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Cortaca Jug Message to Fans

Contributed by Mary Anne Steinmetz on 11/05/2004 

As you know, the annual Ithaca College vs. Cortland State football game is scheduled for this Saturday, November 13, at noon at SUNY Cortland.

Anyone wishing to attend the Cortaca Jug game must have a prepurchased ticket in hand. At this point, the game has been declared sold-out and no tickets will be available at the gate. The game will be televised by Time-Warner Cable in the Cortland, Ithaca, and Syracuse areas.

For those with tickets attending the game, please refer to the letter below from Ray Franco, vice president for student affairs at Cortland State, and myself, which contains important information about this exciting event. All students at both institutions received this information, and it will be printed in Thursday's Ithacan.

Students of SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College:

Officials from both colleges recently met to discuss the November 13 varsity football game being hosted this year at noon at SUNY Cortland. This year's game is the 63rd meeting of our varsity football teams vying, of course, for possession of the Cortaca jug. We are all very proud of the accomplishments of both teams and believe that the game this year will once again be a great one.

As a fan, you can expect to see an outstanding contest on the field. Both teams and the coaching staffs have worked hard since late August to have successful seasons. The Ithaca vs. Cortland game will provide the players and coaches with a great challenge and the fans with a fun-filled, exciting afternoon.

For Ithaca fans traveling to Cortland, you will note that the New York State Police, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department, the Cortland County Sheriff's Department, as well as other agencies will be patrolling the highways and will be working at the game. In recent years, police officials in Tompkins and Cortland counties have set up checkpoints before and after the game to apprehend those who are drinking and driving. If you are over 21 years old and choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation and please do not drive! Further, no one will be allowed in the game venue with beverages of any kind. Neither backpacks, bags, nor containers of any kind will be permitted in the stadium, and security personnel will ask spectators to open coats for inspection. Items confiscated will not be returned. Numerous electronic video and audio recording devices will be in place throughout the stadium for this game, and potential lawbreakers are forewarned that these recordings will be made available to law enforcement authorities should the need arise.

As a football fan, your behavior at the game will reflect on your college. You should be supportive of your team, cheering good play and encouraging the players to do their best. You should not be involved in behavior that will embarrass yourself or your college. Cheers that include vulgarity, demean players, coaches, officials, or fans have no place at this or any other game. Throwing objects on the field, at players, coaches, officials, or fans, will not be tolerated. In addition, fighting or other serious acts will result in criminal arrest and, when appropriate, on-campus judicial action to include possible suspension or expulsion.

This game has a long and wonderful history. The players and coaches have worked too hard to have the game tarnished by the actions of a few fans. Good sportsmanship on and off the field will make this an event that we will remember fondly for years to come.

Sincerely,
Raymond D. Franco
Vice President for Student Affairs, SUNY Cortland
Brian McAree
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life, Ithaca College
Contributed by Brian McAree

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