The Washington Post
10.27.15 | Susan Svrluga
Alessandra Rigamonti stepped through the crowd at a Cornell fraternity party when she noticed a very drunk girl on the dance floor, with a much less drunk guy holding her up. Rigamonti, who was a freshman from Baltimore, went to ask if she was okay. The girl threw up.
Luckily for Rigamonti, she’s okay with vomit. Because she deals with a lot of it at work.
As she helped the girl, she had to decide whether the girl needed an ambulance or just a friend to make sure she didn’t drink any more that night.
Her co-workers, also Cornell students, were busy too. One was talking to a drunk and furious student who had locked herself into the bathroom. Others were helping another angry, too-drunk girl who punched the president of the fraternity when she was asked to leave.
They were all working for a student-founded, student-run nonprofit called Cayuga’s Watchers, designed to keep people safer at parties. The idea is simple: They’re not there to get anyone in trouble. They’re not there to stop people from drinking. They want people to have fun.