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University Alcohol Awareness Week helps educate students

Students commemorate victims of alcohol abuse, stage mock DUI accident

10/13/03

About 150 students wore special T-shirts and remained "dead" silent on Monday, Oct. 20, as part of Dead Day, a special remembrance of those whose lives have been negatively impacted by alcohol. Dead Day was just one of many events taking place at the University during Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 18-25.

Each person who was “dead” silent for the day carryied a card explaining what his or her actions symbolized. The card also displayed the personal story of a person whose life was being commemorated for the day. Some of the stories were written by parents reflecting on the lives of their children who were killed by drunk drivers. Others were personal accounts from people who survived alcohol-related accidents.

The “dead” students “came back to life” and began to speak again during a candlelight vigil at 8:00 p.m. at Bellarmine Chapel. The vigil was a chance for those who participated in the day’s events and others on campus who have been affected by alcohol in any way to reflect on their experiences.

Between classes on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 1:20 p.m., the BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) student club staged a mock DUI accident at the circle corner of Herald and Ledgewood Avenues in front of Bellarmine Chapel.

BACCHUS worked with campus police, Kenwood Towing and Cincinnati police and fire/EMS to make the scene appear as if a drunk driver has hit pedestrians. Actors portrayed the injured pedestrians, while officers questioned the belligerent drunk driver and rescue squads extracted a passenger from the wrecked vehicle.

“In the past, the mock DUI has served as an alarming, yet educational experience for Xavier students, faculty and staff,” says Stacy Hoehn, BACCHUS Alcohol Awareness Week committee member.

For more information, contact Hoehn at 513 924-8827.