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Glavin extends student center event closing time by half hour

Glavin extends Student Center

event closing time by half hour

By Andrea Lamberti

Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin agreed over the summer to extend the closing time of events held in the Julius A. Stratton Student Center from 12:30 am to 1:00 am, effective tomorrow.

Glavin approved the later closing time for parties after reviewing a proposal submitted by Ross M. Okamura '91 and Fritz N. Francis '92 last spring. The Undergraduate Executive Board and representatives of seven student groupsthe Undergraduate Executive Board, the Chinese Students' Association, the Korean Students' Association, the International Students Association, the Association of of Indian Americans, GAMIT, the Student Center Committee, and Chocolate City all signed the proposal, expressing dissatisfaction with the earlier closing time.

The Campus Police enacted the 12:30 am closing time after a shooting incident outside the student center on Sept. 30 of last year ["Campus Police arrest 4 after shooting incident," Oct. 3, 1989]. A Boston man, who had been turned away from a party inside the Student Center, fired a shot at another man near Kresge Auditorium.

Before the shooting incident, functions in the Student Center and Walker Memorial were allowed to remain open until 2:00 am.

Okamura said last spring that there had been a "visible decrease in attendance" after the new closing time was instituted.

Glavin said that the 12:30 am closing time had achieved the

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"desired effect" of attracting fewer "outsiders" to parties and events in the student center. "This past year was an improvement," she added. Glavin felt the improvement was the result of the earlier time and the addition of a Campus Police perimeter detail outside the building.

Glavin intends to keep the perimeter details outside the building, based on whether or not the Campus Police think an event "would attract outsiders," she said. They will evaluate each function on a case-by-case basis, looking at the size of the function, the track record of the organization, and whether or not the party includes live entertainment and alcohol.

"I think it's beneficial to the groups to be able to push back" the closing time of events, said Phillip J. Walsh, director of the Campus Activities Complex. He also felt that the new closing time was "a good middle ground," balancing student requests and public safety concerns.