Emerson Police clearly aren’t state troopers. They’re visible on campus, but it’s usually the same two or three cops that you always see, and they aren’t looking to throw the book at somebody. The cops are generally around to keep the students safe from other suspicious activity that may be happen on campus. They work to protect the campus from outsiders more than from itself. As far as enjoying yourself with a six-pack or bottle of Jack Daniel’s, you should be fine—as long as you’re smart about it. You’ll get a feel for your RA and what you can and cannot get away with. As long as you use your head, which admittedly can be difficult halfway through the night, you can easily stay out of trouble. Of course, the easiest way to avoid drama with your RA or the police is to take your partying off campus.
There are a few pesky rules about food in the labs and where students are allowed to smoke, but any level-headed student can figure out why these rules are in place. Basically, if students use common sense, as well as some genuine consideration for others, they can all get along just fine. And most of the time, they do.