Staffing issue leaves LinX Lounge dry

by | Sep 22, 2017 | News

 Kettelia Wright and Matt Owczarz

Life Reporter and Life Editor

There is not a single drop of alcohol in Humber North campus’ bar for the start of the school year.

The beer taps are dry, the fridges are unstocked, and there are no bottles adorning the bare shelves at LinX, but students do not seem to care.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” said Amandeep Johal, a cosmetic management student.

“I mean, there’s no reason to be drinking in between class anyways.”

Don Henriquez now manages the lounge after bar manager Daniela Trozzolo resigned before this semester started.

LinX, located in the LX building, still offers students pool tables, TVs to watch major events, and a Smoke’s Poutinerie to chow down on., but alcohol might no longer be served.

Paul Iskander, director of campus services, plans to reassess the space in light of changing social habits.

“Year over year, we’ve seen a decline in sales, and the reason for that is that student behaviour changed when it comes to alcohol drinking and consumption,” he said. “A lot of the students are underage when they are coming in to the college, from ages 17 and 18. They can’t really enjoy the pub as much.”

Iskander said Humber does still have liquor licenses for both the North and Lakeshore campuses.

“The Humber Room is still serving alcohol,” he said. “They serve beer and wine. If a student is ever feeling like they want to have a drink then the Humber Room is still available for drinks.”

Iskander said that assessing what LinX will be in the future is now the challenge.

“We want it to be more of a hangout place to have fun. We are planning on building more arcades games, bringing in a talent night, or even a movie night,” he said.

LinX will still honour the pre-approved pub nights Trozzolo had set up before she left. This will include an athletics pub night set for the last week of September.

“Although we won’t be serving alcohol, the pub will for special occasions,” said Iskander. “At this point in time it looks like Chartwells will provide the alcohol for these events.”

It is not clear if this will mean a surge in the price of alcohol, as LinX previously had a deal with Molson Coors to supply its alcohol, which Chartwells does not have.