Brother James’ Email: Flyer’s Den to Serve Beer and Wine on Limited Basis

Photo provided by Ross Reed: The mood in the Flyer’s Den will feel different beginning Friday, March 14 when beer and wine will be added to the weekend menu.

Pilot Program Intends to Enhance Social Environment for Students of Legal Drinking Age

Dear Editors of The Flyer:

We are writing you today, with the support of President Br. James Gaffney, FSC, to announce a pilot program in the Flyers Den for the second half of this semester. It has been a request from various students and alumni made periodically over the last several years. Effective on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, beer and wine will be available from 8:00 pm until 12:00 am, with the purchase of food, to those who are 21 years of age or older.

Appropriate procedures and safeguards are being put in place with specific responsibilities entrusted to Student Services, Residential Life, Sodexo and the Lewis University Campus Police Department. This pilot program is expected to be concluded on the weekend of April 25 & 26 just prior to the start of Super Study Week. At that point, an assessment will be made about whether to continue this new set of procedures and services and whether any adjustments should be introduced.

As you may be aware, many improvements have been made in the Flyers Den, including new furniture, pool tables, flat screen televisions, a different décor and a revitalized menu. The improvements have been made to create a more inviting social environment in the Student Union for residential and commuter students, for alumni guests and others. It is our hope that the controlled availability of beer and wine with food to those of legal drinking age will be a positive addition to the Flyers’ Den with enhanced on-campus social programming opportunities for all students.

Moreover, the University will continue to promote and support the activities of the Alcohol Education and Prevention Team in the Student Services Division, which is made up of faculty and staff from various departments. Lewis University promotes personal responsibility and mutual respect and the preservation of a safe environment. We are committed to our education and prevention efforts and will continue to promote student safety and wellness in our programming and policies.

We invite our students to enjoy the environment and the programming in the Flyers Den in a responsible and respectful manner. We hope that this upcoming pilot proves to be successful for the campus community. Thank you for your anticipated responsibility in making this timely initiative in the Flyers Den a success.


Joseph Falese, President for Student Services

Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

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