UNH Student Leaders Bring
Message of Responsible Celebrations to Peers in Residence Hall and
Contact: Kim Billings
UNH Media Relations
October 9, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. - In anticipation of this weekend's Homecoming and
the Saturday night Red Sox game against the Yankees, student leaders
at the University of New Hampshire are talking to students one-on-one
in all residence halls and off campus apartments about celebrating
The students, some of whom were involved in last month's student
summit on responsible celebrations are “building on the spirit
of that experience,” says Mark Rubinstein, vice president
for student and academic services. He added many of them helped
to disperse Monday night's post-baseball game gathering on Main
Street and were struck by the impression they made on peers.
“One consistent message we heard throughout the student summit
was that students will listen to students,” Rubinstein said.
“And when they tried that Monday night, it worked.”
Wednesday, UNH and town officials met to review preparations for
this coming weekend, as well as the rest of the baseball play-off
season. “We all want a collaborative effort going into the
weekend,” said UNH President Ann Weaver Hart. “We will
continue to work in close partnership with town officials to ensure
that the campus and Durham community is safe. The safety of our
students and residents of Durham is paramount.”
However, Hart added, “We will hold our students accountable
for their actions. We will not tolerate the kind of behavior we
witnessed in April, and we will work closely with Durham and UNH
police departments to see that swift and strong action is taken.
“While we all understand it will take time and multifaceted
efforts to shift the student culture here and at other colleges
and universities, we must also address the problem by sanctioning
those who insist on illegal behavior in our community,” Hart
The student leaders this week are going door to door and telling
others about the homecoming events that are scheduled, which include
everything from athletic events and art gallery exhibitions to jazz
concerts and a road race. In addition, they are reviewing with students
the UNH code of conduct - the kinds of behaviors that could end
up in arrests as well as being reported to the judicial programs
office. If found responsible for behavior, such as failure to disperse
or intentional obstruction of traffic, students could face sanctions
up to and including suspension from the university.
There also will be a full-page ad in Friday's student newspaper,
The New Hampshire, about the illegal activities that have serious
consequences for a student's academic career at the university.
The President's Cabinet, academic deans and faculty leaders letters
write in an op-ed for tomorrow's student paper, “While the
purpose for a gathering might be fun and excitement, the consequences
when crowds become too tightly packed or too large are potentially
deadly, and we are trying to ensure that, in the midst of the excitement
that this season brings, we not lose sight of our collective responsibility
to look out for the safety and well being of all members of the
Meanwhile, Ernie Gale, executive director of the Alumni Association,
has sent an email to all alumni/ae returning to campus for Homecoming
this weekend, asking for their cooperation in celebrating responsibly.
For more information on homecoming activities, go to www.unh.edu
for a complete schedule.