We all know by now that Morgantown is a big party town. Alcohol sales are booming, riots have formed, and a select number of students come here just to party and drink. However, West Virginia University continues to identify as a “dry campus” because they claim they don’t sell alcohol directly on campus. Two places that sell alcohol on campus prove that wrong.
Harry Duffy, a freshman student worker at The Side Pocket in the Mountainlair, said he enjoys working at the restaurant, and likes the option to buy beer.
“Thursdays from 2:00-6:00pm is when the most students come,” said Duffy. “We’re allowed to sell liquor because of the liquor license.”
When asked how they could sell alcohol within the student union regardless of the license, he said,”I think that ‘dry campus’ refers to unauthorized usage,” said Duffy.
If the university is going to say that they are a dry campus but continue to sell alcohol on campus, then students are going to take it as a joke and continue to disagree with the rules and regulations.
Octane Coffee + Bar is the second spot on campus that sells alcohol.
Located on the fifth floor of Evansdale Crossing, this coffee bar is unique because after 5pm, they serve beer and wine. The bar has been a popular place for students to get work done and have a drink at the same time. Adam Demopolous, a sophomore at WVU, is a regular customer at the Octane bar.
“I think it is appropriate for them to sell homemade items made in West Virginia.” The bar serves many seasonal brews such as ales and stouts, as well as glasses of red and white wine. The drinks are fairly priced and the glasses are a good serving.
“They’re doing it to promote local breweries,” he said. One brewing company that is promoted highly at Octane, is Big Timber Brewing Company located in Elkins, WV.
Although the story behind Octane is interesting and they are doing breweries justice, it goes against what the university believes.
What do you think? Should these two places continue to sell alcohol on campus? Tweet your thoughts/concerns to @Pat_J_Clarke!