‘Solo cup’ speaker brings alcohol safety message to campus

We all know the stereotype: Where there are college students, there are parties. And where there are parties, there is alcohol.

Jake Byczkowski will talk about this “Solo cup culture,” prevalent on many college campuses, when he visits Manchester University. His message is not that alcohol is inherently bad – the danger comes from the way it can be abused.

Byczkowski will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Manchester is committed to fostering a safe community for students to learn and grow, and North Manchester is among the safest communities in Indiana. Each fall, MU Counseling Services coordinates with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Committee and the Athletics Department to offer an engaging, educational program about the use of alcohol and drugs, and wise choices around the exposure to alcohol and drugs in college.

Byczkowski – who was in a fraternity at Ohio State University, worked as a disc jockey and threw parties as a representative for Red Bull at campuses across Ohio – witnessed what happens when young people are exposed to the harmful effects of misusing alcohol.

“Why do many college students continue to drink even after experiencing alcohol-related harm?” Byczkowski asks.

He challenges the common mindset that alcohol abuse is something students cannot control or lessen, in part by redefining terms like “problematic drinking” and “binge drinking.” His intent is that students will consider the effect that alcohol can have on them and those around them, and behave responsibly.

His goal is to mobilize students to create a movement against alcohol-related harm. He fosters interactive discussions on topics such as bystander intervention to “utilize the millions of intelligent minds on college campuses to create a new culture, where responsible use of alcohol and safety are priorities.”

The presentation is part of the University’s Values, Ideas and the Arts series.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

Sept. 16, 2015

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