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Mika

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  1. Join IRT 2017!

    The application for IRT ACen 2017 is up! IRT APPLICATION IRT (Incident Response Team) is a customer service-focused security department. We are looking for people who love talking to attendees, are resourceful, and can become fast friends with their teammates. Customer service experience is a plus, as is familiarity with ACen and previous convention experience. That said, new folks bring new ideas, so we'd love to have you even if you've never worked a con. There is an interview and an open-book test required for the position. You'll need to arrive on Thursday and stay until Sunday evening. We hope to hear from you soon, and we hope you are as excited for ACen's 20th year as we are!
  2. Hey everyone! I want to invite everyone to check out my Etsy store called KandiKings! We sell kandi masks and cuffs for all occasions. Check it out and let me know if anything interests you! Share with friends and let me be the one to supply you with all your Kandi needs! These are great for kids and adults of any age. They make great gifts too! https://www.etsy.com/shop/KandiKings Thanks! Jesse Hess
  3. Hey folks! I have started making custom handmade beaded masks and cuffs. If there is a design for it I can most likely do it (depending on my bead color availability at time of order). These masks and cuffs are great for anyone planning on going to Hardcore Synergy or the Soapbubble! They can also make a great addition to your cosplay! We have a huge variety of masks and cuffs already cataloged, and are working on new designs each week. If you have any questions please contact me through the Etsy Shop, or message though our Facebook page as well. Be sure to stop by and like our page and order what you want! We also will offer free pick-up at ACen (For this please msg through the Facebook page). We will also be able to do custom lettered bracelets for $2 each. Let us know what you want yours to say! https://www.etsy.com/shop/KandiKings https://www.facebook.com/KandiKings13
  4. Hey all, your friendly IRT Department Head here! First off, I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our attendees! We could not improve and do such a great job without you all helping us. We'd like to get a head start on 2015, so we're opening our IRT 2015 Application to everyone early this year! We are looking for people who can take direction well and utilize the resources we provide, who will put customer service first and are willing to go the extra mile for the attendees. We handle everything from large lines to administration for the department, so effective communication is a must. We also require our staff to be able to work from Thursday morning before the convention to Sunday night, but we try and work with everyone's schedules and desires to see certain events at the convention. Our hiring process includes filling out our application (along with the general Anime Central Staff Application), doing a phone interview, and reading our handbook and taking a comprehensive open-book test. If this sounds like something you can do and you want to participate, please apply at http://bit.ly/irt2015app. Interviews will not be starting until late June.
  5. IRT is hiring for 2014!

    Hey all! IRT is currently still taking applications. If you previously applied, we are doing interviews and contacting by phone and email. If your information has changed since you applied please resubmit with your new information and make a note in the additional information section letting us know it is a resubmission. If you have been contacted already but have not responded please do so.
  6. Rave/Cosplay Masks

    Hey folks! I just opened a shop on Etsy with beaded masks. They are all pretty much custom order and if there is a design for it I can most likely do it. (Depending on my bead color availability at time of order) These masks are great for anyone planning on going to Hardcore Synergy or the Soapbubble! They can also make a great addition to your cosplay! I will be adding more mask types to the shop (such as "Ninja Masks" from Mortal Kombat, as well as the large patterned masks) I also hope to be adding many types of cuffs and 3D bracelets. If you have any questions please contact me through the Etsy Shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/KandiKings
  7. Rave/Cosplay Masks

    **Updated with new info** Hey folks! I have started making custom handmade beaded masks and cuffs. If there is a design for it I can most likely do it (depending on my bead color availability at time of order). These masks and cuffs are great for anyone planning on going to Hardcore Synergy or the Soapbubble! They can also make a great addition to your cosplay! We have a huge variety of masks and cuffs already cataloged, and are working on new designs each week. If you have any questions please contact me through the Etsy Shop, or message though our Facebook page as well. Be sure to stop by and like our page and order what you want! We also will offer free pick-up at ACen (For this please msg through the Facebook page). We will also be able to do custom lettered bracelets for $2 each. Let us know what you want yours to say! https://www.etsy.com/shop/KandiKings https://www.facebook.com/KandiKings13
  8. IRT is hiring for 2014!

    Hey folks! Wanting to let everyone know that we are underway with our interviews for IRT 2014. What this means is: - If you have applied already be watching for a phone call from our Management Staff for your interview. If they call and leave a msg, please call back. - If you would like to still apply and be in the running for our staff, the application listed in the post above is still active and we are still taking new applications every day!!! Please, if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. There are several threads on here with great staff information as well. We hope to hear from many of you soon!
  9. cosplay rules question

    Are you able to put it into a bustle while walking around? Or even one of the wrist ties to hold up the train while you walk?
  10. 2012 Gripes thread

    This set of service elevators has been an issue for the convention and hotel staff for years now. With the influx of thousands of people on this one weekend and the main elevators clogged, much of the time attendees go and use the Hotels Service Elevators. This is the set of elevators you rode down on. Let me explain a little first. This set of Service Elevators are not for the ACen Staff to use, but for the Hotel Staff to use. It is how the room service and housekeeping get to and from the rooms so quickly and efficiently. In the last few years this was not able to be done very well by hotel staff because of the huge numbers of non-hotel staff using them because the main elevators were clogged with people and/or broken. The hotel asked us to man this set of elevators and keep a record of who was using it, or lose the use of it (for EMRT and all emergency situations) completely. They had also asked us to do something about the main elevator issue as well (that's why you saw IRT operatives manning the main elevators so much of the time). The signs that were posted are the sign placards that the hotel has posted (hard plastic ones like you see in the stairwells). ACen/IRT was not permitted to place more signage on each level however. IRT was complying with the request of the hotel to make sure that non-hotel staff was complying with hotel policy and guidelines. I apologize that the signage was not easily seen. I will be requesting that next year we are permitted to place more signage to make it more clear that these elevators are not for hotel guests to use.
  11. 2012 IRT Complaints

    This set of service elevators has been an issue for the convention and hotel staff for years now. With the influx of thousands of people on this one weekend and the main elevators clogged, much of the time attendees go and use the Hotels Service Elevators. This is the set of elevators you rode down on. Let me explain a little first. This set of Service Elevators are not for the ACen Staff to use, but for the Hotel Staff to use. It is how the room service and housekeeping get to and from the rooms so quickly and efficiently. In the last few years this was not able to be done very well by hotel staff because of the huge numbers of non-hotel staff using them because the main elevators were clogged with people and/or broken. The hotel asked us to man this set of elevators and keep a record of who was using it, or lose the use of it (for EMRT and all emergency situations) completely. They had also asked us to do something about the main elevator issue as well (that's why you saw IRT operatives manning the main elevators so much of the time). The signs that were posted are the sign placards that the hotel has posted (hard plastic ones like you see in the stairwells). ACen/IRT was not permitted to place more signage on each level however. IRT was complying with the request of the hotel to make sure that non-hotel staff was complying with hotel policy and guidelines. I apologize that the signage was not easily seen. I will be requesting that next year we are permitted to place more signage to make it more clear that these elevators are not for hotel guests to use.
  12. Hello All! I know a lot of you folks will be coming out on Thursday to pick up your ACen Badges. I want to let you know how the Thursday Lines will be working at the Convention Center for badge pickup. There will be 2 lines at the beginning of lining up. Line 1: Will Call Badges At the main doors to the convention center, there will be a line going toward the North (along the sidewalk towards the Hyatt, highway, etc.) If you are picking up a badge from Will Call, you will line up here until 3:30 pm. Line 2: At Con Badge Purchase At the main doors to the convention center, there will be a line going toward the South (along the sidewalk towards the Double Tree Hotel) If you have not bought a badge yet and are going to be purchasing a badge at the convention, this is the line you will be in. You will also be in this line if you are picking up a Will Call badge after 4 pm. This will only be happening on Thursday. All days following this the line will form to the South. If you already have a badge and just need to pick up a Program Book and Lanyard, there will be staffers available throughout the lines passing these out. Once inside the hall there will be signs directing you to which line you should be in. Thank you in advance for all your help to make the Badges Lines run smoothly! :)
  13. We are asking that the Attendees follow the posted times for line up. The 30 min and hour line up time frames are specifically because the shows are so close together. Some confusion last year came when people found out they were lined up for the wrong event because they came hours early to line up. On top of all of this, having the time frame for line starts allows people to go to other activities and functions and enjoy their time at con not standing in a line. If the attendees follow these guidelines then the line ups will go smoothly. Also as stated in my other post linked above, there is a dedicated Line Control Section of IRT. They will have the manpower to ask people to leave the area if they are lining up too early.
  14. Hello All! As everyone knows there are several Main Events that create lines outside of Main Programming. For Main Programming there are 2 locations. The Grand Ballroom and the Rosemont Ballroom. Grand Ballroom Lines Outside of the Grand Ballroom there will be a stanchion setup, with its entrance next to the doors across from Disability Services. The entrance into the stanchion setup will be roped off until the line opens for the Main Event. Once the line has been opened please fill the inside stanchions first. Once the stanchions have been filled the rest of the line will be placed outside along the sidewalk. As the line begins to move, the people waiting outside will be moved inside. Fashion Shows: line up begins 30 minutes before show Concerts/Masquerade/Dances: line up begins 1 hour before show Rosemont Ballroom Lines Outside of the Rosemont Ballroom the line will begin on the left hand side. It will follow the wall around until the wall breaks. Once the line reaches this break, no one else will be permitted to line up until the line begins to move. Large Panels: line up begins 30 minutes before event Please do not try and line up before these times. You will be asked to leave until the line up begins. Several events and shows are scheduled very close together. Please make sure you are lining up for the correct event. Not all events will have Line Control. If you see that a line is getting large and Line Control is not present, please feel free to let IRT or another staff member know, and IRT Line Control will be sent to the event. There will be signage, please look for it. Thanks in advance for all your cooperation to make sure these lines go as quickly as possible.
  15. New elevator policy for this year!

    A Few.... ;) lol Let me start with the last question. I will be more clear. When I said the glass doors, I meant the big glass doors leading to the Dome area. NOT the glass doors leading out the front of the hotel. We want this area to have the folks waiting because there is a large amount of space. The other directions go towards the stairs, the restaurant, and the front desk. These are all areas we want to keep clear. We don't expect there to be a line (as in single file) but have it be more of a waiting/staging area for the folks who need to use the elevator. Ok, now back to the top. The operatives in the elevators will determine the number of people able to fit in the elevator based on fire code limits given to us by the hotel. The elevators will be run a little differently every time they make a stop. Some costumes are going to be large, some people may have luggage, etc etc etc. So our operatives will have to make judgement calls on what is safe for the capacity of their elevator. We ask that everyone be respectful of this as we are trying to make the elevators run more smoothly. The operatives will be stating as the doors open if the elevator is going up or if it is going down. The elevator, if it goes all the way down to the lower lobby level, will pick up people there if they have called the elevator. Large groups are allowed to all be on one elevator. Assuming that the full group fits, the "stopping of elevator parties" is that the operative will be there to make sure that the folks riding the elevator are not just riding it up and down without letting others get on, as well as stopping folks from jumping in the elevators which is one way to get an elevator stuck for hours. The signs will be printed signs. The Hyatt knows this is happening. We have been working with them to try and find a good solution to the problems with the elevators for some time now. This will only be happening at the Hyatt. However, we cannot use stanchions or roping in this area to block anything off. I will be talking with Smokey as well to check on a few items with the elevators and folks with medical needs. Remember, if you have a medical need, please go visit ADA Compliance and they will be able to make your convention experience that much better! I hope this has helped. Please, if you have any more questions or comments just let us know!!
  16. New elevator policy for this year!

    Hey folks! IRT Department Head here... Just wanted to let you guys know a little bit about what IRT will be doing with the elevators. - We will have operatives inside the elevators. They will be in charge of regulating the number of people in the elevator and making sure the fire code in each is followed. Please, if the operative asks you to wait for the next elevator, do as they request. - The operatives will also be making sure that people are not riding up to go down or riding down to go up. Once reaching the top floor they will be asking everyone to get off the elevator, and once reaching the lowest level they will be asking everyone to exit. - They will also be making sure that "elevator parties" do not occur. These types of things tend to get the elevators stuck. - While we cannot set up formal lines (stanchions are not allowed in this location) we will have signs posted as to the entrance and exits on the Lobby Level. The entrance will be through the opening coming into the elevators nearest the glass doors to the upper dome. A line can be formed in this direction. All other openings from the elevators will be exits. At peak times there will most likely be IRT operatives on the Lobby Level near he elevators. We are asking that everyone using the elevators be respectful of all other patrons and non-patrons. Please help us in making this work! Thanks to everyone in advance.
  17. Use of a fog machine

    Hello TFC, After looking at this thread we have determined that the question about this is not one for IRT. Since it will be a photoshoot it falls under a different department. You need to contact Brianna Carter at gatherings@ACen.org This event can be coordinated properly through her. Thanks though for the heads up. Its always good for IRT to know what's going on. Mika
  18. 2011 Weapons/Props policy

    Just the friendly IRT DH here to let you know that the verbiage says "approximately your height", so you will be just peachy! ~Mika
  19. Costume Handlers

    Hello Anime Central cosplayers! We have received numerous requests about handlers and larger costumes. In the past we have allowed these on a case by case basis as long as they checked in with us and received Dept. Head approval. If you have a large costume, or a costume with reduced visibility (helmet, furry head, etc.) you may come to the IRT Headquarters and request DH approval. You will be required to have handlers at all times while wearing the costume. IRT will determine the number of handlers needed (usually a minimum of 2). We reserve the right to restrict times and locations for the costume to be worn. Like I said, we have allowed this in years past, it was just not publicized very well. Please let us (the IRT DH's Mika, Knight and Viper) know if you have any questions about this either here or via our e-mail at irt@ACen.org. Please feel free to discuss this further on this thread. Thanks bunches and see you at con! Mika IRT DH
  20. Concert And Dance Rules Cheat Sheet

    Not to totally burst a bubble, but you are half correct. Bags are not allowed in the concerts. Bags are allowed in the masquerade. The rule about the concerts is above in the first posting of this thread. Any more questions, just let us know. Thanks! Mika IRT DH
  21. Costume Handlers

    If you are wearing a large costume or a costume with reduced visibility, on convention property you will be required to have the number of handlers that have been told to you at all times wearing the costume. Like my first post said, IRT will have the right to restrict times and places for costumes on a case by case basis... does anyone else remember the Optimus Prime last year? If you are freakin huge like that, we may tell you that you can only set up outside (it wasn't really a moving costume...) Dr. hallucination, All you have to do it come to the IRT Headquarters and request handler approval for a large or low visibility costume at the prop check table. They will probably come get me or one of our other DH's Knight or Viper. Thanks for the questions guys! Mika IRT DH
  22. Hey all, just wanted to make a clarification to all asking about the 6 inch rule. There have been a lot of questions about tail and such as I have seen. The rule this year is what we are calling the 6 inch "squishy" rule. If your costume sticks out but is compressible to 6 inches and you can show us that it is, you can come to the IRT Headquarters to have IRT approve it. This means, you can have a long tail, you just have to be able to keep it close to your body when walking around. I use this as my example, because i saw so many questions about tails. For costumes that are not going to fit into this rule, there is a new post about to be posted (please give me a few minutes to write it). Thanks for all the great questions and see you at con! Mika IRT DH
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