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Pros: a genuinely nice guy; cares about students; responds to criticism positively; made full use of commission. Cons: Considering who he is, some people expected more.
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A steadily improving but unspectacular year

VP Events

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An ideal vp Events attends to the recreational lives of students on campus and the community. Arranging and promoting Bermuda Shorts Day, concerts, performances and other activities during the academic year is a large part of the portfolio. Other less event-related aspects include Safewalk and relations with residence students and other on-campus groups.

The first semester was a tough one for Students' Union Vice-President Events Richard Bergen. Like a small-town girl moving to the big city, it took him a little while to lose the coveralls and pigtails-eight months to be exact.

Those first eight months saw a great deal of criticism directed Bergen's way for his lack of new ideas and over-reliance on his commission, much of which was brought to light in a mid-term Gauntlet review. Fortunately for those students on campus who were willing to be entertained, Bergen pulled his socks up and addressed these critiques-which is more than you can say about others in the su.

This past semester saw a newer Bergen.

This was a man with at least two original and innovative ideas-the University of Calgary Campus Scavenger Hunt and the Residence Garage Sale. Coming from the depths of Bergen's crafty mind, these events have garnered a good deal of interest and should have silenced his critics.

They didn't, however, as some council members still feel he could have done more.

Another critique some on the council had was Bergen gave his commission too much leeway in pursuing their own interests. Some saw this as laziness on his behalf, but when you look at the results, his leniency has brought us events like the Beat Lounge and a well-trained vp Events-elect, so it can't be all bad. This just reinforces Bergen's insistence that he tried to be there for anyone who came his way throughout the year, a truly commendable goal.

On a less innovative but perhaps more tangible note, Bergen finally initiated the elusive and controversial science-link mural. This project has been passed from Events portfolio to Events portfolio for five years, so everyone is surely grateful for his efforts.

When you boil Bergen's term as vp Events down to its fundamentals, you'll probably find that his legacy lies in the way he interacted with his colleagues and the students. While it's not something that is easily printed on a resume, it has certainly made this tumultuous year a little easier to bear.

Is his legacy of the same caliber as some past vp Events? Probably not, but at least he didn't collapse the building.

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Talk about the nice guy finishing lastÖfrankly this review is bullshit.

Krafty (Richard Bergan), in my opinion, has been by far the strongest Executive this year. He was able to balance the line between effectiveness, professionalism, and teamwork more then any of the others. His commission style might have been loose, but it was the most productive commission by far, so I say good job! Maybe there werenít a thousand new events this year, but under Krafty there were record numbers at those events that did happen. He was approachable, friendly, resourceful, and on the ball. As a commissioner, if you wanted something done you went to Krafty, all the other executives were to busy fighting with themselves and guarding their portfolioís jealously. Seriously, behind any event this year with even a spark of ingenuity was Krafty: Waffles Against Tuition, Operation Barricade, Rez Movie night, Rez garage sale, Golf-cart prize patrol, BSD T-shirts were all made possible because Krafty put the resources behind them. Krafty saw that the SU (life) is not all about getting you agenda done by rolling over everyone in your way, but by working with people in a meaningful and respectful way. In discussing this last year the incoming executive (all five of us)unanimously agreed that if there is one outgoing executive that we can all respect for his work, dedication, and leadership style, its Krafty.

The legacy that Krafty leaves behind as he moves after 6 years of service to this school through uncountable amounts volunteer work from the Residence Students Association to Dr. Seuss in the Park, is exceptional. He has touched more people on this campus then the rest of council combined, and will be remembered long after everyone else is forgotten. Iím just sorry the Gauntlet failed to see and recognize him for this.

So Bryan, what part of the review about Krafty's performance this year, as VP Events do you disagree with?

Yes, Bryan, or are you a gutless fuck the rest of them?

Sucking up, though flattering, is sick and unproductive. Maybe it is a sign of how things are to come...

With such a buffet of choices, it's so difficult to characterize him (Bryan).

The sucking part is a no-brainer if you've followed his activities with the Liberals on campus these couple of years. No consistency whatsoever.

Gutless is evidenced in SLC (when he actually attended this year), when he argues one way and then votes with the majority. As was remarked elsewhere, even his lips could not keep council from metaphorically kicking Jayna in the ass.

However, I am cautious to characterize the entirety of the rest of them as "gutless fuck[s]" as, although most propose silly things, they aren't necessarily gutless (they bravely display their sillyness, and in the odd instance an idea or two, on a weekly if not daily basis), and definately deserve not to be lumped in with Bryan's unique brand of ... compromise.

Some big words from people not willing to use their real names. Particularly ironic that the word gutless came up...

I thought Brett had established who I was already. But here goes anyway:

Depending on who you ask, I'm Rosie, Laura, Lauren, U of A, Gavin, Jen, Demetrios, Glenn, TJ, the French grapefruit character, Krafty, the * rep, the minutes lady, Shuv or Brett.

So there you go.

This is bizarre - I don't think these comments are anywhere near being related to my review. Aren't there forums for these anonymous debates over who said what and acted how to be carried out?

Uhh, why would Bryan need to "suck up" to an outgoing VP Events? Seems like he was being honest about his opinions regarding someone's performance to me...

I'm sorry, but Waffles Against Tuition and Operation Barricade were both ideas spawned by commissioners. Golf Cart Prize patrol was used years ago and is not new. I can't speak to the rest listed by West. Rez events are good but too narrow. That's mostly what he did. Good for Rez kids (Bryan is a rez kid so I understand why he liked Krafty) but what about the rest of us?

Other years created lasting events like Overflow or Cinemania or the Bitter Ball (which dissapeared because of poor performance from past VP Events, God rest its soul), etc. Legacy is a pretty silly word to use to describe a couple rez events and some t-shirts.

Just look at BSD. Even if BSD had been outside, it promised to be nothing out of the ordinary and nothing spectacular. Why? Because of the belief that students will come regardless of what you put on. This is correct, but that doesn't excuse apathy.