Illinois Tech Student Community,
We would like to clarify some concerns that have been brought up by students. We understand your frustration with not being able to buy tickets to the events we program or tickets being sold out so fast. We assure you we try our best to make the process of purchasing tickets as fair as possible. All of our ticket sales are made through the University Tickets system. Union Board, like other organizations on campus, submit a “To Sell” form on HawkLink. From there, the Office of Campus Life (OCL) will approve the form, and the staff will make our event visible on University Tickets. To our understanding, tickets are available at the time we request, which Union Board has established as 1 p.m. so students have a fair chance of obtaining a ticket.
In regards to our previous and most recent ticket sales for Six Flags, we will review the list of people who might have been able to purchase more than one ticket and refund their money back for the extra ticket(s) they have purchased. We only allow Illinois Tech students to purchase one ticket, allowing more students to get a chance to purchase tickets. We understand that there was a dropdown menu making it possible to purchase more than one Six Flags ticket, but this was a system error. We will be working with OCL and Illinois Tech University Tickets to investigate this incident further. Our goal for our off-campus events is to get people to explore the city and the amazing events in Chicago. We are very proud of our work and excited to see the student body interest in our events.
However, these past weeks we have been getting negative feedback on the Illinois Tech Student Community (ITSC) Facebook page that we felt was necessary to address. One of the comments we received was that Union Board members get early access or are the only people who get to purchase the tickets. Union Board’s executive board or members do not get early access or free tickets. Union Board does reserve one to two tickets for Union Board exec members who go to the event to make sure everything goes smoothly and to make sure no one is trying to sell their ticket to make a profit. This does not mean that they get a free ticket, they have to pay for it and supervise at the event. Our members also go through University Tickets to purchase their own ticket. Our ticket sales are usually during our general body meeting which in some occasions causes them to not be able to purchase a ticket. In regards to comments asking to see the list of students who purchased a ticket, we are not allowed to reveal this as it would be an invasion of privacy. We will review the list on our side and investigate if there is a script. OCL has reached out to University Tickets to investigate this. We hope for a response soon.
Like others, we are students dedicating our time to try to organize these events. We are proud of all our events. We appreciate all the students that speak out about issues dealing with our events. For future events, Union Board will be announcing the amount of tickets that are being sold.
If you would like to join us at our general body meeting they are Thursday at 1 p.m. in RE 258 and our office is located in MTCC Room 220. We welcome everyone and anyone to come by and speak with us about their concerns in person. For any more questions or concerns, feel free to email any of the Union Board Exec Members.
We value your opinion and input and only wish to make Illinois Tech a more enjoyable campus.
The Union Board executive board