WMU News

Students and friends invited to free party

Jan. 24, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University students looking for a good party are invited to an alcohol-free all-night bash Friday, Jan. 25, in the Student Recreation Center. "Party at the Rec," which is being sponsored by University Recreation and Students Socializing Sober or S3, is free and open to all WMU students and their friends.

"This event will be a great way to rev up for the winter semester," S3 president Matt Sleziak says. "Lots of WMU students don't make alcohol the mainstay of their social life. They know they can meet new people and have a good time when drinking isn't a part of the picture."

The party begins at 10 p.m. and ends at 4 a.m. Those attending will be "locked-in" at midnight and able to leave starting at 2:30 a.m., after the bars have closed and most drinkers are off the road.

The recreation center will open all of its facilities to partygoers, including the climbing wall; swimming pool; weight room; and racquetball, volleyball and basketball courts. Those who aren't in an athletic mood can take part in a host of other activities, from movies to a euchre tournament to DJ-led dancing. Free food and beverages will be available, and the first 100 people to be admitted will receive a Party at the Rec T-shirt. Everyone will be eligible for other prizes.

University Recreation is dedicated to creating healthy environments that engage students and the University community in learning and personal development.

S3 is a registered student organization that promotes the philosophy that you don't have to drink to have fun and enjoy yourself. It advocates responsible decision making and healthy lifestyle choices in addition to sponsoring a variety of alcohol-free social events throughout the academic year. S3 is funded through a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health with support from the Prevention Network, a nationwide nonprofit agency. It received the Prevention Network's model program award for 2001.

More information, visit the S3 Web site, <www.geocities.com/s3wmu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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