Tonight we have our first home football game of the season. Wake plays the Green Wave of Tulane at 7 pm at BB&T Field. If you have not already discovered the nifty new webcams we have online on our Resources page (at bottom), there is one for BB&T Field, and you can check out the weather there. Bad news, looks like it will be rainy today. Good news, I suspect our students and fans will show up in force despite the weather.
You may be wondering about the weather, with Hermine churning out in the Atlantic. The five day forecast is online, plus I want you to know that we have an Emergency Manager on staff, and he is on top of all these things. We also have a great emergency alert process called Wake Alert, and an emergency preparedness site called Wake Ready. Both sites are worth a look when you have time.
Back to tonight’s game. Let’s talk for a moment about attire. There are a few camps in terms of what students consider appropriate football and tailgate wear – and it’s been this way since my student days (and probably long before then even). One camp is the dressy camp – dresses or sundresses for the ladies, khakis and a button down for men, maybe even a preppy bow tie. Another camp is ‘wear whatever makes you comfortable’ camp, whether that is shorts and a t-shirt (WF especially). We also have the Screamin Demons, who all sit in a block together and have official shirts. At the end of the day there is no right or wrong way to dress, just what feels right to you. And students should honor that in themselves and others.
Also, for students of legal drinking age, tailgating with alcohol is no problem. For students under 21, they should know that local city Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) tends to go to the tailgates (as well as off campus parties) and they will be looking for underage drinkers. Parents and families still have a lot of influence over their students’ behaviors, particularly in regard to drinking. Christy Buchanan, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advising, shared a copy of her remarks from an Orientation session on drinking and high risk behaviors, which is worth a read.
Finally, a couple of program notes. The Intercultural Center sent me an email the other day about some events taking place in the next couple of weeks. They are noted below, and I hope your students go to some of them. Also, we have an Events calendar full of other activities. I can’t do justice to all the activities that take place on campus, but I try to highlight a few here and there when I can.