Last year, the Diplomatic Ball and Relay for Life occurred on the same night, frustrating the participants and the orchestrators of both events.
What many had hoped was an anomaly is becoming an unfortunate trend, illustrating the need for more centralized communication between student groups.
Again, Dip Ball has been scheduled for a time that conflicts with another major Georgetown event: Georgetown Programming Board’s annual spring concert. Both events will be held April 4, drawing from the same pool of likely participants. Similarly, both Georgetown Cabaret and Battle of the Voices will be held Feb. 28, much to the chagrin of their attendees — mainly students involved in performing arts groups.
There are too many unused weekends in the academic year for coordination failures to continue undermining student groups’ offerings. Dip Ball, Relay for Life and other programming events are not only enriching, but they also represent tremendous investments of students’ time and resources, often requiring months of planning and thousands of dollars. It is unfortunate that some of these events will fizzle because of clerical oversight.
A simple registry of student events with one central calendar would solve this problem. A centralized system would help student groups plan around each other and ensure maximum attendance for each event. Whether added to the university’s main events page or included on Hoyalink, such a directory would solve a perennial problem for both student attendees and event planners.
Students work hard to put on programming to benefit both their causes and their peers. Making sure that simple scheduling errors don’t inhibit the potential of their efforts ought to be a top priority.