Be safe when having fun


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Eryn Brannagan, a senior health education and promotion major, offers students tips about safety during Mardi Gras in the Student Union Breezeway on Feb. 25. The informational session included a game where students could answer questions about safety and win a T-shirt.

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, the University Health Center put on “Mardi Gras Safety Tips” to inform and encourage students to be safe during the holiday.

Eryn Brannagan, a senior health education and promotion major, set up a table in the Student Union Breezeway on Feb. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“We want to promote Mardi Gras safety,” stated Brannagan. “It is so easy to lose track of things and your surroundings when you are having fun. This is to promote staying aware and keeping a steady mind when it comes to protecting yourself.”

The informational session incorporated a game where students spun a wheel, and depending on the color the arrow landed on, the students answered questions about topics such as alcohol consumption, parade safety and safe sex. Students who answered the question correctly received a T-shirt.

Brannagan discussed the consequences that can arise during Mardi Gras.

“It is possible to harm others and yourself if you are not watching what you are doing,” explained Brannagan. “You may walk in front of a float for not paying attention and get hurt, or worse.”