Talking can settle conflicts

By Staff Writer
January 30, 2003

I would like to address an article that was written in the Dec. 5 issue of Loquitur written by Ryan Norris addressing the scheduling ]of the performance of “Boy Gets Girl” and the Mr. And Mrs. Cabrini Pageant. Norris addressed several issues that he felt needed to be addressed. However, it seems he did not research the issues adequately beforehand. As the assistant director of “Boy Gets Girl” I feel it necessary to respond to some of these issues with corrected information so that I may reflect a true and positive image of the theater, the sophomore class, and the meaning of the word community.

In the article, Norris addressed the conflict of having both events planned on the same night in the same building. He goes on to say “I feel that no one was flexible in this situation and there was a lack of negotiation.” I agree with that statement completely; Ryan never once tried to contact me, the assistant director or Neal Newman the director of the play about this conflict. Norris in turn gave neither of us any suggestions as to how to fix this conflict. The end result was the pageant was moved to the cafeteria.

I do understand this caused a conflict with advertising and I’m sorry for the inconvience but this was a compromise made to help make both events successful and both events were successful and this is where I feel the word community needs to be addressed. In a community different members (be it the theater department and sophomore class board) need to be able to compromise when mistakes happen. This was a mistake that occurred. The sophomore class had reserved the atrium for that night first. The theater department then reserved the theater for the same night and under prior arrangements had the understanding that when the theater is reserved the atrium may still be used but without amplification because amplification bleeds into the theater.

When Mr. Newman reserved this day he said, ” If there are any conflicts please let me know and appropriate arrangements will be made.” Unfortunately, the conflict was not noticed until shortly before opening night and a compromise for both events to occur was the only option given, had other ideas been suggested they would have been taken into account.

With both events successful, this solution proved to work with success. I am therefore also confused as to why any complaints were made; compromise may not be the optimum choice and may not be perfect but compromise is necessary in a community to make everyone happy. The play “Boy Gets Girl” was a great success and we are happy to be part of the Cabrini community, a community that can work together to find working solutions.

On behalf of Neal Newman and myself I would also like to thank Jason Bozzone for being so patient and working to solve the scheduling conflict that has been obtrusive to so many organizations’ events. He has done an excellent job.

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