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Two-drink limit in progress for Union alcohol sale

Two-drink limit in progress for Union alcohol sale

Two-drink limit in progress for Union alcohol sale
February 11
02:24 2016

Lisa Dreher | @lisa_dreher97

Alejandro Medellin | @skinny_fats

Plans are underway to ensure individuals drinking in the University Union will not violate the two-drink rule for alcoholic beverages sold there.

Campus legislation passed by Student Government Association mandates a two-drink limit for patrons drinking at the Union. The board of regents must first approve alcohol sales, but in the meantime officials are working on an effective enforcement plan.

“We have a card-swiping system that would allow us to track it, hopefully,” vice president of Student Affairs Elizabeth With said. “The way we are going to monitor the behavior is by the training of staff and making sure that they are cognizant of the behavior of the patrons and keeping track of how much they drink.”

With said students might have to swipe their UNT ID cards to access alcohol if they are of legal age in order to track their drink amount for that day. Servers must be trained and have a TABC license to serve alcohol.

“I think there would be logistics we would have to work out if we were to do the two drinks per day,” With said.

There is no procedure set to monitor those suffering from alcohol abuse.

“I think having it in the Union is no more accessible than on Fry Street,” With said. “My hope is that the type of support we provide for those students would continue and not be compromised because of serving alcohol in the Union.”

2 drinks onlyThe UNT police will not devote patrols through the Union if the regents allow retailers there to serve alcohol. The police will coordinate with TABC agents assigned to Denton to report any violations to UNT’s two-drink rule.

The university has served alcohol on campus before. Alumni remember the Rock Bottom Lounge at the old union.

“I would go in the evening time and sip a beer and check out the young ladies,” Alumni Association board member Mark Miller said. “They often had someone playing jazz down there by some of the students, even some of the One O’Clock Lab Band folks.”

The Rock Bottom Lounge opened in 1976, which was also Miller’s first year as a graduate student.

Miller said one time underage students were caught drinking inside, and the watering hole was almost shut down.

“I don’t think I ever had more than two [beers] down there because it was usually a place to go grab a beer or two and then go somewhere else,” Miller said. “I do not recall a drink limit.”

There is not a clear consensus among the student body about whether the two-drink rule is a good policy for the university. Some students support it.

“I think putting a limit on it is the best idea if you’re going to serve alcohol because you don’t want people going crazy,” advertising major Kristen Borrego said.

Others felt that the limit was inconsequential, and would prefer to drink elsewhere.

“Two drink max, what’s the point?” journalism major Bryan Murphy said. “If you’re going to serve the alcohol, then serve the alcohol.”

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