I have an Important question for all of you: I am in a rather odd situation right now. Being student head of Theatre Tech, (with a rather unreliable teacher advisor) I have a large group of young techies to maintain. Due to some complications and misunderstandings last year, these techies ran 2 entire shows, entirely untrained. The shows came out terrible (but I was unable to interdict due to several other problems involving their parents and the Administration of the school.) This year, these techies act as if they have all the necessary skills to be in the tech crew. Unfortunately, so does the teacher advisor. THe teacher advisor knows nothing about tech (He thinks that feedback is a result of an overloaded amp, and doesnt even know what the word EQ means.......). My problem is that I cannot get the message across that these young techies DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO RUN SHOWS! Its absolutely frustrating. No-one seems to acknowledge this fact, because no-one knows anything about our sound system or about theatre tech. I am essentially the caretaker of the entire system, because I know more about it than any other teacher or student. The young techies feedback constantly, give tinny and low-quality sound, use no common sense in terms of mixing (blasing music and effects over singers...) and dont even know what everything does. They know the bare essentials concerning sound. How do I go about convincing people, that these kids need TRAINING? I mean, their methods are downright dangerous at times! (I once found a mic cable sitting on the floor, that was plugged into a live amplifier that powers our main speakers.) I am seemingly powerless, but yet I am the only one that seems to know what they are doing wrong! ARRRRG!