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Braves Get First Taste of B.Y.O.B. Party

Braves Get First Taste of B.Y.O.B. PartyJohnion Hunt

By Sara Owen, Managing Editor 

By Elizabeth Gagne, Copy Editor

UNCP Students over the age of 21 were able to bring beer and wine coolers to a campus event on Feb. 6 for the first time in years.

A B.Y.O.B. party has not been hosted by the campus since 2007, according to Dr. John R. Jones, vice chancellor of student affairs.

B.Y.O.B. is a commonly known acronym for ‘Bring Your Own Beverage.’

The event called, “Hang with the Hawks,” was hosted by Student Affairs. Food, games and karaoke were offered to students who attended.

Eighty-nine UNCP students attended the event that started at 9 p.m. and ended at 12 a.m.

The whole University Center building was locked until 9 p.m., and all doors were monitored.

Students who wished to enter had to present their BraveCard and drivers license to prove they were a student and at least 21 years old.

Students also had to slide their BraveCard through an electronic reader that tracks which students attend a particular event.

Dr. Jones said that non-students were not allowed to attend this event. He said that it wasn’t appropriate to allow non-students attend when student fees helped to pay for it.

All alcohol brought in to the event had to be checked in.  

Refrigerators were provided to keep the beverages cold. 

Mike Severy, director of student involvement,  said students participated in two games of trivia.

Krystal Dean, a Mass Communications major, said she thought the event was a great idea.

“I actually think it’s a really cool idea. I was kind of surprised when I saw that they were going to let students drink in the UC, but it’s kind of a good thing to get people to come out,” Dean said.

Brittany Wilkins said she and her friends had a good time. She said she thinks if more students knew about the event they would have attended.

Jalisa Channey, a Biology major, said she didn’t attend the event.

“Well I’m not really into social gatherings like that where I don’t know anyone or anyone intending on going. So instead I used that time to visit friends I hadn’t seen in a while,” Channey said.

Student Affairs, Housing and Residents life and Lori Carter, who sends out the E-nnouncement emails, advertised the event.               

Art by Johnion Hunt.