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March 28, 2003


LA CROSSE, Wis.— From enjoying College Night at the Night Train and Manhattan Night with Viterbo bachelors and bachelorettes to trying on Fatal Vision goggles and having Open Mic Night, Viterbo University students and staff are getting creative and finding activities that provide alternatives to alcohol and create awareness of alcohol-abuse consequences during Alcohol Awareness Week (April 6-12).

"The education and alternatives that we promote during Alcohol Awareness Week are things that students and others can incorporate into their daily lives," said Anne Ellefson, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) prevention specialist. Connect Club, a student group thats goals are to increase awareness of alcohol issues affecting college environments and to promote low-risk alcohol choices, is coordinating the week of events, educational sessions, and alternative activities. To increase awareness, a number of different campus clubs and organizations are directly involved:

Friday, April 4

  • College Night at the Night Train, 7 p.m., La Crosse Center. Viterbo and other college students from the La Crosse area are headed to see La Crosse’s professional indoor football team.

Sunday, April 6:

  • BYOB: Bring Your Own Banana to the Student Union from 7-9 p.m. and students enjoy a free ice cream sundae, courtesy of the Student Development staff.

Monday, April 7:

  • Fatal Vision: Students can try on the Fatal Vision Goggles in the cafeteria from 4:30-6 p.m. to gain insight into the effects of alcohol impairment on coordination and perception.
  • Manhattan Monday Night:  A Manhattan lounge atmosphere, jazz, mocktails, and the Marian Hall Bachelors and Bachelorettes are all at Mugshots from 8:30-10 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8:

  • Random Acts of Kindness—In Action: Free non-alcoholic beverages from students in the Organizational Behavior class will help students face their early morning classes.
  • Acquire Your Own Beta: Viterbo Math Club members will be manning a Student Union booth from noon-2 p.m. to challenge others to toss a ball to win fish.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)—A Professional Response: Students in the Drug and Alcohol Assessment class host a panel discussion on health care and human service responses to FAS.

Wednesday, April 9:

  • Buy a Brat & Get a Beer—Rootbeer, That Is: The Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work Club is offering their brats from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. behind Murphy Center.
  • Rivoli Movie Night: Viterbo students enjoy a free movie, from the Student Activities Board.

Thursday, April 10:

  • Mocktail Contest: The Resident Student Board is sponsoring a mocktail contest from 8-10 p.m. in the campus coffeehouse, Mugshots. Students enter the contest with their favorite mocktail or punch recipes and everyone else gets to judge them.
  • Dollar-off Night at Mugshots: Students, faculty, and staff can enjoy a coffee beverage at Mugshots, and save a dollar, courtesy of the Resident Student Board.
  • Open Mic at Mugshots: Students and other member of the Viterbo community will sing, play an instrument, or read poetry. Prizes will be awarded.

Friday, April 11:

  • Game Night in the Union: Residence Life will host free games and beverages in the Student Union from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 12
  • A Toast to Your Health at Valley View Mall: Students and the public can talk with an area alcohol and drug professionals at booths in the mall from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. about alcohol/drug concerns. Sponsored by La Crosse organizations for National Alcohol Screening Day.

All Week:

  • Random Acts of Kindness: People are encouraged to recognize others’ kindnesses by nominating them at the Connect booths in Murphy Center or the Student Union.
  • The Wall: The names of those whose lives have been adversely affected by alcohol can be written  on one of the bricks on Sigma Pi Delta’s Wall in the Student Union.
  • Psychology Club’s displays around campus share information about alcohol issues.
  • Candle Memorial: Paper "candles" displayed around will increase awareness of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving.
  • The Viterbo Student Nurses’ Association posters depict burn victims whose injuries were caused by a drunk driver and remind others of the lifelong consequences of such crashes.
  • Spanish Club members will wear stickers promoting non-smoking.

For more information on these events, or to find out about other Alcohol Awareness Week activities, please contact Ellefson at 796- 3807 or email her at

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