Main Street nightmares: Bouncers recall wild nights on the job

Jon Clarke
Main Street bartenders have witnessed people drink to their limit and past it.


On his first day as a bouncer at Grotto’s, Gabriel Lopez witnessed a guy get into an argument with his girlfriend and break her nose. Lopez, 25, had to jump on the guy and physically hold him down until the cops arrived.

Senior Sarah Savage has seen her fair share of drunk students at the bars, too.

“The student body is trippin’,” Savage said. She cited the time her friend ran through the Klondike Kate’s kitchen… naked.

For students, the weekend is a time to let loose and throw back a few drinks at one of the Main Street bars. However, based on spring 2015 statistics, binge drinking on campus is higher than the national average.

The student body binge drinking rates are more significant than other institutions around the country, according to Nancy Chase, director of the Student Wellness & Health Promotion here on campus.

“A few years back, we didn’t let this girl in because she was too drunk, so she jumped on my back and tried to bite me,” Lopez said. “It was straight out of the exorcism, she was crawling backwards on the ground.”

The university requires each new student under the age of 26 to complete AlcoholEdu for College, an online alcohol education course. When Lopez was a student at the university, he had to take the required course.

“I don’t even remember taking it,” Lopez said. “I’m pretty sure I was drunk for it.”

While the program is meant to maintain awareness, some students don’t see it that way.

“It’s not shocking or surprising to me to hear that students don’t like AlcoholEdu,” Chase said. “When you tell someone they have to take the course, they won’t like it, even if it was great.”

Although AlcoholEdu isn’t popular among students, it is helpful to Student Wellness & Health Promotion. The course collects data — it looks at what students say before they complete the course and what they say after.
“We’re seeing changes in positive directions,” Chase said.

Senior Joshua Vann was a bouncer at the now-closed Kildare’s. When Kildare’s was open, Vann and the other bouncers had to kick people out on a regular basis. There was always a few students who’d throw up in the bar on the weekends — it was an ordinary occurrence, Vann said.

Vann, 23, also took the AlcoholEdu course.

“It’s a complete joke,” Vann said. “I didn’t pay attention at all.”

Vann has his own theory as to why the students get so rowdy.

“Students will keep getting drunk and keep acting like fools,” Vann said. “It will keep happening until the university offers other options to the students.”

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