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UW-Eau Claire Plans Variety of Events for
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

 MAILED:  Oct. 12, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Faculty, staff and students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will participate in a number of activities during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 17-23.

"We're hosting several new activities this year in an ongoing effort to help students become more aware of the many serious problems associated with alcohol, as well as to remind them that there are many things to do in Eau Claire that do not involve drinking," said Sarah Harvieux, UW-Eau Claire health educator.

"'OctSOBERfest' activities will begin at noon Oct. 17 with specials on bowling and billiards in Hilltop Center on upper campus. The climbing wall in McPhee also will be open from 6:30-10:30 p.m. beginning Sunday and continuing through Oct. 23.

"A Day to Remember" will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, with students sharing information with other students about alcohol related deaths and accidents. On that day, 150 student volunteers will wear T-shirts, representing 150 people who died in Wisconsin in alcohol-related deaths last year. Throughout the day, students will read statements during their classes about problems associated with alcohol abuse.

From 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., students, faculty and staff are invited to share a name or a story about someone who either died in an alcohol-related incident or whose life has been impacted by alcohol use. The "Open Mic" session will be on the Central Campus Mall.

"Monday will be a serious day," Harvieux said of the acitivites. "Our goal is to make students aware that there are real consequences of alcohol abuse so we'll be sharing a lot of factual information with students on that day."

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee will host a new event called "Car Smash" from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the area between Zorn Arena and Schneider Hall. Participants can pay to take a turn to use a sledge hammer to smash a car. By the end of the day, the car will look much like a crashed car would look.

Another new activity is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 20. As part of the "Jail & Bail," University Police officers will "arrest" a number of faculty, staff, students and administrators. Those being arrested will be asked to complete a sobriety test as if they were being arrested for drunken driving. Officers will talk to those students in the area of the "arrest," providing information about the consequences of driving drunk. Those arrested must then raise bail to get out of jail. The money will go to the Student Wellness Advocacy Team to support alcohol education efforts on campus.

Also from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, a Drunk Driving Simulator will be set up on the Central Campus Mall. The simulator provides people with an opportunity to get a sense of what it's like to drive while impaired, with the virtual experience eventually ending in a "crash," Harvieux said, noting that the program is sponsored by local distributors.

"The simulator should be a powerful experience for students, an alarming number of whom reported in a recent survey that they had driven drunk within the last 30 days," Harvieux said. "This simulator program will give students a sense of just how dangerous it is to drive after drinking."

A Jazz at Night concert is planned for 8 p.m. Wednesday in The Cabin of Davies Center.

On Thursday, Oct. 21, the Higherground on upper campus will host the "Virgin Bourbon Street & Casino Night" from 8-11 p.m. All the residence halls will compete in a contest for the best alcohol-free cocktail. There will be a casino, dancing, prizes and other activities throughout the event.

NOTA will host an open prose and poetry reading at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Cabin of Davies Center. The Cabin will host an Open Stage at 8 p.m. Friday.

On Friday night and Saturday morning, students can participate in "Late Night Eau Claire," an activity intended to show students that there are things to do during the nighttime hours besides going to a bar. Participants will go to Molton's Skate America, attend a movie and go shopping from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. An after-hours billiards tournament also is planned for midnight-6 a.m. Saturday morning in Hilltop on upper campus.

"OctSOBERfest Free for All" will run from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in McPhee. The movie "Dodgeball" will screen from 8-11 p.m. in Room 199. A dodgeball tournament is planned from 7-11 p.m. in Room 210 of McPhee.

Local talent will be featured in The Cabin at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Among the activities' sponsors are Activities and Programs, Housing and Residence Life, University Recreation, the SWATeam, National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Activities Board, United Hall Council, University Police and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

For details about National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week activities at UW-Eau Claire, contact Sarah Harvieux at (715) 836-2001 or harviesm@uwec.edu.

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Updated: October 12, 2004