BY: ALEX CARSON
progress@eku.edu

Drunk goggle challenges, casino games, pizza and T-shirts are just a few of the free interactive activities students can experience at the annual Get Lei’d Before Spring Break event kicking off at 7 p.m. March 7 in the middle lobby of the Powell Building.

The EKU Office of Student Life and the Health Education Action Team (HEAT) have partnered to provide this event to educate students on how to have a fun and safe spring break.

“We understand spring break is supposed to be a fun and relaxing time with your friends, but for a lot of students it will be the first time to travel without their parents or family members,” said Nikki Hart, assistant director of Student Life and head coordinator of the event. “There could be challenges they have never faced before. We want students to be aware of the dangers and consequences of binge drinking and unprotected sex, while also having a good time.”

Hart said with 200 to 300 students in attendance each year according to the Office of Student Life, this event has potential learning experiences for everyone to gain from and experience before they head for the long awaited break.

Emily Tingle, 22, a public health major from Springfield, is a member of HEAT and will be helping staff the event.

“There will be pizza, cornhole and walking the line with drunk goggles, alcohol Jeopardy and T-shirts will be handed out for participating,” Tingle said.

A casino night, sponsored by Greek Weekend, will also be added this to this year’s event, Hart said.

“All students will receive a $100 start voucher for the casino,” Hart said. “If they bring a non-perishable food item or item of clothing they will receive extra starter chips.”

Get Lei’d offers free fun and awareness paired with opportunities for charitable donations, which will be donated to local food and clothing banks, Hart said.

Tingle said she hopes students realize how dangerous spring break can be and hopes people learn at least one tip from the event.

For more information on this event and others provided by the Office of Student Life, go to the website at www.studentlife.eku.edu, or visit the office in Powell 128.