Richmond campus licensed event says more than ‘Get drunk’

January 29, 2010 by  

More than a handful of drinks were already consumed by 2 p.m. at Richmond campus' licensing event. (Kristi Jut photo)

More than a handful of drinks were already consumed by 2 p.m. at Richmond campus' licensing event. (Kristi Jut photo)

Matthew DiMera, who is running for the Director of Academics seat on the KSA board, monitored the event, giving out wristbands to students of legal drinking age. (Kristi Jut photo)

Matthew DiMera, who is running for the Director of Academics seat on the KSA board, monitored the event, giving out wristbands to students of legal drinking age. (Kristi Jut photo)

Reena Bali, the Richmond campus director, thinks that Kwantlen needs a better student life. That’s why she and other KSA members from the Richmond campus decided to put together a “licensed event” on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The conference rooms at the Richmond campus were designated as the licensed area, where snacks such as chips and dip were provided, and alcohol was sold. Bali said the event, which was held from 1 to 7 p.m., took nearly two months to plan.

“Getting alcohol and food is very simple,” she said. “The longest part is getting the school to approve it, waiting to hear back, and then finding someone to get the liquor license.”

Students who came to the event had to present two pieces of ID to enter the designated licensed area, and were given a wristband to show they were of legal drinking age. There were also flyers that featured all local taxi numbers for students who needed a way home after the event.

Bali said the licensing event is a result of student interest. People repeatedly asked her, while the KSA was giving away free food, when the campus would “sell beer.”

“Richmond will probably be licensed in the long run,” she said. “We should be licensed because we need more of a university atmosphere.┬áMost universities have some kind of licenesd area or a pub area, and Surrey has one… it’s part of the student culture and life that we don’t see here.”

Instead of going back into the KSA’s budget, 100 per cent of proceeds from alcohol sold at the event went to relief efforts in Haiti.

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