you know, when we had dances back in high school, there were cops in the dance hall, and those dances were far smaller than the ones at ACEN... so why don't we do the same thing?
Now, getting away from the dance/rave issue... I want to propose a few things.
What would have happened if the perpetrator had left his room and thrown that bottle down into the courtyard (i.e. towards the benches and the elevators)? That bottle hit with enough force to damage a window that was built to withstand hailstorms. It would probably have exploded like a fragmentation grenade, and sent several people to the hospital. To my recollection, glass does not show up very well in x-rays, so it can take a fair bit of skill on the doctor's part to identify and remove all of the shards.
I'm not fully aware of what has happened in previous years, but I think it's probably safe to say that the problems have probably gotten worse from year to year. Maybe not a whole lot worse, but by a noticeable degree. Now given that trend, it is extremely likely that at some point in the future, maybe next year, maybe five years from now, or maybe even seven or ten, someone is going to decide, in a fit of alcohol- or drug- induced stupidity, that they can fly. When they attempt to prove this, they will fail, and this failure, along with the names "Midwest Animation Promotion Society" and "Anime Central," will be all over the news the following day.
Result: parents wouldn't let their kids go to anime conventions; ACEN would lose the Hyatt, and probably die because other potential hosts would see it as a giant liability. Violent guests and severe injuries are not good press for a convention center.
Now, I don't mean to be a party-pooper or a pessimist, but I am very serious about this post. If nothing is done, these things will happen
. I would put a significant amount of money on it - and I don't like to gamble. What I'm asking you to do is to forget about the 5-figure cost of replacing the window, and instead consider how you would feel, if, say, a 2.5 pound vodka bottle moving at 60+ miles per hour were to strike your fiance in the head while they were standing right next to you. Think about it seriously. Think about looking him or her in the face as their head exploded into a mess of blood and glass. That
is what this is about, because it could very easily have happened, and it will
happen if things go unchecked.
That is why all options - be they raising badge prices, charging for dance tickets, cancelling the rave, or even making it a dry con, should be considered seriously - because no matter how unpleasant the solution may be, it is much better than the alternative.
ACEN 2011: Fifth convention, first cosplay (generic butler).