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Extra Innings | Manches supplémentaires

bill_rolande__brucie.jpgWe may have been premature in our writing last week how everyone at the Dinner Dance had a great time. It now appears that some of the later classes (’87; ’92, 97 & 02, in particular) may have had reasons to be disappointed with the quality & quantity of the meal; prices at the bar, and a few other things.

The organizing committee treats this as a serious problem.

We’re not sure what the answer is to make everything perfect; however, we do know how to improve things. One of the underlying problems over the past few years is trying to combine the Dinner / Dance and the Old Brigade Dinner along side each other. Despite the best efforts of the chef and the organizing committee, in our view, holding the OBD in the SAM and the Dinner / Dance in the Field House using the same chef and pretty well the same menu doesn’t work out.

The need to improve: venue; menu; bar prices; layout; music; is being looked at and reviewed with the intention of “getting it right”. Nothing is sacrosanct – even moving one or both events to a different venue. Updates will be forthcoming over the next few weeks / months.

For those who were disappointed this year, send us your suggestions for improvements. [email protected]

For those who are having Reunions next year, rest assured we’re working on making it better. Please show your support to the college and the Club by planning to attend either the Old Brigade Dinner or the Dinner Dance sponsored by the staff at Panet House. With your help we can turn the corner and make the Saturday night function the centerpiece of Reunion Weekend.

S125 Bill & S134 Rolande Oliver

Sports Summary

Congratulations to the rugby team and their crushing 31 – 0 victory over Trent University last Friday. The win pushes their season OUA record at the .500 mark at two wins and two losses. Great effort!

Rugby

A reminder to RMC hockey fans – that the varsity Paladins will be in the Toronto area this weekend. Friday night for a 7PM start at York University. Saturday opening face-off time is scheduled for 1:30 PM at UOIT (Oshawa).

Click here for the OUA Men’s Hockey Preview

The hockey Paladins opened the regular season at home last week with a single game against UWO and fell by a score of 5-2. They were 1 and 4 in preseason exhibition play.

The Men’s soccer team earned a tie against Ryerson (1-1) in the first game of a weekend doubleheader in Toronto. On Sunday they fell 3-0 to the East Division second place U of T Blues.

Men’s Soccer
The injury riddled women’s team were no match for the two Toronto area based teams as they lost 4-1 & 5-0 to Ryerson and U of T respectively.

Women’s Soccer
We received a number of timely articles and photos this week from a number of different sources. We thank all those who contributed to this Issue 22.

3 Comments

  • Chris Haines

    October 11, 2007 at 11:43 am

    A simple and sincere apology for the dinner would have gone a lot further than saying “The organizing committee treats this as a serious problem”. Drop the ego and tell us all that you and the club are sorry. Believe me, it would go a lot further in getting people to actually attend this thing again. Despite all the complaing we did at the event and the subsequent emails we sent, no one has yet to say sorry.

  • Anonymous

    October 11, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    I hope that the club got some of the $80.If not, we sure got ripped off by the caterer. I don’t think the caterer understands what a special group of people we are.Perhaps some may see that as elitist ,what have you,but one only has to see what both of you and the staff of Panet House does for RMC the rest of us to understand the quality of people we are.I was so excited about coming to the weekend and your frequent publications are part of that. So keep up the good work and I am sure it is not a thankless job.

  • Peter Dawe

    October 16, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    To all who attended the dinners 29 September last,

    Chris asked for an apology and he is right. I am hereby apologizing for the generally poor experience many of you had at the rather expensive dinners Saturday evening during Reunion Weekend. It is small consolation to hear that we actually put a lot of effort into trying to make the evening a pleasant affair and, of course, the meal is a large part of that. Without going into detail there were some show stoppers that needed to be overcome at the last minute that, combined with a poor substitute for a key player at the facility, spelled disaster. Could I personally have done bette? Probably, but I do not have enough hours in the day to see to all the details and do the myriad of things demanded of me during this weekend. So I delegated and followed up to the degree possible. I obviously didn’t do it well enough. I regret very much that so many had a bad experience and it is particularly regrettable because I must wait five years to make it up to you, if you will allow me to. The sad part is that we had, generally speaking, been improving gradually over the last few years. So, what to do in the future?

    Realizing the enormity of the task and the locale, I have directed a change of venue for the Old Brigade dinner to the Senior Staff Mess at the College where at least the kitchen is on site. The capacity there is 250 which means that the dinner is close to maxing out and the future will probably mean coming up with another solution; they had 243 this year. That leaves taking care of the other 450-600 folks who might attend a function that evening. I am asking for comments on a complete change in undertaking. I propose doing away with the structured dinner dance and replacing it with a more casual but useful bar and BBQ operation. The notion is to have an enhanced activity afternoon with the beer tent operating from 1500 or so. The idea is that folks would adjourn there for a legal pint after their games, be joined by others for casual but good food from 1700 and stay around to dance or simply chat into the evening. Most will probably be gone by 2200. Yes, we can get a DJ for those wishing to dance or simply to provide a better ambiance. The locale for this might well be the fieldhouse but I will also look at Yeo Hall with the Cadet Mess and a beer tent outside. Details to follow but you get the drift. Your comments, polite or otherwise, are welcome.

    Once again, my most sincere apologies for a shitty evening. And we barely broke even on the undertaking!!

    Best regards,

    Peter