Saturday's football game between the University of Mississippi and the University of Missouri was a hurdle for Ole Miss' new alcohol and tobacco policies.
After years of official but widely flouted prohibition, Ole Miss, in response to new state legislation, has begun allowing liquor and wine on campus. In accordance with Lafayette County's local option, beer still is illegal.
With the new legal status for alcohol, campus police and security personnel were focused on "underage drinking and flagrant display of alcohol, because then the assumption is that it is being distributed," said Jeff Alford, associate vice chancellor of university relations. "What we want to limit is open bars, open containers available to anybody, public displays of alcohol."