Shumensko’s Company Seminar on Campus
Balkanski Academic Center was crowded today. The reason for that were the 130 guests that the beer company “Shumensko” brought in Andrey Delchev Auditorium for a company seminar.
According to one of the representatives from the company, who refused to give her name, the crowd was gathered for a meeting of the company’s trade department. She explained that AUBG’s campus was chosen for the venue because it was close to their production unit, and it was a good place for an event like that. They needed a hall for a presentation and a place for samples of their products, which in this case was the canteen. However, the representative said they were instructed that no alcohol or bottles of alcohol were to be served or even exposed in front of the students; therefore, they put up only balloons. Later, another representative from “Shumensko” told a reporter from AUBG Daily that President Easton was not happy with the balloons they put up since they had the company name on them.
Unofficial interviews suggest that “Shumensko” booked the auditorium and the canteen for the event and paid 400 leva for that. Additionally, it seems that the administration was not aware of the scope of the promotional materials that were going to be put up.
Earlier this year student clubs and organizations met several restrictions regarding the promotion of parties and events which include the serving of alcohol.The new restrictions limit the promotion of some parties, off-campus events, and all references to alcohol. The measure was a result from a commitment by the Board of Trustees [BoT], President Easton and the senior management to increase civility on campus. More on the story can be read in an article on the topic by AUBG Daily.
So far, an official comment regarding the events today was made by Boban Markovic, Student Representative to the BoT:
“The question of inconsistency in applying “no alcohol promotion” policy on campus and the fact that one beer company had a major campaign today on campus will be raised at the Administrative Council meeting on 13th of February if not before.”
AUBG Daily will seek official comments on the matter by AUBG’s administration in a follow up story that is to be published soon.