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Students get ‘Shot of Reality’ at alcohol event

Senior international studies and environmental biology major Shaadee Ahmadnia examines the wreckage of a car involved in an alcohol related accident. It was part of an Order of Omega alcohol awareness program Monday in front of the Campus Center. The driver of the car was texting while driving under the influence. The driver and all three passengers survived. / photo by Stephanie Ball

Senior international studies and environmental biology major Shaadee Ahmadnia examines the wreckage of a car involved in an alcohol related accident. It was part of an Order of Omega alcohol awareness program Monday in front of the Campus Center. The driver of the car was texting while driving under the influence. The driver and all three passengers survived. / photo by Stephanie Ball

Erica Maurice
Staff Writer

Christins Collins Burton
Editorial Director

Applause and laughter poured out of the Athletics Pavilion on Monday night as Order of Omega’s “A Shot of Reality” presentation educated and entertained students.

Speakers Patrick McIntyre and Atul Singh presented to packed bleachers about the importance of being responsible with alcohol.

The event tied into the daylong awareness event that included asking people to sign pledges against drunk driving.

“In lectures I tuned out while our shows uses interaction and humor,” McIntyre said.

“We try to be realistic, students are going to be exposed to alcohol.”

The duo has been traveling to spread the message of alcohol awareness to colleges and military bases for two years.

In “A Shot of Reality” McIntyre and Singh started with five important rules: drink water, stay away from carbonated drinks, stick with a group of trustworthy friends, clear your schedule for the next day and delete your ex’s phone number from your phone.

After they presented their list, they collected volunteer answers from the audience about the effects of alcohol ranging from a hangover the next day to ending up naked.

In one skit, they took volunteers and asked them to give McIntyre reasons he should not drive drunk and as a reward McIntyre would give them keys for creative answers.

Dia Romero, sophomore international business and language major, ran up to him and warned him that her father was the main character in the movie “Taken” and was coming for him.

“It’s definitely different from other alcohol events,” said Order of Omega adviser Angie Anderson.

“It gave different perspectives and kept the audience engaged while still being impactful.”

Order of Omega brought the event to La Verne because they saw the program at a conference and thought it would be a great way to wish students a safe and responsible spring break.

ASULV president Ava Jahan­vash, an Order of Omega member, said past alcohol awareness events were more somber but this one gave the same message without being sad.

“It kept my attention,” senior sociology major Jeremy Mcwells said.

Mcwells enjoyed when they did a sort of pantomime charades game playing out three scenarios, which students created.

“It was very creative,” Mcwells said.

To refocus how important alcohol awareness is the show took a turn for the serious when McIntyre went into the audience to have students share their personal stories about drunk driving.

Students shared stories about their experience and their family’s experience of being injured by a drunk driver.

Erica Maurice can be reached at erica.maurice@laverne.edu.

Christina Collins Burton can be reached at christina.burton@laverne.edu.

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