This past Saturday night around 1:15 a.m I was asked by a friend to meet them at Monkey Barrel. At the door I was asked to show my ID which I did. I was then asked by another bouncer (who I later learned was a manager) if I had a Gull card. I responded no but I have my UMES ID. He then informed me that if I did not have a Gull card the cost for admission is $20. I learned later that SU students are charged more on UMES nights as well.
Salisbury has 3 colleges all relatively close in distance. Monkey Barrel is one of the only bars in town that segregates college night. After sharing my experience with several of UMES students it is perceived (rather intentionally or unintentional) that we have a white college night and a black college night; Salisbury University is 85% the majority race and UMES being a historically black college. After speaking with one of the bar mangers he informed me that the same rule of obsessive pricing applies on UMES night and SU night. However, Separate but Equal does not justify the practice, and there have been several Supreme Court cases in regards to this matter.
I want to say that as a graduate of UMES I am not completely opposed to have a SU night and a UMES night. However if I am a UMES student and want to go out with my friends at SU and vice versa I should be allowed to do so without being obsessively charged. I am not opposed to charging one school more on certain nights (example. $5 vs. $3). However, $20 is obsessive, and sends the message to the excluded school that you don’t want them there. That practice is offensive for me a feeling shared by several students in the community.
Furthermore, There is no advertisement in reference to SU night on monkey barrels facebook page. The owner makes daily post in reference to events and specials for the next night. The only night he does NOT advertise weekly is UMES night. there is a reference to UMES night under information..However there is never a reference to SU night. Still on SU night that I assume is randomly selected UMES students pay $20 to get in... When a complaint was made to the owner in reference to perception of the business practice for UMES students of white vs black college night (intentional or not). The owner apparently asked a black bouncer to answer the complaint. Not a manager... a bouncer.....