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Drink and be merry

Sobriety rules at rez’s alcohol awareness month

By Xavine Bryan

Residents were able to drink and drive at Pitman Hall last Monday. But the drinks were non-alcoholic and the car was a simulator. 

It was all part of alcohol awareness month at Pitman Hall. Students had a mocktail party and the opportunity to test their driving skills on a driving game.

“Alcohol awareness is a concern in every university,” said Karen Crawley, life program assistant at the International Learning and Living Centre (ILLC), who helped coordinate the events. Residents were asked to make a non-alcoholic beverage to be entered in the mocktail contest on the second floor of Pitman. The winner was the ninth floor who won a pizza party.

“It was a last minute entry, but it turned out to be the best drink there I guess,” said Meredith Sharpe, the ninth floor’s president.

The drinks were judged for their creativity by Ryerson’s sober president, Claude Lajeunesse and director of student services, Marion Creery. According to Lajeunesse, the drinks ranged, “from good to very, very good.”

“It was a great way to get out and meet people,” said Kimberlee Banks, a tenth-floor resident. “It was nice to see the president of Ryerson…taking an active interest in residence life.”

Another event promoted to encourage awareness about alcohol was the test track racing simulators. “Their primary function is to help advance driving skills and promote responsible use of alcohol at the same time,” said Zachary Lambakis, the test track coordinator.

“I thought it was pretty good but…it could have been a bit longer,” said Jennifer Parker, a senior resident assistant at Pitman.

The test, which is part of an Ontario-wide tour promoting responsible drinking was available to students from October 23 to 24.

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