The Schoolcraft Foundation provides students with some educational fun
By Casey Samyn
Campus Life Editor
The Lower Waterman was bustling with students on March 16 due to the excitement surrounding the Mocktails and the “A Shot of Reality” improvisation show. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. students browsed the tables, gaining awareness about alcohol and the dangers it can present when consumed irresponsibly.
Some of the featured groups were the Michigan State Police, SC Cares, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Al-Anon Family Groups, which is a support group for those who have a loved one with drinking problems.
“I’m really happy about the turnout. The event was a blast,” said Roger Keep, Chairman of the Student Activities Board (SAB). The SAB passed out free root beer floats for attendees and students could earn free pop by visiting the tables.
Once 1 p.m. rolled around the crowd was seated and “A Shot of Reality” began. Patrick McIntyre and Robyn Norris ran the interactive show. Together they explained how too much alcohol consumption can lead to poor decisions outside of just drunk driving, it can also lead to a greater risk of sexual assault, physical fighting and other dangers.
“I know I made mistakes in college, we know a lot of people are going to drink,” said Norris. “For me, it’s about educating people in a way that makes them aware.”
Students learned that being dehydrated leads to hangovers and that alcohol is poisonous. Those who plan to drink should consume water in-between drinks, and always know what is inside their cup.
“The whole purpose of the event is to create more awareness for people. There can be destructive behavior coming into the spring and with Saint Patrick’s Day. If we were able to affect people to call a cab or a friend instead of drinking and driving then I think we’ve done a pretty good thing,” said Todd Stowell, Director of Student Activities.
The Mocktail event was able to be put on with the help of the Schoolcraft Foundation. It’s always important to make sure that friends do not drive after they have been drinking. The “Shot of Reality” was a unique learning lesson that kept students engaged and aware of the dangers of irresponsible alcohol consumption. For more information on attending an Al-Anon group, visit www.al-alateen.org. Other sites people can visit for information based on the other vendors at the event are Mothers Against Drunk Driving at www.madd.org, Livonia Save Our Youth at www.livoniasaveouryouth.org and the Schoolcraft College Foundation at http://scf.schoolcraft.edu.