She couldn’t walk the line and dropped the ball. Blame it on the fatal vision
Amber Cunningham, a Jacksonville State University sophomore, was one of many
artificially impaired students Wednesday partaking in activities for alcohol
Participants at the site in the Merrill Hall lobby were told to walk down a
line of blue masking tape, wearing goggles adjusted to reflect vision influenced
Cunningham, like other students, was not successful.
“I feel embarrassed,” she said, after failing to grab a ball a peer educator
rolled her way.
It was a surprising reaction, Cunningham said, “because with the glasses it
made it seem like you were OK, but you weren’t.”
Which is the point, said Adam Green, a counselor and advisor for JSU Peer
He said the activity is always popular with students because they are caught
off guard by their reactions.
“They try to overcompensate or under compensate,” Green said.
By noon, almost 400 students had signed cards pledging not to drink and
drive, he said.
On Tuesday, people were given the opportunity to calculate their blood
alcohol level with the Intoxiclock, a new feature for alcohol awareness week
that Green said was popular.
The week will conclude with a candlelight vigil Thursday night in remembrance
of people who have died because of drunken driving.
For Ricky Naugher, director of the peer educator program, interactive
education is the most effective way to teach people about the dangers of
There are no guarantees people will become more responsible about drinking
because of alcohol awareness week, said Keena Perkins, a JSU junior who serves
as a peer educator.
But she said she considers part of the group’s role to be a constant reminder
so people don’t forget about alcohol abuse.
When she goes out with friends at night and sees red pledge cards in their
wallets, it’s encouraging, she said.
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Matthew Kasper covers Jacksonville, Piedmont,
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