This week, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., students can pick up something fun with a healthy message about drinking in the Trabant University Center, Main Street and South College Avenue, and in the Perkins Student Center, on Academy Street.
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Youth to Eliminate Loss of Life (YELL) held its annual leadership conference at the Dover Sheraton. Members of UD's registered student organization, The V8's, attended the conference in support of the great work of many local high school students who draw awareness to the issues of drinking and driving and other alcohol-related safety issues.
Also on Wednesday, in the spirit of the PRISM Awards, which honor accurate depictions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in feature films, television, music videos and more, the film "Body Shots," was shown at 7:30 p.m., in the theatre of the Trabant University Center, Main Street and South College Avenue. Directed by Michael Cristofer and released in 1999, the drama is said to define a decade... as it tells the tale of the mysterious, but necessary, mating ritual between man and women of today and everything they think about sex but are afraid to say.
On Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25 the Road Scholar College Tour comes to Harrington Beach. The tour is visiting 37 college campuses across the country, providing students with information on road rage, drinking and driving, safe driving tips, what to always pack in the trunk for a road trip and what to do in case of an accident.
Giveaways abound, as do the opportunities to enter sweepstakes for a lease, trips and speaker sets. Tower Records, Lipton Ice Tea, Reebok and Coppertone will also be there, handing out samples and gifts to the students.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, local resident Phyllis Stahl, member of the Deleware chapter of MADD, will be on campus to talk about the death of her teenage son, Aaron. Aaron was only 15 when he was killed, in March of 2001, by a drunk driver on Ottis Chapel Road in Newark.
At 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, an Open Mic Night hosted by SCENE will be held at the Art House, on Deleware Avenue, with free beverages and finger foods provided.
The week concludes with the fourth annual Get Wacky Not Wasted from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Perkins Student Center.
The evening of unusual activities, novelties and entertainment will include caricaturists, card readers, palm readers, soothsayers, clowns, jugglers, body artists and balloon artists. Virtual Reality Pods will be set up in the Hen Zone, and pool and other video games will be free for this night only. Free snacks, beverages and "mocktails" will also be provided.
In addition to these specific events, a student writing competition on alcohol abuse issues is being held now through Nov. 8 with the theme, "Be Part of the Solution." Sponsored by The Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol & Other Substance Abuse Issues through funding from Anheuser-Busch Companies, top prize is $2,000 and two second prize winners will be awarded $1,000 each. To be eligible students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at the time of application and registered at an accredited four or two-year college or university.
Entries must be postmarked on or before Friday, Nov. 8, or delivered to Tyler Haynes Commons, University of Richmond by 5 p.m. on that day.
The essay topic is "What adice would you give to someone you care about on the ways college students can play a positive role ÷ emphasizing personal responsibility and respect for the law ÷ when it comes to their choices around drinking alcohol?" Please see www.iatf.org for additional information and submission requirements.
For University of Delaware Alcohol-free events throughout the academic year, visit the SCENE website at http://www.udel.edu/stu-org/scene.