Count ourselves lucky that New England is in another Super Bowl. Most other areas of the country are envious. For all Patriots fans at UNH — and those of you who are Eagles fans — Sunday night’s game promises to be a tough match-up of two strong teams. We hope that you all enjoy the game and, win or lose, you celebrate responsibly. This is your university and your town. The nation’s eyes will be on New England. As one of the region’s leading universities, we have a chance to demonstrate our character and our judgment.
"Take care of your campus and your town, and take care of each other."
Have a great time Sunday night, but celebrate safely. Choices have consequences and neither one of us can insulate any of you from the consequences of bad choices. Sometimes those consequences can threaten everything. During last year’s Super Bowl celebration, 15 UNH students ended up with their individual pictures on the front page of newspapers and on television screens. Don’t allow yourself to be in a similar situation this Sunday night. Watch the game, have fun and be safe. There will be police cameras in use for your safety. Be mindful of your choices. Be safe, take care of your campus and your town, and take care of each other.
And whatever the outcome, please participate in the UNH Blood Drive in the Granite State Room in the MUB next week. The Red Cross reports that reserves are low across the nation due to the clustering of sizable natural disasters in parts of the country over the past year. Wildcats serve, and Wildcats give all that they can. The Red Cross is coming to our campus next week because they know Wildcat generosity runs deep. Here’s your charge: Fill those reserves. The nation needs you.
We’ll see you Sunday after the game.
With best wishes,
Paul H. Dean
Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Risk Management
and UNH Chief of Police
John T. Kirkpatrick
Senior Vice Provost for Student Life
and Dean of Students