Ivy Tech hosts first alcohol awareness day, before spring break

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March 2, 2012

Ivy Tech hosts first alcohol awareness day, before spring break

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold its first Alcohol Awareness Day on Monday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the main campus, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building. Ivy Tech is hosting Alcohol Awareness Day during the spring semester with the hope of educating students about problematic use prior to spring break.

Psychology faculty and students in Ivy Tech’s Intro to PSYC course, as part of a service-learning project, will host a variety of events in the main campus rotunda. Participants will experience sobriety activities where they will wear goggles that simulate intoxication, and then experience different field sobriety activities such as walking a straight line and tossing a ball. Additionally, students will learn about serving sizes and calculate their personal blood alcohol level in relation to various drink sizes. A screening instrument will be available for students to take that will assess their personal level of drinking and counselors will be on hand to discuss the results of the screening in an individual and confidential manner.  

Student service-learning projects included creating educational poster advertisements that express alcohol’s dangerous impact on the binge drinker. Participants will have a chance to vote on their choice of the most effective poster. 

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Office of Student Support and Development has partnered with IUs Center for Human Growth to offer free counseling services to students through the Counseling and Outreach program. The program provides service to Ivy Tech students in the form of individual counseling and personal growth groups to help with a variety of problems including addiction, depression, stress management and relationship troubles. All counseling is confidential.

If you are an Ivy Tech student and would like to make an appointment with the counseling and outreach center, contact (812) 330-6287 or email counseling-r14@lists.ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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H-T Instant Message: Banned books

Instant Message: Banned books

Compiled by Rod Spaw
March 1, 2012

Today’s question: Ivy Tech is celebrating Read Across America Day by reading selections from banned books. What is your favorite banned book and why?

“Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut is brilliant, funny, shocking, disturbing…it is an education unto itself into human nature, war, peace, and memory. No wonder it’s routinely banned.

Michael Wilkerson
Washington, D.C.

“Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. A quintessential ending to an exceptional story.

Ken Dunn
Bloomington

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain is my favorite banned book. Clemens can turn a phrase… oh, my.

D.L. Wilcox
Bloomington

The Bible, because it is the only book that is the eternally true word of God. It is all perfect, but I am drawn to Ephesians 1:3-5 2 and Thessalonians 2:13 as I write this.

Scott Tibbs
Bloomington

All of them!! Because no one should be prevented from reading any written word whether from curiosity, pursuit of knowledge or dispute of ignorance.

Helen Harrell
Spencer

“Green Eggs & Ham” because it’s a fun book to read to kids. (In 1965, the children’s novel was temporarily banned in the People’s Republic of China for its portrayal of early Marxism. The ban was lifted in 1991, following Seuss’ death)

Michael A. Davis
Bloomington

The “Grapes of Wrath” was banned for alleged unfavorable portrayal of California area residents. It is a gripping and poignant novel of hard scrabble dust bowl days during the depression and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1940.

Clark Brittain
Bloomington

“Pudd’nhead Wilson,” by Mark Twain. Twain directly addresses race and slavery, in as funny a way as such a terrible institution can be analyzed. But the “N word” is on virtually every page, so it is difficult to read, and is often suppressed.

Guy Loftman
Bloomington

My favorite book is not banned yet, but if we aren’t very careful it will be before long. The Bible.

Bob Pate
Stanford

I’ve read dozens of books that have been banned, and I cannot recall any I didn’t enjoy. My favorite is the Bible. I have also really enjoyed writings by Mark Twain, Jack London, and Aristophanes.

Marvant Duhon
Bloomington

The Grapes of Wrath, by Steinbeck. I admire Tom Joad and his struggle during the Great Depression. “[W]herever there’s a fight, so people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ a guy, I’ll be there. . . . and when people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build — I’ll be there, too.”

Ken Dau-Schmidt
Bloomington

I really hate it that all those darn peaceniks keep trying to ban the Bible, man! Jesus told us to judge our neighbors; why can’t they just accept that?

Greg Alexander
Bloomington

My favorite banned book is “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”, but given that I live 10 miles from Buda, Texas, where “What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys” was banned, we’re collecting money to buy copies of that book where we will distribute it, free of charge, in Buda.

Mark Carpenter
Austin, Texas

“Fahrenheit 451” because I love books and reading. Living in a society without them is a very frightening thought.

Linda Harl
Ellettsville

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