What will get your party shut down in K-W

Graphic by Fani Hsieh
Graphic by Fani Hsieh

Big things are coming this weekend. You know it. I know it. It’s our last hurrah before we completely buckle down for the semester.

Along with Homecoming and similar events such as St. Paddy’s Day, comes an entire planning process that can take weeks. What

you’re going to wear, what you’re going to drink, where you’re going drink and who with.

So you’ve decided to host a party at your house. There are a few things to be aware of, as you could find yourself with a whole lot of fines by the end of the weekend if you’re not careful.

“We are very involved in the university area community and wouldn’t hesitate to shut [parties] down if they’re operating illegally,” said Alanna Russell, the corporate communications coordinator for the Waterloo Regional Police

Don’t bother with a keg. When have you ever heard of a kegger not being shut down? Is it really worth the $100 (and upwards) you spend for literally 15 minutes of fame? Not to mention you’re clearly not licensed to serve alcohol.

We all live for the latest hits and understand how essential a party playlist can be to create the right atmosphere, however playing loud music past 11 p.m. can get you dealt a hefty fine of 400 dollars minimum. Take your party elsewhere, preferably Phil’s or Chainsaw.

Try not to invite your entire Facebook friends list, as that will open the floodgates to any and every student. Even underage partiers, which are the kiss of death. Being liable for attendees’ actions once they’ve left your party can have severe consequences.

The logistics of coordinating your yearly campus celebration can be all consuming and adding alcohol to the mix just complicates things even further. Tickets will be abundant this weekend on our local streets, as police officers try to keep our area safe.

As per our incessant need to always find the next hottest thing, such is similar with parties. You will get bored, you will hear of a crazy Slip ‘N Slide you just have to check out. Here is where things can get tricky for you personally. For most of us law-abiding citizens, it’s just another day of socializing. However, for those of us thinking about getting away with a fast one, please reconsider.

Transporting alcohol is legal if you’re not consuming it, however walking and drinking out of an open container of alcohol is not. If caught, do not think you’ll be able to ditch the booze.

“The most common ticket that we issue for events of that nature is for open containers of alcohol,” said Russell.

“If [you] are of legal drinking age [you] can consume alcohol within their own residence, but as soon as you take that open container to the roadway that’s where they may get a ticket.”

The officers have been here long enough to understand university culture and as friendly as they are, it’s their job to follow the law. Don’t make it hard on them.

When you’re drinking, your bladder really can’t handle a lot but come on, man. My white converse sneakers do not deserve this. And nor does your wallet deserve that fine. Hold it in until you get to your next location; it’s just as embarrassing for you as it is for the officer to confront you while you’re urinating.

Homecoming is an event that students begin to look forward to well in advance and take very, very seriously. Unfortunately students can make poor decisions that put a damper on their celebrations. So be smart and party responsibly this weekend.

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