No quick fix for Wet/Dry problem
By Anton Vidgen
With the suspension of the Wet/Dry program at Western due
to illegal, underage drinking, The Wave has been forced to
look at alternative arrangements for accommodating underage
and of-age students - something that could take the rest of
the school year to work out.
"The biggest thing is we have to make physical changes to
separate the Wet and the Dry," said Jeff Armour, site manager
for The Wave.
He said ideas discussed among The Wave's managers have ranged
from expanding and refurbishing the upstairs bar area to sectioning
off a glassed-in area on the main level.
Other plans include having all-ages nights where alcohol would
not be served, Armour said. "We're looking for every available
option," he added. "Obviously the sooner we can fix it the
better for [students]."
Mark Sellars, general manager of the University Students'
Council, said although a final proposal has not yet been submitted,
construction will be a lot less than $100,000 and will most
likely be half that. Sellars acknowledged any financial figures
are only estimates at this point.
Regardless of cost, construction will have to happen to allow
for Wet/Dry programming in the future, Sellars said. "That's
going to have to be a precursor to any event that's all-ages," he
Armour said major construction will not actually start until
a report has been published by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission
of Ontario, the organization which discovered the illegal acts
in the first place. "The timeline we've been given is varied," he
said. "Having [the report] loom a little bit creates a bit
of awareness of what [the AGCO] is doing."
"Whatever we do will be ready by next year," Sellars said,
adding most changes will probably be implemented after Christmas.
A final proposal of all the changes to USC bar operations
- including construction and Wet/Dry programming - will follow
the AGCO's ruling so everything is taken into account, Armour
The Wave's management will also meet with representatives
from the London Police Department to discuss their concerns,
"There hasn't been so much understanding that [Wet/Dry] is
a privileged program," said USC President Paul Yeoman, adding
Dry programming is still important to the USC and they will
continue to accommodate underage students in their events.