Volume 94, Issue 47

Wednesday, November 22, 2000


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Massive report to USC tonight

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Massive report to USC tonight

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council will finally get some answers to what went wrong with Operation Massive at its meeting tonight.

According to VP-student affairs, Chris Sinal, the report will attempt to answer what went wrong with the Nov. 10 dance party at Thompson Arena, which the USC had hoped would sell 2,000 tickets, but saw only 120 people attend.

The event, which was billed as featuring MuchMusic personality Rick "The Temp" Campenelli and DJ Mistress Barbara, was forced to shutdown two hours earlier than expected because of the poor turnout and those in attendance were given partial refunds.

Sinal explained the report has been aided by the advice and comment of many members of the USC and Western community. "There's a lot of valuable input from council and members of the community," he said. "It details where the USC should go from here and where the Western Programming and Activities Network will go from here."

The problems which doomed Operation Massive to failure are mistakes WPAN and the USC can learn from, Sinal said. "There were faults that can be avoided and that's what makes this a valuable experience for all involved. We wouldn't have seen these problems if we hadn't done it."

Sinal added he will also provide council with further information on how much money the USC lost as a result of the event.

Senator-at-Large, Luke Petrykowski, said council must consider various ways of making amends for losing students' money. "I'm looking forward to a lot of answers," he said. "I think there should be a formal apology and answers."

Petrykowski said he will be carefully considering what form of recourse he thinks council should take as a result of the event.

Arts Students' Council president, Dave Vaillancourt, said he thought many of the reasons for the event's failure were obvious. Vaillancourt explained many students felt ticket prices were too high and many were uninterested in the music and talent on-hand for the event.

Neil Kapoor, chair of the student caucus on governance and Senator-at-Large, said the entire council should share the blame for Operation Massive's failure. "There's enough blame to go around for everyone. We should all look in the mirror because it's the responsibility of every single member of council to promote this event and ensure it will succeed."

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