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Drink Like a Blugold: Challenge the Assumptions
Set for Sept. 7 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Aug. 25, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Several University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offices will sponsor an event to promote responsible decision making with regards to alcohol, with more than a dozen campus organizations and offices participating.

Drink Like a Blugold: Challenge the Assumptions will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Informational and participatory activities will be presented on the Campus Mall to inform students about the dangers of alcohol abuse and offer other options for campus involvement, relaxation and recreation.

"Our main objective is to continue changing the culture of our campus by challenging the assumption that drinking is the 'only thing to do' in college," said Amanda Krier, hall director at Towers North. "We want to empower all students, male and female alike, and promote the concept of responsible choices."

In the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, student volunteers will present an interactive program consisting of a seamless series of short vignettes following potential situations involving alcohol, choices to be made, and their outcomes. Tours will run every ten minutes from 6 until 7:10 p.m. Students are encouraged to visit both the Council Fire Room and Campus Mall locations.

Jackson Katz
Jackson Katz

At 8 p.m., guest speaker Jackson Katz will take the stage in Zorn Arena to challenge students to examine their attitudes and beliefs about alcohol. Katz has been recognized as one of the country's leading anti-sexist male activists, working to enlist the help of other men in fighting all forms of violence towards women. In 1993 he co-created the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, which was the first large-scale effort to enlist the help of high school, collegiate and professional athletes in this fight, and he is also the founder and director of MVP Strategies, an organization that has provided gender violence prevention training and materials to hundreds of U.S. colleges, high schools, law enforcement agencies, community organizations, large and small corporations, and the U.S. military. He is the primary author of the program's innovative teaching materials, which include videos with accompanying study guides.

Katz has been widely quoted in the national print media and has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Good Morning America," "Phil Donahue," "Montel Williams," "ABC News 20/20," and the "CBS Evening News." A former all-star football player, he became the first man at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to earn a minor in women's studies. He holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sponsors of Drink Like a Blugold: Challenge the Assumptions are UW-Eau Claire's First Year Experience program, Housing and Residence Life, Orientation, Activities and Programs, and the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education.

For more information, contact Peggy O'Halloran, director of CASE, at 715-836-5111; Paul Shepherd, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life, at 715-836-3630; or Jacqueline Bonneville, coordinator of new student orientation, at 715-836-3487.

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