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September 29th, 2016


arisialj
01:00 pm - Arisia Bowling Social

All Arisia staff, interested parties, and families are invited to join us for bowling on Sunday October 16th starting at 12:30 pm to 3 pm at Lanes and Games in Cambridge.

Please RSVP to staffservices@arisia.org so we can order enough food & drink

Let us know if you plan to bowl or just hang out!

-Arisia Staff Services
(Diane, Mike, & Terry)


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September 15th, 2016


arisialj
02:09 am - The Westin room blocks sold out in under 6 hours. Overflow hotel still has room.

Wow, you all were quick! The Westin room blocks sold out in under 6 hours from the time reservations went live.

If you were unable to get a room at The Westin, there are still rooms available at The Aloft, our overflow hotel located about a block down D street from The Westin. Note that this is considerably closer to the Westin than last year's overflow hotel.

If you would like to get put on the waitlist for a room at The Westin, you can do so by filling out our Special Request form located here:http://www.arisia.org/HotelSpecialRequests. Making a reservation at the overflow hotel does not hurt your chances of getting into The Westin off the waitlist, and since the new deposit policy does not apply to the overflow hotel (see our Deposit Policy FAQ here:http://www.arisia.org/HotelDepositFAQ), there is no penalty for cancelling your reservation should you get assigned a room at The Westin.

Check out the Hotel page on our website http://www.arisia.org/hotel for more information on the waitlist and to make a reservation at The Aloft for any questions or concerns please email innkeeper@arisia.org


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September 14th, 2016


arisialj
12:30 am - Hotel Reservations Open!

Hotel room reservations are now open! Please go here to reserve a room or for more information: http://www.arisia.org/hotel



EDIT: At this time the Westin is completely sold out, however here is still plenty of availability in the Aloft

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August 6th, 2016


arisialj
10:57 am - Web Developer Position
Arisia 2017 is looking for volunteers for the following staff position:
Web Developer(s)
We need one or more web developers to help with Zambia, the open source scheduling software used by Arisia and several other cons. The work is all pre-con and can be as much as you like. In particular, we need developers willing and able to work in PHP. Other technologies we use include MySQL, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Less, and XSLT. If interested, send messages to staffservices@arisia.org

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July 20th, 2016


ron_newman
08:25 am - RIP Stephanie Clarkson, thespian here on LJ
I am sorry to report that long-time Arisia participant Stephanie Clarkson, who used the LJ handle thespian, died yesterday morning at Mount Auburn Hospital after a long illness. She was loved by many, and she died much, much too young.

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June 23rd, 2016


nchanter
02:01 pm - REMINDER: OPEN Brainstorming Session 2-4pm this Sunday!
Join members of Arisia Programming Staff for an in-person brainstorming session on Sunday, June 26th, from 2-4 PM at The Westin Boston Waterfront in the Otis room (lobby level near Starbucks). We’ll discuss what makes a good panel, other types of programming items (like meetups and workshops), and come up with fresh programming items for Arisia 2017.

If you're free Sunday afternoon, but can't physically make the meeting, you can join us via GoToMeeting at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/581116821 If you have an idea you want to pass onto us right now, or sometime down the road, you can fill out our programming idea form at http://www.arisia.org/brainstorm All ideas submitted to us prior to August 1st will be considered for Arisia 2017!

Thanks!

Kris "nchanter" Snyder
Arisia 2017 Programming Division Head

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June 13th, 2016


nchanter
12:44 pm
This weekend's violence was a political demand for a world where hate and fear of "other" are the norm. We will never accept such a narrow future. The coming days will be trying for the queer, Latinx, and Muslim communities, and especially for the many people who live in their intersections. Stay safe, and know that you'll always be welcome at Arisia.

Please consider donating to relief efforts run by the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida: https://www.gofundme.com/29bubytq

-Kris "nchanter" Snyder
On behalf of Arisia

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June 7th, 2016


nchanter
05:09 pm - Arisia Programming Brainstorming Session
Join members of Arisia Programming Staff for an in-person brainstorming session on Sunday, June 26th, from 2-4 PM at The Westin Boston Waterfront in the Otis room (lobby level near Starbucks). We’ll discuss what makes a good panel, other types of programming items (like meetups and workshops), and come up with fresh programming items for Arisia 2017.

If you are unable to make this in-person session, or have a fully-formed idea you want to pass onto us right now, you can fill out our programming idea form at http://www.arisia.org/brainstorm All ideas submitted to us prior to August 1st will be considered for Arisia 2017!

Those interested in participating as panelists next January may sign up via our prospective panelist form at http://www.arisia.org/ProgramParticipantSignup Make sure to sign up prior to August 15th to be considered for Arisia 2017. Everyone who signs up will hear back about their acceptance status by early September.

-Kris "nchanter" Snyder
Arisia 2017 Programming Division Head

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May 23rd, 2016


arisialj
12:32 am - Arisia Social Game Night
All Arisia staff, interested parties, and families are invited to join us for a Game Night on June 11, starting at 6:30pm at Pandemonium in Cambridge, MA until 10pm.

There will be plenty of demo games available at Pandemonium but, please bring your favorite 30-60 minute games with you and share the fun if you want. /http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/

Please RSVP to staffservices@arisia.org by June 6 so we can order enough food and drink.  Even if you do not RSVP, please join us Saturday night.
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May 10th, 2016


arisialj
05:15 pm - Upcoming Arisia Comms Town Hall
We want to hear YOUR opinions about what we should be communicating. What do you want to know about the convention, when do you want to know it, and how do you want to be notified?
We're hosting a Communications Town Hall this month to find that out. We'll be discussing Arisia's website, apps, print publications, and social media presence. Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you're on staff or are excited to go to Arisia for the first time.
The town hall will take place between noon and 2 PM on Sunday, May 22nd, in MIT Building 66 (25 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142), Room 168. Can't make it physically? We'll be broadcasting the town hall and taking your questions over GoToMeeting. [More info and link shortly]
We hope to see you there!

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