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Illinois State University continues its long-standing tradition of celebrating this year’s 98th Homecoming celebration: Come One. Come All.

It’s the time of the year the entire campus community looks forward to and which culminates in the annual Saturday football game against Indiana State University.

Homecoming week will start off with Kickoff with President Larry Dietz at the Brown Ball room on Monday followed by events such as the Black Student Union Space Jam on Tuesday, the Homecoming Carnival on Wednesday and the Diversity Advocacy Block Party on Thursday.

For all the new students reading this, ISU’s Homecoming is nothing like the ones you celebrated in high school.

As Redbirds, thousands of students are going to be celebrating the great opportunities ISU offers while also highlighting a moment of unity among the campus community.

Having said that, with school spirit high in the air and students undoubtably feeling the party atmosphere throughout campus, it’s important to remember to be safe no matter where you are or who you are with.

This isn’t just another public service announcement such as those that come from the university.

This comes from students who have experience and who have seen both the good and bad on campus.

Let’s not kid ourselves, all students from freshmen to seniors are going to be drinking and partying, predominantly this weekend of course.

Partying is fun, but don’t overdo it, don’t binge drink yourself into a coma and be mindful everywhere you go.

The last thing you want to do is wake up in the hospital from alcohol poisoning; that’s both socially and personally embarrassing.

That kid who’s going to be puking over on the grass: make sure he’s okay or at least has a friend there with him to get him home safe.

That girl who’s alone and appears to be “blacked” walking aimlessly: make sure her friends know where she is and that she’ll get home safe.

If you see something even remotely sketchy, say something.

Also, don’t be that person who trashes our campus, defiles our buildings or leave trash all over the Quad and Redbird Arena.

It not only makes us as a whole look bad but also to any visitors who come.

Don’t be that guy who hollers obscenities at women walking by. That’s beyond disgusting and disrespectful. Be a gentleman.

Lastly, treat each others with respect. We’re all in this together, and we’re all part of the Redbird Family.

Homecoming is a great opportunity to see the array of events ISU holds for students, faculty, staff and other members of the community.

Be safe, have fun and Go Redbirds!

ANDREW DOUGHERTY is a Columnist for The Vidette. Contact him at vidette_addough@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @addough

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