Part of the Acadia Student’s Union Cheaton Cup planning included a post-event litter cleanup March 23 around Wolfville. Cutten House residents George Kashap, left, Kurtis Westbury, Richard LeBlanc and Marcel Surette participated. – Submitted
For a Cheaton Cup weekend, Wolfville was relatively quiet.
The annual hockey rivalry between Christofer-Eaton and Chipman residences continued March 22, but the traditional partying seemed a little tamer than in some past years.
“Of the three (Cheaton Cups) I worked, that was the best one,” Wolfville RCMP Sgt. Stephen Power. “It felt very controlled and very festive.”
The police were out in full force, with Kings District RCMP, Annapolis Valley Traffic Services RCMP members and auxiliary officers present in town.
Power credits student-led education campaigns before the event - including pamphlets and a YouTube video - and student leaders setting the tone for the weekend’s relative success.
Two men were charged were with supplying liquor to a minor and there were 23 other liquor offence tickets written on March 22, most for illegal possession of liquor in public. Three tickets were issued under the Motor Vehicle Act for seatbelt and cell phone offences and there were six parking tickets.
Two reports about open fires, a trespassing complaint, two complaints about public urination and two 911 calls about a 20-year-old woman who injured her leg while intoxicated.
Three men in their 20s were taken into custody to sober up in three separate calls in Wolfville between 10 p.m. March 22 and 2 a.m. March 23.
Power noted there were no violent or “persons offences” through the weekend.
“This is probably the best event we’ve seen in our time here,” Acadia Students’ Union president Matthew Rios said.
“The vast majority of the incidents we were seeing (were) from non-Acadia students,” Rios said about the previous Cheaton Cup events. Non-students are now barred from the game.
“We’ve seen a reduction in high-risk behaviour,” he added.
“We know it’s always going to be a mixed bag with this event. It’s important we represent our student body in a respectful way.”
Rios said the education campaign included door-to-door visits to students discussing expectations. A key message was “make good decisions and take care of your friends.”
Approximately 50 Acadia students followed up with a litter pickup around town the day after the game, Rios said.
The hockey game, which started in 1996 and has been a charity fundraiser for 15 years, raised close to $4,000 for L’Arche Homefires. According to promotional material, the local donation is part of Acadia Students’ Union shift of fundraising efforts to L’Arche and the S.M.I.L.E. program and away from its longstanding participation in Shinerama, a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis research.