Beef ‘O’ Brady’s hours for alcohol extended

After reconsidering student input, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is now allowed to serve alcohol one hour earlier than last semester.

President Judy Genshaft is permitting the sale of alcohol at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on weekdays after 5 p.m., said Jenna Burns, marketing manager for USF dining services.

Last semester, Genshaft restricted the on-campus sale of beer and wine on weekdays until after 6 p.m.

This decision sparked protest from the student body, including a resolution passed by the Student Government Senate. They asked administration to take student input into consideration when implementing decisions regarding the school’s alcohol policy.

Before the restriction on alcohol sales was implemented, many students, staff and faculty were drinking alcohol at lunch and then going to work or to class, said USF spokesman Michael Hoad.

This was an issue because USF’s alcohol policy prohibits students and faculty from drinking before work or class, he said.

At the beginning of this semester, Genshaft reviewed the experiences regarding the alcohol policy of the fall semester and sought outside opinions, including that of student body president Greg Morgan, Hoad said.

“Dr. Genshaft and I had a very candid, open conversation about (the alcohol policy),” Morgan said. “I told her the students were a little upset about it because Beef ‘O’ Brady’s ID’s every single person that purchases alcohol there, and our students should be mature enough to consume alcohol if they’re of age.”

Hoad said Genshaft decided that moving the alcohol serving time to 5 p.m. was a reasonable change.

“If you want to go over (to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) and have a drink with dinner, it allows you to start dinner sometime before six o’clock,” Hoad said.

Even with the recent change, some still have concerns about the implementation of the alcohol policy on campus, including SG senator Ralph Reid.

“While I understand the pressures that Dr. Genshaft has, I still don’t think there was substantial student input into the policy,” he said