Wave patrons spit on, harass UCC gamers
By Laura Katsirdakis
The University Community Centre broke out into a fit of spitball
throwing and fire-alarm pulling when an on-campus event went
awry this past Saturday.
“There were a number of disturbances [from] people waiting
in line outside The Wave,” said Rohan Belliappa, the
University Students’ Council’s VP-finance. Those
waiting in line for The Wave were disturbing the participants
of a 24 hour LAN party, hosted by the Western Electronic Gaming
Association in the UCC atrium, he explained.
“They were throwing objects [off the second floor],
and one person said they were spat on,” Belliappa said,
when asked to describe the disturbances that took place.
“Fire alarms were also pulled [by those waiting outside
The Wave],” he said, noting the alarm was pulled at 12:30
a.m. and 1:15 a.m.. Firefighters arrived both times to confirm
the alarm was false, he said, adding the first alarm prompted
some to evacuate the building, but the second alarm did not
prompt a timely evacuation by Wave patrons.
“[Also], a single male went downstairs [to the LAN party],” Belliappa
said, and the police had to be called to stop him from threatening
and irritating the WEGA participants.
Dan Smith, manager of The Wave, confirmed the bar had to close
its doors at 2 a.m., leaving some ticket-holders outside. Smith
noted the issue was still under investigation. “To my
knowledge the appropriate number of tickets were printed.”
“There was a large Caribbean Students’ Organization
event [at The Wave] which ran until 4 a.m.,” explained
Elgin Austen, Campus Community Police Service spokesperson.
The bar had reached and surpassed capacity, and was not allowing
more people inside, he said, adding those left waiting outside
caused the disturbances.
“City police had a number of officers on hand to control
those who could not get in [to The Wave],” Austen said.