BACCHUS announces events for Alcohol Awareness Week

The BACCHUS Club has announced a series of events that will be held to help promote National Alchohol Awareness Week, Oct. 21-27. BACCHUS is a national organization with chapters at colleges all over the country. Their mission is promoting safe and responsible alcohol use in the Lawrence community.

The week will be kicked off on Monday with an informational/activity fair at the Buchannan-Kiewitt Rec. Center from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Activities will include a basketball free-throw contest (with prizes) in which the participant wears “fatal vision goggles” (goggles that simulate impaired vision from intoxication), Alcohol 101 (an interactive CD-ROM that simulates a scenario where a person is at a party where alcohol is available), and the showing of an episode of MTV’s “The Real World” in which a character deals with alcohol related problems.

On Wednesday, a member of the Appleton Police Dept. will be at Downer Commons during dinner hours simulating field sobriety tests while the participants wear “fatal vision goggles” of various impairment.

BACCHUS will close out the activities for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week with “Oksoberfest” on Friday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Food will be served and root beer will be on tap. There will also be dancing, with music provided by DJ Dave. The location of Oksoberfest is still being finalized, so watch for signs that will be posted early next week and will give the specific location.

—reporting by Tim Schmidt, Andy Dolan & Chris Swade