First-year students in Alcuin College have complained about the way freshers’ tickets were handled after they did not receive wristbands for the tickets they had paid for
The wristbands for Alcuin’s Fresher’s Fortnight went missing just as the new students started to arrive this year, provoking questions over whether the tickets were worth the £25 most had paid to gain entry into the college’s events that week.
Along with the red and black Alcuin t-shirts, the wristbands were used to gain free entry into all of the fortnight’s events, both on campus and in the city.
However, without a wristband, the students who had paid were asked to wear their t-shirts for three consecutive nights to allow them entry into events such as Prehistorical.
Annie, one of the students who bought a ticket and received a t-shirt said: “The fact that we had to wear the t-shirts meant that we weren’t able to wear our fancy dress that we had bought for the fortnight.”
“It seems a little unfair that we were made to pay £25 for something other people got for free
Alcuin first year
The package containing the wristbands was signed for by one of the porters on Wednesday 5th October, just in time for the first year students to arrive.
However, the box was mislaid in the porter’s lodge and was never found. The JCRC searched for the wristbands until it was decided that the t-shirts would have to suffice as proof of purchase.
Nightclubs in the city centre such as Tokyo and Salvation were informed and students were still granted free entry into them on the allocated nights, providing they wore the t-shirts.
One Alcuin first-year student was delighted at the mix-up, commenting: “I never bought a ticket and the only thing I missed out on was a t-shirt.”
“It seems a little unfair that we were made to pay £25 for something other people got for free.” commented Emily, another first-year Alcuin College student, “and none of the other colleges had this problem.”
Lizzie Bartholomew, Alcuin College Chair, made it clear that the committee “worked tirelessly to put on this years’ Freshers’ Fortnight” and reiterated that the wristbands are still beneficial to have, “we will continue to run as many free nights as possible for the foreseeable future.”
The money made from the sales was spent on providing free food, Q jumps, free entry into night clubs and additional events such as the free ghost walk which over 100 people attended.
Despite the lack of wristbands, Alcuin College’s freshers’ week went ahead as planned.
The wristbands were ordered again by the Alcuin JCRC and a second batch arrived on Thursday for Alcuin students.
The last collection available for students and STYCs to get the wristbands will be today at 6pm.
These wristbands will continue to give students discounted entry into York nightclubs on certain events listed on the Alcuin College website and Facebook group.
Alcuin’s Fresher’s events included: two bar crawls into town; a sports night at Motey’s bar in the centre of York; a caveman themed party and a ‘back to school’ themed quiz presented by RAG.
Article amended after requested changes