Justifying Revue's location
Letter to the Editor
Each year the approach of Keenan Revue is signaled by an escalation in the unending debate amongst the Saint Mary's student body as to whether or not our show should be performed on their campus. And just as this year marks the Revue's 25th anniversary it is also the 21st year that we have performed at O'Laughlin Auditorium. This year, however, has seen an apparent increase in student objection to having the Revue on the SMC campus.
In an effort to better understand this phenomenon, Chris Martin, this year's Revue producer and I appeared in front of the Saint Mary's BOG so that we might convince them to buy an ad in our hilarious program. And in addition, we agreed to entertain any questions the BOG had about our show.
While we found the dialogue to be stimulating, it was apparent that there were some opinions which were not going to be changed either way, though it was decided that BP was still fat and Farley still smokes.
So to determine how Saint Mary's really felt about the Revue being on their campus, Chris and I, under the watchful eyes of Saint Mary's student body President and Vice President C[[rissie Renner and Michele Nagel, handed out surveys to 235 SMC students (approximately 1/6 of the population) as they walked into the dining hall. This is what they responded:
218 of the 235 students (93 percent) responded that they approve of having the Revue on campus.
Of the 17 students who were opposed to having the Revue at SMC, eight had seen the show. Five of these eight said that their experience was entertaining and would see the show again.
Three students had seen the show, did not find it entertaining, would not see it again and did not approve of SMC hosting the event.
The purpose of the survey or this letter is not to stir up any more controversy but to inform the students of Saint Mary's as well as we here at the Revue of how SMC views holding the Revue on their campus. We sincerely hope that relations between Keenan Hall and the SMC powers that be can be improved and that this letter demonstrates our willingness to continue to spread tidings of love and sarcasm to ND and SMC students alike from O'Laughlin Auditorium every February for years to come.
Incidentally the Revue is the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of February. Tickets go on sale at Saint Mary's on Wednesday the 25th and at the JACC on the 26th for the amazing price of free.
Keenan Revue Director
January 22, 2001
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