to show his appreciation for his bosses and give back to the university.
The event, which was organized by members of the IFC, started as an idea at the end of last semester. The IFC approached both the athletic department and police department during the summer in order to plan and develop the event. Together, the three groups established a common goal: to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for students to attend a football game, Ellsesser says.
In addition, he says he wanted to see an increase in ticket sales, as he noted that over the past couple of years, attendance at games has decreased dramatically, in part due to the strict tailgating regulations enforced in 2011.
Last Saturday marked the first time an all-Greek tailgate has occurred at the university, Ellsesser says. Starting at around 1 p.m., students made their way to Tubby Raymond Stadium. In order to enter the tailgate, individuals had to sport green wristbands, and to distinguish those that were under the age of 21, red X’s were drawn on their hands, Ellsesser says.
Throughout the tailgate, food, beverages and games were available for the students. It was required by police to have a proportional amount of food to the amount of people that were consuming alcohol, Ellsesser says.
University Police Chief Patrick Ogden says he was on duty during game day and only a few instances of underage drinking were reported.
“What we found was some of the people that were under 21 either tried to use some type of sanitary wash to wipe off the red X or drink openly with the red X on their hand,” Ogden says. “Obviously, we didn’t turn a blind eye to that.”