On April 2, the Seniors’ Council held a ceremonial meeting of seniors to commemorate their upcoming graduation. Seniors could choose between two types of tickets, photo and general admission, and could purchase one ticket for their participation.
In the email to News-LetterSenior Class President Nathan Mudrak explained that 300 registrations with 25 guaranteed entries have been confirmed. There were 26 people on the waiting list and all entrants were accepted. He shared that 251 guests registered through Hopkins groups, but estimated attendance at around 275 because some guests did not register.
The wise man was interested in the number of seniors who registered for the event. Given the number of students who were interested in attending, the council decided to negotiate the original contract with the venue.
“It allowed us to allow all seniors who registered during the first hour to have a confirmed ticket, and at the same time to allow us to accept all entrants on the waiting list,” he wrote. “Then we could open walks even for those members of the 2022 class who graduated in December and therefore couldn’t pre-register with the Hopkins groups.”
In the email to News-LetterSenior Mai Hoang discussed the limits for registering for the event.
“That’s a little silly.” [the council] “organized a senior event that the entire senior class cannot fit in, especially since our class has never had the opportunity to spend time together in this position because of COVID,” she wrote.
Like Hoang, graduate student Daniel Wang, a member of the 2022 class, he expressed his frustration with the capacity to register for the event by e-mail to News-Letter. He explained that although he understood that the venue could have its own capacity, the limit prevented much of the senior class from attending.
Wang noted that this is the last event before the graduation of seniors and the first since the first year due to COVID-19.
“It’s a real shame considering that this is the last big event for us before graduation and I know many would like to come,” he wrote. “Personally, I think we could have chosen a place with a higher capacity or created two gala evenings for two-half seniors so that more people could come and the seniors could choose who they wanted.”
Wang acknowledged that COVID-19 was still widespread, and given the need for vaccinations and booster doses, another option could be to require a mask to allow more seniors to participate.
Mudrak noted that COVID-19 precautionary measures were taken into account in organizing the event and locating capacity for participants.
“Although we pushed capacity as much as possible (we had to send a formal proposal to the university to waive the capacity limit of 50 people), we certainly did not want to pack people,” he wrote.
Mudrak explained how the council had a limited budget allocated by the Student Association (SGA), which could only pay as much as agreed in the contract with the venue. He explained that if they accepted anyone over the ceiling without further negotiations, they would be in danger of breaking the treaty.
In the email to News-Letter, Senior Ellie Buscemi explained that while she thought it was unfortunate that not everyone who wanted to go could get to the bottom, she understood why overcrowding would be a risky decision.
“It was honestly well planned, good time,” she wrote. “I think a lot of people were initially upset at maximum capacity, but then the SGA talked to the venue (according to the email they sent) and managed to raise it, indicating that the SGA responded to students’ concerns.”
Hoang believes that the event was not broadcast well until several days before the event. She explained that if students were notified, more people could have a clear schedule for attending the event.
Wang also noted that there seems to be an imbalance between the food provided at the event and the drinks that seniors had the opportunity to buy.
“While free meals are always nice, we’ve been told to have dinner in advance, and a ‘Met Gala’ event isn’t really good for eating a lot of food,” he wrote. “Overall, I would personally prefer to get rid of food completely and just invest in free drinks, because that would make the event a lot more fun and entertaining.”
Mudrak stressed that students have the opportunity to take advantage of the feedback mechanisms put in place by the SGA and are welcome to weekly general body meetings on Tuesday at 7pm at Hodson 311, where they can get an immediate response to their feedback.
“For me personally, there is an anonymous feedback form at the bottom of most classroom emails and I am accessible on all major social media platforms as well as via email so students can contact me directly,” he wrote.