Toss one of the dances.
It's ludicrous to have two of them. They are taking up too much space. More Programming can be put into play in place of one of them.
Shorten the length AND create age restrictions on BOTH.
Soap Bubble is a sweat fest. Don't try and spin it into anything else. It is what we all know it to be. A good and fun time, but NOT MEANT FOR MINORS. Fix it. Now.
Apply restrictions through badge color coding. Simple. Done and done. I see NO reason why this is not yet in effect. Curfew means nothing to the minors if no one is enforcing this.
Thank goodness nothing bad has truly happened to a teenager at Soap. But should we wait around til that happens to actually do something about it? I hope that is not the "logic" here. God I really hope not.
Soap Bubble is not shady. It's a dance. where people "rave" YES. they dance. no, drugs are not involved, nor are they tolerated if they ARE found.
However, 1. it runs past curfew. thats a legal issue with the young ones. 2. Any number of things can go wrong. I would rather act on this "paranoia" if you will, than wait til one girl gets peeved with someone coming onto her and then ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. Parents point out that shes too young for the dance, curfew, etc etc. and then what? THEN Anime Central puts on an age limit?
Please do something about this already. It's insane it hasn't been done before. and if need REALLY exists for money/attendee boosting issues, keep Synergy for minors ONLY then, with reasonable hours and duration of the event.
ACen is not a free-for-all. We can all pretend it is, if that makes you feel better about it, but it isn't. It is a large scale event with MANY people to look after for the weekend. Restrictions, limitations, and rules need to exist, and exist HARD.
Also, IRT who work in the street between Hyatt and convention center need megaphones. There is NO WAY anyone can hear these guys bellowing. Attendees need to be reminded CONSTANTLY of rules. Some of these folks are new, or some from cons that are vastly different. IRT is there to keep folks safe and remind of those rules, but no one can hear them outside yelling to get off the street. Get some megaphones. Fund it. Somehow. Someone is going to get hit by a car. Rosemont probably HATES ACen time because it means thoughtless people drifting in the street when OTHER people in the area maybe need to get to work, get to the airport, etc. and here we all are, dancing around and taking our sweet time.
Unacceptable. I'd rather be on staff and have attendees think I am a hormonal MONSTER for calling at them to get off the street for the millionth time, than have them get hurt and/or further demonstrate to the city what a bunch of idiots we all are for disregarding general safety and law.
This post has been edited by Siren_N0el: 26 November 2013 - 02:31 PM