With a new ticketing system, Galileo’s administration was hoping to have a solution to students handling money during food fests. However, with most students not purchasing tickets ahead of time for the annual Oktoberfest on October 19, things did not turn out quite as expected.
“Going into food fest, we had high hopes for how it would go. However, we realized that not enough students had planned ahead and that there were too many students who wanted to buy tickets the day of food fest. ASB and admin will brainstorm on how to improve future food fests so that they go more smoothly,” says ASB advisor Ms. Kwan.
Students agree that there needs to be a better system in place. “The ticket system overall was a messy and terrible experience for all parties involved– the consumers, the officers having to manage it. Not only did it create a hectic and long wait time on the actual food fest event, but it also decreased the number of possible sales sellers could have gotten,” said Jessica L., co-President of the Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Club.
The ASB tried selling tickets the week of food fest, however, not many people bought tickets during the week, causing a long line of hungry students during the event waiting in line to buy tickets.
“I think in theory the ticket system is a good idea because it’s easier for clubs to sell so that they don’t have to deal with change and it’s more simple because it’s like trading. In the implementation, it was a failure because no one got their tickets until the day of food fest which was super frustrating to ASB because were tried advertising the whole week and went from homeroom to homeroom and no one wanted to buy it. And on the day of food fest people decided to get it all on the day of food fest and became pushy and rude when it took a long time.” says ASB Recording Secretary, Cindy H.
During the middle of food fest, after the administration witnessed the long line, they decided to transition back to accepting cash. Many students were annoyed at the whole process. “The tickets were unnecessary, it caused a really long line that could have been easily avoided. Otherwise, food fest was fun”, Sophomore, Randy M. says.
The ticketing system was enforced by the administration to try and increase accountability and security to those who are in charge of handling money. Tickets were sold for 50 cents at the ASB store and were supposed to be used to buy food at the food fest. Up until a week after each food fest, students are able to come back to the ASB store to get reimbursed for unused tickets.
When the new method was advertised, most students were outraged by the extra step of obtaining the tickets, then using it buy food, “The day of food fest, many people were confused and upset including clubs that were selling. Unfortunately, a lot of clubs and teams were not able to make what they were expecting due to the ticket system,” says Jessica, adding, “though admin wanted to prevent the stealing of money, there were other ways to approach this problem, such as making the adult club sponsors manage the money, or supervise to ensure there is no money stolen.”