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New policy embraces spelling drunk with UNK

UNK becomes a wet campus. Photo by Kolton Maturey / Antelope Staff

Effective immediately, a change to UNK’s alcohol policy will turn the university into a wet campus. Anyone age 21 years or older is allowed to consume alcoholic beverages at any location on campus.

The newly elected student government leaders was instrumental in making this policy change.

“Becoming a wet campus was a pillar of our campaign during the student government elections,” said Memo Tolina, student body president and student regent. “This is something students have wanted for several years, and our goal was to listen to and serve students to the best of our abilities.”

Individuals may consume alcohol at any location on campus aside from classrooms and labs. Alcohol can be purchased at various locations as well.

“One of the changes I’m most excited about is the open bar at The Graze,” Tolina said. “Beer, wine and liquor will now be included with every meal plan served at every meal.”

Through Sodexo, all residential meal plans will include an unlimited beverage subscription for drip coffee and fountain beverages. This program is being expanded to include bottomless mimosas available all day, every day.

The Grid, located in the Nebraskan Student Union, is expanding product options to become a full liquor store selling beer, wine and spirits.

Louie’s Diner, located in University Residence South, is also undergoing a major change.

“Louie’s is being transformed into Louie’s Lounge, UNK’s first on-campus nightclub,” Tolina said. “There will be live DJs every weekend, dancing and of course, plenty of alcoholic beverages to choose from.”

Louie’s Lounge is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to open in next fall. Admission will be included with student fees. While anyone over the age of 18 is allowed to go inside, only those 21 and older can consume alcohol.

In accordance with the alcohol policy change, alcoholic beverages will be sold at the Yung Gravy concert on April 27 in the Health and Sports Center.

To keep student safety a priority, the Safe Ride program will be revitalized. Instead of offering rides off campus, Safe Ride golf carts will be available to transport students around campus for free if they’ve had too much to drink.          

UNK’s transition to a wet campus is especially beneficial to students of age living on campus.  

“I’m really excited about this change,” said Joe Shmoe, a senior majoring in puppet arts. “As a 21-year-old living in Nester, I’m glad I can finally drink at my own place.”  

The student government leaders pursued a wet campus policy because of the benefits for the student body.

“Students are going to find ways to drink regardless, so this will improve safety and make our campus more desirable,” Tolina said. “Not to mention, selling alcohol will increase revenue, especially at sporting events.”

UNK officials are on board with this policy change and its benefits for students.

“This is a step in the right direction for this university,” said Chancellor Koug Dristensen. “Becoming a wet campus will increase enrollment and improve the student experience, while still providing quality education. And you know what they say, you can’t spell drunk without UNK!”

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