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Marshmallow policy excessively harsh

Justin Brandon | Monday, November 17, 2003

I am writing in regard to the enforcement of the marshmallow-throwing policy within the Stadium. During the BYU game, many students brought bags of marshmallows into the Stadium, which has been obviously against the Stadium rules since the beginning of the season, and a few of these smugglers were ejected from the game – fine.Other students were ejected, and in some situations escorted out in handcuffs (obviously necessary), for throwing these same marshmallows. Yes, throwing things, even the delectably flavorful products from Jet-Puff, can be very dangerous – point taken. However, for the BYU game it seems that the policy abruptly became more serious, now calling for the ejection of any person seen in possession of even a single marshmallow.Unfortunately, just before half-time I was in possession of one of these fluffy treats for a few seconds too long after being pelted by one and removing it from my jacket. Before I knew it, I was being given an ultimatum by Mr. Roberto Escobedo (usher #1000) and his section 29 platoon: Either leave on your own, or be dragged out by police.First of all, when did possession of a single marshmallow become an offense punishable by ejection from the game (not to mention the last home game that I will ever attend as a student)? Secondly, why is it appropriate for ushers to treat cooperative marshmallow-toting students like hardened criminals? When did the policy change from punishing throwers of marshmallows to punishing those who are eating them or picking them off of their clothes?Yes, the season is over, but this issue goes beyond marshmallows at football games. How can Cappy Gagnon and his battalion of Stadium ushers claim that they are looking out for the best interests of student attendees if their policies are so vague and sporadically enforced?Mr. Gagnon, make your policies clear and enforce them accordingly.Mr. Escobedo, if you stop treating students like convicted felons, then that respect will be reciprocated and all of our lives will be a lot less frustrating.

Justin BrandonseniorDillon HallNov. 15