As we kick off Homecoming Week, you can feel the excitement in the air as we get ready to come together and celebrate our school spirit and everything that makes a Marquette education unique. Based on your thoughtful feedback, this year’s celebration is more inclusive than ever before. There are multiple opportunities to engage with one another, such as donating a non-perishable item to Stuff the Truck, attending the first-ever Marquette Yard Show, competing in the bed races, cheering on your fellow students at the MU Spotlight talent show, or running in the Blue and Gold Color Run. I’ll be at a number of these events and hope to see you there as well. A complete schedule is available online.
While you’re celebrating, please keep the safety and well-being of your fellow students and yourself top-of-mind. Don’t walk alone at night. Stick to familiar paths and well-lit streets, report suspicious activities and use the LIMOS and Campus Safety Walking Escorts. While the majority of our students make good decisions regarding alcohol use and many choose not to drink at all, high-risk alcohol consumption is always a concern. If you are of legal drinking age and choose to include alcohol as part of your celebrations, be mindful of your consumption, don’t leave your drink unattended and don’t accept a drink from someone you do not know. Marquette does have a Good Samaritan Policy because we expect that students will, indeed, care for their peers first and foremost in medical emergency situations. The university also has a number of resources available if you find a community member in need of help.
A big part of what makes Marquette so special is the care we show for each other and our campus community. Each of us has a role in creating the kind of campus environment we can all be proud of, both inside and outside the classroom. That means treating everyone with dignity and respect, and intervening if you see a situation where someone’s dignity is not being respected. Remember: compassion is always the best choice.
Enjoy the celebrations, take care of each other and make us proud.
Dr. Xavier Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs