Plenty of the other complaints in here have been addressed or debated (but let me know if I missed any of them--I'm adding them all to my post-mortem list anyway), so I'll start off here.
- More Security at Hilton and Marriott
These are things you should bring up to the respective hotels themselves. It's their job and their best interest to make sure everyone staying at their venues feels safe. At the end of the day, all we can do is tell them the same thing you're telling us now--often after the fact. Our volunteer Security staff's authority (what amount they have) generally stops whenever you leave the actual convention premises themselves--the BCC, and, as of late, the Hilton ballroom. By all means, if you notice a disturbance, especially outside any of the buildings, please do not hesitate to contact the local law enforcement, either.
- Tavern Purlesque's policies of Re-Entries
This is something I can and will forward to our Security department. They probably know more about it than I do, especially with regards to convenience vs. liability. The latter concern is not to be understated.
- Fashion Show and Gala relocated
I mentioned this in another thread: this was meant to reduce the cost of our A/V rental. The amount of equipment we rented for Sun was supposed to be just sufficient for holding the Gala, but apparently there were some issues with that (which I'm glad you're voicing--often times we don't have time to visit the scene ourselves). We'll be working to ensure that the Gala is certainly better next year, be that with more equipment, better use of space, or otherwise.
Both of these fall under our Special Events, which we've already had some input on
Indeed not. Extenuating circumstances came into play, that (as I recall) had something to do with our lack of volunteers and some uncertainty surrounding our equipment (e.g., the Renegade Stage). For what it's worth, the Art Show was nearly cancelled this year, too, until a friend of mine personally took it upon himself to see that it was done. All I can say is that we'll have to devote some more resources to getting it done this upcoming year.
Let me know if I didn't cover anything adequately, or for any other concerns! We put this convention on for all of you