by Hani Yassine
The Lance – Arts Editor
For some new and returning students, the outdoor movie night in the residence quad ended the first day of Windsor Welcome Week in an easy and quiet manner. Very close by however, there was an opposite gathering and atmosphere entirely with this year’s graffiti night.
“Graffiti gives the students an opportunity to kind of leave their own personalized mark on each other socially,” said UWSA student senator RJ D’Aguilar, who aided in the logistics of the event.
Well into the evening, a tent was set up close to the CAW Centre where the Pub Club Graffiti Night was held. Students donned white shirts and wielded markers, writing anything from their names to their numbers on each other, blowing off steam after an exhausting day of being situated on campus. This was far from the first time where a graffiti night was held on campus, but the night brought forth a new collaboration between the UWSA and new downtown establishment Pub Club, which opened over the summer break. This was a way for students to simply have fun on top of mingling with the student body and future classmates.
“Students who are new to Windsor, new to the school or just coming back, it’s a great opportunity for them to get to know people around here and create new contacts,” said Pub Club owner Luke McConnell. “The more people you know, the more you’re going to enhance your school experience.”
The Pub Club supplied their DJ and emcee for the evening, and Craft Heads Brewing Company supplied the alcohol in what was a packed event. The line for students to get in was vast, arguably covering the front width of Dillion Hall. More than 700 people were expected to attend, but between the heightened campus securities, the hiring of extra guards and the presence of multiple UWSA members, there was the assurance of the party being contained.
“Tonight is going to be a blast, and I don’t expect there to be any reason to believe anyone’s going to have a bad time,” D’Aguilar said.
The reception could lead to further collaborations between both the UWSA and Pub Club, however nothing is confirmed at this time. The Pub Club however is commited to hiring on students part time so they can pocket a bit of cash in the midst of their studies.
“At our spot we hire a lot of university and college kids,” said Pub Club manager Corey McConnell. “It’s another way for kids to kind of get to know us, and if they were ever looking for a weekend job experience, if they need to make some extra money on the side, they can talk to us.”