Volume 96, Issue 84
Tuesday, March 11, 2003

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Meal card offers belly satisfaction at the Wave

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

Students can now swipe their way to full bellies at The Wave, but they still can't pay for the crushing debt caused by massive beer tabs.

University Students' Council President Chris Sinal announced yesterday that students can now use their Western One meal plan cards for purchasing their meals at The Wave.

The decision to accept the use of meal plan cards at The Wave came after two surveys on campus that revealed Western students wanted the establishment, among several others, to accept the Western meal plan card, said Kevin McCabe, associate director of Hospitality Services.

"We had approached the USC early in the summer [about the meal plan]," Sinal said, noting the issue had been brought forward to the USC in previous years but was not accepted.

According to Sinal, the new service will accommodate current student customers who wish to purchase their food with their meal cards, and hopefully offer a convenient feature that could entice new student customers to sample the menu The Wave has to offer.

"We are pleased to keep students on campus in the evenings," said Frank Miller, director of Hospitality Services, adding The Wave offers an alternative to Centre Spot after it has closed in the evening.

"This year we decided to really make it a priority to get the administration and the USC working together," Sinal said, adding the initiative was achieved in partnership with Hospitality Services. "The fact that this happened speaks volumes of how the USC and administration can work together."

"You can expect that [the USC and administration] will be working together [in the future]," Sinal said, noting that a variety of upcoming projects will require the co-operation of the USC and administration, such as the plans to renovate Concrete Beach.

Dan Smith, manager of bars and restaurants for the USC, said the initiative was a positive one for The Wave and students in general. "We honestly anticipate more of a dinner influx than a lunch influx," he explained, noting he hope the initiative inspires upper-year students to purchase a meal plan, knowing they can now use it at The Wave.

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