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UTSA alcohol awareness week is Oct. 19-26

By Kelsey Bratcher
Assistant Director for Risk Education, Alcohol and Drug Programs, Office of Student Activities

(Oct. 18, 2007)--UTSA will present five events as part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Oct. 19-26, observed at more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States.

With the theme, "BARR: Be A Responsible Roadrunner," the Office of Student Activities will host a drunk driving simulator Oct. 19 at the 1604 Campus, beer goggle races Oct 23 at the 1604 Campus, scrapbooking and beer goggle races Oct. 24 at the Downtown Campus, Campus Crawl (a game and activities night Oct. 25 at UTSA residence facilities, 1604 Campus) and an alcohol poisoning response training session Oct. 26 at the Chisholm Hall theater, 1604 Campus.

  • On Friday, Oct. 19, the organization, P.E.E.R.S., will host a NASCAR drunk driving simulator from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center window lounge. The motion-based DUI Simulator takes drivers into a world where they can see and feel the dangers of drinking and driving. Facilitators will show high-impact video presentations of the effects of drinking and driving.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 23, students can try the Fatal Vision Goggles, better known as "beer goggles," on the obstacle course from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center. The activity shows students impairment in a safe, entertaining, yet enlightening way.
  • On Wednesday, Oct. 24, students at the Downtown Campus Durango Building Student Activities Center can create scrapbook pages with tips on responsibility and defining how alcohol affected their life or someone close to them. The event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where students also can take on the Fatal Vision obstacle course. The scrapbook is an ongoing project that began at Rowdy Wing Fling.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 25, Campus Crawl is 7 p.m.-midnight. The student activities and residential living offices will host the inaugural event starting at the University Oaks Apartments volleyball courts, then moving on to the Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Chisholm Hall residences and ending at the Chaparral Village pool. Participants will receive free t-shirts and enjoy games, educational activities and fun at a progressive party. At each stop, the party lasts only 45 minutes, where there will be discussions of binge drinking, the dangers of drinking games, club drugs, and choices that everyone must face regarding alcohol and other drugs. The evening will close with breakfast at the Chaparral Village pool from 11 p.m. to midnight.
  • On Friday, Oct. 26, students can take part in alcohol poisoning response training beginning at 7 p.m. in the Chisholm Hall Activity Center Theater. Participants will learn about the risks of excessive drinking, alcohol poisoning, and how to take action to protect themselves and their friends.

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For more information about these events and other alcohol programs, contact Kelsey Bratcher at (210) 458-4160.

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