This Monday I announced at the Senate meeting that this year’s Dandelion Day has been scheduled for Friday, April 27 instead of the customary Saturday date. College administration consulted with a group of students and staff in making that decision, which ultimately aims to help minimize risk, increase inclusiveness, and “return Dandelion Day to its roots,” as it was originally held on weekdays several decades ago. While there was disagreement on the decision, we shared the goal of planning a fun and safe event for the entire River Campus undergraduate population. This day has a history of excessive alcohol consumption followed by negative consequences. For all student leaders, consider this my call to action: let’s make bad decisions unpopular at UR and show our peers how to have fun, responsibly.
The more exciting news is that there have been additional pledges of financial support, and I can confidently say that this will be the biggest Dandelion Day ever! The Campus Activities Board will be taking the lead on planning the day as always, but with more activities, there is also increased opportunity for collaboration. Any organization interested in co-sponsoring, hosting an event, or performing should contact CAB President Palida Noor, and anybody who would like to contribute event ideas should attend CAB’s open forum this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room. I also recognize that scheduling remains a challenge. While CAB will be reviewing all University calendars to minimize conflicts, I recommend that individuals concerned about a scheduled event on Friday inform Palida. As always I welcome questions and comments.
I hope everybody is looking forward to a fun end-of-semester celebration as I am!