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imgresMarijuana—also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms—is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant.

April 20th is the unofficial holiday for marijuana smokers.

The myth of the day began as a term that some teenagers made up when they met up and smoked. Somehow the word got out and 4/20 became the national day of smoking marijuana. And with this “special day” we as a society can accept that times are changing, and marijuana had been more widely accepted.

Why is there still a debate going on whether it should be legalized or not?

States such as D.C and California have legalized medical marijuana use. Colorado has legalized recreational use. Maryland has decriminalized marijuana which gives a person a fine instead of arresting them. And many other states have also created marijuana laws.

13% U.S adults are currently using marijuana in 2016 v. 7% in 2013 and 43% of U.S adults say they have tried it.

In late March, West Virginia, a Republican state passed a law on the legalization of medical marijuana. This passed in Senate 28-6 votes and in the House 76-24 votes.

Governor Jim Justice supports marijuana and so W.Va. will become the 29th state to pass a medical marijuana law.

In a medical marijuana study, 68.3% of numerous patients with a variety of diseases benefited from marijuana use. 

More states are progressing and legalizing medical marijuana for patients with mental and physical diseases and disorders.

Medical marijuana has helped patients with Stress, Anxiety, PTSD, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and even Cancer.

And with these states legalizing medical marijuana our nation can help these patients with their issues in a natural way.

Below is a video went viral in 2016 when retired police captain, Larry, who has Parkinson’s showed amazing improvements when he used medicinal marijuana.

Here are the results:

 

Should we suddenly not care about the states Marijuana laws?

West Virginia is becoming more liberal on the idea of marijuana but it is still illegal and with thousands of students attending WVU, they must know what they risk when smoking marijuana on campus and off, or they will get in trouble with the law.

Campus police are cracking down on student’s use.

According to the Community Standards of Conduct,

Drug sales or intent to sell within one thousand feet of a school is a violation of federal law, as well as state law. Every year, we make a number of arrests in the residence halls for drug possession and occasionally for distributing. Most offenses involve the use of marijuana.

Yes, having your own home does make drug use easier but if you live in a dorm there are extreme and strict rules on drug use.

What can happen is:

  1. If dorm staff has a reason to think you are smoking or holding marijuana in your room they are legally allowed to search your room and or call campus police to conduct a search.
  2. If caught you can get a citation and or trouble with the dorm.
  3. You’re going to have to attend a student or staff conduct meeting to figure out your punishment.
  4. You are going to have to face the facts that you will probably have to pay a fine and do volunteer work.

It’s honestly not worth your time and money just because you want to “get high.”

Does Morgantown advocate marijuana use?

There are many smoke shops around Morgantown in which you can purchase glass products and other items.

Some smoke shops in Morgantown are Smoke Zone, Glass Lab, Cool Ridge, Fatty J’s, Glass Gone Wow.

Most of these shops do have “tobacco use only” signs but that isn’t stopping anybody. Students typically purchase these pieces for marijuana use.

Since it’s so easy to go into any of these shops and purchase glass pieces, instead of going out and drinking, they stay home and smoke.

This is another type of nightlife, the “high” nightlife.

Due to the circumstances, names have been changed.

“I smoke, but I only rarely buy it. I usually just take it from boyfriend. I like it just because sometimes I feel like I’m super uptight and it helps me relax. I usually on smoke at night though,” says student Ashley Miller.

“I like smoking when I’m already a little drunk and it’s the end of the night. It’s nice mellowing out after a long night of drinking,” says student Leslie Gram.

Even with the progression of marijuana use, not all students find the lifestyle appealing.

A common response was that they get more anxious from it, they get paranoid, and that they just don’t know how.

Student Brian Green says, “I don’t smoke weed. It gives me horrible anxiety. And I feel weird.”

“I smoke when it’s given to me sometimes but mostly just get really tired or I like inhale it wrong and don’t feel anything,” says student Katherine Walters.

Whether you’re for it, or not, marijuana is becoming widely accepted. People are discovering numerous benefits for disorders, and other medical issues to back up their case. The battle for legalization will always be in progress.

 

Turning 21 in Morgantown: is it really the best thing ever?

Let me answer that question right off the bat…YES. Let me set the scene for you, though.

You come to WVU and you are either 18 already or about to turn 18. You are so excited because you have all these new nightlife options available to you – there are frats and house parties and clubs… you don’t know what to do first! However, not all schools have clubs that are open to 18-year-olds and over. So for you, this is pretty amazing.

For those of you unfamiliar with which bars/clubs in the area let in students over 18-years-old or only over 21-years-old, check out this map. The green little martini glass means that the bar/club is open to ONLY 21 and older customers while the red martini glass means the bar/club is open to anyone over 18-years-old.

So during your years as a freshman, sophomore, and half of junior year, you have been spending your nights in the same clubs. Each year, or even every few months, your bar of choice may change up based off of your friend group or which place has the best deals, but overall, you are switching between the same few.

In these bars, you can get in [somewhat] legally one of two ways: You can either use your real identification or you can use a fake ID. Now here are the situations I have endured from using both a real ID and a fake ID.

What using a real ID entails:
1. You will wait on an extremely long line unless you get there early before the crowd.
2. The back of your hands with be marked with ginormous black X’s. (You will want to immediately wash these off because 1) that’s embarrassing and 2) if it doesn’t come off immediately, it will be on for days and you will most likely wake up with a huge X across your cheek from sleeping.
3. They will pat down guys and check girls purses so bringing in alcohol is pretty difficult.
4. You will have to bring a ton of cash if you are trying to get someone who is 21 to buy you a drink.
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What using a fake ID entails: 
1. You wait in a way shorter line which makes you feel pretty badass as a little underaged kid.
2. You stand there slightly nervous, wearing more make up and higher heels thinking this will make you look older. (Or for males, pushing back your shoulders and trying to look taller…)
3. The bouncer checks your ID while you are sweating trying to remember your fake birthday, making non-suspicious eye contact, and “acting casual”.
If you get in:
4. You get a wrist band and feel like you run the world.
5. You can buy drinks all night and have the time of your life.
If you don’t get in:
4. You get completely denied and you’re embarrassed.
5. You have to either leave quickly before a cop sees you, you run to the end of the underage line before it gets any longer, or you quickly leave and go to

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For more information on this, check out Rebecca Toro’s post on fake ID use in Morgantown!

So after years of that hassle, all you want is to turn 21 and step foot into some of the new, hip bars and clubs you haven’t ever seen the inside of before! Now if the map above didn’t help you out, these kind souls on Reddit thought it would be a fantastic idea to broadcast on the internet, which bars/clubs in Morgantown are apparently easier to get into as an underaged person. Although I am not saying that those people are correct, I would recommend not trying to use a fake ID at an exclusively 21 and older bar/club in Morgantown. I will tell you right now – it’s pretty hard to get in and students know that.

One student made it very clear in a tweet actually poking fun at his Geography teacher.

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Those fake student IDs now-a-days are getting extremely out of hand apparently! On the other hand, those REAL IDs are still getting denied.

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But on a real note, students wait years to be able to experience Fat Daddy’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Joe Mama’s Mamapolooza, and RubberU Bar Crawls all around Morgantown. It’s just something special.

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So underage people, your turn is coming soon! Don’t you worry! Enjoy the time you have being crazy and young at the underage bars because you will miss it when you are allowed at this “big kid” bars…but you’ll only miss them a little bit!

Crossing the Sand

Fraternity: A group of people sharing a common interest of profession. Entering a fraternity means entering a life long brotherhood. Something that some people would die for. The amount of commitment while pledging is unimaginable.

On January 24, 2017 the movie Burning Sands was released on Netflix. This was a story of 5 college student who went through rigorous tasks as pledges to be able to “cross the line” from pledges to fraternity members.

The students had to basically do whateverBS the big brothers said leading up to “hell night”.  On this night the students were hit, spit on, and pushed around; this was a test from the big brothers to see if they would crack.

While this was partaking, one student fell to the ground and began convulsing from the mouth. The big brothers yelled at the pledges to drop him off at the hospital while covering their face and license plate so they will not be identified.

He died. In the hospital without his family there to say goodbye.

West Virginia University’s greek life had two deaths in the past 3 years with the involvement of fraternities. This took a toll on the community, as well as the families of the students who have passed.

In November of 2014 freshmen, Nolan Burch died while pledging Kappa Sigma with a BAC of .49NB

“The death of Nolan changed the atmosphere of Greek life as a whole because this was the first death of a kid in a fraternity. So they instantly put a blockade on all Greek activities which involved date parties, formals, and philanthropy events,” said Hassan a member of Kappa Alpha.

His big brother will be charged in the involvement of his death. This trial will take place this August on the 22nd.

Some students look forward to joining a fraternity for the simple reason of having friends. There are numerous amounts of students that did not fit in and just are looking for a brotherhood.  Just like “Square“, from the movie “Burning Sands”. He was a small, fragile pledge who did not have any friends, since the nickname that was given to him.

And just like Square, there was Nolan. He was looking for somewhere where he would fit in and have friends to hang out with.

“It was really tough on him. … I think it hits home with everyone because (Burch) didn’t have a lot of friends here and that easily could have been one of my friends.” Says Burch’s former roommate.

Sometimes when looking to fit in you may go to extreme heights when you don’t even notice. When looking in from the outside of a fraternity organization he chemistry that they share can be desired from others.

 

 

 

Dressing To Go Out, Drag vs Fab.

We wrote a post a few weeks ago about LGBT night life in Morgantown, and wanted to expand on that subject to bring exposure to a subject some may not know about.

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Personally, my first time seeing a drag queen in Morgantown, I was 18-years-old. I was scared, nervous, and excited all at the same time. I didn’t expect my first time going out to be on a stage watching a queen tell me I had “straight girl flip flops.” I was watching a man, dressed as a woman, dancing flawlessly around the stage to Lady Gaga’s Just Dance.

There are many myths and assumptions about drag queens in Appalachia because there isn’t a vibrant gay culture at the tip of the Bible belt. Morgantown drag queens aren’t much different than other drag queens across the world, but once you get to know them, they become family.

Most other clubs have live bands, DJ’s and performances while Vice Versa showcases drag queens and strippers.

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Vice Versa has their regular performers like the vixens and also showcases a variety of performers from other places on occasion.

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Dressing to go out takes effort. Growing up watching shows like Jersey Shore, Millennials were given an expectation of what to where when they go out.This show, like many other shows will all straight characters, never really dive into gay culture night life. We spend hours watching youtube makeup tutorials, judging each other on Instagram, and deciding who wore it best in daily snapchats. This culture of attractive competition makes the entire mating process that much more difficult. Some of us, like drag queens, dress to impress, and just to have fun although, drag queens do perform for for fun, just like on Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

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Thankfully, videos like this one, show us just exactly what drag queens go through when they get ready for a night of going out. From gluing eyebrows to lip liner and wigs, drag queens go through more than a regular bar or club goer. Most of us take the necessary time to grab a button up or put on on our favorite black dress, but for drag queens, the process might be just a little more than what some of us are use to. This process takes dedication and should be a respected art.

Take a look at a night in the life of some drag queens at Vice Versa in Morgantown.

*Warning* Video contains foul language and some explicit content.

One of the main differences in Morgantown drag queens vs. going to see a show in New York or Washington. D.C. is the price it costs to see them and their availability for pictures. In Morgantown the cover varies from no cover on Thursdays to a possible $7 cover for 18-20-year-olds on Saturdays.

This gay club in Washington D.C. charges on average anywhere from $10-15 to see shows.

Seeing a show in a small place nestled in Appalachia can be just as fun as seeing a professional from Ru Paul. Morgantown’s gay bar makes it seem like a family atmosphere and the queens are always down for a picture to commemorate your experience!

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WVU student damages

We all remember the game with WVU and Baylor in 2014  when WVU upset the number four ranked team in the country. The crowd went crazy, as well as the students.

 

WVU students that night went downtown and started a riot, setting everything they could on fire. The expenses to cover the damages done that night added up to be around $45,000.

Due to the amount of damages and the publicity that the school was getting students that posted about the event were expelled as some were suspended. Police and firefighters were called in to bring the area back to stability.

Tear gas was used to clear out the area since the students would not go home. President Gee was not happy with this event at all, sending out a tweet on his personal account in reaction to the events partaking.

“Disappointed in some of our student body today. While a small minority, the actions of a few hurt the reputation of our entire University,” Gee said in his tweets. “I appreciate the outrage of so many of our students and ask our student leaders partner with me to create change. I want all students to know this behavior is unacceptable. We can and will work together to prevent this situation from happening again.”

As some students believe that this is fun and just a celebration, others feel as though we need to “grow up”.  says police officers at the morgantown police department.

The only question is.. Is there going to be a change in students to make sure this does to happen again. College football increases the levels of aggression in viewers, with the assistance of alcohol anything is possible.

Liquor Liability Licenses…What are they and why do we need them?

The state of West Virginia requires many different forms of licensing and insurance for bars and clubs to be able to run smoothly and serve alcoholic beverages. The many licenses include smaller ones such as a bartender license or an alcohol seller/server permit. Others are bigger like the Liquor Liability License and Insurance. Without that big guy, bars and clubs have no hope of ever being able to sell alcohol and make any sort of profit.

Let me start by shining a quick spotlight on why Liquor Liability Licensing is so important.

 

Trusted Choice made it very clear what Liquor Liability Licenses are and why they are required. On their website it says,

“Any business that sells or serves alcoholic beverages, including restaurants, nightclubs, and bars, can be held liable for damages or injuries caused by intoxicated patrons. This can include damages that result from fights, careless behavior or even automobile accidents. While it may seem logical to place the blame fully on the individual who perpetrated these acts, the establishments that allowed them to become intoxicated are also held largely liable and can be sued for exorbitant sums of money, particularly if resultant injuries are severe or fatal.

Fortunately, you can protect your business from large financial losses with a liquor liability insurance policy. These policies are sometimes included with general liability coverage in some business insurance policies, but most often they need to be purchased separately as stand-alone coverage or as a business policy endorsement.”

They also touch on the fact that not all states mandate this coverage. Even in some of those states, you may be required to carry it if your financial institution or landlord require it.

[ For an example of a Liquor Liability application from Bray and Oakly, click here. ]

That makes it pretty clear. So why is this such an issue that it needs to be brought up in the sense of Morgantown? Well, West Virginia’s laws regarding these Liquor Liability Licenses has changed in the past year.

There was a million dollar Liquor Liability and Insurance policy that was mandatory for all bars and clubs to purchase if they were to be serving alcohol. Because most of these licenses needed to be renewed every year in June, the majority of the bars’ insurance policies expired. Now that this particular license is not mandatory anymore, the owners had the option to repurchase or not.

[ For more information on these specifics, see the State of West Virginia’s Department of Revenue’s Alcohol Beverage Control Administration document. ]

The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration realized there was a lot of confusion on these licenses and insurance policies that they made a whole page filled with questions and answers. Some questions I found informative are below.

Q. How long does it take to get a license?
A. The time varies, depending on several factors: the length of time taken to process and get CIB reports back; whether or not paper work is in order; inspector’s schedule, Commissioner’s review of file.

Q. How do I get a liquor/wine/beer license?
A.
Call Licensing Division and ask for an application packet, which contains the necessary forms and instructions (phone 1-800-642-8208 or (304) 558-2481) or download forms from our website.

Q. How long does it take to get a license?
A. The time varies, depending on several factors: the length of time taken to process and get CIB reports back; whether or not paper work is in order; inspector’s schedule, Commissioner’s review of file.

Q. What is the distance restriction concerning a church or school?
A.
Three hundred (300) feet measured front door to front door, as people travel.

Q. Can an individual get a liquor license?
A. An individual may obtain a retail nonintoxicating beer or wine license so long as he/she has been a resident of West Virginia for two (2) years prior to making application. Any establishment selling liquor to consume on the premises is considered a private club; and private club licenses may be issued only to corporations, associations, or limited liability companies.

Q. A license is good for how long?
A. All licenses expire June 30 of each year and must be renewed at that time. The fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.

Q. What are some of the most common reasons that license renewals are returned?
A.
1. All of the required signatures are not on the form. For a corporation, the president or vice-president of the corporation must sign the application itself and the bonds. If an association, each person listed as a member of the association must sign all of the paperwork.
2. The beer or alcohol bonds are incomplete or incorrect. Each section on the bond applying to the licensee must be completed in the proper section. There are specific sections for each type of entity- a corporation, an association, an individual or partnership. The proper section must be completed. Also, be sure the appropriate individuals have signed if it is a new bond form. (See item #1)
3. Improper form of payment. The only forms of payment accepted for license fees are cashier or certified checks or money orders.
4. Failure to answer all questions. Please answer every question on the renewal application., Even if all of the officers are the same as last year, We need them listed anyway. Renewal applications are relied upon for keeping our files updated and accurate.

Some people may be confused on why this is even something students and locals should be worried about. Most bar/club goers tend to go to these establishments with the intent to consume alcohol. Unlike restaurants and bars/clubs in other areas, the ones in Morgantown do not really cut people off. That means, people can be drinking to oblivion, but will not be kicked out until they create an issue (i.e., throw up, start a fight, fall asleep on the bar, etc.).

With that image in mind, imagine going to one of the popular bars/clubs in Morgantown. You are having a lot to drink and all of a sudden you slip on a wet floor and crack your head open. You getting hurt on the property of the bar/club after consuming alcohol at their establishment, means you fall under their insurance. Without these particular licenses, you are not protected and neither are the bar/club owners. In some situations it can really be a lose/lose. Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.01.48 PMScreen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.01.14 PMScreen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.00.27 PMScreen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.00.14 PMAlthough these tweets are slightly outdated, you can see situations where serious incidents have resulted in a loss of liquor licensing.

For those of you in Greek organizations, this is the reason that it can be so hard recently to plan a social or date party. Many sororities need the million dollar Liquor Liability Licensing applied to Morgantown bars/clubs in order to hold events there. Why? Because  Greek organizations have insurance as well. They need to be able to ensure that if something happens, the national organization as a whole is covered and also that all of their members are covered.

So overall, why is this important? Bar and club goers need to know that they can be putting themselves at risk when they go out and consume alcohol. Being cautious is always important. Know what bars have what insurance and know your insurance before walking into one of the establishments around campus. You won’t regret it!

[ For more information on West Virginia’s Code: Chapter 60. State Control of Alcohol Liquors, click here. ]

The Truth Behind Bartending

There’s a terrible truth to what it’s like being a female bartender in a college bar. Every shift a female works they risk being harassed, cat-called, and degraded.

Nearly 37 percent of all sexual harassment charges filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission come from the hospitality industry.

Due to confidentiality, names have been changed.

Students Vanessa Smith and Melissa Johnson share their experiences with being a female bartender here at WVU.

Smith quit her job because she felt that she just wasn’t satisfied with how she was being treated at her job by her boss, co-workers, and customers.

Johnson currently is still bartending at her original location of employment.

78 percent of servers and bartenders were harassed by customers. Nearly two-thirds said they ignore sexually harassing behaviors, often for fear of looking harsh in front of other customers or losing tips.

Smith agrees with the statistic. “I have had customers harass me telling me to “give them a chance” or “let me get your number.” Walking to/from work I would get cat calls. Co-workers and men of higher positions would sexual me and encourage me to approve it.”

“No one has ever been too aggressive with his or her comments to the point that I couldn’t brush off. I have been given attitude after not giving someone my number before,” Johnson explains.

A common bartender uniform consists of short-shorts. This method is to attract customers and potentially increase their tips. However, if a worker didn’t have the proper “clothing” on they would get asked repeatedly to change.

“It was mixed emotions. I liked the attention because it brought me more tips, but I felt very disrespected and constantly had eyes on me,” says Smith.

“Sometimes it’s nice to feel confident when putting on something flattering while getting behind the bar and trying to earn tips,” says Johnson. “Other times I’ll wish I could just be in a sweatshirt.”

The stress of harassment doesn’t leave when they walk out the doors to go home.

45%, of women said they do not feel safe walking alone at night.

Bars usually close around 2-3 a.m. on the weekends and so bartenders have to walk home during the late hours of the night hoping they get home safe.

“Sometimes I wouldn’t get off until 4am, and occasionally there would be sketchy people hanging out near the exits. I usually walked home with a buddy or called my friends on the phone,” explains Smith.

“I do get scared but not from being a bartender. Just from it being late and dark and the street I live on,” Says Johnson.

Morgantown is pretty much a walk away for everything and students are still fearful for their life even if their walk is 5 minutes away.

 Cosmopolitan recently posted a Youtube video discussing harassment.

This is part of a campaign that shows the subtle ways that women are harassed. #Thatsharassment

This dramatization of co-worker to co-worker harassment is a prime example of the many issues that bartenders face.

They not only are forced to prevent harassment from intoxicated/ and or inappropriate customers but coworkers as well.

“I would get hit on all the time by my co-workers, it was super awkward and I couldn’t really talk back especially when I didn’t want to piss off the wrong people and get fired,” says Smith. “I would just ignore it.”

Bartenders Against Sexual Assault (BASA) is a Facebook group. This page unites bartenders as they are freely able to talk about the issue of sexual assault in the workplace.

This is a national issue. Women shouldn’t feel violated at work, women shouldn’t feel scared to walk home and especially women shouldn’t be fearful every day. 

Tweet The Night Away

Local bars in Morgantown often use Twitter to promote and advertise their drink specials.

Some restaurants also use social media to promote and do give aways. Some bars give away free cover while restaurants give away free food. Some downtown music venues give away free tickets. This idea of doing a giveaway is to get as many social media users engaged with the Tweet with retweets and favorites. Each retweet has the potential to gain a larger audience from each users followers. This gains the bar recognition with free advertising with the cost of some free wings or no cover.

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Some of High St.’s late night restaurants aren’t local. The chains don’t necessarily advertise to Morgantown, but they still create a unique social media presence to maintain their brands. With their own hashtags and unique use of images, places like Jimmy Johns & Pita Pit use social media to increase brand recognition and reach new audiences.nlblog9nlblog10

Some of the music venues and bars use social media to advertise ticketed events or changes in event times. This allows users to just check social media for links and information rather than calling the business. The businesses are able to maintain effective communication with their audiences while expediting the mass communication process on social media. For some people, they see this as a convenience, but for others who do not use social media, they may feel left out of certain information and wish it was advertised other places. When in doubt, an old fashion phone call never hurts.

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Night life businesses that thrive off of social media advertising don’t just use social media to advertise for drink specials and free food. They also use it as a way to expand their businesses by advertising for job openings.

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Some local businesses like D.P. Dough use social media to create humor appeals in their posts. Check out these unique situations below.

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Whatever the reason may be to use social media, these downtown businesses definitely use it effectively when it comes to social media marketing. Living in a digitally saturated society, it makes searching for information like this much easier than it used to be. Rather than looking in the yellow pages, we can open up Twitter and see all the different drink and food specials. Social media is a great way to advertise for free and keep your followers informed!

Bouncers gotta do what Bouncers gotta do!

In 2014 19 year-old DeVanté Waites of Fairmont West Virginia was stabbed to death outside of Bent Willey’s night club. Due to the event this nightclub was on a 10-day liquor license suspension.

“The ABCA will be working with the Morgantown Police Department to determine whether underage drinking was taking place at the establishment, whether any other laws were being broken, whether employees could have prevented or de-escalated the incident,” says TimesWV

A similar accident happened just one street over at Lux nightclub when two former football players, Tyree Owen and Kenyatta Greene were in an altercation and were stabbed by a former basketball player at Alderson Broaddus University.

Within the next 48 hours the two West Virginia University football players were dismissed from the team as a violation to team rules. Due to there fact that the incident of the football players were outside of the nightclub and not actually in it, the staff or police did not take an extensive precaution that you would think.

Since these two clubs have had incidents in the past and present of violence the procedures to get into them have stricken. Now bouncers are more aware of things that they did not pick up in the past. For instance: the use of fake I.Ds, the levels of intoxication, and also how the pat down procedure have become extremely important.

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If you knew this or not bouncers are trained to point out fake I.D’s from real ones. There are specific things to look for and to us party go’ers it may seem completely real and unnoticeable but to club staff it is completely visible. Now that the violence in Morgantown is increasing bouncers are trying to keep “clubbers” where they belong whether that is an 18+ club or no club at all.

LEVELS OF INTOXICATION 

drunk-teen-300x175We all have seen or some of us have been the person that will not get let in a club or even get kicked out for being too intoxicated. This is not only for the safety and health or the person but the safety of others. With alcohol comes anger and the risk of being aggressive increases as well. Bouncers know to not let people in who cannot function properly because they can be a cause of a potential fight with someone else. This may not even be voluntary, this can be just because the person can’t get their balance and bump into someone. Fights break out all the time for the simplest reasons.

PAT DOWN PROCEDURE 

Unfortunately with instances like the ones in the beginning of this blog happening security has to take more precautionary actions into making sure everyone that enters the club will be safe. These usually are done by the doormen, which can also be bouncers as well.

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For Men: 
Usually with a male crowd bouncers have to pat down their pockets and their pants, as well as their shirts to make sure they are not trying to carry anything that is not allowed in the club. Bouncers look for sharp
objects, pepper spray, and alcohol.

 

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For Women: 
As for females, they do not receive the same search as males do. Instead they have their purses searched through(looking for the same objects as men have).

Uber vs. Morgantown Taxi Services…is there really any competition here?

Uber – at this point everyone knows what it is, but about a year ago, Morgantown didn’t have access to it. On July 19, 2016, the Uber app started operating in West Virginia and it changed the way students got around campus.

Previously, Motown Taxi  and Yellow Cab were two of the only cab services in the area students could use to get around; however, they are not very efficient when it comes to timeliness, availability and safety.

Mountaineer News Service from the Reed College of Media reported on this issue in their article titled, “Will Morgantown ever hail a second cab company?” In the article they interviewed Amanda Jo Greaver, a Morgantown resident. She often used Yellow Cab to get to and from work everyday, but one day, she was faced with a very awkward situation. Greaver explained,

“He [the taxi cab driver] asked me to pee in the backseat on the floorboard and he’d give me a free ride.”

If you think that is ridiculous, there is more!

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Greaver clearly isn’t the only person who has ever had problems with Morgantown Taxi Services. Dana Gutierrez, a senior Criminology major, explained that she had many problems with them as well.

“When I was a freshman and lived in Towers, there were nights my friends and I would go out and miss the last bus of the night,” Gutierrez explained. “Walking home late at night is not necessarily safe so we would try and call for a cab. Literally every night they were either too busy to answer or would say they would send someone in 45 minutes to an hour. At that point, we figured we might as well just start walking the mile plus home.” Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 4.57.32 PMScreen Shot 2017-04-04 at 4.58.08 PMThat’s really scary to think about – a mile plus walk home after a night of drinking is a serious hazard for not only female students, but male students too.

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For me personally, I am from Baltimore, Maryland and have a lot of access to multiple taxi services, Uber, and Lyft. I was hoping, praying, that the Uber bill would get passed and be accessible in Morgantown. Finally, it was!

In an article by the DA titled, “Uber seeks to become dominant force in ridesharing,” the writer explains what Uber is and why it is helpful for Morgantown:

“Uber is the largest of a handful of ridesharing companies that have begun to challenge the taxi industry. On the Uber model, virtually anyone with a decent car, a smartphone and a clear criminal record can sign up to drive, and anyone with the Uber app can ask for a ride. When drivers are available, the app will match them to the nearest waiting customer. Payment is automatically taken from the passenger’s credit card upon reaching their destination, and the driver gets paid after Uber takes a percentage of the cost.

The efficiency of this approach has allowed Uber to take over huge shares of transportation markets in several major cities. This does not seem accidental, as multiple independent studies have found ridesharing approaches have lower average wait times and quicker rides than conventional approaches, such as taxi services.”

Not only is it an easier and more efficient way to get a ride, passengers know who the driver is, what their car looks like, the car’s license plate number, and can see the driver’s rating from past customers. This allows passengers to feel more comfortable and safe while getting to and from their destination.

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But the question comes to – is your safety more important or the amount of money you spend? For me, I would spend any amount of money to ensure that I arrive at my destination without any harm to myself or my friends; however not everyone feels that way.

Uber surge charges…have you heard of them? I would go about explaining it, but Uber already has.

“During times of high demand for rides, fares may increase to make sure those who need a ride can get one. For riders, surge helps ensure that pickup is available quickly and reliably. For driver-partners, surge means higher fares and a steady stream of ride requests. When you’re online, your app displays areas with high demand for rides in shades of red. The deeper the shade of red, the greater that area’s demand.”

So as for a Morgantown example – on game days, surge prices may increase. Obviously everyone is trying to get home (or to the bar) from the football, basketball, etc. games as soon as possible. Uber will surge their prices because more people will be looking to get rides during that time frame…and basically because they know people will still pay it. These surge prices can be anywhere from 1.5x the original fare or up to extreme prices like 12x the normal fare. Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 5.25.41 PMScreen Shot 2017-04-04 at 5.25.32 PM

At the end of the day, I want to be safe. So if that means I pay extra, I will do it. I am also aware that not everyone has those funds available.

Looking from a totally different angle, Uber coming to Morgantown has opened up a lot more jobs. So even if you aren’t using the service for a ride, it is a great way for students and residents to get some extra cash on the side!

With all of the good and and, somewhat, bad aspects of Uber, students seem to be picking Uber over Morgantown taxi services. In retaliation, Yellow Cab has set up a taxi stand on High Street that operates on a flat rate from 8pm to 5am. Good idea, but are people using it?

Now that it’s all laid out for you, what do you all think? Would you choose Uber or one of the Morgantown taxi services to get around campus? Or (PLOT TWIST) would you choose neither?