This post on Alcohol Policy pertains to the ALRC’s work in reviewing the soon expiring Downtown Density Ordinance.
This is pertinent to students because alcohol policy has a much larger effect than just on those patrons who are of age. What about those students 18-20 who can’t go drink at bars but still want to do more than house parties or the like on the weekend? Entertainment options for these students is a huge concern. The ALRC has been pushing for new establishments to adopt the 18+ liquor license to allow for live entertainment (bands, karaoke, etc) and allow for 18-20 year old students to enter and be entertained, but not drink. Only 1 establishment currently does this.
But ultimately, the ordinance is about restricting the number of bars that can be in the downtown area. This is a huge campus safety issue as studies done about the effects of the ordinance has shown a decrease in violence crime in areas where the bar density has lessened (so more bars = more crime).
In a city concerned about safety, and about entertainment (and especially about alcohol) this ordinance is very important to the student body and ASM would be doing students a disservice by not being at the table and pushing for student priorities.