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UW campus newspaper calls out student scalpers

MADISON (WAOW) -- There's euphoria over the Badgers' Rose Bowl berth, but there's also outrage over UW students scalping tickets.

A newspaper went so far as to name some of the students who listed inflated price Rose Bowl tickets for sale on-line. UW student tickets for the Rose Bowl soldout Sunday night in 20 minutes. However, as Tony Galli from our sister station WKOW reports, when student scalpers immediately tried to turn tickets into profits, the student-run Badger Herald turned scalpers into targets.

The Badger Herald identified more than three dozen student ticket scalpers as "The Worst People on Campus" in an editorial intended to blast the practice of profiting from possession of Rose Bowl tickets from the UW's limited allotment.

Fifty-eight hundred tickets made available Sunday night online for student season ticket holders were sold in twenty minutes. In its editorial, The Badger Herald said some students almost immediately turned around and listed tickets for sale on Facebook and other places for as much as $400.

"Truly, there is a special place in Hell for people who buy Rose Bowl tickets with the sole intention of profiting from them," stated the editorial.

One of the identified student ticket scalpers is engineering student Jake Shedivy, of Prairie Du Chien.

Shedivy defended his right to sell tickets for what the marketplace would bear, and said students profiting from ticket reselling happens in connection with many UW games in different sports.

Shedivy said some students went to great lengths to secure bowl tickets online.

"Going to the university does not entitle you to have a ticket to everything you want."

In an online post to the comments section of the Badger Herald, Shedivy's mother, Kimberly Mara objected to the newspaper's publication of the names and defended her son's scalping. 

"Although it would be a dream come true, he cannot afford the trip to the Rosebowl, BUT he IS using his profit to pay his (and his girlfriend's) expenses to go to South Carolina to work for Habitat for Humanity over Christmas break."

Badger Herald editor-in-chief Kevin Bargness said newspaper staff considered the issue of students scalping hard-to-get Rose Bowl tickets important enough to highlight and include a sampling of scalper names.

"It's something people care a lot about. It seems to have really struck a chord with the campus community. (Scalping) Badger fan to Badger fan, that's not right."

Bargness regretted any harassment student ticket scalpers received as a result of names being published. The editorial included a call for readers to "ridicule the ever-loving (expletive) out of the above people."

"It really just shows what (newspaper's) intention is,"   Shedivy said.

Shedivy said online ticket sellers should have been contacted by the Badger Herald before names were published.

Bargness said he received dozens of e-mails in connection to the names being published, with approximately two thirds of the responses supportive of the newspaper's stance.

"Calling the people out is good," UW student Nate Raiche said.

"I think it's unprofessional,"  UW student Caryn Thor said.

But Thor added she passed on the chance to scalp her two, student Rose Bowl tickets.

Thor said she's opposed to the practice of turning around tickets for a profit when so many students who would like to go the game cannot afford inflated ticket prices.

"I think it's sad because it's probably just people trying to make a quick buck."

The Rose Bowl ticket's face value is $145.

Another student ticket scalper listed by the Badger Herald, senior Eric Ballecer, said he was offered $600 for a ticket, but decided instead to sell it to a friend who failed to acquire tickets during Sunday night's sale.

"Money or my friends: I'd feel terrible if my friend wasn't able to go to the game."


The Badger Herald, a UW campus newspaper is stirring up controversy over listing the names of students who sold their bowl tickets.

In the Opinion section, titled "The Worst People on Campus" the newspaper published a list of students who got the few available tickets for the Rose Bowl game to resell them online, typically at a higher price than they paid.

The article, published Sunday night, states, "The Herald hereby declares that the below students are the worst people on campus."

The article also states, "Truly, there is a special place in Hell for people who buy Rose Bowl tickets with the sole intention of profiting from them. It is entirely unfair to those who actually love this football team and were counting on a cheap face value ticket in order to make the trip to Pasadena an economic reality."

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