In the past, Valentines Day Palm Court Parties have traditionally fallen on New College's alumni appreciation weekend. This year the alumni weekend is from Thursday, February 14th to Sunday, February 17th, which is coincidentally the closest weekend to valentines day. Naturally, the alumni association advertised the day of PCP as Saturday the 16th, as it made the most sense to correspond with the slew of other events already scheduled by the alumni association. In response to this, many alumni have already made travel arrangements to attend both alumni weekend and Rococo PCP.
Recently, it was announced that the day of Rococo PCP would be Saturday, February 9th, which is contrary to what was previously established by the alumni association and by scheduling that occurred during the fall semester. The reason for this proposed change is supposedly due to the "possible increase in security" that may occur due to the inauguration of New College's president Donal O'Shea. Not only does the inauguration occur a day before PCP would have (on the 15th), but prior instances of Valentines PCP have coincided with much larger events in recent history (New College's 50 year anniversary for instance) have been unaffected by purported "influxes of scrutiny".
As a result, many alumni that have already made travel arrangements for alumni weekend will be disappointed that they will have missed Rococo PCP, or have to spend extra money to change their travel plans LESS THAN A MONTH in advance. Part of what makes Valentines Day PCP special is the presence of alumni at the party. Frankly, the justification for the date change does not outweigh the potential inconvenience put onto both current students and New College Alumni. This petition requests that the New College administration reestablish the date of Rococo PCP to Saturday, February 16th so that no student, past or current, is affected by sudden and unwarranted date changes.
Alexander Duff, current New College student