Creation of a unified campus calendar would solve problems

When there’s a campus event that you might want to go to, are you guaranteed to know about it?

No. You might find yourself in the dark because Guilford College does not effectively keep its students up-to-date on campus happenings.

It would be easy for a student to go through a semester here almost completely cut off from campus activities and news simply because they did not know where to find information. The sprawl of inconsistently shared news across the Buzz, the Beacon, social media, emails, flyers around campus, word of mouth and any other sources causes myriad problems for the campus community.

No one source is comprehensive, and students do not have time to keep up with information spread across so many different places. This causes underpublicizing of many campus initiatives, especially smaller student-run events, and leads to low turnout at events of all kinds.

The lack of a single source for news and events also increases the probability of redundant efforts rather than collaboration between groups with similar goals.

In not providing a unified online feed for news and upcoming campus events, the College is failing its students. Easily shared information among students and community members would create a stronger sense of community, something sorely needed in times of budget problems and major change on campus.

A unified feed would also benefit Guilford by encouraging more discussions of important issues, such as sexual assault and racism, through spreading accurate and unified information.

Higher event attendance, along with easily available news, would help reduce the spread of misinformation regarding administration and other issues and better encourage dialogue between students, faculty, staff and community members. We would also know more about past events, since, at present, the College’s only consistent historical source is The Guilfordian.

Though The Guilfordian seeks to thoroughly report on all of the happenings at Guilford, we are unable to do so completely. Having a centralized source for activities and events would be helpful not only for current students involved on campus and in advertising undercovered student initiatives but also for prospective students, alumni and community members.

Unifying the school is impossible if a significant portion of students are unaware of the major events happening on campus.