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The subcommittee convened to review Rose Lemberg’s report of harassment by F.J. Bergmann has finished its work and issued a report of its findings and recommendations to the Concom. The Concom has voted to approve the subcommittee’s work and agreed to facilitate the recommendations. Once the Concom had concluded its vote, the subcommittee’s report and recommendations were sent to both Rose Lemberg and F.J. Bergmann for review and comment.

To start, we, the Concom and SF3, extend our sincerest apologies – first and foremost to Rose Lemberg, who has endured much due to our bureaucratic lapses. We also apologize to both F.J. Bergmann and, especially, the WisCon community that collectively as an organization we have taken so long to bring this matter to a conclusion.

Subcommittee findings and recommendations

The subcommittee considers F.J. Bergmann’s poem “Meet and Marry a Gorgeous Russian Queen” to be both anti-immigrant and potentially sexist. Given the timing of the poem’s genesis and publication, however, the subcommittee was unable to characterize this particular incident – the reading of the poem during the “Moment of Change” open mic at WisCon 36 – as harassment. The subcommittee’s research has documented that the poem was written long before the conflicts between Bergmann and Lemberg began.

However, although the subcommittee could not characterize this incident as harassment, they did find that Bergmann has a pattern of caustic behavior toward anyone she disagrees with – including Rose Lemberg. This has led to a series of recommendations, which the Concom has approved and will carry out.

Rose Lemberg’s primary request has been that F.J. Bergmann leave her alone and not attend any of her events, should Lemberg attend WisCon in the future. The subcommittee recommends that this request be honored and facilitated by SF3, and SF3 and the Concom fully agree. The subcommittee has conferred with the Concom to determine the specifics of how this will work at WisCon, and relayed those specifics to both parties. Furthermore, the subcommittee recommended, citing Bergmann’s above-mentioned pattern of caustic behavior, that should F.J. Bergmann volunteer at WisCon in the future her volunteer duties will be limited to non-public-facing positions. The Concom has approved this recommendation and will facilitate it by coordinating among all volunteer departments.

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Mar. 25th, 2015 09:54 pm
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urgh dad if you want to set me up for a networking dinner with, as you put it, "the local gentry," let me know beforehand!!! he says "wanna grab a burger after yoga," he means "show up and impress strangers." i mean, i would at least have put on some fucking lipstick and not shown up in my leggings and flannel.

... i did impress the strangers, anyway, so there's that.
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Alexandra Erin
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Let’s face it: WisCon just wouldn’t be WisCon without the Consuite. It also wouldn’t be as affordable for those dining on a budget, or as accessible for those who can’t readily leave the building, or as fun and friendly for everyone. WisCon’s unique Consuite does more than just lay out some snacks, it provides hot food and hospitality throughout the convention.

A first-rate Consuite doesn’t just spring into being. We need volunteers to head up the Consuite for WisCon. This year we are looking for a team of people to divide the responsibility, so that everyone involved has a chance to fully enjoy the convention in addition to their duties. They say too many cooks will spoil the broth. We say many hands makes for a great con all around.

Our ideal volunteers for Consuite head have experience in food handling and ServSafe certification, or be willing to complete it — our treat! The ServSafe program is just a simple online course followed by a test. The heads may assist with planning, purchasing and preparing food, supervising Consuite volunteers, ensuring food safety, and the set-up and tear-down of the Consuite.

Traditionally the Consuite has been open Friday, 6 p.m. –
3 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 a.m. , and Monday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., when it closes for good. The Consuite closes during opening ceremonies, the Guest of Honor Speeches, and the award ceremonies. These hours may be changed to meet the availability of our head volunteers.

To help out or request more information about ServSafe certification or other details, please contact WisCon’s Recruitment department at recruitment@wiscon.info.


Also check out the full list of open Concom positions!

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I don't want to talk about basketball

Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:18 pm
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Meme thing from [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash instead:

Comment with the title of one of my fics and a number (or more than one of either) and I'll witter egomanically about:

1) how I came up with the idea
2) something I deleted
3) my favorite bit
4) something I struggled to write
5) what the writing process was like
6) how I thought people would respond
7) how people actually responded
8) something I wish I’d done differently
9) something I think I did right

My fic is here or "The one where..." is fine.

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Chris Wallish
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It’s only nine weeks until WisCon begins.  How in the world did that happen??  If you haven’t made your hotel reservations yet, now’s a great time to think about it.  The hotel information page on our main website can help you out.  Do you have an unneeded Concourse reservation that you’d like to transfer, or are you interested in trying to find a roommate?  The fan-run communities at LiveJournal and Dreamwidth and the WisCon Google Talk group are great places to put those requests.  And if you haven’t yet registered for WisCon itself, log into your wiscon.info account and take care of that with our online registration process.

Bonus features!

We are very, very pleased to announce that we’re able to offer WisCon memberships via the Daisy Khan fund again.  As Lisa announced it in the (above-mentioned) journal communities:

We have just received the news that the anonymous donor who sponsored the Daisy Khan fund in previous years would like to do so again this year. This fund will pay for the membership of any potential WisCon member who is a Muslim or of Arabic descent. To take advantage of the membership fund, send an e-mail to daisykhan@wiscon.info, alerting us that you are planning to attend and we will arrange for a membership to be paid for in your name. Memberships through the Daisy Khan fund are automatic to everyone who qualifies (that is, who is a Muslim or of Arabic descent). We will have enough time to make sure that a person who qualifies can get a paid membership through this grant until May 20, 2015, two days before the official start of the con. After that, if you notify us, we will do our level best, but we will be relying on string, tin cans, and e-mail. So to be really safe, please let us know by May 20.

Extended deadlines!

Gabby, our souvenir book editor, has extended the deadline for sending in your submissions.  If you’d like to earn twenty sweet U.S. dollars and see your essay in print at WisCon, take a gander at Gabby’s CFS and then get in touch!

Deadline:  April 1

The deadline to sign up for both panel programming and author readings has been extended as well.  Last week a commenter asked the Concom if the results of the work of the current subcommittee would be made publicly available before sign-ups for panels and readings closed.  We have been able to shift our schedules to do so — currently we plan to post the public statement on the subcommittee’s work late next week, so we have shifted the deadline for sign-ups until the end of that weekend.

Deadline:  March 29

Programming sign-up [wiscon.info account required]
Readings information (You will also need to log into your wiscon.info account to sign up for readings.)

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Chris Wallish
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The subcommittee convened to consider Rose Lemberg’s report of harassment by F.J. Bergmann has completed its work.  The Concom is currently voting on whether to approve the subcommittee’s recommendations.  We plan to post a public statement next week on the outcome of the subcommittee’s work and the Concom’s vote.

Last week in a blog comment someone asked if it would be possible for Programming Sign-Ups to remain open until after the public announcement about the subcommittee’s recommendations.  We hope to be able to do so!  We’re currently looking at our schedules to see what adjustments we can make.  We should know in a few days if we’ll be able to extend the Sign-Up deadline.

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