With Georgetown’s population hovering at 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the Georgetown Program Board’s task of finding an artist for the annual spring concert with universal university appeal is a difficult one. Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has been announced as the main act for this year’s event.
The announcement made earlier this week by the GPB has received a lukewarm response — especially considering the artist was not in the original pool of acts in the poll GPB conducted last semester. Rather than wistfully looking at the alternative acts that the group could have booked, Georgetown students should focus on the opportunity the concert presents to let loose and enjoy a highlight of the academic year. The spring concert has become a Georgetown tradition, and while the music is the primary reason for generating student attendance, it also promotes a sense of community on campus, while further cultivating on-campus social life.
With limited resources and other roadblocks, it is understandable that GPB can only accommodate one big act per year. However, with smaller acts and multiple concerts in an academic year, GPB could propagate the more communal aspect of such an event for the Georgetown community. Having a regular concert in the fall semester — which was put on for the first time in 2010 but has not been organized since then — could add to campus culture.
GPB has produced a solid selection for this year’s show. April’s spring concert is an opportunity to ring in the warm weather and celebrate the coming conclusion of another successful semester.