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Friday, January 10, 2003

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Violence ignites concern over Waterloo pub

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

A bar brawl at the University of Waterloo on New Year's Day has caused the university's administration to take over management of the on-campus bars.

In the early hours of Jan. 1, a fight erupted at a student-run New Year's Eve party at Federation Hall, one of two on-campus bars. Ramsey Hanlon, who was not a student of the university, was beaten by several people in a parking lot outside of the bar.

"When police arrived, one man was severely beaten," said Olaf Heinzel, public affairs coordinator for the Waterloo Regional Police. People were trying to help the victim, who had sustained head injuries from the attack, he said.

The victim was taken to Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, Heinzel said. Three people were charged with aggravated assault, and will be making a court appearance in Kitchener on Jan. 13, he added.

Charges were laid against Joseph John, Christopher Carter and David Mizra, all of Mississauga, Heinzel confirmed.

As a result of the incident, the university administration has decided to take over management of the two bars, Federation Hall and the Bomb Shelter Pub, said Martin Van Nierop, director of public affairs for Waterloo.

Earlier this week, the school appointed Waterloo's director of food services to oversee the bars.

"The two bars are the [Federation of Students] operations," Van Nierop said, adding the employees of the two bars are still employees of the Federation, but are now overseen by the university-appointed manager. "It's an interim move," he explained.

In a press release issued by the Federation Thursday afternoon, President Brenda Koprowski said they were given two options by the university administration.

The Federation was told they could close the bars, or permit the university to become involved in the operations, the release said.

"There is no noticeable change to operations in either of these establishments," the release read, while also stating the new set-up is a temporary arrangement that will allow the Federation to address the university's concerns.

"Though we are deeply troubled by the increasing paternal incursion by the University of Waterloo into the autonomy of the Federation of Students, we must nevertheless act in the best interest of those we represent," Koprowski said in the release.

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