Editorial: Controlling the madness of MAACness

From last year’s intergalactic evening to this year’s election theme, “Bronc the Vote,” Midnight MAACness is upon us once again. The popular night in the Rider community that kicks off the opening of the 2012-13 men’s and women’s basketball season is one that is usually met with much excitement from most students, yet has inevitably led to great chaos, big crowds and some students being left out.

In the past, there have been problems with the way students were filtered into the Alumni Gym for Midnight MAACness, leaving some people to wait long hours in line for the event and eventually being denied entrance because the maxium capacity had been reached. Although safety regulations are understandable, this process has discouraged some students from trying to attend future events and has left them thinking twice about whether to go to MAACness again. In an effort to resolve this recurring issue, the Student Entertainment Council (SEC), which helps put the evening together, came up with a more efficient system.

It just didn’t seem quite right that students who waited in line for hours didn’t even make it through the doors. As a solution, SEC decided that this year, students will have to pick up their own tickets to “Bronc the Vote” MAACness in order to ensure their spot through the door and onto the bleachers.

Tickets are available for students from the ticket booth in the lobby of Alumni Gym today if they wish to attend. The number of tickets given out is equivalent to the amount of people allowed in Alumni Gym at one time and, of course, the tickets are free to all students.

The idea of having people get tickets to show at the door of MAACness is a great one and will severely cut down on the chaos and disappointment that happens each year. Line-cutting has also been an issue in the past, where people who have been waiting their fair share of time were not let in because others jumped ahead in line. With the ticket system, there is no reason people should be cutting the line because all those with tickets will be allowed in. While school events usually entail the participation of all students, the gym does have space restrictions that can only fit part of the campus community, so the responsibility is in the students’ hands this time around. Those who make an effort to pick up a ticket for the event will enjoy a night filled with Rider pride.

According to Rider Athletics’ Facebook page, over 1,000 tickets have already been given out since Thursday. If you haven’t picked your ticket up yet, you can get them today at the ticket booth from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The weekly editorials express the majority opinion of The Rider News.
This week’s editorials were written by the Opinion Editor, Kristy Grinere.

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