As I walk around campus these days, it sure is good to feel the liveliness of our campus community once again. I am grateful for the renewed energy that comes from being together.
I hope you enjoyed time to relax over the Fall Break. No doubt it’s satisfying for you to have midterms in the rearview mirror.
With Halloween weekend ahead, I want to share some reminders that spotlight having fun and making good choices to be safe.
Check out the trio of events planned/supported by the Office of Engagement and Inclusion:
Thursday, Oct. 28: Late Night Halloween Trivia
Annex Court, 9 p.m.
Gather your boo crew for this special edition of team trivia. It’s free to play, and you’ll have the chance to win Marquette Cash prizes. Sign up starts at 8:45 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29: Boo Fest
Marquette Place, 7:30 p.m.
Word has it that a haunting good time is in store.
Saturday, Oct. 30: Halloween Headphone Disco
AMU Ballroom, 9 p.m.
This will be a thriller of an event with the chance to do your best Monster Mash.
Saturday, Oct. 30: Booyinihan
AMU 227, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Hosted by Bayanihan Student Organization, a social event to make friends, take pictures and become more involved with the organization. Enjoy Halloween festivities with a photo backdrop, games, costumes and music.
As always, remember that you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have access-related needs.
Lounge/study area: Maybe you’re just on the hunt for a comfortable place to be. Remember that the lounge/study area of the Office of Engagement and Inclusion in AMU Room 111 is available Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Be mindful of creativity with a conscience. If you plan to wear a costume, think about how you’re representing yourself. Someone’s culture is not a costume. What would someone you respect think if they saw your costume? And be practical – avoid costumes that make it difficult to see, move or walk.
One tradition I heard about that made me smile is the act of “booing.” It’s doing a random act of kindness for a friend or neighbor – like paying for the cup of coffee of someone behind you in line or leaving a treat at their door without being caught in the act.
Know that Marquette is vigilant about doing everything possible to keep you safe.
Remember to make good choices.
- 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.
- Be mindful of making choices that protect our community’s sense of safety and security, especially for those who choose to abstain.
Be considerate of your well-being and of others.
- MUPD 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.
Take advantage of resources.
- 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 availableif a community member needs help.
Be mindful of COVID-19 precautions.
Thank you for continuing to make COVID-19 precautions a habit to safeguard the health and well-being of our Marquette community. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to:
- Avoid unnecessary travel
- Get vaccinated
- Wear a face mask when indoors
- Wash your hands
- Respect social distancing – indoors and outdoors
- Stay home if you are sick
- Get tested if you have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status
Thank you for continuing to Be The Difference. We Are Marquette!
Dr. Xavier A. Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs