Black and White: Why October?
October 18, 2011 • 597 views
Filed under Opinions
As you walked down the hallway mid-September there was one complaint that could be heard above all others—”Black and White bids are this week?!”
Black and White is a time to dance, get ready with all of your friends before the dance and raise money for Sacred Heart. However, all of this won’t happen if Black and White is too early in the school year for girls to find dates–let alone find dates they actually want to take.
Since Black and White is so early in the school year, many girls find themselves stuck in the situation of having to take a friend or not going at all instead of taking a boy that they are excited to spend a night with.
“It’s always awkward when taking a guy I don’t know so I’m just taking a girlfriend because it will be more fun,” said Nicole Capobianco, junior.
Some Pres girls are just deciding not to go at all because of the extra back-to-school stress and not having a guy that they really want to take.
“I feel like taking just a guy friend would be awkward because it’s more of a couple’s dance—not a place to take friends. I also don’t want to pay $80 to just take a guy friend,” said Cynthia Hara, junior.
In September most Pres girls are just getting used to the new school year and are meeting new guys at all the events such as mixers and football games that are just starting to happen when the bids go on sale. This year the first Bellarmine football game was the Friday after bids went on sale which was one of the first events to meet new boys. Since the Black and White bids go on sale mid-September, it puts an extra stress on girls at the beginning of the school year to try to find a date out of the guys that they just met.
All girls from every class level are stressed out about trying to find a date, but freshmen have an even harder time finding a date because they are new to everything and don’t know as many guys. My freshman year I had a date that I barely knew, but then decided not to go with him because I was just getting used to everything and didn’t want to take a guy that I just met.
A simple solution to this problem is that Black and White should be switched with the winter mixer so we have more time to meet guys and not be as stressed out about finding a date. This will create a more stress free environment at Pres because we will have more time to prepare for Black and White. It will come as less of a surprise at the beginning of the school year if it is moved later to when the winter mixer is. This is the best time for Black and White to be moved to because not many other things are happening during this time of year to conflict with the date.
If Presentation moves Black and White to later in the school year, we will be able to raise more money for Sacred Heart because more girls will attend and therefore more cans will be donated.
“If [Black and White] is a little later and the tickets are sold later than it would be easier to find a date,” said sophomore, Lindsey Allen.
By December most of the major projects are done and college apps are also finished so moving Black and White later would help make the night more fun for everyone. Pres girls can relax instead of being stressed and exhausted from tests, projects and the SAT.
The main goal of Black and White is to raise as much money as we can to help Sacred Heart, so Presentation should be doing everything it can do to get more girls to come to this night full of corsages, dresses and extravagant make-up. This will be accomplished by simply moving the event a little later than when it is originally planned to be on October 22.