Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo is taking a few extra steps in an attempt to deflate the booze-fueled celebrations that dominate the campus when St. Patrick’s Day hits.
St. Paddy’s merchandise has been banned from the university’s bookstore. Vendors who peddle green leprechaun hats and other merch are being denied access to the campus.
Security will be out in full force at all campus buildings to keep the drunks under control. The doors to many of Laurier’s facilities will be locked and sealed.
Laurier provost Deborah MacLatchy said in a message to staff that these measures are designed to “shift the culture” surrounding St. Patrick’s Day in Waterloo, where parties have intensified over the last few years.
Waterloo’s Ezra Avenue in particular has become a hot spot for St. Patrick’s Day revelers, as many student houses on that stretch hold annual parties.
Waterloo Regional Police are ready for any trouble.
“We’re not going to suppress it; we need to contain and manage it,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Haffner.
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