Everything you have posted is why I thought the Cosplay Runway/Contest was weird!!!! I couldn't put my finger on it but you explained everything that I was thinking and couldn't figure out how to write in words! (words are evil)
I didn't know they had an online schedule. I remember looking at the pdf version online but that didn't have times or locations on it either, just the descriptions of each panel. Besides there a lots of people who don't have access to the internet while at a con. Not everyone is going to think or want to get online while at a hotel (which you have to pay for internet) to find the schedule that the con should have printed out in the program.