Derwent JCRC members leaked the link to the highly-anticipated Winter Formal 30 minutes early in order to secure tickets for themselves before general release. Screenshots of a post in a Facebook group for the JCRC were posted anonymously to the “Spotted Derwent” Facebook group, showing a member of the committee announcing that the JCRC will receive early access to the tickets, which traditionally sell out in under an hour, and jokingly asking the committee to buy them and another member a drink as repayment for the early access. It is unknown if this early access has been offered in previous years.
The link, however, was not exclusively for Derwent JCRC members as it was available to access by any student who had the link without any verification that they were on Derwent’s committee. The only posting of the link came through the private JCRC Facebook group at 9pm before the general release at 9:16 pm according to the “Spotted Derwent” post (nearly a quarter of an hour earlier than expected). This resulted in the tickets for the formal selling out at 9:34 pm on Monday 5 November, just four minutes after the time when the tickets were slated to go on sale. Consequently, many who had been waiting for the tickets to go live at the allocated time missed out on the showpiece event of the Derwent College calendar.
The reward for the JCRC comes after a lacklustre year for events in which the committee had to cancel their “Fantas-D” event after only selling a handful of tickets.
The anonymous whistleblower criticised the “clique that the JCR[C] is”, calling their lack of response “embarrassing”. The current Derwent JCRC is largely made up of current or former members of Derwent’s Netball, Football and Rugby teams.
Nouse spoke to a Derwent student about the sell-out. They said: “Everyone knows that the Derwent Committee, after consistently underdelivering, keep rewarding themselves.
“It’s an open secret that they do this with tickets and nobody’s surprised that it’s come out.
“If they spent more time making the events good, rather than figuring out how to get themselves in for free, maybe they’d have sold enough to not have to cancel them.”
The issue is likely now to be one that will be explored in the upcoming college elections, the voting for which is currently open.
Derwent JCRC posted a statement on their Facebook page in response to the message: “To ensure that the Derwent Junior Common Room Committee can all be present at the Derwent Junior Common Room Winter Formal, they are allowed early access to the tickets. On this occasion, due to an administrative error, there was no cap on the number of tickets available – this meant that anyone already waiting to buy a ticket was able to do so 15-20 minutes before the advertised release time.”