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Students rejoice in victory, pay for celebration

Teresa Fralish | Monday, October 11, 2004

Stadium ushers ejected 30 students for either marshmallow throwing or alcohol-related offenses from Notre Dame Stadium during Saturday’s game, coordinator of stadium personnel Cappy Gagnon said.

Of the 30 students removed from the stadium, about seven to eight ejections resulted from marshmallow throwing, Gagnon said. The other students told to leave either were visibly intoxicated or in possession of alcohol. About two-thirds of the alcohol-related cases involved possession, Gagnon said.

“It’s two criteria … the first is that we see alcohol,” Gagnon said. “The other cases are intoxication. In those we usually observe some sort of symptom.”

Gagnon said the number of ejections for alcohol and marshmallows at this week’s game was about normal. At last week’s Purdue game, ushers removed seven students for marshmallows.

There were no injuries in the student section and only one injury during all of Saturday’s game, Gagnon said.

“We had someone fall over a railing and hit his head,” he said.

Though some students reported that police, in addition to ushers, were checking IDs and tickets in the student section, Gagnon said this was standard practice.

“It’s really only a problem in the senior section,” he said.

While ushers bear the main responsibility for ensuring that students sit in their assigned section, Gagnon said officers would sometimes assist on an as-needed basis.

“They’re just backing us up – they’re not doing it as police,” Gagnon said. “It’s generally looking for suspicious behavior.”