Committee unveils new ticket system
Forget the campouts and picnics; when it comes to receiving their football tickets, students ask just two things of a distribution system: that it be fast and convenient.
That's been the overwhelming response to inquiry into the subject, according to student government officials who are hoping to deliver both speed and convenience in the fall with Kickoff 2001.
Kickoff is a modified — and simpler — version of last year's ticket distribution system, said Peter Rossmann, president of the Class of 2002.
"We talked to students and looked at the system from last year," Rossmann said. "What we found is that students want us to simplify the process as much as possible."
The changes include coordinating the distribution of lottery numbers with enrollment day and providing a timetable for lottery-number holders to purchase tickets.
"People can go to enrollment on Monday at the Joyce [Center] then cross the street to pick up a lottery number [at the ticket office]," Rossmann said. "We know how busy things are at the beginning of the year, and this turns two events into one trip."
A guideline for ticket buying is another added feature of the 2001 system. The guideline is a schedule that gives approximate times for lottery-number holders within a certain range of the selected lottery number to arrive to purchase tickets. Other ideas included under consideration was a mail-in distribution system.
"We worked on the mail-in system for a while, but the ticket office didn't feel like it had the capacity to do that," Norton said. "Alumni and season-ticket holders' applications are taken care of over the summer, and the office couldn't handle the student applications, too."Rossmann acknowledged Student Senate-conducted surveys indicate that most students favor mail-in distribution.
"If that's what students want, then we'll look into the possibility of it for next year," Norton said. "Either this [Kickoff 2001] can be the system from here on, or it can be a one-year thing."
All News Stories for Tuesday, April 24, 2001