The University of Dayton is a unique place where you can find students who anticipate St. Patrick’s Day more anxiously than children await Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve.
It’s no secret UD is known for its traditions surrounding this holiday; it’s what we do. Whether it’s our position on college party top 10 lists or the famed (yet hard to confirm) David Letterman quote that added considerable reputation to UD’s St. Patty’s Day tradition, it’s generally understood that our students put a lot of effort into this day each year.
These traditions are most commonly observed in students’ notable daytime attendance in the Ghetto. Some are lured by the craziness of the celebration; others seem to enjoy a more obvious, physical embodiment of the “UD community” that is so frequently referenced.
Law enforcement officers never fail to take notice of the significance of the day, either. Increased presence of police officers, both from UD and Dayton alike, is a staple of a typical St. Patrick’s Day at UD.
UD administrators also pay close attention each year, and commonly issue warnings to students and parents, however exaggerated they may be. University administration has sent out a letter to parents this year, like it did last year, urging them to advise their kids to be smart and safe on Sunday.
Whatever the case, neither the school nor law enforcement officials are trying to stop students outright from celebrating; rather, what’s important to them is that we stay safe throughout the day and be mindful of our peers’ health and safety as well.
In light of all these events and of our storied tradition with this holiday, Flyer News urges everyone simply to stay safe. We hope you have fun, but don’t forget to look out for yourselves and for your fellow Flyers on Sunday.