September 5, 2003  
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NEWS

Consecutive nights of violence hits The Wave

By Anton Vidgen
Gazette Staff

Dallas Curow
...WHEN ALL THROUGH THE WAVE, NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING, NOT EVEN A BUNCH OF HOOLIGAN BRAWLERS. The Wave was the site of a large brawl Monday night.

Two straight nights of violence at The Wave this week has put a damper on an otherwise successful Orientation Week.

A brawl involving approximately 15 males broke out at the packed Wave Monday night, though no one was seriously injured, said Dan Smith, manager of the University Students' Council's bar operations. About 12 staff members broke up the fight and eventually ejected the combatants from the bar.

The initial disturbance then shifted to the Concrete Beach where two separate arguments eventually resulted in physical altercations, explained Campus Community Police Service interim director Elgin Austen. The identity of those involved is not known and descriptions were vague, Austen said. "It is expected that the suspects involved were students," he explained, adding the incidents are still under investigation.

In a separate incident on Tuesday night at about 11:30 p.m., an argument involving two males on The Wave's dance floor escalated to violence when both started throwing punches. One of the individuals fell to the floor and received cuts to his right forearm from what was apparently broken glass, Smith said. It was unclear how the individual actually fell to the floor, he added.

The Student Emergency Response Team was on the scene providing medical service within minutes. The CCPS and the London Police Department arrived at the scene soon after.

The incident was initially reported as a stabbing, at which point the LPD took control of the situation, said LPD spokesperson Const. Paul Martin. When it became clear a stabbing did not occur, jurisdiction of the matter shifted to the CCPS who are continuing the investigation, he added.

USC VP-student affairs Matt Huether said O-Week is rarely a time for such hostility. "I've never seen this level of aggression but at the same time, the majority [of those involved] are not first-year students," he said. "Our biggest concern right now is the safety of the first-years and our volunteers."

Huether said sophs who were near The Wave during the time of the incidents are not directly responsible for safety. "We're sending the sophs there to be with the first-year students," he explained. "It's a bonding measure, not protection."

"The reality is we're under a microscope this week," Smith remarked, adding these incidents shine a negative light on an otherwise safe and extensive track record. "We are the safest bar in the city."

 

 

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