UW-Superior Adds Wine and Beer to Campus Refreshments

By KBJR News 1

August 29, 2013 Updated Aug 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM CDT


College students now have a new place to buy wine and beer...the UWS student union.

Jacket Java in Yellow Jacket Union has added wine and beer to their on–campus refreshments.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to offer the products, I think it's going to be a positive community builder for our campus, says Gail Archambault, Director at the Yellowjacket Union."

UWS says they wanted to provide a safe place for students to consume their alcoholic beverages...but there are rules.

"One bottle per purchase and every singe person has to have a legal ID," says Archambault.

But with so many minors, some parents are concerned about exposing students to a bar atmosphere at school.

"I'm not going to be in favor of that due to the fact that most students would be underage," says Donald Greenwood father of an incoming freshman at UWS.

"I agree, most kids going to school here are underage and it just promotes drinking for young kids and I don't agree with it," adds Kay Greenwood.

Rachel Haider is a mother of a UWS freshman and attended UWS herself in the 80's.

"We had the beer bar and it was a great place to socialize and as far as I know it was never an issue."

While some are in strong support or opposition to the issue, others say it simply...doesn't matter.

"If a student wants to get alcohol and binge on it, they're going to do it no matter what the case is," says Stephan Pease a junior at UWS.

Students will be limited to drinking their beverages in specially designated areas.

The university initially began selling alcohol in the 70's, when the drinking age was 18, but the practice was discontinued.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware