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Council of Representatives: Group discusses ticket exchange rules

Joseph McMahon | Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Council of Representatives (COR) discussed the new rules for the student football ticket exchange in their final meeting of the year Tuesday.

The ticket exchange was suspended after the Notre Dame ticket office realized students were scalping the tickets, but will be reimplemented next year with new rules, student body president Bob Reish said.

Student Government, the Student Union Board (SUB), the Junior Class Council, the Sophomore Class Council and the Graduate Student Union will all be responsible for running one ticket exchange.

Only 100 exchanges will be made for each game, and the students will be chosen by a random lottery, Reish said. Students who wish to gain an extra ticket for a friend must swipe their ID at a ticket exchange session, which will held 10 days before each home game. If the students win the lottery, they must find a person willing to give up his or her ticket, take the friend’s ID and ticket booklet and to the Ticket Office. The Ticket Office will then print a new ticket for the lottery winner.

Graduate Student Union vice president Caitlyn Shea said past exchange programs have been quite popular with students with about 1,000 IDs swiped.

COR discussed possibly including professional student groups, such as the Student Bar Association, in the ticket exchange.

“Maybe we should extend this offer to the Student Bar Association because they seemed really excited about it,” Student Union treasurer Kadeja Gaines said.

However, Reish said because the heads of each of the six groups were present at the meeting, it would be easier to simply ask them if they each wanted to host an exchange. Each tentatively agreed to host one of them so long as they do not have any other conflicting events.

Many COR members feared that if students were notified that they had won a ticket too much in advance they would find a way to scalp the ticket.

“We need to have a timeline to no one can abuse the system,” executive assistant Karen Koski said.

Other COR members said students needed advance notice in order to allow friends and family members to make travel arrangements.

“There’s no possible way we can prevent everything from happening,” SUB co-director for external affairs Jeff Lakusta said. “We need to ask what’s most convenient for students.”

COR decided that 10 days was enough time to notify friends and family to make travel arrangements but not enough time to scalp the ticket.

In other COR news:

u COR discussed the possibility of hosting a Student Government leadership camp next year. Reish said he would invite a corporation such as General Electric to host a workshop on leadership styles if the event is planned.

Brown said he had heard about a similar program at Penn State University.

“They come, bring six officials here and just run the whole thing,” he said.