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Alcohol could come to University Union

Alcohol could come to University Union

Fuzzy’s is just one of the nine chain restaurants that will be offered to students once the Union is opened but unlike the other chains students will be able to enjoy a happy hour drink at Fuzzy Taco’s bar. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff

Alcohol could come to University Union
October 15
00:42 2015

Lisa Dreher | Staff Writer

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As the Student Government Association debates on whether to allow the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop within the University Union to serve alcoholic beverages, there is some friction among the student legislators.

Some point out the proximity to Fry Street and raise concerns for public safety, while others seek to avoid overstepping the rights of those who are of legal drinking age.

Fuzzy’s may serve alcoholic drinks to those of age. Although these would be available in the restaurant in the Union, SGA members believe UNT will not become a wet campus by allowing alcohol to be served and consumed elsewhere.

At last week’s meeting, senators on the Alcohol Resolution Committee said they plan to research tactics and address issues on all sides of the debate.

SGA Alcohol Resolution Committee chairman and College of Arts and Science senator Aaron Lara hopes to limit consumption to one drink per student a day.

“I think students should be allowed to have a margarita with their meal, but I don’t think it should be allowed just anywhere on campus,” Lara said.

SGA is debating how much responsibility to put in the hands of the student body.

A proponent of serving alcohol in Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, College of Arts and Science senator Amber Herrington believes it should be left to the students to decide.

“It’s not the university’s job to tell our legal drinking-age students when they should and shouldn’t drink alcohol,” Herrington said. “Especially now that we are allowing it at the football games.”

The Fuzzy’s Taco bar is still being built, along with the Union but once restaurant is running students will be able to order beer on UNT campus. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

The Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is still being built, along with the Union but once restaurant is running students will be able to order beer on UNT campus. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

Opponents of drinks on campus anticipate some students might abuse the system by giving underage students alcoholic drinks.

“I’m sure that occurs off-campus,” College of Arts and Sciences senator Mia Muric said. “But if UNT employees were to be held responsible I don’t think that’s a risk we’re going to take.”

SGA intends to be sensitive to those suffering or recovering from alcohol abuse. With the Eagle Peer Recovery organization, a derivative of the Collegiate Recovery at UNT, the senate will be sensitive toward students suffering from alcoholism.

“We don’t want to alienate our students who have addiction,” Herrington said. “Which is why SGA supports EPR so much.”

The peer-recovery organization is partially funded by SGA’s Eagle’s Nest Funding.

To guide them in their voting, the senators will analyze crime statistics and reports associated with intoxication. Some believe limiting consumption to about two to three drinks per meal per day will not greatly affect a student.

Using Fry Street as an example of having alcohol at easily accessible locations, some senators will take into account the possible danger associated with alcohol’s effects.

“With or without alcohol, I know a lot of students don’t feel safe just wandering around Fry Street or walking to and from campus late at night,” Muric said.

“All of the senators I’ve spoken to have disagreed on behalf of my arguments, so I do feel, right now, that I am a minority. But I’ve spoken to quite a few students within my classes and they feel like we shouldn’t have this privilege.”

Muric plans to table with her college to inform students. This action will also let them know SGA has been considering all angles of the topic.

She also hopes to speak with newly appointed UNT police chief Ed Reynolds on safety concerns pertaining to students drinking in the restaurant.

“I feel like they think that we don’t hear [students’] voices enough,” Muric said. “We have a lot of resources we haven’t been using until this year.”

Featured Image: Fuzzy’s is just one of the nine chain restaurants that will be offered to students once the Union is opened but unlike the other chains students will be able to enjoy a happy hour drink at Fuzzy Taco’s bar. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff

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