This is in response to the column “Ring Dance Draws Crowd, restricted by fire marshal” (CT, Mar. 30), in which the class of 2011 president went on record to say that the Ring Dance was a “total success.” Perhaps it indeed was a success in Commonwealth Ballroom. Unfortunately, less than 20 percent of the junior class got to experience it.
I am a senior this year, and I was appalled at how poorly Ring Dance was handled. Many juniors were denied access to the dance, while several freshmen and sophomores got their chance at a tradition that didn’t concern them yet. Because two women in our party had earlier obligations, our group, which included a member of the junior class, arrived just after 9 p.m. We waited patiently in line until 10:45 p.m., at which time we were told to go home. Not once did a member of the class of 2011 SGA team or Ring Dance Committee notify us as to why we were in this line.
And yet, when the time came to be rejected admittance, a member of that very committee went person to person, escorted by the tallest police officer in the crew. I overheard him say that he wished Virginia Tech had notified people of this sooner. I’m sorry, but that was your responsibility. The Ring Committee knew well in advance about this strict measure, as seen by the newly imposed wristbands. How difficult would it have been to simply post a notification in the Collegiate Times? Or maybe a Facebook event that spelled out the new restrictions? Sadly, no one took responsibility, and hundreds of juniors left Squires Student Center alienated from a tradition that was for them. The class of 2011 deserves an apology, not the passing of blame.
Math education major