S.A.F.E. Week combats rising college trends
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 00:08
Drug abuse, binge drinking, driving while intoxicated and hazing are all high-risk activities that form part of the college lifestyle for many students. Student Awareness of Feasible Endangerment (S.A.F.E.) Week, starting Tuesday, will address all of these issues by bringing to light the harsh and sometimes permanent consequences of hard partying.
Sam Houston State University along with sponsors Alcohol and Drug Initiative and the Greek community will be hosting S.A.F.E. Week on the main campus featuring a variety of demonstrations and lectures regarding high-risk behavior.
“The students need to know what options they have to be safe,” Eddie Gisemba, coordinator of ADAI, said.
Gisemba will also be speaking at the event “One Hammered Night" Tuesday at the Lowman Student Center Mall at 4 p.m.
According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, more than 1,800 students die annually from alcohol-related injuries. Gisemba’s presentation will relate the potentially fatal consequences of binge drinking to gambling and chance.
“The message is that when drinking, unexpected things happen,” Gisemba said in an interview with the SHSU Communications Office. “Some of these things may be funny or just require thorough cleaning but others carry very serious consequences.”
On Wednesday, the Risk Management Activity Zone, provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, features situations that can happen while driving under the influence. The zone is open to students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mall. The activities include the roll over convincer, where students will experience what it is like to be in a car accident without wearing a seatbelt, and a driving simulator, which conveys the altered sense of perception and reaction times an impaired driver suffers.
The event moves to the LSC Theatre at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the Campus Risk Management Awareness Workshop, where there will be a discussion about safe transportation options provided to students as they go out at night.
S.A.F.E. week closes Sept. 5 at 4:15 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom with guest speaker Kim Novak, founder and CEO of Novak Talks. Novak will explain the dangers of hazing within student organizations.
In 2011, Robert Champion, a band member from Florida A&M University’s Marching 100, died after a brutal hazing ritual he received from his peers.
The event is free to all students on campus.
"Whether you’re Greek or non-Greek, we open it up to any student... come as you are..."Jerrell Sherman, assistant dean of students of Greek life, said. “It's open to the entire campus."
For more information contact Eddie Gisemba at 936-294-2228.