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Breaking Bacchanal: What That $7 Means

The venue, now accommodating <50% of you

The venue, now accommodating <50% of you

Bacchanal has already sold out. However, many members of the Columbia community are upset about this year’s new charge for the show, which limits the amount of concert-goers this year to just 4,000 — excluding most graduate students and outsiders. Editor in Chief Taylor Grasdalen and Managing Editor Courtney Couillard report on the situation.

For the first time in Bacchanal history, students will have to pay a ticket fee to see the annual Spring concert this coming April. The fee, $7, is small but controversial. With major headliner Big Sean after previous years’ less exciting names, students are again looking forward to celebrating this tradition, yet most of the conversation now revolves around the new charge instead of the act.

Bacchanal has indeed faced numerous changes in the past year. Complaints from students and the administration cited that Bacchanal was an “unsafe experience” due to its nature, that it engenders excessive student drinking and dangerous behavior. These complaints led to the cancellation of a potential Bacchanal concert this past Fall 2014 semester. The committee (headed by Ben Kornick, CC ’16, and Mare Venerus, SEAS ’15), with the help of the administration, has in response focused on making the concert a safer experience. One of these changes includes the “Lion Tamers” initiative, where student volunteers will join the concert crowd to watch out for their peers.

While students expected these changes to the concert experience after the Bacchanal committee shared a letter earlier in the semester, many were surprised by today’s news that tickets would cost them. Some argue that $7 might be cost-prohibitive for many (though the show sold out my within the day that tickets were available), and others point out the Activities Fee — which has historically helped cover Bacchanal’s costs — all students already pay in to Columbia.

There is discrepancy over the cause of the new fee. Bacchanal is a group under the Activities Board at Columbia, which allocates funds for Bacchanal to pay for the concert, primarily for the cost of performers. Speaking Sunday evening with ABC President Tony Lee, CC ’15, the Bacchanal Executive Board “did not state that they would be charging money for tickets.” Knowing their intent to charge “would have probably lowered their allocation, since instead of each individual’s student life fees going to Bacchanal, students would be paying directly to attend Bacchanal.”

ABC is still in discussion over the issue, but Lee was able to comment further: “A few important factors would be their margin after ticket sales and also the proposed Student Activities Fee increase. If we can divert enough of the increased funds to Bacchanal such that students don’t have to pay for tickets, that could be an option. But I would assume that without more money, we would give them fewer Student Life fees since they’re charging students directly, although I don’t have a vote as President unless it’s a tiebreaker.”

“This news is literally news to a lot of students,” Lee says, and may in fact be cost-prohibitive for some. “I would assume that for some members of our community, having to pay extra out of their pockets for an event that has always been covered by their student life fees would be prohibitive. ”

Outside of cost, there is also debate over the effect the concert’s crowd limit will impose on the community. In previous years, Bacchanal was open to all undergraduate students as well as graduate students. CU students could bring one guest to the concert. The only provision students faced was flashing their ID before entering the concert space. “In terms of attendance,” Lee continues, “I would assume that it would limit attendance at the hard cap of 4,000. I don’t have the exact numbers, but I am pretty sure a lot more than 4,000 students attend Bacchanal each year from the four schools (and including alumni).”

Bwog reached out the Office of Undergraduate Student Life, which did not comment and deferred to the Bacchanal Executive Board. The Bacchanal Executive Board declined to comment, but will release a non-exclusive statement later tonight on the sell-out.

Correction: A previous version of this post listed Mare Venerus’s name and school incorrectly. We regret the error.

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43 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous can someone explain why my tuition $ is subsidizing an leisure event that i’m not allowed to go to?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous We can go down the list of performing arts groups that are subsidized by student life fees, yet charge for events. Almost every single one to be exact.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Don’t act like some random dance group’s spring showcase is the same as Bacchanal.

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous The funding those groups receive is adjusted to account for their ticket revenue, so less student life fees go into them. The Bacchanal committee did not tell ABC they would charge for tickets, and received their normal (large) amount of money, an amount that is given because it is expected that all undergraduates will be able to enjoy the free event.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous *all students, my bad

        2. Misinformed says:

          @Misinformed But if you look at most of the paid performances, the proceeds aren’t for the team or competitors but are raised for a charity or outside group. Theyre advertised as befits and charity showcases for a reason….

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Protest bacchanal! Admins are stupid and taking away are bacchanal.

  • Lupe Fiaso says:

    @Lupe Fiaso I would have sold 20000 tickets at $100….fuckin trust fund babies

  • Mare Venerus says:

    @Mare Venerus Bwog, my last name is Venerus and I am SEAS ’15

    1. Taylor Grasdalen says:

      @Taylor Grasdalen We apologize; we were using the names listed on Bacchanal’s Facebook page and those from the press release. Your name has been fixed.

      1. Mare Venerus says:

        @Mare Venerus The last name was an oversight on our part! Apologies!

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Taylor allows fucks things up

  • Big Sean speaks the truth says:

    @Big Sean speaks the truth Bitch, I got no feelings to go. I swear I had it up to here, I got no ceilings to go. I mean for real, fuck how you feel, CU administration.

    1. Big Sean says:

      @Big Sean Fuck your $7 if it ain’t goin’ towards the bill, yeeuh

  • GSAS says:

    @GSAS “most” graduate students? don’t you mean all graduate students? ticket sales were only open to the undergraduate colleges

  • GSAS says:

    @GSAS “most” graduate students? don’t you mean all graduate students? ticket sales were only open to the undergraduate colleges….

  • the real question is says:

    @the real question is who the fuck is gonna volunteer to be a ‘tamer’

    1. snitches says:

      @snitches same people who volunteer to be RAs

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous pretty sure the RAs are in it for the money (and there’s nothing wrong with that)

    2. i suppose says:

      @i suppose people who didn’t get tickets

  • Boycott says:

    @Boycott The whole ticketing process is just stupid, before we know it tickets will be $30, while our student life fees will be misspent somewhere else. Meanwhile Ben Kornick fills his facebook with a 100 pictures of him high-fiving Big Sean. Thanks dude for setting the perfect precedent to gouge us in the future.

    1. JOgn says:

      @JOgn Looks like Ben rushed to take them down, lol

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Ugh can’t stand him

  • CC'15 says:

    @CC'15 Well, just my $0.02 on this, but Lion Tamers is an awfully condescending/stupid name.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous that was 100% mary boyce’s idea, from what i hear, and she’s an out of touch fool.

      1. anon says:

        @anon no the “lion tamers” name came from the Bach committee itself. When confronted on it being offensive, they brushed it off with their typical FU attitude that they have shown ABC, the School councils, and every student on campus not on the committee.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous In what way is it offensive?

  • COMMISIONER GORDON says:

    @COMMISIONER GORDON THE DARK KNIGHT @ COLUMBIA… STARRING:
    TONY LEE: COLUMBIA’s DARK KNIGHT… THE HERO WE NEED
    BEN KORNICK AND MARE SYDNEY: THE HARVEY DENTS, TAINTED BY THE JOKER, BOUT TO DO SUMTIN THEY’LL REGRET
    CU ADMINISTRATION: THE JOKER. NO MOTIVES. JUST CHAOS.
    THE STUDENTS: STUCK IN A FERRYBOAT. WHO WILL WE BLOW UP FIRST?

    1. Mare Venerus says:

      @Mare Venerus Commissioner, my last name is Venerus. We did mess that up on the press release so my apologies.

      1. COMMISSIONER GORDON says:

        @COMMISSIONER GORDON MARE VENERUS* HAVE NO FEAR… THE TEASER POSTERS HAVE NOT GONE TO PRINT YET.., JUST ONE QUESTION: ARE YOU THE BURNT FACE SIDE OF HARVEY DENT? OR THE NON BURNT FACE SIDE?

        you either leave Columbia a hero, or stay long enough to become the villain.

        1. Mare Venerus says:

          @Mare Venerus Luckily I’m graduating so you’ll be rid of me soon enough.

  • Prezbo says:

    @Prezbo i could have just taken 11/12ths of the raise I got, but I’d rather you pay than lose that last twelfth. Those wine baths are expensive:

  • Unofficial bacchanal says:

    @Unofficial bacchanal https :// www . facebook . com / events / 703867473055542 /

    (Remove the spaces)

  • Twitter says:

    @Twitter #JeSuisMareVenerus

  • If $7 means that much to you says:

    @If $7 means that much to you You’re being pathetic. For real, do like less than one hour of minimum wage work. Or shut the fuck up

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You are missing the point, bucko

    2. pointillicist says:

      @pointillicist I know you’re just trying to be a classiest smartass, but minimum wage in New York is currently $8/hour and tickets cost $8 and change, so no, one can’t do less than an hour of minimum wage work in order to afford a ticket.

  • CC '11 says:

    @CC '11 Columbia student life on the decline

  • y'all. says:

    @y'all. this is huge. not only is the $7 a really shitty thing to drop on people out of nowhere (especially after they already asked people to pay for sweatshirts, including people who weren’t able to get tickets), but apparently, they didn’t even do it “right” by telling ABC they would be selling tickets. which means they got more money than they should have. which is… basically theft for all of those people whose student life fees are paying for the concert who will not be able to go because a) the concert is sold out b) $7 is prohibitive or c) some combination thereof.

    that’s fucked up. can anything be done about it?

  • y'all. says:

    @y'all. and personally, as someone who paid for a sweatshirt and wasn’t able to get a ticket, i would like a fucking refund.

  • Btw says:

    @Btw Anyone else see the actual ticket price as $8.34 instead of just $7? Because this was done through eventbrite, they charged an online processing fee!! If I wanted hidden fees I’d buy concert tickets through ticketmaster, the thieves.

  • iwjlhnf says:

    @iwjlhnf wouldnt it have been smarter to maybe sell 4000 tickets to each of the three different performers and then everyone could only buy one, thus accommodating 3 times as many students? no ones gonna stay for the whole thing anyway….. come on aren’t we columbia students who can do math, MV insists that she is in SEAS and can’t do math

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