About the staff

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Corkage Fees

Bringing your own wine: rules and etiquette:

Patrons in BC restaurants can now bring their own wine to participating restaurants. The GSS charges a 7$ corkage fee when guests bring their own bottle of wine.

Servers are required to follow BC liquor law when serving any alcohol, including wine brought by guests. As the Grad House is a restaurant, guests who are drinking must also order food from the menu. Servers must also protect against over service.

As such, we follow these guidelines at the Grad House:

1. Servers will open one 750 mL bottle for every two guests in a group.

2. All guests sharing a bottle must order food to accompany the wine.

3. Even though guests are bringing their own wine, servers must follow BC Liquor Law as if the wine was purchased from the Grad House. This means guests are limited as to how much they may drink when bringing their own wine, and servers must decline to open bottles for guests who are inebriated.

4. Your server must open your bottle of wine for you. However, you are most welcome to pour your second glass yourself.


These tips are also helpful in planning your visit:

1. Don’t forget to chill your white wine!

2. Some restaurants consider it rude to show up with a wine on the restaurant’s wine list, but we don’t mind at the Grad House!

3. The bring your own wine law is not meant to encourage over-service… please ask us to cork your wine if you wish to take half the bottle home.

4. Gratuity etiquette is to include a bit extra in consideration that wine service was provided, and you aren’t ordering drinks from the menu.

Info about who can use the space, etc.

Why can’t a UVIC department or undergraduate group use the Grad Centre rooms for free?

Graduate students can book the meeting rooms at the Grad Centre for free for events if the events are organized both by graduate students and for graduate students.

This policy does not extend to events, classes or information sessions organized by the university, university staff, faculty, and departments even when those events are organized for a graduate student audience.

The reason for this policy is simply that the Grad Centre is funded by graduate students and the building is intended as a space to support graduate student initiatives. Graduate students pay for all the capital and operational expenses in the building–including our renovations to the building and replacement of furnishings. Graduate students pay all the GSS staff wages, and pay for janitorial and maintenance costs of the building.

We welcome external users to our centre, and are happy to offer the space at an inexpensive internal rate, but we ask for understanding in regards to our internal rates policy.

Info about the art

Art by Kathleen Jerome

The GSS is proud to display the beautiful photographs of Kathleen Jerome, MA, one of our former members in the Grad House restaurant.

Kathleen is from Owen Sound, ON. Kathleen has been awarded her Master of Arts in Theatre History from the University of Victoria (2013) and her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Queen’s University (2011). She is currently completing her Bachelor of Education special track Artist in Community Education at Queen’s University.

She has presented her research at the Society of Dance History Scholars conference in Trondheim, Norway and at the Canadian Association of Theatre Research conference as part of Congress in Victoria BC. She has also had a play script published in Canadian Theatre Review (Vol. 147 Summer 2011).

Kathleen’s main passion is dance. She has been dancing since the age of 7 beginning with Ballet then branching out to learn Highland, Irish, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical. She is a Member with the British Association of Teachers of Dance in Highland dance. She has her Intermediate certificate in Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and in the Checcetti method, and has competed at the Canadian and North American level in both Highland and Irish dance.  

Photography is a growing passion for her. She looks for patterns, colours, angles, themes, and unique or typically un-photographed or un-photographable subjects or places. She holds that it is not the camera that makes a great photo, rather it’s the timing, openness, persistence, and child-like curiosity of the photographer.