Volume 94, Issue 49

Friday, November 24, 2000


Ladies Night draws females in Waves

York strikers verbally attacked

City's Board of Control questions colleges

Council erupts with Massive debate

UBC moving to new campus downtown

There's more to life than being apathetic

Campus Briefs

Planet Me

Ladies Night draws females in Waves

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Music, screams and laughter bellowed out of The Wave as a multitude of female patrons in search of sweet steps, swiveling hips and good times invaded on Wednesday.

Mark Serre, manager of The Wave, said The Wave is usually closed on Wednesday nights but opened up to put on live male dancing in something that was dubbed 'Ladies Night.'

"We had 275 people through the door and a lot of people were talking about it [yesterday]," he said. "We've only had one letter sent in objecting to what happened on 'Ladies Night."

Serre said Wednesday night's show was just one example of The Wave's continuing efforts to reach as many people as possible campus. "The success shows that there is a market for it. There has got to be some outlet for [females on this campus]," he said. Serre added he sent a letter to the dancers explaining contact between patrons and the dancers would not be tolerated during the performance.

Mark MacLellan, manager of the University Students' Council's entertainment productions and programming, said he arranged all of the booking and organizational details for the four male dancers through a Toronto agent.

He said in terms of bang for buck, he has booked bigger bands at similar venues that did not generate that much in return. "The four dancers cost $1,800 and the door generated $600 alone, that's a really good deal."

Eric Robinson, door staff at The Wave, said it was a good show with lots of screaming and the male dancers, for the most part, taking it all off. "There was a lot of business, [The Wave] made a fair bit of cash when compared to a usual night," he said. "If it brings in the money, [the Wave's] got to do what they've got to do."

On top of a letter of objection sent to The Wave, Mary Cameron, a group leader from the Western Intervarsity Christian fellowship, said she thought stripping on campus was a form of sex as entertainment.

"In the context of marriage, sex is a good thing. A show like only promotes lusting over the human body," she said. "What does this try to say about the image of the university? It's degrading."

Cameron questioned whether parents would want their children attending Western if they knew what was going on within a campus bar?

Buffy Wygle, a second-year media information technoculture student, said the night was a great time. "[The dancers] were pulling people on stage to dance with them and some took it all off," she said. "It's a good way to bring all the ladies together for a really good time."

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