I hope you had a good Fall Break and had some time to relax after midterms. It’s hard to believe, but we are now halfway through the semester!
Next week, many of you will participate in Halloween activities, and while this is a great time to be with friends and wear fun costumes, please be mindful of your costume choices. Make sure they do not obscure your visibility or inhibit your mobility. Also think about how you are representing yourself and others — someone else’s culture is not a costume. Simply put, be respectful.
Marquette is doing everything possible to keep you safe. Underage drinking and abuse or high-risk use of alcohol and other drugs is counter to Marquette’s values of respect for self, others, property and authority, and often disrupts our ability to treat one another with dignity and respect. This impacts our community’s sense of safety and security, especially for those who choose to abstain.
Here are some important safety reminders during Halloween and always:
- The Marquette University Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies will have increased patrols over the weekend.
- We expect students to be respectful and responsible on campus and off. Laws concerning underage drinking, public intoxication, open containers, illegal substances and public disturbance will be enforced.
- Download and use MUPD’s safety app, EagleEye, which features one-click location services and direct connection to campus police.
- Take LIMOs, use the Blue Light phones and travel in groups.
- Look out for one another.
- Many of you have gone through bystander intervention and Red Watch Band training — put this training to use if necessary.
- The university adheres to its Good Samaritan Policy, and we expect students to uphold the community expectations expressed in the Student Conduct Code — respect for self and for others — and to comply with municipal laws.
- Marquette also has resources available if a community member needs help.
I encourage you to take advantage of several alcohol-free Halloween-themed activities on campus this week and next week:
- Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 9 p.m. | BINGO at the Annex
- Thursday, Oct. 24, at 9 p.m. | Pop Quiz at the Annex
- Friday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m. | Halloween Party at Marquette Place
- Saturday, Oct. 26, at 9 p.m. | Sailesh – The Hypnotist at the Varsity Theatre
- Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. | RHA’s “HALL-oween”
- Thursday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. | Murder Mystery Party in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
Día de los Muertos events at the CEI (AMU 121):
- Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Oct. 25, at noon | “Nichos y Nachos”
- Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. | “Café con Leche: Día de los Muertos”
- Friday, Oct. 25, at noon | “Let’s talk about the altar de muertos”
The Center of Engagement and Inclusion is also a great resource for students. Located in AMU 111, the center hosts events almost every week and can be used as a space to study, hang out or socialize—not just this week but any time throughout the semester.
Whether or not you choose to participate in Halloween festivities, I hope you all have fun, stay safe and look out for one another.
Dr. Xavier A. Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs