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Equal enforcement of the masquerade rules is the cornerstone of fair competition.

Entry number 40, "The Idolm@ster" has been disqualified from the Anime Los Angeles 2007 masquerade competition for violating the rules, and their award for "Best Choreography" has been revoked.

Rule #1 of the masquerade is "All contestants must be attending members of Anime Los Angeles. If the maker and presenter are different people, both must be attending members. Purchased and rented costumes may not be entered." One of the presenters in the entry was not a member of the convention.

Earlier today, maryssa commented in lionboogy's livejournal that she lied to the masquerade green room staff about having a convention membership when signing in and signing the release forms. We confirmed that the release form, signed at green-room check-in rather than at masquerade registration or the contestant meeting, did not include a badge number.

So much of masquerade operations relies on the honor system. The green-room staff is not convention security. They're present to keep the entrants safe and to help entrants stay calm and ready to go to the stage. The bad weather, leaky roof and failure of the hotel to provide heaters made their job even more difficult. Lying to them is just inexcusable.

I have exchanged messages with lumie and babysnowleopard. They have assured us that this fraud was as big a surprise to them as it was to us.

This information will be referred to next year's masquerade director. Whether or not this situation results in rules or procedures changes is at the discretion of the director.

Entry # 40 Official photograph of Entry # 40, maryssa
confession confession
Screen-capture from livejournal
Transcription: Hahah wow. I didn't even buy a badge and thus I now shove that fact in the face of all staff if this is how it went down. I must have lucked out coming in the side door or something, because no one ever asked for my badge. When we were lining up backstage (IN THE DAMN FREEZING RAIN) i told them my badge was in my room =p


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Jan. 31st, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Dang, I saw her reply earlier and I was like "WTF?" but did not realize it's that Maryssa we know. Dang.
Jan. 31st, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
She's listed on your friendslist...
Jan. 31st, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
No, she's not :-)
Jan. 31st, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
Wow. Dishonest and stupid. Not an attractive combination. Glad to see pee-pee has been duly slapped.
Jan. 31st, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
It does seem to be a genuine case of bad timing, accident, and lack of deceit, but still, it broke the rules, and you gotta do what you gotta do. Not easy.
Jan. 31st, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)

She may not have planned deceit, but I know how long registration was open, and she lied to Zelda and her people.

She also signed the release, including the "I have read and understand..." section.

If she had really wanted to fix this, she could have said something at check-in. I was in and out of green room for the first 45 minutes it was open, and in there the whole time from 7:30 until the last entrants were walked to the stage (that's what I was doing). I had cel numbers for every department head, including registration and treasury, and this could have been dealt with in a moment.
Feb. 1st, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Well no doubt she made the wrong call, but she admitted as such, copped to it, and realizes where she could have corrected it. I don't think there was any malice on her part, just a lapse in forethinking, IMHO.

Either way, you did the right thing, no doubt. Rules are there so everyone is treated fairly. Imagine if someone else found out about it and raised a ruckus because they didn't win? I'd say that would be worse.
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