'Alcohol Awareness Week' to Be Held Oct. 17-22

Published 10.12.2005


Alcohol Awareness Week 2005, to be held Oct. 17-22 at Pennsylvania College of Technology, provides many fun and interesting ways to learn about the effects and consequences of alcohol use and abuse.

This year's theme, iChoose, provides the resources for informed decisions based on facts, not threats or condescending lectures. Here's what students can look forward to:

Monday, Oct. 17

  • Golf Cart Beer Run and DUI Trailer
    10 a.m.-2 p.m., PDC lawn
    Think you know the effect alcohol consumption has on driving functions? Test yourself by driving a golf cart through an obstacle course while wearing vision-impairing "drunk goggles." Penn College Police also will be on hand to demonstrate field-sobriety tests.

  • Dinner and a Drink "Wasted Youth"
    6 p.m., CC TV lounge
    "Wasted Youth" is a short video presentation that puts a human face on the devastation caused by alcohol abuse in our nation's college and university communities. (Sponsored by Student Health Services; and Counseling, Career and Disability Services)

Ruthie Alcaide, of MTV's 'Real World%3A Hawaii' and 'Battle of the Sexes,' to discuss alcohol addiction and rehabilitation.Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • Ruthie Alcaide
    8 p.m., ACC auditorium
    Alcaide, from MTV's reality-TV hits "The Real World: Hawaii" and "Battle of the Sexes," speaks out on living in front of the camera and her own personal battle against alcohol abuse. She will share the story of her "real world" addiction and the rehabilitation that has become her reality.

  • Golf Cart Beer Run and DUI Trailer
    10 a.m.-2 p.m., PDC lawn
    See description above.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • Drug and Alcohol Resource Fair
    10 a.m.-2 p.m., Susquehanna Room lobby
    Concerned about a friend? Want to know how to help? The fair will feature information from college offices, the West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, Wise Options and other off-campus agencies. Stop by to meet college staff and members of the community, while picking up some important information about health and safety.

  • "The Wildcat Crawl"
    6-7:30 p.m., beginning at CC Commons and ending in Wrapture
    Make your way across campus from one Food Services unit to the next, sampling delicious "mock-tails" developed by Penn College's own culinary students. They're so delicious, you won't be able to drink just one!

  • "The Real Effects of Drugs and Alcohol"
    7:30 p.m., ACC auditorium
    Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling will speak about his experiences in dealing with DUI crashes. This "close-to-home" presentation will include graphic photos of injuries he has seen or that could occur because of drug and alcohol abuse.

Thursday, Oct. 20

  • Mock Crash Scene
    7:30 p.m., Field House parking area
    Come see what emergency responders see when cars and alcohol collide. Watch as various campus groups join police, fire, ambulance and LifeFlight personnel to recreate the scene of a high-speed accident in which alcohol may have played a role.

  • Late Night Video Dance Party with Jim Mothersbaugh
    9 p.m.-1 a.m., Field House
    Check out the Late Night Party, featuring games, novelties and carnival-like booths sponsored by various student organizations. Pick up information on the effects of drugs and alcohol, and find out where you or your friends can go for help. Beginning at 9 p.m., Jim Mothersbaugh joins the dance party to present his program, "Road Radio USA," a multimedia educational program that blends lights, sound and visual projections. Listen and watch while Mothersbaugh gives his own account of poor decisions he's made in the past and how they've affected his life.

Up-and-coming band, Oval Opus, to perform in Field HouseFriday, Oct. 21

  • Pop-rock band Oval Opus, including Air Brush Tattoos and the Joust
    9 p.m.,
    Field House
    Cincinnati-based Oval Opus is bringing their danceable rock to the Field House. They've shared the stage with Sister Hazel, O.A.R., Edwin McCain, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, Vertical Horizon, Guster, The Calling, The Pat McGee Band, Fastball and Rusted Root. Catch this band on their way up! While you're listening, get a new tattoo only not so permanent and challenge your friends to an old-fashioned joust.

Comedian Pete Dominick Saturday, Oct. 22

  • Comedian Pete Dominick
    9 p.m., Penn's Inn
    Syracuse comedian Pete Dominick has a unique and hilarious outlook on life. Bring an extra gut with you because Pete will make you bust the one you have! (Sponsored by the Wildcat Events Board)

A registration card will be available at each event (one card per event) for a drawing to be held at the end of the week for various prizes donated by the college community. The top prize is a $150 Lycoming Mall gift certificate.