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Vol. 42 No. 42

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ARCH 19, 2017 One Dollar

Is standing in the cold for 12

hours for a year of chicken wings

worth it?

According to the 100 people

clustered around Buffalo Wild

Wings Monday morning, abso-

lutely.

“I’m a broke college student. I

need food,” Rachel Tomeff said.

She had her blue hoodie pulled

tight around her face. Those

standing in line faced rain during

the final hour of their wait.

“Conditions are poor, morale is

low. They came out for the ribbon

cutting. They won’t let us in,” Da-

meion Cavazos said.

Twenty minutes later, their

endurance paid off. The first 100

people received a booklet of 52

free chickencoupons, a $400value.

Buffalo Wild Wings, at 1007

West University Avenue in Wolf

Ranch Town Center, is a no-frills

sports bar chain with chicken

wings, draft beer and big screen

televisions.

—Madison Simmons

Dozens wait for chicken prize

from new Buffalo Wild Wings

Rachel Tomeff, Dameion Cavazos and Justin Lane speak with Karen Shel-

don, right, before Buffalo Wild Wings’ grand opening. These were three

of the dedicated customers who stood in line for 12 hours to ensure they

got a coupon book, a year’s worth of chicken.

Photos by Madison Simmons

Misty Taylor, center, gets ready before Buffalo Wild Wings in Georgetown

opened its doors Monday.

Southwestern under investigation – again

B y J O N A T H A N A D A M S

For the second time in three

years, Southwestern Univer-

sity is under investigation for

allegations of campus sexual

violence, according to records

from the United States Depart-

ment of Education.

The federal department’s

Office of Civil Rights request-

ed the university provide in-

formation regarding a sexual

misconduct case and the uni-

versity’s policies for handling

such allegations, Southwest-

ern President Edward Burger

said.

“The university is cooperat-

ing fully and is actively work-

ing to gather all requested ma-

terials ina timelymanner,”Dr.

Burger said.

“Southwestern is commit-

ted to a safe campus commu-

nity. We believe that the [Office

of Civil Rights] will recognize

that commitment and if OCR

suggests changes to improve

still further, those changes

will, of course, be implement-

ed.”

Southwesternhas twoactive

cases filed against it. The first

onewas launchedonFebruary

18, 2016, in regards to a com-

plaint that the school “failed

to provide an impartial griev-

ance” in response to a report

of sexual assault.

The second investigation

was openedMonday, but no de-

tails have been provided about

the allegations.

The second case comes two

years after two students made

allegations that they were

drugged during an event in

February 2015 at the Pi Kappa

Alpha fraternity house. The

Department of Education’s

Office of Civil Rights received

a complaint about the event in

April 2015. Southwestern re-

ceives federal funds from the

department, giving the Office

of Civil Rights jurisdiction to

investigate.

After numerous protests at

the school’s bi-annual Brown

Symposium in 2015 and a late-

night march to Dr. Burger’s

lawn, university administra-

tors, in cooperation with the

students, reformed its Title IX

policies. Title IX is a federal

law prohibiting discrimina-

tion based on sex.

The reforms included:

reaching out to increase stu-

dent participation in sexual

assault-prevention programs;

reviewing a Greek life tradi-

tion called “Serenade,” which

involves fraternity and soror-

ity members singing to each

other — the event was said

to use homophobic and sex-

ist language; disclosing more

information about assault in-

vestigations; stopping the use

of comedy troupes for sexual

assault education during new

student orientation; and con-

sideringan increase instudent

roles on the Sexual Assault

Risk Reduction Committee.

According to the 2015-2016

Title IX Compliance Com-

mittee report, Southwestern

opened 13 sexual misconduct

investigations that school

year, which resulted in three

hearings.

school@wilcosun.com

Feds look into another sexual

misconduct case at university

Bypass work to briefly

close roads this week

Expect road closures on Uni-

versity Avenue and Leander Road

this week as 120 precast concrete

bridge beams will be delivered for

the Southwest Bypass bridge proj-

ect in southwest Georgetown.

Traffic on Interstate 35

shouldn’t be affected. On Monday

throughWednesday, from9 a.m. to

4p.m. eachday, policewill conduct

five-minute-long closures on Uni-

versity Avenue at the Interstate

35 intersection as trucks carrying

120-foot-long bridge beams travel

west along University and then

turn south on D.B. Wood Road to

the construction site.

On Thursday and Friday be-

tween 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., police

will close Leander Road at the I-35

intersection to allow trucks with

beams to pass through and turn

north at the Southwest Bypass

right-of-way, about 600 feet west

of RiverviewDrive.

Each beam will be lifted from

the trucks and placed on bridge

supports for bridges over the

South San Gabriel River.

The Southwest Bypass is a new

north-south roadway that will

connect with D.B Wood Road and

Leander Road.

It is scheduled to be finished in

late 2018; however, the contractor

is ahead of schedule, city officials

said.

—From staff reports

Restaurant to spring up at well site

B y M A D I S O N

S I M M O N S

The striking Strom-

berg-Hoffman & Co. build-

ing, boardedup foradecade

and fallen into disrepair

just might become the hot-

test spot in town this fall.

When Houston restaura-

teursScott andWendyWeir

movedback toGeorgetown,

they had every intention of

waiting a year before open-

ing a place, to get a feel for

the city.

Best laid plans go awry.

“Six weeks (after mov-

ing) we saw the sign, got

in to see it and just fell in

love,” Ms. Weir said.

“We knew there wasn’t

going to be another build-

ing like that.”

The 1855 building with

its vaulted ceilings, roof-

top access, original cream

stone walls and an active

well had them dreaming.

They signed the lease and

TheWell was born.

Filling a need

When the Weirs got to

thinking about what the

Square needs, they landed

on whiskey.

“Everywhere has beer,

most places have wine. No-

body really focuses on the

bar side,” Mr. Weir said.

The whiskey list will be

60 to 80 bottles long.

Let’s ride!

Above , Amy Janecka of Georgetown warms up her horse, Holmes, in a field of wine cup wildflowers near sunset Thursday during Open Ride Night, held at the Williamson County Expo Center in Taylor. Open Ride Nights, held occa- sionally, are free and non-com- petitive. Left , Dawn Sizemore of Thorndale, astride her horse, Murphy, does some barrel rac- ing during the event. See more photos on page 3A.

Photos by Andy Sharp

Scott Weir lifts the

plywood covering

the well. Scott and

Wendy Weir plan

to raise the sides

of the well and

to incorporate it

into the bar of its

namesake restau-

rant, planned

to open on the

Square.

Madison Simmons

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