Volume 92, Issue 62

Tuesday, January 19, 1999


Prolonging the stay

Student BOG member resigns

Stabbings incite police concern, safety review

Grad studies to see bursary boost

Adding confusion in CentreSpot

Sales low despite high cost prizes

A quickie primer on aphrodisiacs

Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Sales low despite high cost prizes

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

The intercollegiate athletics office has encountered a bit of a slump in its sales of Western's annual Mustang Raffle.

Dean Lowrie, head of the women's volleyball team and raffle coordinator, explained ticket sales have been unsuccessful this year despite the 101 prizes to be won – the grand prize being a 1999 TJ Sport Jeep.

"We're not happy with the way the raffle went this year," Lowrie said.

According to Lowrie, a maximum of 5,000 tickets will be sold, resulting in a one in 45 chance of winning a prize. Thus far, approximately 2,500 tickets have been sold.

Lowrie added while many people think the prizes are donated, the intercollegiate athletics office, in fact, purchases the prizes. Therefore, even if all 5,000 tickets are sold, the possible revenue is only $40,000.

Darwin Semotiuk, chair of intercollegiate athletics, explained the necessity of the annual raffle. "The purpose is to address the issue of declining revenue and increasing expenses."

"The raffle was never a huge money maker," Lowrie said, adding the ticket revenue is necessary to support Western varsity teams and their travel to league games. It is important to be able to travel to games and tournaments in coach and not school buses so that busy athletes are still able to do homework while on the road, he said.

Jason Lee, a work/study student who is helping coordinate the raffle, explained the department's attempt to encourage ticket sales. "We're displaying the jeep on campus and hopefully the Sea-Doo as well," he said.

Lee also explained the draw will take place during a hockey game in February instead of on Homecoming when originally scheduled. "I started really late – they had another fellow before, but he was unable to fulfill his duties."

Lowrie said there are enormous responsibilities in organizing such a raffle. "The problem is when you rely on work/study bursary students, you're not sure what you're going to get," he said. "Jason is doing an excellent job, though."

Besides all of the promotional work, every varsity athlete is required to sell five tickets, Lowrie added.

Rob Gibson, a fourth-year mechanical engineer at Western, admitted he was pleased to learn he may have a greater chance at winning the prizes on account of the lack of sales, although he said he hopes the department will not lose money. "Everyone here is proud of Western and if we lose resources, then it will effect [the players'] sense of attitude."

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