Editorial: Fix the academic event calender, students will come

Justine Schulz

Accuracy is a vital component in our society for us to be able to succeed. As should be the case with academic calendars. It is crucial to provide information that is clear, concise and accurate.

Students, as much as possible, should not encounter the nuisance of missing campus events online at www.sdcity.edu due to inaccurate times, incomplete information or merely because it was never posted. All campus events should be covered on the calendar, to the best of the program’s abilities, so students can be aware of the happenings on campus that match their interests and are given the chance to attend these events.

To avoid confusion, previous time slots should be omitted from the calendar and updated times and locations should be posted in replacement of what was originally posted.

More information should be provided for events, as well. An example of this is a post about “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta” on the World Cultures program’s calendar. The post does not have enough information for a student who does not know anything about John Valdez. Mentioning that he is an award-winning filmmaker does not really determine if the event is a showing of his film or of him speaking about it either. The event should be specified and should include a brief summary of what it is about.

Consistency should be observed in an academic calendar so events are equally advertised. It is understandable that events differ but enough information should be provided for students, staff and faculty to be able to recognize what kind of event is posted.

City Times would like to address this issue because the editors and staff of the student newspaper use the academic calendar as much as other students. Not only that, but one of the main resources the editors and staff have is the online calendar; we are able to find more events to write about because we check the calendar. If the information provided to us is inaccurate, it is likely to conflict with schedules. Giving us the right information allows us and the rest of the student body to at least have an idea of what to expect of the event.

It should be in the program’s best interest to give its students the most up-to-date information and clear clarifications for events. If the reason behind these problems are numerous schools’ software program, updating and fixing it should be one of the priorities.