Campus activities highlight alcohol awareness

October 24, 2011

McDaniel students have enjoyed cookies home-baked by staff, walked among luminaries memorializing Maryland lives lost to alcohol and listened to speakers impacted by alcohol – all in observance of Alcohol Awareness Month.

Coordinated by the Wellness Center and the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee, campus activities were geared to opening students’ eyes to problems associated with alcohol.

Its purpose is “to educate the students about the hazards of high-risk drinking, and offer fun, alcohol-free events that are alternatives to drinking,” said Megan Hearron, a counselor in the Wellness Center.

“According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it is estimated that 599,000 students nationwide between 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol each year,” Hearron said.

At the beginning of the month, luminaries were displayed in Memorial Square in remembrance of the 162 people who lost their lives in alcohol-related auto accidents in Maryland last year. After the display, speaker Miguel Vela talked about his own experience driving under the influence.

Free midterm massages were given by La Bodi Massage in Kriel Lounge, and a late night milk-and-cookies social featured a performance by McDaniel improv group DANGERSAUCE. The milk-and-cookie social was sponsored by the Alcohol Awareness Prevention Committee, the Wellness Center, Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and Phi Mu sorority.

Dr. Lori Hart, an award-winning speaker and Director of Alcohol Education for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, spoke to students on the dangers of high risk drinking.

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