Another new year, another University Students’ Council
But like a lot of other things this year, something will be
a little different at the annual ball because of concerns relating
Although the USC managed to obtain special insurance coverage
to hold the event — which they needed because the organization
was unable to acquire a new insurance package that included
provisions for liquor liability outside of the two USC-owned
on-campus bars, as reported last week by The Gazette — they
were unable to make Charity Ball a Wet/Dry event.
The USC’s Wet/Dry Program was suspended in September
after underaged students were caught drinking in The Wave by
inspectors from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Wet/Dry remains in limbo because the USC is waiting for a report
from the AGCO.
According to Charity Ball organizers, the fact that underaged
students can’t attend isn’t a very big deal, considering
the Ball has historically been an upper-year event. But with
the double cohort, there are a lot more underaged students
this year and plenty of first-year students do attend.
This year’s charities, the London Humane Society and
the Alzheimer’s Society of London-Middlesex, will likely
lose out at least a little because of the policy change.
Nevertheless, the event itself will go on, and a sizeable
donation of cash will go towards another two good causes this
year. It’s just a shame the government of Ontario thinks
students old enough to attend university aren’t old enough
Remember the big (or medium-sized) ruckus (we sort of caused)
over the big ugly purple awning on the newly renovated (still
unfinished) Concrete Beach?
Well the verdict (or at least part of it) is in. The awning
did indeed appear to do its job (sort of) after the weekend
The stairs going into the basement of the University Community
Centre were wet but (mostly) clear yesterday morning, thanks
to the purple (monstrocity of an) awning students and USC councillors
alike loved to hate.
Council debated the awning’s existence for two (excruciating)
hours during a Nov. 5 meeting, after a motion was brought forward
to have the thing removed (following Gazette jokes about its
The motion was rejected, after council couldn’t justify
spending money to remove something they had just (foolishly)
paid to put up. One councillor even pleaded: “Let’s
give the awning a chance.”
Well, the awning took the ball and ran with it this weekend
(sort of). Mother Nature not only tested it but added her own
aesthetic improvements: the awning is now mostly white thanks
to the snow covering, so it’s looking (slightly) better.