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Slope Day | May 10, 2023 📻🎶

Slope Day 2023 map
Slope Day 2023 map!


The Slope Day Programming Board is excited to announce Slope Day 2023! Join us on May 10th for performances throughout the day. Gates are open from 11am-5pm.

The Slope Day Programming Board is a unit of Campus Activities within Student & Campus Life, funded in part by the Student Activity Fee.


2023 Line-up

2023 Line-up: Main Stage

Headliner: COIN! Formed in Nashville in 2012, COIN quickly carved a space in the field of bright, synth-spiked alternative pop more often associated with L.A. and N.Y.C. They emerged with their full-length debut, COIN, in 2015, led by the single “Run.” They made their Billboard 200 debut two years later with 2017’s How Will You Know If You Never Try, which features the indie-pop anthem “Talk Too Much.” The band's more electronically stylized fourth album, 2022's Uncanny Valley, incorporated themes of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human. It has been a long time since we’ve had a live band headlining the Slope Day festival, and COIN is sure to be a fun finale to a trio of diverse acts. Check out our Spotify playlist to get to know COIN.

Support: Snakehips! Best known for their 2015 hit “All My Friends” -- a collaboration with Tinashe and Chance the Rapper-- which went platinum in the UK, US, Australia and, and New Zealand, Oliver Lee and James Carter have continued to transform and develop their sound, positioning themselves as one of the strongest duos in the game. “All My Friends” proved to be the beginning of a catalog of impressive collaborations with artists including Anderson .Paak, Joey Bada$$, B.I.A., EARTHGANG, MØ, and One Direction’s Zayn. They are sure to bring a diverse and energetic set to the Slope! Check out our Spotify playlist to hear more of Snakehips unique sound. 

Opener: Coco & Clair Clair! Coco & Clair Clair are a pop duo from Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia. Pioneers of “demon glam rock,” their unapologetic & unmistakably hip-hop-influenced sound breathes new life into the lo-fi pop genre. Check out these tracks: “Pretty,” of TikTok popularity, “Racecar,” their collaboration with Clairo, and “Smash Hit,” which Charli XCX featured on her “the motherfucking future” Spotify playlist. Check out our Spotify playlist for more.

2023 Line-up: Slope Fest

  • 1-1:30 – The Fuse

  • 2:30-3pm – Paragon

  • Student DJ set throughout the day

Slope Day Programming Board

Slope Day Programming Board

Slope Day '22-'23 E-board:

Co-Executive Director: Peter McManus

Co-Executive Director: Triff H' Doubler

Finance Director: Laurent Vo

Secretary: Adelaida Dominguez

Promotions Director: Kadijat Alakiu

Artist Selections and Relations Director: Margot Baker 

Slope Fest Director: Ami Adachi

Volunteer Director: Riya Agarwal


Lily Wiles

Damilare Femi-Akanbi 

Daryn Mehling

Dasha Griffiths

Christopher Rivera

Lewis Sisler

Miranda Stewart

Emma Terjesen

Tyler Takahashi

Karlah Culver

Katie Zelvin

Ayslin Walker

Duncan Buckerfield

Daniel Xu

Slope Day, a Cornell Tradition

Slope Day, a Cornell Tradition

There is a long history of a spring-time gathering here at Cornell University. While this event has taken many shapes over the past century, one common thread persists: celebration. Today, the event we affectionately call "Slope Day" inherits a proud century-long tradition as a year-end gathering and celebration of the Cornell Community.

From The Beginning...

1901 The first recorded "Spring Day" takes place. Spring Day was a celebration of the end of winter and imminent warm weather. This tradition continued for the next half century. Over the years, Spring Day was comprised of events ranging from variety shows to circuses. One year there was a mock bullfight; another year students, staff, faculty and guests enjoyed the Fraternity Float parade. While many of these events took place at and were centered around the University's open spaces (including Libe Slope), there were many activities that took place indoors, as well as off campus.

1960 Protests and unrest plagued the University. There was little time and place for any celebration during these years. In addition to nationwide protests and civic discord, many minimum legal drinking age restrictions were lifted. During this time many states began lowering their minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) from their post-prohibition high of twenty one.

1979 Cornell Dining sponsored a barbeque on Libe Slope on the last day of classes and Spring Fest was born. This so-known "Great Feast" started in the afternoon, and was centered on a big chicken barbeque and live music. New York State's MLDA of eighteen made it possible for alcohol to be served at Spring Fest, as most Cornell students were over eighteen by the end of the school year.

1984 The federal government passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984, mandating that all states had two years to increase their MLDA to 21 or lose Federal-aid highway funding. New York changed their MLDA because of this act, and so the university's alcohol policy was changed to reflect the change in state law.

1987 Robert Cray band performed at Spring Fest, sponsored by the Cornell Concert Commission.

1988 Spring Fest was cancelled! After too many students admitted to Gannett the year before, the university decided to not hire a musical act.

1989 In the face of these legal changes and the public sentiment that precipitated it, it was no longer feasible for the university to allow the event. Students formed the Springfest Coordinating Committee to promote safe drinking habits and to provide alcohol-free activities as an alternative to drinking.

Slope Day, as it came to be called, became an informal gathering of students on university property. During that time, the focus of Slope Day shifted from food, music and celebration to widespread and uncontrolled alcohol consumption.

1993 An organization, known as SOS, was created in order for students, staff, and faculty to provide a "positive presence" on Slope Day. Now known as the Slope Day Volunteer Committee, these volunteers operate as a subcommittee of the Slope Day Programming Board, and fulfill vital roles in the event from working to ensure the safety of those attending, to manning the gates, fence, and checkpoints, distributing water, and keeping the Slope clean. Without student and staff volunteers in their brightly colored t-shirts, Slope Day couldn't happen!

1999 Student opinion surrounding the future of the event began to shift, as evidenced by the creation of SlopeFest, a non-alcoholic activity-based event featuring carnival-type games and rides, live music, free giveaways, and other attractions. SlopeFest, taking place on West Campus, was meant to accompany Slope Day and accommodate students during times when they weren't drinking as well as provide an alcohol-free environment for students desiring one.

2001 Hunter R. Rawlings III, then president of Cornell University, issued a charge to the President's Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs to assemble a group of staff, faculty and students to critically assess and address the role that alcohol and other drugs (AOD) played on Slope Day. This group became known as the Slope Day Steering Committee.

2002 The Steering Committee began to undertake corrective measures to address the alcohol related issues surrounding Slope Day, including moving the concert back onto the slope.

2003 A new and improved Slope Day was created by a Steering Committee of students, faculty, and staff. Live entertainment (Rusted Root and Fat Joe) brought to the Slope, catered food and alcohol service from Cornell Dining, and giveaways became a part of the celebration as well. A student-administration partnership was created, one where students would take the lead in planning and organizing programming and direction for the day. The Slope Day Programming Board was created and funded by the Student Assembly to organize the event and bring bigger and better entertainment to the day.

2004 The celebration continued, with performances by Kanye West and OAR, the return of SlopeFest, and record crowds in attendance.

2005 The Slope Day Programming Board brought The Starting Line, The Game and Snoop Dogg. The bands played for record crowds and Slope Day was a huge success!

2006 Once again, Slope Day was a lot of fun for all, featuring Ben Folds and Talib Kweli with special guest Acceptance. SlopeFest was moved from West Campus to Ho Plaza.

2007 T.I. with special guests TV on the Radio and Catch 22 took the stage and slope by storm. New additions to SlopeFest made it a larger hit than ever before. Prizes were raffled off to winners of certain carnival games before the music began.

2008 Gym Class Heroes brought local flair to the Slope with energetic openers Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Hot Hot Heat. Even the rain could not keep students from celebrating the end of the semester. Libe Slope became greener with Cornell Dining's switch to biodegradable products (including corn plastic cups).

2009 The Pussycat Dolls took command of the stage as the first all-female act for Slope Day. Openers the Apples in Stereo and Asher Roth pumped the crowds for the main act as neither the threat of rain nor recession could prevent this Slope Day from being enjoyed by the huge audience that attended.

2010 In the Campus Consciousness Tour, Drake headlined with a message of sustainability to a welcoming crowd. The audience was warmed up by the beautiful weather and by openers Francis and the Lights and k-os.

2011 Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Nelly made sure Slope Day wasn't just a dream for Cornellians. Excellent weather and openers Ra Ra Riot and The Cool Kids brought everyone out to the Slope early to spend time with friends and celebrate the end of another great year.

2012 International star Taio Cruz lit up the Slope like it was dynamite. Supporting artists Neon Trees and The Wailers brought record early crowds out to enjoy the perfect weather and celebrate with the Cornell community.

2013 Hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar headlined Slope Day. Supporting artists included DJ 5 & A Dime and Hoodie Allen.

2014 Ludacris headlined Slope Day with performances by Matt and Kim and 3Lau.

2015 Slope Day was headlined by Chance the Rapper with supporting performances by artists Salva and Magic!

2016 Cash Cash and Walk The Moon took the stage, supported by R-City.

2017 Misterwives and Big Gigantic performed at Slope Day in 2017, supported by Brasstracks + S'Natra.

2018 Galantis, Young Bombs, and Dreezy rocked Slope Day 2018.

2019 Steve Aoki headlined Slope Day with supporting performances from Cousin Stizz and Ezi.

2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Slope Day, in collaboration with Cornell Concert Commission and Multicultural Concert Funding Advisory Board, held its first Virtual Slope Day festival spanning over two days. Performances include Swae Lee, Rico Nasty, KYLE, and Matoma.

2021 Virtual Slope Day returned as a two-day event. On night 1, Last Dinosaurs headlined with supporting artists from PREP and MICHELLE. One night 2, there were performances from Ari Lennox, who was the first solo female artist to headline Slope Day, and rap artists Smino and EARTHGANG.

2022 A return to an in-person Slope Day! Aminé headlined Slope Day with supporting performances from Loud Luxury, Luna Li, and Cornell student group After Six. Slope Fest hosted a second stage on Ho Plaza between main stage performances with a DJ, and student groups The Spencer Nachman Band and The Fuse.


Wristbands are required by ALL attendees to enter the Slope Day gates. Here is the information you need to acquire yours. You must reserve your wristband prior to picking it up in-person with reservations starting May 1 at 12pm noon EST.

What are wristbands?

What are wristbands?

Wristbands are required by ALL attendees to enter the Slope Day gates. The wristbands are a cloth material that can withstand showers, getting wet, etc. You can reserve your ticket early May, and can pick up your wristband starting the Sunday before Slope Day. Each student only gets one wristband, and will be placed on your wrist by a staff member when you receive it. Losing your wristband or giving your wristband to another person will result in you not able to attend Slope Day.

Who can receive wristbands and attend Slope Day? (Students, Alumni, & Outside Guests)

Who can receive wristbands and attend Slope Day? (Students, Alumni, Staff, & Outside Guests)

Undergraduate students

Graduate/Professional students

Cornell Alumni

  • We have been working closely with Alumni Affairs & Development to offer limited tickets to Cornell alumni this year! Alumni will be able to purchase their wristband online starting May 1. Limited to one (1) wristband per person. Alumni cannot bring non-Cornell friends or family to the concert.
  • You must purchase your ticket on University Tickets and pick up your wristband day-of on the Arts Quad.

Staff & Faculty

Outside guests (Non-Cornell affiliated guests)

  • Outside guests are not invited to Slope Day this year and will not be able to receive a wristband. This includes friends, family, and others in the community who are not affiliated with Cornell. There are no exceptions.

Wristband Distribution Schedule & Locations

Wristband Distribution Schedule & Locations

Wristband locations are for ALL attendee types unless otherwise stated.

Sunday May 7

  • Wristband Kick-off Event! Sunday 5/7 | 2-5pm | Willard Straight Hall Browsing Library & Ho Plaza. Celebrate at our kick-off event with music, ice cream, chalking Ho Plaza, and other giveaways! Bring your Cornell ID.

Monday May 8

  • Willard Straight Hall Browsing Library 11am-8pm. Bring your Cornell ID.

  • Robert Purcell Community Center RPCC 12-10pm. Undergrad only. Bring your Cornell ID. Graduate students, professional students, and alumni must bring their QR code confirmation from University Tickets.

Tuesday May 9

  • Willard Straight Hall Browsing Library 11am-10pm. Bring your Cornell ID.

  • Robert Purcell Community Center RPCC 12-10pm. Undergrad only. Bring your Cornell ID. Graduate students, professional students, and alumni must bring their QR code confirmation from University Tickets.

Wednesday May 10 (Day of)

  • Arts Quad 9am-3pm. Bring your Cornell ID. Graduate students, professional students, and alumni must bring their QR code confirmation from University Tickets.

Undergraduate students: You must reserve your wristband prior to picking it up in-person. You must bring your Cornell ID to pick up your wristband. 

Graduate/Professional students: You must reserve your wristband prior to picking it up in-person AND you must purchase your ticket on University Tickets. You must bring your Cornell ID and your QR code confirmation from University Tickets to pick up your wristband. 

Cornell alumni: You must purchase your ticket on University Tickets and pick up your wristband day-of on the Arts Quad. You must bring your QR code confirmation from University Tickets to pick up your wristband. 

Staff and faculty: You must reserve your wristband prior to picking it up in-person. You must bring your Cornell ID to pick up your wristband.

Once I get my wristband, can I take it off?

Once I get my wristband, can I take it off?

Nope! Not until after Slope Day. The wristbands are a cloth material that can withstand showers, getting wet, etc.

I lost my wristband! What can I do?

I lost my wristband! What can I do?

Students only get one wristband. If you lose your wristband or give yours to another person, you will not receive a replacement and will not be able to attend Slope Day.


Slope Day Rules

Slope Day Rules


  • Attendance at Slope Day and related events is limited to current Cornell students, as well as full-time faculty and staff. Recent Cornell graduates from December 2022 are also invited to participate in Slope Day. There are no exceptions for outside guests.

  • All attendees must receive a wristband prior to entering Slope Day. Information below.

Outside Food and Beverage

  • Do not bring food or drinks: Outside food or drink are not permitted within Slope Day. Food and drinks are available for purchase provided by Cornell Dining. Free food and beverages are also available in Slope Fest. 
    • You CANNOT bring your own water bottle. Water bottles will be confiscated. There are water hydration stations within Slope Day.
  • No open containers: Open containers of alcohol are prohibited outside the gates. For those who are 21 + there is beer service available. 
  • No cash on Slope: purchase alcohol and food online prior to and on Slope Day. Plan ahead. BRBs or credit cards are okay for food on Slope.
  • NOTE: to purchase a drink (beer) bracelet, you need a government-issued ID.
  • All attendees are subject to search: Travel light to reduce wait times at gates. Leave bags, purses, and other larger bags and items at home.
  • Not allowed within the gates: outside alcohol and/or BORGs, outside food or drink, large bags, professional cameras (i.e. cameras with detachable lenses and/or flashes), amplified sound, floaties, lawn chairs, etc.
  • You can be asked to leave: Slope Day staff reserves the right to eject attendees or refuse to serve attendees alcohol.
  • Attendees may leave the Slope and return throughout the day as long as they keep on the valid wristband.



Eligibility: Disability accommodations and resources at this event are intended for those who identify as part of the disability community. We have finite resources and need to focus these resources on providing services to those who require assistance.

Mobility Disabilities: We encourage patrons with mobility disabilities to utilize personal forms of transportation, including wheelchairs and scooters. Crutches, walkers and canes are also permitted. Please note that we will not be renting assisted mobility devices onsite.

Accessible Routes: Slope Day is navigable for people with mobility disabilities. Please be advised that the venue’s terrain is grass, paved walkways, and a slope. Guests will need to traverse throughout the festival grounds independently or with the assistance of a companion. Slope Day does not provide transportation services.

Parking: ADA Parking will be available for attendees with a valid Accessible Parking placard, permit or license plate. Accessible parking is available on Central Ave at the top of the Slope.

Communication Access: American Sign Language interpreters will be available for the main stage performances.

Service Animals: Service animals are permitted throughout the festival. Service animals must remain under the control of its owner at all times. NO emotional support animals, therapy animals, or companion animals are allowed.

Concessions: All concessions are accessible and located throughout the venue. If assistance is required, please confer with a staff member or event volunteer.

Medical: There is a fully-equipped medical site staffed by trained personnel located at the Slope to manage any issue. Check the Festival Map for exact locations.

Sensory Supportive Space: The sensory space is a relaxing environment located in the Willard Straight Hall International Lounge. This space is designed to accommodate those with disabilities, including those in our Neurodivergent community, who can benefit from a brief reprieve of Slope Day activities.  This space is accessible only through the WSH South entrance (near the Cornell Health gate).

Dietary Needs: Slope Day will have food stations that provide gluten-free dietary options. A full menu is located on this website. For those with special dietary needs beyond the offered festival food service, please contact us at for further information.

Additional Service Request: Please reach out to with any additional questions or requests. Our goal is to provide a welcoming and inclusive Slope Day experience for all Cornellians and their guests.

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Alcohol & Other Drugs

The legal drinking age is 21. If you drink alcohol, plan ahead for safety and follow these tips.

Cornell’s Student Code of Conduct applies every day of the year, and enforcement is stepped up on Slope Day. If you see someone who requires medical attention due to an alcohol or drug-related emergency, do the right thing and call 9-1-1.

The Good Samaritan protocol/law helps protect you (and the person needing assistance) from judicial / legal consequences if you call for help.

Weather (Severe Weather Guidelines)

Weather (Severe Weather Guidelines)

Plan ahead by checking the weather for Slope Day. In case of inclement weather, please see the Cornell University Severe Weather Guidelines.



For information about current COVID-19 public health guidelines, please visit


Slope Day Events

Slope Day is more than just the concert on the slope. Check out what else is happening as we celebrate!

Slope Day

Slope Day

The main event! Gates open at 11am and the concert will wrap up around 5pm. Read this website for rules, restrictions, and what to expect from Slope Day.

Slope Fest

Slope Fest

Be sure to stop by Slope Fest on Ho Plaza! Slope Fest will include FREE food, drinks, carnival games, prizes, music, and more. Pepsi is giving out Bubbly, Gatorlyte, tea, and chips. Between the Main Stage performances, there will be performances from student groups (see above line-up). Note: you must have your Slope Day wristband to participate in Slope Fest.

Alternative Slope Day

Alternative Slope Day (event is at capacity, waitlist only)

Alternative Slope Day is an opportunity for folks to get off campus on Slope Day and try something new. The Campus Activities office works with Cornell Outdoor Education to offer free spots to the Hoffman Challenge Course. The ropes course and other activities are all "challenge by choice".

Event is at capacity, waitlist only.

Slope Day BreakFEST

Slope Day Break Fest logo

Slope Day BreakFEST

Start your morning off with breakfast in a dining hall or get a FREE BreakFEST sandwich, fruit, and water in front of the Schwartz Center in Collegetown from 7:30AM - 10:30AM on Slope Day. Hosted by Cornell Health.

Food & Drinks

There are many locations around campus and within the Slope Day fence where you can grab food and drinks. Plan your day and include time to eat food and stay hydrated!

Food Available on Slope Day

Food Available on Slope Day

Before gates open: Stop by the Slope Day BreakFest in front of the Schwartz Center, or the many dining halls that are open.

At the Slope: There are many food places open at Slope Day! Below is the menu for paid food opportunities. You can skip ticket lines by purchasing meal tickets prior to Slope Day. Details below.

Slope Day 2023 Menu

Station 1 Fair Food (WSH Parking Lot)

  • All Beef Hot Dog on Roll- 1 ticket (gluten, sesame, soy)    
  • Chili Cheese Beef Hot Dog on Roll - 2 tickets (gluten, milk, sesame, soy)
  • Bavarian Pretzels with Cheese Sauce - 2 tickets (gluten, milk, soy, vegetarian)
  • Curly Fries - 2 tickets (gluten, soy, fried in shared oil, vegan)
  • Vegan Veggie Dog - 1 ticket (gluten, sesame, soy, vegan)
  • Okenshields Sunflower Butter & Jelly on Gluten-Free Bread - 1 ticket (vegan)

Station 2 Barbeque (WSH Parking Lot) (*Gluten-free buns available upon request)

  • Pulled Pork on a Brioche Roll with Sweet and Tangy Barbeque Sauce and Coleslaw* - 2 tickets (egg, gluten, milk, soy, pork)
  • Carolina Gold, Pulled Chicken with Bread and Butter Pickles on a Brioche Roll* – 2 tickets (egg, gluten, milk, soy)
  • Salt Potatoes with Butter – 1 ticket (milk, vegetarian)
  • Vegan Veggie Dog - 1 ticket (gluten, sesame, soy, vegan)
  • Okenshields Sunflower Butter & Jelly on Gluten-Free Bread - 1 ticket (vegan)

Station 3 Street Food (WSH Parking Lot) (*Corn tortillas available for gluten-friendly tacos)

  • Beef Tacos* - Shredded Pepper Jack and Cheddar Cheese with Lettuce and Taco Sauce- 2 tickets (gluten, milk, soy)
  • Tofu Tacos* - Roasted Poblano Aioli, Red Cabbage in Lime Vinaigrette, Fresh Tomato Salsa - 2 tickets (egg, gluten, soy, vegetarian)
  • Street Corn with Mexican Spices and Cotija Cheese - 1 ticket (egg, milk, soy, vegetarian)
  • Vegan Veggie Dog - 1 ticket (gluten, sesame, soy, vegan)
  • Okenshields Sunflower Butter & Jelly on Gluten-Free Bread - 1 ticket (vegan) 

Station 4 Sandwiches (Ho Plaza - Slope Fest)

  • Buffalo Chicken Sub - Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Shredded Lettuce, & Creamy Ranch- 2 tickets (egg, gluten, milk, soy)
  • Cheesesteak - Thinly-sliced Beef, Sautéed Peppers, & Onion and Cheddar Cheese Sauce - 2 tickets (gluten, milk, soy)
  • Sausage with Pepper and Onions Sub - Sweet Italian Pork Sausage with Peppers and Onions - 2 tickets (gluten, pork)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich - 1 ticket (gluten, milk, soy, coconut, vegetarian)
  • Vegan Veggie Dog - 1 ticket (gluten, sesame, soy, vegan)
  • Okenshields Sunflower Butter & Jelly on Gluten-Free Bread - 1 ticket (vegan)

Station 5 Kosher/104 West (WSH Parking Lot)

  • BBQ Beef Brisket Slider on Challah Roll with Fresh Slaw  - 3 tickets (gluten, egg)
  • Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Slider on Vegan Challah with Fresh Slaw - 2 tickets (gluten, vegan)

Cornell Dining makes every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Every effort is made to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies, and to label items with possible allergen-containing ingredients. However, there is always a risk of cross contact. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. If allergen information changes, this information will be posted at the point of service.

Food Ticket Pre-sale

Food Ticket Pre-sale

There are many food places open at Slope Day! The complete menu is in the above Food/Drink tab. You can skip ticket lines by purchasing meal tickets prior to Slope Day.

Central Campus

  • April 19 - May 9: Straight from the Market & Okenshields during regular hours of operation
  • Sun May 7: Wristband Kick-Off Event 

North Campus

  • April 24 - April 28: Morrison Dining register near the Pizza area, Red Lobby (11am-7pm)

West Campus

  • April 24 - May 9: Jansen's Market during regular hours of operation

Beer Tent (over 21)

Beer Tent (over 21)

Beer is available for purchase on Libe Slope to those who are 21 years of age or older. 

Attendees can purchase a beer bracelet (limited to one per person) with five tabs, which they can use for up to five beers on the Slope or they can be used to purchase food. 

Beer bracelets are for sale at Slope Day under the ID tent by the Willard Straight parking lot (limited to one per person). Beer can only be purchased with credit card (NO Cornell tenders). Food can be purchased with any payment method (credit or Cornell tenders).

Note: Attendees who want to get a beer bracelet need to present a valid government-issued ID and students will also need to present their Cornell ID at the ID tent on the Slope. 

No outside beverages are permitted.

Water - stay hydrated!

Water - stay hydrated!

Bottled water and water-filling stations will be available around Slope Day. It is important to stay hydrated during the day! You cannot bring your own water bottle into the event.


On Slope Day, approximately 500 volunteers are needed to assist in the operations on and around Libe Slope. Without this help, Slope Day simply would not happen. Volunteers are made up of faculty, staff and students, and they all help out in a variety of ways. Click here to sign up to volunteer!

🎉 Volunteers will receive...

🎉 Volunteers will receive...

As a thank you for your support, each volunteer will receive:

  • Free meal tickets (if 4 or more hours are worked)

  • Free Slope Day T-Shirt
  • Other free giveaways (drawstring bag and other fun gifts)
  • Students: Entry into prize raffles, including a Nintendo Switch
  • Graduate/Professional students: will receive their wristband fee back

Volunteer roles & responsibilities

Volunteer roles & responsibilities

Alternative Slope Day

Alternative Slope Day

  • Area Lead: Denice Cassaro
  • Location: On campus - buses
  • Shift times: 9:00am - 6:00pm (all day, at different times)

Assists with Alternative Slope Day - the off-campus trip to the ropes course. Volunteers will remain on campus, greeting students and checking them in at various points throughout the day. 

Beer ID Tent/Wristbands

Beer ID Tent/Wristbands

  • Area Lead: Mike Baker & Brandon Fortenberry
  • Location: ID Tent near Willard Straight Hall
  • Shift times: 10:30am - 4pm, 10:00am - 2:00pm, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Provide coverage to check ID's for those who are 21 years of age or older and who wish to purchase beer at the event. Approximately 60 people are needed. Chairs will be available for volunteers.

Beer Queue/Line Support

Beer Queue/Line Support

  • Area Lead: Sonja Kelly
  • Location: West Ave - queue near beer trucks
  • Shift times: 10:00am - 1:30pm, 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Provide assistance in the queue where participants line up to collect beer. Approximately 30 people are needed. Volunteers will help maintain orderliness, be positive, friendly and willing to administer many fist bumps! Must be able to stand throughout the shift.

Beer Service/Distribution

Beer Service/Distribution

  • Area Lead: Dustin Freeley
  • Location: West Ave - beer trucks
  • Shift times: 9:30am - 1:30pm, 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Volunteers will pour beer and serve guests at the Beer Trucks. Approximately 30 people are needed (this option will be capped at 35 volunteers). This is a fast paced environment, prepare for speedy service and lots of smiles! Help maintain beer tab to track drinks, as well as pour and distribute cups of beer. Must be able to stand throughout the shift and practice safe serving practices with supervision.

Bottled Water Management

Bottled Water Management

  • Area Lead: Nicola Noble-Thomas
  • Location: Various locations on/around the Slope
  • Shift times: 10:30am - 5:30pm

Coordinating bottled water distribution across the event, monitoring supply, and restocking as needed.

Eagle Eyes (student-only role)

Eagle Eyes (student-only role)

  • Area Lead: Ryan Marchenese
  • Location: Top of the slope
  • Shift times: 10:00am - 1:00pm, 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Stationed above the Slope, they are the eyes to see if students are in distress. They will have radios and report to EHS when needed. Student-only role. 

Fence Patrol

Fence Patrol

  • Area Lead: TBD
  • Location: Along the fence of Slope Day
  • Shift times: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Fence Patrol volunteers will continuously walk the perimeter of the Slope Day event. They will report any issues with fencing, students in distress, etc. This is a great role for someone who likes walking, sun, and having a bit of a distance from the "main event".

Gap Coverage

Gap Coverage

  • Area Lead: Brian Kerry
  • Location: Volunteers cover specific areas during the course of the event in order to limit access to appropriate personnel. Volunteers may be asked to fill in 'gaps' from other volunteer crews around the slope. Also known as 'floaters.'
  • Shift times: 10:30am - 2:30pm, 2:00pm - 5:30pm, 10:30am - 5:30pm (all day)
Coverage areas include the dining gate behind WSH, south and north access points on West Ave., the area above the Campus Store. May also cover the gates, wristband distribution centers, ID check area, beer queue, or other problem areas. Must be assertive and flexible. Must be willing to change location at a moment's notice. Note: You may be required to carry a two-way radio and work with staff members who you may or may not know.

Gates Crew

Gates Crew

  • Area Lead: Don Sevey
  • Location: Tower Gate, Cornell Health Gate, North Gate (top of slope), South Gate (bottom of slope), & Morrill Gate
  • Shift times: 10:00am - 1pm, 12pm - 5:30pm,
Provide coverage at the entryways to the event. Volunteers will enforce gate and entry rules, check each entrant for wristbands, distribute water, and alert CU Police and/or security staff to problems. Each gate entry will have will also have a CU Police officer present as well as outside security personnel to augment volunteer coverage.

Radio Operators

Radio Operators

  • Area Lead: Dan Maas
  • Location: Command post, Slope gates, Eagle Eyes
  • Shift times: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm (can be split into smaller shifts if necessary)

Individuals with radio training and experience, typically amateur radio operators or emergency services personnel with experience in using two way radios.



  • Area Lead: Ricky Boche
  • Location: Ho Plaza
  • Shift times: 9:00am - 1:30pm, 12:30pm - 6pm
Volunteers will assist with setting up various activities, offer general crowd supervision, and greeting students on Ho Plaza. Activities may include novelties, temporary tattoos, game competitions, handling free food and water before, during, and after the music attractions on stage. Some activities may have chairs, while others may require standing.

Sustainability & Waste Management

Sustainability & Waste Management

  • Area Lead: Kim Anderson
  • Location: Various locations on/around the Slope
  • Shift times: 10:20am - 12:40pm, 12:20pm - 2:40pm, 2:20pm - 4:40pm, 4:20pm - 6pm

Help keep the slope clean and the event sustainable.

Volunteer Check-In/Out Support

Volunteer Check-In/Out Support

  • Area Lead: Kevin Perry
  • Location: Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room
  • Shift times: 9:00am - 1:30pm, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Volunteers are needed to manage and maintain the volunteer check in/out, use computer database, issue supplies, sign out radios and train people on radio use, monitor entrance to restricted areas, and help with general setup and cleanup. This is a mellow assignment with peaks of busyness.

Wristband Distribution (Day-of Distribution)

Wristband Distribution (Day-of Distribution)

  • Area Lead: Margaret Gallo
  • Location: Arts Quad
  • Shift times: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Provide wristband distribution for graduate/professional students and alumni. Some staff will be asked to use an online registration tool. Volunteers will check student IDs. Explain and support guidelines for issuing wristbands and place event wristbands on attendees. Volunteers may be able to sit for some of their shift.

✨For Staff Volunteers: HR and Payroll Information

✨For Staff Volunteers: HR and Payroll Information

HR and Payroll Information

For Staff Members who Volunteer: A supervisor must approve a staff member’s request to be released from regular duties in order to be reassigned as a volunteer at Slope Day. Given the reassignment, hours spent at Slope Day that coincide with the staff member’s regularly scheduled work hours will be considered time worked and should be recorded in Workday as Regular time. Hours spent volunteering at Slope Day that fall outside of scheduled work hours (and thus are not a reassignment of duties) are unpaid and should not be recorded in Workday.

For Staff Members Required to Work: Nonexempt staff members who are required to work the Slope Day event must be paid for all hours worked during the event, even if such hours do not coincide with their regularly scheduled work hours. Such time should be recorded in Workday as Regular time. If you are unsure whether your assignment at Slope Day is a voluntary one (see above paragraph), or a required assignment, please contact either your supervisor, or your college/unit Human Resources representative for clarification. If additional information is needed, you may contact the Division of Human Resources at 255-6894.

For Exempt Staff Members: Exempt staff members who provide assistance during Slope Day in either capacity above will receive their usual compensation. 

MATURE CONTENT:  This event is intended for mature audiences. Please be aware of your surroundings, as the content may not be suitable for all ages.

Slope Day 2019
Slope Day 2019 with Steve Aoki