Ask The Wellness Experts: Having A Safe Spring Break

“I came back from spring break with second-degree sunburn, chlamydia, and trip to the emergency room for alcohol poisoning. It was the best Spring Break ever!” said no college student in history. SO… how do you have a great spring break and avoid: sunburns, alcohol poisoning, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

Whether the venue is Cabo, Colorado, or Calvert County, always wear sunscreen, preferably broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, SPF 30 to SPF 50. Water, sand, sun, and high altitude intensify ultra violet (UV) exposure. There are no waterproof or sweat-proof sunscreens. Reapply, reapply, and then reapply again, every 40-80 minutes. Clothing is available that offers sunscreen protection – some of it is even cute! Keep in mind: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. What happens in the younger years drives what happens in the later years, so set yourself up for success in the future with your skin. A shot glass amount of sunscreen is the amount you should use each application.

Speaking of shot glasses, alcohol is often a big part of college and college spring break. Pay attention to the types of drinks consumed. Beer and wine have less alcohol than mixed drinks. Know your personal limits. 1,825 college students (from 18 to 24 years old) die every school year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries. One of the greatest dangers is alcohol poisoning, which is a severe physical reaction to alcohol. High levels of alcohol reduce the automatic, involuntary drive to breathe, can impair the gag reflex, lead to vomiting, and risk for aspiration into the lungs – all of which can end in death. Signs of alcohol poisoning include slow and irregular breathing, vomiting, confusion, and possible lapse into unconsciousness. If these are observed, the heavily intoxicated person should be taken to the emergency department immediately. DO NOT put them to bed to “sleep it off” because it could be the last thing you ever do for them!

Did you know certain activities, like lounging in the sun or hot tubs intensify the effects of alcohol on the body? Consume plenty of non-alcoholic beverages during the day, especially while in sun or hot tub, and always eat food before going out to consume alcohol.

Do you know the signs someone’s drink has been spiked? Most people will show symptoms like extreme wooziness, confusion, slurring speech and difficulty standing, even if they haven’t had much to drink. Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know and don’t leave it unattended while you dance or go to the bathroom. Always take drinks, even fancy looking spring break specials or test tube shots, directly from the server, not from a pass down line of people. Keep an eye on you and your friends’ drinks and drinking.

On to safe sex – it is not just about using condoms. Safe sex applies to how you handle hook ups or new partners too. Make ground rules with your friends prior to your spring break adventures. Rules: like no leaving with strangers (this goes for all people), no going anywhere alone no matter time of day, having a sober friend each day, no leaving a drunk friend alone even in the hotel room, how to handle a situation if a friend insists leaving for a hook up (i.e., program the hook ups name and number in your phone, take a picture of them with your friend)!

Condoms (internal and external) are important to safe sex too. They are the only way to prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. USE ONE EVERY SINGLE time you have sex! EVERY SINGLE time! And use dental dams for safe oral sex. Condoms, dental dams, and lube are available for free at the Wellness Center, right inside the door. If you use oral birth control, remember to pack your pills for break, and remember to take it at the usual time each day. If your birth control methods fail, or the condom breaks or falls off, you can take an emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) with-in 72 hours of an unprotected encounter. ECP helps reduce the chance of unwanted pregnancy. ECP doesn’t protect from STIs, though. If concerned about STIs follow up with a provider. If you plan to be sexually active during spring break, you may consider taking ECP with you. ECP is available over the counter at most pharmacies and available at the Wellness Center for $15.

Final tips: If sunburn happens treat it as soon as possible. Use cool baths to reduce the heat and moisturizer to help ease the discomfort caused by dryness. After a bath gently pat your skin dry, leaving a little water on your skin, and then apply a moisturizer to trap the water in your skin. Hydrocortisone cream can help ease discomfort; ibuprofen can help reduce redness and swelling discomfort. Sunburn draws fluid to the skin surface away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water prevents dehydration, a good plan for everyone on spring break. Do not use “-caine” products (such as benzocaine). Blistering sunburn indicates second-degree sunburn. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) you should allow blisters to heal untouched. If blisters cover a large area, like your entire back, or you have chills, a headache or a fever, seek immediate medical care. With any type of sunburn, avoid the sun while your skin heals. Cover affected area every time you head outdoors.

In event of sexual assault, seek immediate medical attention. In the U.S., call 911 and the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) for advice/support. If abroad, contact the State Department or American Embassy to get connected with special services for American victims of crime abroad. Regardless of when sexual assault occurred, it’s never too late to get help. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence you can contact RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotlines: 1-800.656.HOPE or RAINN.com.

The Wellness Center and the Peer Health Educators (PHEs) have put together spring break grab bags, available in the lobby of the Wellness Center. First come, first served.

Miss Meghan – "Whiskey Dick" Got You Down? Sober Up!

Dear Miss Meghan,

What are the effects of alcohol on sexual functioning?

-Flaccid for Now-

Dear Flaccid for Now,

I was going to attempt to write this article without using the words “whiskey dick” but after some serious urban dictionary time, I’ve realized that: there are too many terms that include the word flaccid, I am better off using the language I know, and who comes up with these terms? Will The Point News even allow me to use the word “whiskey dick?” [Ed. note: I think we should!]

Anyways, back to the topic. For most folks of any/all sexes, one or two drinks of alcohol will not have a significant affect on one’s ability to obtain a physiological state of sexual arousal. Many folks find that a drink or two reduces sexual inhibitions. The exception to this is if you are on any medications or are combining alcohol with other drugs/substances as they can interact and can cause sexual difficulties. For example, many anti-depressants can affect sexual functioning.

Once you hit three or more drinks in your system, depending on time between drinks and body weight, the alcohol has caused your blood to thin (also a good reason not to get a tattoo when you’ve been drinking). For male-bodied folks, erections occur because the canals in your penis swell, which traps blood in the penis making it firm. If the blood is thinned, it can not be trapped in the penis, causing a failure to obtain an erection.

For female-bodied folks, sexual arousal is caused by the swelling of the vulva which causes blood to get trapped into the vagina canal triggering vaginal lubrication. With alcohol in the system, females have a more difficult time obtaining vaginal lubrication and a state of genital arousal.

Alcohol also slows down your brain’s processing of stimulation, so the sensations of nerve endings in the penis or vulva are not processed by the brain as well as they are when alcohol is not present in the system. It takes firmer stimulation to the surfaces of the genitals to obtain the sensation of pleasure and orgasms are reported to be less intense with alcohol consumption. For women, lack of vaginal lubrication can led to increase tearing or pain during penetration and increases the risk for contracting a sexual transmitted infection. Also, if a condom is not adequately lubricated, it increases the chances of having the condom rip.

Consent for sexual activities also needs to be noted here, as consuming too much alcohol can leave a person unable to give consent. It is imperative that you know how much your partner has had to drink and if they are capable of consenting prior to engaging in any sexual activities with them. Just wait until they sober up to find out if they want to get down.

Writing this really shows the need for a socially standardized term that is the female equivalent of “whiskey dick.” Any thoughts? Don’t forget to write in with your questions for me! They can be submitted via email to me at mkroot@smcm.edu. [Second Ed. Note: we need to find out where the anonymous submission box online went.]

 

Sincerely Craving a Shamrock Shake,

Miss Meghan

 

The Pub Opens with Alcohol and Food

Thursday, Sept. 8th marked the grand opening of the campus pub, which now offers beer, wine and food to its most popular customers: the student body.

The Office of Student Activities kicked-off the beginning of the upcoming weekend, despite a tornado threat for St. Mary’s County. Thursday evening included live karaoke, the showing of the first game of the NFL season and drink specials: $1 Draft National Bohemian and Coors Light. Festivities continue with movie night on Friday evening, then sports and games night on Saturday.

Bon Appetit put into effect a new rule for customers: students now need state issued identification to enter the pub between 5 and 10 p.m., when alcohol is served. Bon Appetit Management also warned that food orders stop at 1:45 a.m., and that the pub prohibits students from bringing outside alcoholic beverages into the building. Bon Appetit Cashier Talisha Campbell said, “if you don’t get it here, don’t bring it in here,” because doing so could risk closure of the pub.

After a summer of renovations to the old Lewis Quad recreation room, Bon Appetit also made improvements to the menu responding to student complaints. An upgraded kitchen allowed Bon Appetit to implement a new way to cook wings and fries, like the newly added Seahawk seasoned wings, and offers healthier options, like hummus with pita bread. Free popcorn is also available for any desperate late night hunger.

While offering a safe-haven to limit students from driving intoxicated on the St. Mary’s campus, Student Activities will also use the pub facilities to run more programs. Sola Ogundele, ’10, Coordinator of Orientation and Service, said Student Activities has been charged with programming. “It’s beneficial to the campus as far as new programming space,” she said.  The pub offers opportunities for them to develop events that can be held in the new bar. Senior events, alumni events and the popular Thursday night Coffeehouse are being considered for use by the pub, and some students enjoying opening night agreed to the new idea.

Senior Daniela Fiore suggested the coffeehouse performances start in the pub as well, especially during the cold winter season, stating that the pub’s location was more central for students on campus. Even within the first day of the pub’s grand opening, students were prepared to offer their ideas for improvements. Senior Koko Olszewski offered the idea of switching up the menu periodically, including the addition of guacamole in the change. Olszewski also wants Bon Appetit to have a “pub” suggestion box, similar to that of the Great Room, while senior Caitlin Fowler wants karaoke everyday.

The upcoming weeks of the fall semester will determine the popularity of the pub, but for the time being, the late night spot provides another on-campus hangout for hungry college students.

The pub accepts only cash for alcoholic drinks, but accepts flex, student debit and cash for all food purchases. The pub’s hours of operation are Thursdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m with alcohol service ending at 10 p.m.

News in Brief: The Pub Opens

Because of the success of the pilot program last spring semester, the Pub’s late night food option will officially open for business Thursday, September 1. Though only food will be served at its opening, the Pub will begin serving alcohol a week later on Thursday, September 8.

Over the summer, staff worked to create a sporty atmosphere to the aptly named Pub, with new furniture, walls, and paneling; the intention was to eliminate the “LQ Rec Room” feel and replace it with the ambience of a typical pub. A bar was also built – the front is paneled with barn wood and the top is made from a tree that fell in front of Calvert, according to Bon Appetit Director of Operations Dave Sansotta, and a photo of the tree will be displayed prominently.

Along with the renovations, the menu for the Pub has also been altered. Now, the Pub will also serve burgers, fries, chicken wings as well as healthier options like a garden salad with a choice for chicken, pita and hummus, and deserts like cookies and brownies. The whole menu hasn’t been revamped, though, Sansotta said. “We kept the burritos; that was a big thing,” he added.

The alcohol options have expanded, too: two taps have been installed and National Bohemian will definitely flow from one. The other is currently up in the air but according to Sansotta, will probably have Coors Light or Bud Light. The Pub will still have bottles of beer, and while the brands haven’t been finalized, Samuel Adams Octoberfest is an almost certain option. In addition to beer, the Pub will serve a white and a red wine and a non-alcoholic beer, most likely O’Douls.

With the expansion of the Pub, the organization of the Grab and Go has changed, with the meals being made and packaged for students (as opposed to going into the kitchen and grabbing your own food). The menu isn’t likely to change though, nor are the hours.

Food and alcohol still cannot be purchased at the Pub with blocks or flex; only debit and cash can be used. The Pub is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM and late night food will be open from 5:00 PM until 2:00 AM.

Orientation Sobriety Pledge – Give it a Shot!

By now, President Joesph Urgo’s all-student email (as well as all-staff and all-faculty email) has either been read or deleted by the campus. For those of you who may have chosen the latter option before reading it, let me briefly summarize it here. Essentially, Urgo has implemented a policy for the entire St. Mary’s community to remain alcohol-free, or “dry,” for the first four days of the 2011-2012 school year. To be clear, those first four days are orientation days, and the majority of the student population won’t even be returning until Aug. 29 anyway, which is why the email asks “first-year students, orientation leaders, and residence life staff to pledge to abstain from all substance use” during that time.

I’ll be back on campus helping to work on the orientation issue of The Point News, and I’d like to issue my total support of this policy. Though I’m under 21, and therefore I legally would be obligated to not consume alcohol regardless of the policy, I fully believe the premise behind its creation as sound and wise.

Urgo has offered a couple of reasons for policy: it’s a continuation of our college’s attempts at safe alcohol consumption. Orientation is a time for adjustment and thus a time to be alert and sober, and new friendships and identities are being cultivated which, if they are to be true, inherently calls for sobriety.

We’ve all gone through orientation, and while some of us might have preferred to have been in a drunken stupor, I think it’s extremely important to be aware of the difficulties that the first few days of college entails. A student is away from every place that is familiar, everyone they love, and essentially, everything they know. Four days of adjustment should be spent with a clear head and with sound judgment.

Additionally, with our President’s signature on the Amethyst Initiative, St. Mary’s has already offered its explicit expectation of safe alcohol consumption, and if there’s any way to describe drinking during orientation,it would not be “safe alcohol consumption.” If we expect our students to be able to responsibly drink, we must first teach them that drinking does not always mean binge-drinking, vomiting, and repeating.

Presumably, first-year students come to college with tenfold more freedom than they had in high school, and with new freedom comes new expectations of what college is like. If students come believing that their first few days are going to be spend at wild parties and with massive hangovers, they’re going to go to wild parties and get massive hangovers. If students come expecting to have four days of orientation, hopefully the adjustment will be easier, the expectations will be lower, the pressure will be off.

Finally, I’m convinced that this policy will make orientation safer; friends who have known each other for a while are able to discern when someone has maybe had a little too much, or even if someone needs medical attention. But for people who’ve known each other for less than a week it is far more difficult to know when to intervene.

I’m hoping that most of the community will not only take the pledge but also follow through, and while I know that 100 percent participation is always impossible, I think St. Mary’s is willing and able to seize this opportunity and take its mission to heart.

 

Embrace the Nest Mess

The weekend before Spring Break saw the first test of the new Nest policies. I am told only a handful of students went. In fact, The Point News sent a photographer to cover the event and he captured an empty upper deck – a far cry from the 400 people who crowded into Daugherty-Palmer Commons (DPC) at the last nest.

I guess the new policy worked.

I understand the Nest is meant to be a substance-free event. And that’s great and there should be a substance-free alternative on campus. However, in the process of hosting a substance-free event, Programs Board discovered the immense popularity of a campus-wide dance party. In other words, an event, sponsored by Programs Board and paid for by our student fees, where a quarter of the campus consistently came.

Sounds like a win to me.

Yet, as soon as the event became popular, new rules came out to effectively kill the event. If the rules are purely in the name of maintaining the Nest as a substance-free event, fine. But then why hasn’t Programs Board developed a new non-substance-free event? I know I don’t care what the event is called.

Unfortunately, we all know the new policies come from the same mentality on alcohol consumption we have dealt with our entire lives. The mentality that says, “if we don’t talk about it and shame those who partake, maybe it will go away.”

The same mentality that drives high school and college students alike to drink in basements and under power lines and do stupid things like get in a car instead of calling for a ride. And, ironically, the same mentality that propagates the kind of binge drinking on this campus and campuses across the country that this same mentality hates.

Time for a new approach.

For the first time, we have a college President who wants to engage in a dialogue. As President Joseph Urgo said, “I share a number of concerns with presidents and chancellors who wish to reopen the debate on the drinking age.

I am concerned that we, as professionals responsible for the education of young adults, have created an atmosphere where students who choose to consume alcohol often do so in ways dangerous to their health.”

The new Nest policies only continue that atmosphere.

Instead, why not hold a campus-wide dance party and not ban intoxication? Use the event as an opportunity to engage in a dialogue. Not necessary at the event, though at this point we all listen to Pandora and watch Hulu and are use to 15-30 second interruptions in our entertainment for a commercials. Use the same approach, a drinking fact in between songs.

More importantly, use the event as a place where intoxicated college students can go safely have fun.

Drinking in college will not go away. Hiding, shunning and cracking down on it won’t do anything. Certainly with a substance-allowed dance party and a pub, SMCM will go so much further than any other college in having an honest conversation about the perils and, yes, pluses of drinking.

 

Campus Pub To Begin Operation in Spring With Pilot Program

Specifics are starting to crystallize on the new proposed campus pub culminating in a potential pilot program this spring, according to General Manager at Bon Appetit Debi Wright.

The iteration of the pub currently being proposed was the idea of President Joseph Urgo, who first brought it to the student body earlier this year during the second Presidential Forum.

According to Wright, “the idea is to make the place sort of the hub…where students want to hang out and where they feel comfortable.” Originally, concerns regarding legality were worked out by the Vice President of Trustee Relations Kathy Grimes.

Since then the operation has been handed over to Bon Appetit, who also runs the pub at Hamilton College (Urgo’s previous institution and a similarly-sized private liberal arts college).

Wright and other members of Bon Appetit at St. Mary’s have since been doing research into Hamilton’s pub and considering options for what can be done here. Director of Operations David Sansotta, who himself comes from Hamilton college, said that they do a pub lunch Mondays through Fridays including entrees and a salad bar, and open it up on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

According to Wright’s discussions with Hamilton’s general manager, the pub also puts on programming such as trivia nights, which she also plans to do at the proposed pub here.

Many other specifics have become more concrete since the beginning of the year. According to Wright, the campus pub at St. Mary’s would not only be a place for students to get beer and wine, but also late-night food and, Wright hopes, coffee and expresso drinks.

As far as a schedule is concerned, Wright said that the pub would probably open around 7 a.m. serving food similar to what is offered currently at the Lewis Quad Grab n’ Go.

At around 11 a.m. it would begin offering made-to-order food similar to what is offered at the Upper Deck, and would begin serving beer and wine at 4 p.m. Food and drinks would be provided from then until 1 or 2 a.m.

Wright noted, however, that the days out of the week when the pub would be open, and what days it would offer beer and wine, are still to be determined.

As of this writing, Wright said that the pub would likely be either in Daugherty-Palmer Commons (DPC) or at the current location of the Grab n’ Go. She added, however, that she felt that “the Grab n’ Go is a better place in my eyes [and] it feels better; if I were a student I’d want it to be there.”

Assistant Dean of Students Kelly Schroeder echoed the sentiment. “Because I want to see this happen as quickly as feasible, I think the LQ rec room would be an ideal choice. You could do more in that space of turning it into a more pub-like environment.”

According to both Wright and Schroeder, programming at the pub will be a major part of the use of the space. Schroeder said, “I’d love to do some of the things we’ve been doing at Cole Cinema, but haven’t been able to serve alcohol.” She added that these would include things like movie nights, tailgates, an occasional coffeehouse.

The space would also be reservable, so clubs and organizations could host their own events.

Financially, however, Wright believes that the pub might be difficult to maintain. A major problem is that the pub cannot be in any way subsidized by the College (like Hamilton’s is) both because of the College’s status as a public institution and because, according to Urgo, “[The college is] not about to take on new expenses.”

Bon Appetit would also have to do major kitchen renovations to either location they choose, and hire a manager. Though there are still “many unknowns” at this point regarding what exactly will be done and what students and administration want, figures for doing these renovations are steep.

Drink prices would likely be above retail, though not by much. Wright said “our goal is to find a way to operate this and break even.”

Bon Appetit is currently working with a kitchen designer to figure out how much these renovations will cost, but in the mean time are looking into the costs of renting equipment for a pilot program to occur next spring in both DPC and the Grab N’ Go.

Wright added that the menus would include a very small and limited menu, featuring fare like chicken fingers, hot wings, nachos, and burritos. Which types of beer and wine the pub would serve have not yet been decided upon.

Miss Meghan: No One Deserves Abuse

Dear Miss Meghan,
I’ve been seeing someone casually for about a month but when he’s drunk he turns into a different person. He gets really aggressive and he’ll pin me down or block the door and I don’t ever say no to him because I want him to like me. Sometimes I don’t have the chance to tell him to stop because it happens so fast. I really like him and I don’t want him to think I’m prude or anything but sometimes I wake up with bruises I can’t account for. How can I get him to stop acting like that?

Dear Bruised and Battered,

YOU DESERVE BETTER! Sadly, we can not control, fix, save, or change someone else without that person’s help or desire to change. It would be nice if we could, and a lot of people certainly try, but there is nothing you can do to stop someone else from acting a certain way. Being drunk is not an excuse to physically (and emotionally) harm you.

I so get not wanting to push him away and that, at times, he has admirable traits that make him attractive or caring or endearing. Or that when he apologizes (does he apologize?) he can be vulnerable or open. However, those moments do not, and can not, make up for the moments where he is violent (physically, but it also sounds like he is sexually, violent towards you).

When he is being sexually and/or physically violent towards you, he is not seeing the wonderful person that you are, or how much you deserve to be treated like an actual human being. He is objectifying, de-humanizing, disrespecting, de-valuing, and/or manipulating you.

The fact that you don’t even have time to tell him stop implies that he does not care enough to take the time to ask you what you want. His actions seem selfish. It seems like sexual assault. It seems like you are not giving your consent.

So I ask, if he gets to act selfishly, why don’t you? Why don’t you get the right to get your needs met a.k.a. the need to not be physically harmed by someone, or the right to personal physical and sexual safety?

Reading your letter, the advocate in me wants to yell “PRUDE? Since when did not wanting to have sex with someone because they are hurting you become a bad thing?” It breaks my heart that women still have to hear terms like “prude, slut, whore, tease, etc” from men, and other women, for making healthy choices about when and where and with whom they want to have sex.

It is not your fault that this has happened, but you can do something to make it stop. Please contact the Counseling Center or reach out to 1−800−799−SAFE(7233), the National Domestic Violence 24/7 hotline. If you are in immediate danger, please contact Public Safety at x4911.

Also, my contest for the best pick-up lines/ways to ask for consent to engage in sex play is still open (as it seems we still have some work to do about what consent is). Prizes will be given for the best submissions and I’ve gotten some really good, some bad, and some hilarious ones so far, so send me a quick email with your one liners to mkroot@smcm.edu!

Sincerely tried and tired,
-Miss Meghan

Ask Miss Meghan

Dear Miss Meghan,
What is your take on “implicit consent”? Should people always talk about sex before having it?
-Maybe Willing

Dear Maybe Willing-
The short answer is YES YES YES! Please, for the love of all that is shiny in the world, talk to your partner(s) about sex before having it. Legally, and judicially, there is no such thing as implicit consent when it comes to sex.

It is too easy to miss-read a situation and your perception of the “signals” may be way off base. “When you assume, you make an ASS out of U and Me.” Get it? Got it? Good.

A brilliant example of this can be seen in our (sizable) friend, the erection. If a male does not desire to have sex with someone, but still has an obvious physiological response, this engorgement does not mean that he gives consent to have sex.

Sometimes erections happen, like during your fifth grade spelling bee, and they can be more of an accident (or an embarrassment) than an actual indicator of desire. It’s ok to have an erection and be aroused and not want to have sex. I promise.

This example can also be found in female survivors of sexual assault. If a woman does not want to have sex and is then forced to anyways, then her body produces vaginal lubrication and/or she has an orgasm, this does NOT mean that she really wanted it (or maybe she faked it to get you to stop).

The same way a person can desire to have sex but may struggle with the arousal (especially when alcohol is involved), a person can experience physiological arousal but no actual desire.

There is too much “gray” to determine if someone is implying consent. A person can spend the night hitting on you, flirting, trying to be smooth, winking (does any one wink anymore?), grinding, “subtly” tying the cherry stem into a knot with their tongue, flexing muscles, buying flowers, licking lips, making out, dry humping, or any of the other hundreds of ways we try to let each other know “Hey, I’m kinda into you,” but NONE of these mean “Hey, I want our sex organs to play together.”

The wonderful thing about not assuming consent means that, unless you want to run the risk of being accused of sexual assault, you actually have to talk about sex (gasp!).

Asking someone to have sexual relations with you opens the door to talk about why/why not, what do you/they like/don’t like, STI tested, birth control options, etc. Talking about sex does two things for you; covers your ass and makes sex better. So I ask, why not talk about it?

I would now like to throw down a challenge for you all: I want you to email me at mkroot@smcm.edu with examples of ways to ask someone else to have sex with you; the good, the bad, the crude, and the just down right ridiculous.

I want lines as simple as “Wanna do it?” to the hilariously bad “I’m an astronaut, and my next mission is to explore Uranus. You in?” Winners get a prize, and the best lines will be published in the next issue.

The ones not fit for publishing will go online at my blog spot, because, well, you can write anything online! Let the games begin!

-Sincerely wishing fall break was longer,
Miss Meghan

News in Brief: Campus Pub Receives State Approval

With legal approval from the state Attorney General, the campus pub has gotten one step closer to becoming a reality.

The pub is the idea of President Joseph Urgo and based on the pub at Hamilton College, his prior institution. Last week, after extensive research by the state’s Attorney General, Urgo said they had found “nothing in the state that prohibits [a pub on campus]” and that Vice President of Trustee Relations Kathy Grimes is currently in talks with the state liquor board about licensing. He added that, much like at Hamilton College, the most likely supplier of both food and alcohol for the pub would be Bon Appetit.

Possible locations for the pub are also still being scoped out. According to Urgo, there has been a lot of interest in putting one in north campus, but he would prefer it to be centralized so as to keep it college-only. He suggested that Daugherty-Palmer Commons (DPC) was a viable option, and that there is already a small kitchen in DPC that could be converted.

Grimes said that students interested in voicing their opinions on the campus pub should come to the next President’s Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 4p.m. However, she also noted that “the October Forum won’t be the only opportunity to discuss this issue, so students shouldn’t worry that they only have one chance to provide feedback. There will be many opportunities for input as we move through this process.”