In the weeks leading up to last year’s Georgetown Day, coordinators of the event found themselves frantically recruiting volunteers, booking vendors and working with the administration in a last-minute attempt to salvage the holiday that many consider a highlight of the academic year.
The end result, while still a respectable iteration of the Hilltop tradition, was a scaled-back Georgetown Day lacking in many of the favorite features from past years.
Students can expect Georgetown Day 2013 to be a return to form now that the celebration’s planning has been transferred from an ad hoc committee to the Georgetown Program Board.
The Program Board, which plans the spring concert each year, is well-equipped to handle large-scale events and contract vendors. Arrangements for the next Georgetown Day have already begun to fall into place. Coordinators set a tentative timeline in November and have so far proceeded on-schedule.
Now that the organization of Georgetown Day has been consolidated under an established on-campus group, GPB is ultimately accountable for the event’s success or failure — which should provide further incentive to plan effectively. GPB’s ties to the Georgetown University Student Association and the Student Activities Commission will allow for better communication with administrators and increased funding.
While GUSA, SAC and GPB should be commended for their willingness to take on the planning effort, the involvement of too many student groups could prove unwieldy. The day itself is still a source of contention, with administrators asking coordinators to rebrand the celebration as a community-oriented event. With too many chefs in the kitchen, difficult decisions are more likely to lead to gridlock. GPB is the right group to handle Georgetown Day, but adding structure to the planning process should not be accompanied by increased bureaucracy.
Georgetown Day is a time to celebrate the successful completion of a semester. While the neighbors may not tolerate fireworks on the front lawn, at least we now have less reason to expect fireworks during the event’s planning.