Week To 'RIDD' Students Of Alcohol Myths Before Spring Break

Feb. 26, 2010
SHSU Media Contact: Meredith Mohr

As plane tickets are bought, reservations made and plans formulated, Reducing Irresponsible Drinking and Drugs Week will be held at Sam Houston State University to remind students that they should have fun, but also be safe, while they are out on Spring Break.

On Monday (March 8), health students will discuss the “Truth or Consequences” about myths and misperceptions of drugs and alcohol from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area. Among the myths and misperceptions addressed will be how alcohol and drugs can improve sexual performance, help people relax to perform better in a sport, ease relationship issues or help students earn an “A” on an exam.

Following the program, “Hazed and Confused” will be held in the LSC Theater from 1-2 p.m.

“Hazing is not a right of passage for athletes, sorority and fraternity members, and student organization membership, so students will learn the personal and professional risks associated with this violation of civil rights during this interactive presentation conducted by Emily Roper, sport psychology scholar,” said health graduate student and ADAI assistant Lisa Joyner.

On Tuesday (March 9), students can trade in their paraphernalia and clothing items that promote alcohol, drugs, and tobacco for SHSU merchandise during a “SWAP Meet” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area. Students also can exchange their items in the LSC Mall Area Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during other RIDD Week events.

Following the clothing swap, “No Booze Mystery Cruise” will be held in the LSC Mall Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the event, participants can set sail on the SS Bearkat cruise, which begins in the LSC Mall Area and visit “ports” in various departments on campus, earning prizes along the way by correctly answering questions concerning drugs and alcohol. All passengers completing the cruise will have the opportunity to win a mystery prize.

On Wednesday (March 10), students can “Get HIGH” in the LSC Mall Area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and learn the tales associated with substance abuse while flying their own tales high on decorated kites.

Also at that time, the Kat Kab will take students on a cruise to interact with members of Student Activities and the Counseling Center and have their questions answered about alcohol, drugs, and college life. “Cruis’n with the Kat” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon across campus.

That afternoon, students can “Catch a Break” with the softball team and cheer them on as they challenge the Monmouth University Hawks from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bearkat Softball Complex.

The first 100 fans can earn an “official” RIDD Week T-shirt as they dispel the many myths associated with alcohol and drug use.

On Thursday (March 11), nationally acclaimed speaker Nicole Martingano will share her terrifying near-death experience of being hit by a drunk driver with "How to Save a Life: The Story of a Drunk Driving Victim" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Criminal Justice Center Room 190A.

Her inspiring story of recovery during a Web-cast facilitated by criminal justice assistant Kate Fox will be filled with pictures and video of the aftermath of her victimization, according to Joyner.

“Alcoholemia and other dangerous ways to lose weight” will be held in the LSC Mall Area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which time members of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Science Honorary Society, will “bust” myths relating to serving size, caloric intake and seemingly magical ways to lose weight.

On Friday (March 12), Kappa Delta Chi and Omega Delta Phi members will provide a “RIDD Week Reality Check” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

During the event, members will guide participants through an alcohol and drugs spring break reality check adventure, venturing through the safety maze and receive prizes for understanding the realities of alcohol and drug use.

“The goal of RIDD Week is to provide a variety of awareness activities to make an impact on the drinking behavior of SHSU students,” Joyner said. “We want students to make responsible, safe, and legal choices when they want to have fun, and choices that will not affect their academic progress.”

For more information, contact Rosanne Keathley, ADAI coordinator, at 936.294.2228 or aai@shsu.edu or visit the ADAI Web site at http://www.shsu.edu/~org_aai/.



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