to meet students needs
By Mary MacGillivray
One of the largest bars in Newfoundland, the new Breezeway in
the Smallwood Centre on the St. Johns campus, is commonly
filled to its capacity of over 1,000 people on Thursday and Friday
nights. With twice the capacity of the old Breezeway in the TSC,
the new bar opened for business on Dec. 31, 1999, with an open
and modern layout that is geared towards a dance bar style.
While this is great for students who want that sort of thing,
ideas like an open mic night, a healthy serving of alternative
music, and a cozy atmosphere such as that at Bitters, the GSU
bar, have seemed but a gleam in the Breezeway's eye, until now.
As a venue for all students to relax and be entertained, the
new Breezeway was initially falling short. It seemed that if
a student didn't feel like drinking a Budweiser while listening
to loud dance music, the new Breezeway had little else to offer
other than a bunch of TV's hanging from the ceiling with the
sound turned down.
Of course many students are very happy with the atmosphere of
the new Breezeway and have no complaints at all; others have
been a little less enchanted with the mood the place had to offer.
Thankfully, the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students
Union (MUNSU) along with manager of the Breezeway, Paul Butt,
and other Breezeway staff members are working to offer a more
diverse venue for students.
Owned and operated by MUNSU, decisions about the Breezeway are
handled in part by MUNSU vice-president (executive) Derek Nowak.
Aware of the need for MUNSU to offer entertainment as a service
to students, Mr. Nowak said, an effort is being made to
appeal to a wider range of students. While some may choose
not believe this claim, and go off on a tangent about politics,
in viewing the weekly lineup at the Breezeway, it is evidently
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights have been scheduled as
pub nights where the size of the bar is reduced for a more cozy,
pub-like atmosphere. There is a small menu to order from, Irish
draught such as Guinness is served on tap at a low price, and
traditional music is featured sometimes in the form of
live entertainment. Wednesday night is also called open mic night,
where students can entertain with a song or joke. Thursday night
is dance night, where DJs (a lot of whom are students of Memorial)
play dance music such as rap and R&B. Friday night is alternative
music night where there is no cover charge and local bands such
as Sunday Noise, Margarita's Calling, The Punters, and Sundriver,
take the stage.
At the Breezeway the drink prices at the bar are kept low compared
to regular rates downtown, and there is usually no cover charge
for a night of entertainment. Profits go towards the various
student events and services of MUNSU such as live musical entertainment,
the copy center, the food court, cameramun, the attic, a second-hand
bookstore, and the childcare centre. While esthetically the new
Breezeway may unfortunately remind one of a cafeteria at times,
with a little more time and attention to detail, this can change.
Of MUNSU, Mr. Nowak said they are always brainstorming
to come up with new ideas about how to provide the best venues
for students to enjoy at the Breezeway. Its also
a positive bonus that the money made at the Breezeway goes back
to students in one way or another. Also, the Breezeway employs
only full-time students.
So for students who have problems with the Breezeway, have a
little faith that MUNSU wants to hear what you think. Of course
some people just want to complain anyhow and wouldn't want anyone
to change a thing, as then they would lose their muse and have
nothing to carry on about. The MUNSU is coming up with some creative
ideas about the workings of the Breezeway; as a student, I've
already offered my suggestions and it is nice to be heard.
As for any suggestions, questions or comments, V.P. Executive
Derek Nowak welcomes the ideas of fellow students. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 737-7638 ext. 204.