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Next Pachanga to be held in Spring of 2013

By Sara Dejene
On March 27, 2012

After questions regarding Pachanga's fate this semester, International Club President Andrea Verdeja '14 and Vice President Michael Mutluoglu '14 said in an interview with the Justice that Pachanga will not take place this semester.

The reason, according to Verdeja and Mutluoglu, is a lack of venue. Pachanga was originally booked to take place in Levin Ballroom, but the International Club members raised concerns about whether Levin's capacity was enough for anticipated attendance. Verdeja said that in the past, tickets for Pachanga have sold out within a few days and attendance would probably exceed Levin's capacity, of about 700 people.

For this reason, Verdeja and Mutluoglu said that they attempted to schedule the event at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center, which would be able to hold more people, but all spaces were booked a year in advance. Unless the coordinators of one event agreed to let the International Club use the space instead of them, the club would have to wait until next spring semester to hold Pachanga.

In any case, Verdeja said that Pachanga will be held every spring semester, while Rumba will be held every fall semester.

In addition, Verdeja and Mutluoglu said that the administration was completely supportive of holding Pachanga again.

"The event itself has never been a bad event," said Associate Dean of Student Life Jamele Adams in an interview with the Justice. "It's an incredible event. That's been [the University's] stance since the beginning."

Pachanga, which was previously held every semester, was changed to an annual event, according to Director of the Intercultural Center Monique Gnanaratnam in a February 2011 interview with the Justice, following the Oct. 23, 2010 Pachanga, which resulted in overcrowding and hospitalization of multiple attendees, who were treated for intoxication. The decision to hold Pachanga every spring was made in order to avoid "having a duplication of the negative things that surround the event happening," according to Adams in a February 2011 interview with the Justice.

Adams said in the recent interview that the University will also work with the International Club to ensure that a location of reasonable size is secured, working with health education resources to educate students on alcohol consumption and addressing the issue of fraudulent ticket sales, which contributed to overcrowding at the last Pachanga.

In addition, Verdeja said that Pachanga will eventually be self-sustainable, meaning that although the first Pachanga event will most likely be funded by the Finance Board, all subsequent Pachangas will be funded by their own ticket sales.

F-Board had allocated $10,000 to the International Club in the event that Pachanga would be held this semester, according to F-Board Chair Gabriel Weingrod-Nemzow '12 in a February interview with the Justice. According to Weingrod-Nemzow in a recent interview, that money will be returned to the F-Board for reallocation in the future.

Mutluoglu said that the next Pachanga will be an "opportunity to show that Brandeis can step it up," and Verdeja commented that their goal is to make Pachanga something "the University can be proud of."

"I think the community will love [Pachanga]," said Adams. "I think it will be successful." 

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