Words and Photos By Hannah Hamilton
This year’s Chocolate Wasted event was a smashing success! At this fun and delicious program, students were invited to learn about alcohol safety and awareness while enjoying all kinds of delicious chocolaty treats.
When students arrived to the Greek Theatre, they were given a punch card. This card served as their ticket to get chocolate treats once it was filled out. Informational booths were set up around the Greek Theatre including No Woman Left Behind, Office of Student Standards and Conduct, Rape Education Services by Peers Encouraging Conscious Thought (RESPECT) and Substance Education and Alcohol Resources (SEAR).
At the No Woman Left Behind table, two interns explained that the mission of the program is to educate the community about sexual assault and help improve public awareness. The interns also handed out information flyers, answered questions, discussed how students can get involved and shared upcoming programs.
At the SEAR booth, students received information about resources offered by SEAR and statistics about alcohol on college campuses. The students then had the chance to spin a wheel and win prizes including water bottles, stickers and lanyards.
After receiving information from the SEAR booth, students made their way to the Student Conduct Office table, where they walked through a scenario about the conduct process on campus.
At the RESPECT booth, students learned about the risks of sexual assault and relationship violence, including how to prevent them.
Once their cards were fully punched and their heads filled with important knowledge the students were ready for the Chocolate Party. When the students got to the stage of the Greek Theatre, they were allowed to get “chocolate wasted” with brownies, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate milk and so much more!
“It’s especially important that new students gain an awareness of the resources that are available when it comes to handling the pressures of drinking,” said Cecilee Essary, the coordinator for residence education for Hotz Hall. “Chocolate Wasted is a fun and engaging way to start a conversation about this topic!”