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Events could be planned better

Max Tate

Max Tate

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A pattern of poorly organized campus events is becoming more visible as the academic year progresses.

This pattern started with Homecoming and continues with an unsuccessful attempt at setting a Guinness World Record.

In our opinion, the voting procedure for Homecoming king and queen was not well publicized, either.

Some students were unsure about the voting procedure while others were uncertain of the outcome.

Much like Homecoming, information on the world record attempt was not well disseminated.

At first, the record to be set was for the largest number of people in a corn maze, which was later changed to the largest electronically lit logo.

Then, the event’s scheduled date was unclear and it was said the event date would be decided on a short notice.

A campuswide email was sent Oct. 24 stating that a few logistical obstacles had prevented Pitt-Johnstown’s attempt to set a world record. The obstacles were not explained.

We worry that this pattern of poor organization might continue to curse Pitt-Johnstown’s weekend events if they, too, are not well-organized and thought out.

We are not sure that weekend events held on campus would be so appealing that students would change their plans to vacate Pitt-Johnstown for other destinations, often home.

But it is difficult for some students to travel home during the weekend. So we understand the potential impact that such events could have on those students’ lives.

However, keeping more students on campus during the weekend would also change Pitt-Johnstown’s culture of going away for the weekend.

Pitt-Johnstown students tend to go to other campuses, either to Penn State or Indiana University of Pennsylvania, to enjoy their weekend—sometimes by getting inebriated and partying.

We see events on Pitt-Johnstown during the weekend as a potentially enriching part of a student’s life.

We hope that others realize this potential and that weekend events, if well-organized in a way that would  keep more students on campus, would bring an end to the vacated weekend campus.

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