Students returning to campus this weekend

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Students who live on campus will move in on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, with the help of more than 250 Husky Haulers* (volunteer faculty members, staff and students).  New students will move in beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, with returning residence hall students moving in Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.

Students will be welcomed with “Husky Kickoff” activities that include an evening ice cream social Aug. 24, a Johnny Holm Band concert Aug. 28, a drive-in movie Friday, Aug. 29, an outdoor picnic on Labor Day, and performances by hypnotist Jim Wand Sept. 4.

A new feature of Husky Kickoff this year is “U-Choose-a-Palooza” at the Atwood Memorial Center Mall from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26.  The interactive event sponsored by Delta Zeta Sorority and Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity will include more than a dozen stations with activities designed to create awareness of the negative consequences of alcohol use.

Students can play video games using “drunk goggles” to demonstrate alcohol-related impairments, interact with the St. Cloud Police Department, participate in mock sobriety tests and take a ride in a crash simulator.  The event will wrap at 9 p.m. with nationally-known author, columnist and speaker Harlan Cohen, who will cover “The Naked Roommate -- and Everything Else You Might Run Into in College.”

Students returning to campus also will be greeted with a campaign designed to help them understand the costly consequences of risky alcohol use.  Pamphlets and flyers spelling out the financial as well as negative emotional and career consequences of drunk driving will be distributed in the nine residence halls on campus and will be included with all purchases students make during the first weeks of school at the Husky Bookstore.

“Costs of Drunk Driving” spells out, for example, the estimated costs of a first DWI, which can easily reach more than $18,000 in fines, fees and insurance costs.  “If you’re drinking, don’t drive . . . it can save your life, your reputation and more than $18,000,” reads the flyer.

The “Costs of Drunk Driving” campaign is being conducted in partnership with the Stearns County Safe Communities Coalition, which hopes to reach more than 6,000 students with the campaign.

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* Volunteer Husky Haulers include nearly 20 volunteers from the community, 15 faculty and staff (in addition to Residential Life staff), 125 football, soccer and volleyball players and wrestlers, and another 100 students.

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