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"Stay Alive": UA promotes safety ahead of spring break



A resource fair reminding students to “Stay Safe, Stay Smart, and Stay Alive” over spring break this March will be held on the UA Mall this Wednesday.

The Spring Break Safety Fair is an annual event to inform students about all of the resources that are available to them while they are traveling during spring break. It will be hosted by the University of Arizona Police Department, the Student Health Advocacy Committee, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona and the Parents and Family Association.

“This event is supposed to connect the student body to the resources available all around campus and their spring break destinations,” said Stephanie Kha, director of SHAC.

Everything from general health and wellness advice to emergency contact numbers for the U.S. Consulate will be available. UA organizations that will be present include Campus Health Service and the Women’s Resource Center, which will each have its own table offering information about what is available to students during their travels this season.

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File Photo / The Daily Wildcat Students at The University of Arizona will be on Spring Break beginning March 14 through March 22. To promote a safe spring break, The University of Arizona Police Department has partnered with the Associated Students of The University of Arizona to host the annual Spring Break Safety Fair.

“We want to make students aware that there are resources available, and that they have access to them if they need them over break,” said Jose Bermudez, UAPD crime prevention officer.

Because Mexico is such a popular spring break destination — especially Rocky Point, given its close proximity — agencies based in Mexico will be present as well, according to Bermudez. These agencies will include the U.S. Consulate to Mexico, the Office of Tourism and Visitor Assistance in Rocky Point, the Sonoran Department of Tourism and Customs and Border Protection.

In addition to information tables, there will be giveaways, food and beverages at the fair, including pizza, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. There will also be a limited number of “bro tanks” given away for those who arrive when the event starts, said Sherri Freedman, program coordinator of ASUA.

Students will also be able to partake in a DUI driving simulation activity. Students will drive a golf cart in a sober state and will then try it while wearing “beer goggles” that impair vision and ultimately simulate driving under the influence of alcohol, Bermudez said.

“We do represent the student body, and we’re trying to make sure that our student body remains safe and responsible through spring break because they are representing the university at all times,” Freedman said. “No matter where you go, you are representing the university, and we want to make sure students are respectful and get home safely.”


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