YUSU have criticised the organisers of the ‘Carnage’ barcrawl, claiming it is “disrespectful” and unethical and have discouraged University of York students from taking part in the event.
YUSU President Anne-Marie Canning said of the 1,000 person barcrawl: “It’s a welfare issue, it’s a bad way to treat students, and it’s disrespectful to students and the local community.”
Sam Bayley, YUSU Societies and Communications Officer, also attacked the event, claiming that it represented poor value for money and used unethical trading sources. “Their barcrawl seems to be a rip-off. Its £8 for a ticket – we were told today by one of their reps that they pay 20p or 30p a t-shirt because they get them made in Egypt. They aren’t ethical in any way shape or form. They don’t pay anything to the bars because they bars are free to get into anyway and then they end up in Ziggy’s,” he said.
When asked about the working conditions the event’s t-shirts were created in, a student representative working for Carnage said: “Do you think I care about third-world kids? You should see my overdraft.”
The Students’ Union have already clashed with Carnage organisers over the advertising of the event. Earlier this week, Sabbatical Officers prohibited Carnage representatives from advertising on campus or distributing flyers.
The company have ignored this ruling. Canning alleged that a Carnage representative, after being told to stop advertising on campus, retorted: “Do you want to get into a fight? Let’s do it then.”
YUSU Service and Finance Officer Matt Burton claimed that company’s tactics of getting students to enter halls in order to advertise the event represented “a real security issue”.
When contacted by Nouse, Carnage’s national representative declined to comment, or to provide his name. He also threatened this newspaper and YUSU with legal action should articles about the event be published.
Union Officers are believed to be seeking legal advice from the National Union of Students’ advisors.
Burton, who organised the recent YUSU Viking Raid, said: “They are massively overselling the capacity by the club by about double. They have 1000 people trying to get into Ziggy’s which has a capacity of 600.” Burton’s event is in direct competition with Carnage.
YUSU Academic and Welfare Officer Grace Fletcher-Hall alleged that Carnage were breaking University regulations by commissioning students to sell t-shirts on campus. She said: “It is against university regulations to use student accommodation for commercial purposes.” Carnage, which recruits over Facebook, pay students a £1 commission for every t-shirt sold.
Concerns were also raised that the reputation of the student union would be damaged by the event. Burton said: “I don’t think local residents will make a distinction between this barcrawl which is not run by the students union and Viking Raid which is. If the barcrawl is made up of mainly students the backlash is going to be at the University and at the Students’ Union, not at the company.”
The event, which has a ‘Dirty Pornstar Theme’, will run tonight through four York bars and end in Ziggy’s Nightclub.
These events come in the aftermath of the death of Gethin Bevan, a University of Bath student who was found hanged in the early hours of Friday after participating in the Carnage event in the area. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.