of violence hits The Wave
By Anton Vidgen
|...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
Two straight nights of violence at The Wave
this week has put a damper on an otherwise successful Orientation
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
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."