USC to Wave hello again to Wet/Dry?
By Dan Perry
Though the Wet/Dry Program is gone for now, underage students
could be back partying up in The Wave as early as the first
week back from Reading Week.
According to University Students’ Council general manager
Mark Sellars, the USC is in talks with Western’s administration
regarding a new initiative to allow underage students to enjoy
the restaurant at the same time as those over the age of majority.
“We’re working with the university right now to
establish some parameters to run all-access events — Wet/Dry — in
The Wave one night a week, commencing in late February or early
March,” Sellars said. “We’re trying to bring
in physical separation by making the upper floor wet and the
main floor dry.”
According to Western’s senior media relations officer
Marcia Steyaert, administration is prepared to work with the
USC on the matter.
“Admin is working with the USC, and some meetings have
been scheduled to discuss the Wet/Dry Program,” she said,
adding the first meeting may come as early as the end of this
“The upper mezzanine level is currently under construction;
we’re adding a wet bar upstairs to facilitate liquor
services, and the bottom level would be dry,” explained
Dan Smith, the USC’s bar manager. The “all-access” name,
he added, was used over the “all-ages” label to
escape the latter’s “high school” feel.
Smith also noted this was an experiment to assess the viability
of such an initiative: “This year is trial and error — we’re
trying to get the students back. We lost a lot of business
because we couldn’t offer residents Wet/Dry. We’re
trying to get some of that business back.”
Smith also specified the renovation’s time frame. “Our
goal is to have the bar up to all-access capability when we
get back from slack week,” he said, noting he could not
confirm which night of the week this would be.
Sellars said the USC’s other initiative for dealing
with dry programming on campus — the proposed half-million
dollar renovation of The Spoke set to be discussed at this
Wednesday’s USC meeting — was unlikely to be affected
by the new plans for The Wave. “This has nothing to do
with The Spoke.”
“It’s not going to be the same Wet/Dry [Program]
as people knew it before, but it’s a step in the right
direction,” said USC President Paul Yeoman. “It’s
a start, and we’re going to see where it goes. We’re
really excited to be offering Wet/Dry on campus again and we’ll
see where it takes us.”
There is still one way the rug could be pulled out from under
the USC initiative’s feet, but the effects will not be
felt until next school year. Steyaert confirmed the university
will proceed to court Feb. 23 regarding the potential suspension
of its liquor license, and added hearings have been scheduled
for June 8 and 9.