Bee Responsible: What’s in your drink?

St. Ambrose University dedicates one week every October to interactively educating their students about alcohol safety. And this year, a taste of the rainbow added a new element to one of their classic programs.

Bee Responsible Week’s Mock Tail program has always been popular. It is an event that is meant to show students they can have a good time without alcohol.

Students walked around the Rogalski Center patio checking out the non-alcoholic beverages at each of the club’s tables. As students began tasting their samples, a common question could faintly be made out over the loud, club-like music: “What’s this?”

Students were looking at a small round object in the bottom of their cups. And back up at them stared a Skittle, a piece of candy that represented much more than some students had yet to catch on to.

As the night went on, more and more students were finding Skittles in their mock tails. A rumor began to quickly spread that finding a skittle represented being drugged. But the question still remained as to who was responsible.

By halfway into the night everyone there had either been mock drugged themselves or seen someone find a Skittle. That’s when director of residence life Pat Lynch announced who was to blame for the incident, the Sexual Assault Awareness Team (SAAT).

“(We wanted to) get our point across to always be aware of who is making your drink and where it is coming from,” Lindsey Mack, president of SAAT, said.

Keeping an eye on your drink is one of the most common pieces of advice heard, but as the Skittle demonstration showed, it can also be one of the most forgotten about.

SAAT vice president Stephanie Burns was surprised at how many people never caught on to the fact that they need to ask for a new drink rather than just taking a pre-poured one.

“I went to a couple of tables and asked for a new drink in front of people, but they still weren’t getting it,” Burns said.

After informing everyone that SAAT was responsible, Lynch announced some tips on how to make sure students’ drinks had not been tampered with.

As Burns had subtly tried to point out, Lynch reminded students they should not take a drink they did not get themselves, and they should always watch their drink being poured.

That is what Bee Responsible Week is about, reminding students how to stay safe and drink responsibly.

“If we can just provide students with information and make them more aware that’s really our main goal,” Lynch said. “It’s not a preachy type of ‘don’t drink, don’t drink.’ It’s more of a ‘hey here’s some facts to just be aware of.’”

More than 400 students attended Mock Tails, making it the most attended event of Bee Responsible Week. Other events included trivia, beer goggle dodge ball and a dance in the Beehive.

Bee Responsible Week took place Oct. 7-10.

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