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A view of Libe Slope during Slope Day
A view of Libe Slope during Slope Day

Slope Day is an annual day of celebration held at Cornell University during the last day of regular undergraduate classes. It usually falls on the first Friday of May and the official site of Slope Day is the Libe Slope, on the university campus. Though Slope Day has gone through many phases, in recent years focus has shifted to live music and catered food and beverages on the Slope. Slope Day is notorious for the heavy drinking many students participate in before, during, and after scheduled events. A view of Libe Slope on Slope Day at Cornell University. ... A view of Libe Slope on Slope Day at Cornell University. ... Cornell redirects here. ...

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History of Slope Day

Slope Day, then known as "Spring Day", in 1904
Slope Day, then known as "Spring Day", in 1904

Slope Day began as "Spring Day", first celebrated in 1901 on the Cornell University campus. Spring Days usually involved a wide host of annually-changing activities, from mock bullfights to circuses, which were held indoors, outside on Cornell's open spaces (including Libe Slope), and off-campus. Spring Day was a Cornell tradition for over 50 years. During the 60s and 70s official Spring Day celebrations did not take place, as Cornell was in the midst of Vietnam-era protests and civil unrest. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (561x768, 337 KB) Summary Cornells Spring Day in 1904. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (561x768, 337 KB) Summary Cornells Spring Day in 1904. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Opposition_to_U.S._involvement_in_the_Vietnam_War. ...



In 1979, an event then called "Springfest" was held on the last day of classes. Cornell Dining sponsored a chicken barbeque on Libe Slope and served beer to the students. At the time, New York State's Minimum Legal Drinking Age was 18, making it easy for the university to sponsor both food and alcohol service for the event. For the next six years, Springfest involved live bands playing at the base of Libe Slope, with students dancing and drinking on the Slope itself. In December 1985, New York state raised the drinking age to 21, so University officials announced that Springfest would be held in a fenced-in area on North Campus instead of the Slope. The student body responded with a massive "Take Back the Slope" campaign. All across campus, T-shirts, signs and chalk on sidewalks beckoned students to boycott the official Springfest and "Take Back the Slope." They did by the thousands, and the name "Slope Day" replaced "Springfest." In 1987, the University caved to pressure and had Robert Cray play on the Slope, but by 1988 the bands were gone once again and Slope Day became an unofficial event. For the next decade or so, the University tolerated Slope Day, and took little action to control it except for the banning of kegs in 1990. For many students the focus of Slope Day became the joyful consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol.

Libe Slope
Libe Slope

Starting in the mid 90s, the University began a more gradual reining in of Slope Day, instead of repeating the failed strategy of regaining control all at once. Slope Fest, an alcoholic-free event featuring carnival-style entertainment started to take place on West Campus in 1998. In 2001, the amount and type of alcohol students could bring onto the slope was limited. Starting in 2003, the Slope Day Steering Committee (initially organized as the President's Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs by president-emeritus Hunter S. Rawlings III) took charge of Slope Day, restricted access to the Slope, brought live entertainment, and provided catered food and drink service. This time, the University's assertion of control succeeded. The students didn't revolt, as their predecessors had done in the late 1980s. Thus, a new era of the Slope Day celebration began. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1155x768, 176 KB) Summary (Alex Sergeev, www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1155x768, 176 KB) Summary (Alex Sergeev, www. ... A view of Libe Slope during Slope Day Slope Day is an annual day of celebration held at Cornell University during the last day of regular undergraduate classes. ... A view of Libe Slope during Slope Day Slope Day is an annual day of celebration held at Cornell University during the last day of regular undergraduate classes. ...


Recent Slope Day measures by Gannett, the health center of the University, have tried to limit excess underage drinking. Bracelets are only offered to those overage, while only one drink is sold per purchase. Free water was handed out to all attendees in 2006, and several volunteers on the slope supervised students. However, a large number of students were still reported to the health center.


Current Slope Day Activities

In the fall of 2003 the Slope Day Programming Board was created by the Cornell University Student Assembly (SA) to lead the planning of social and recreational activities on Slope Day. The Slope Day Programming Board (SDPB) has an open membership policy for all undergraduate and graduate students at Cornell, and it works closely with university administrators and the Slope Day Steering Committee. The SDPB aims to create a fun and safe celebration for the entire Cornell community. The SDPB plans activities both for drinking students and those who choose to stay sober. Recently, access to these activities on Libe Slope and Ho Plaza and at nearby campus locations has been restricted to Cornell students, faculty, and staff, as well as selected guests.

Snoop Dogg performing during Slope Day '05
Snoop Dogg performing during Slope Day '05
OAR performed at Slope Day in 2004 as seen here
OAR performed at Slope Day in 2004 as seen here

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Music

Beginning with Slope Day 2003, a major drawing point of Slope Day has become the live musical performances that the Slope Day Programming Board schedules for the day. Past live performances included:

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Slope Fest

Slope Fest is an "alcohol-free" event accompanying Slope Day. Started in 1997 by concerned students, Slope Fest was held on West Campus and hosted carnival-style games, food, and live musical performances. Starting in 2004, Slope Fest was incorporated into the main events of Slope Day and held inside the event perimeter. The Slope Day Programming Board plans all aspects of Slope Fest.


External links

  • Official Slope Day Webpage
  • A History of Slope Day from the Cornell Alumni Magazine
  • A time-lapse movie of the 2001 Slope Day
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Slope Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (943 words)
Slope Day is an annual day of celebration held at Cornell University during the last day of regular undergraduate classes.
Slope Day is notorious for the heavy drinking many students participate in before, during, and after scheduled events.
Slope Fest is an "alcohol-free" event accompanying Slope Day.
Cornelliana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2340 words)
Dragon Day is an annual celebration that began in 1901, known as "College of Architecture Day", and occurs, traditionally, on the Thursday before St Patrick's Day.
Slope Day is an annual day of celebration, held on the last full day of classes (usually the first Friday of May).
Slope Day is often criticized for the excessive drinking that many students participate in before, during, and after the scheduled events.
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