It’s that tim1e of year again. Zombie pub crawls and terrifying drinks are on the menu once more. Thanks to the KNOW campaign, we all know that a standard drink is one 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. of wine, and 1.5 oz. of hard liquor. Pretty straight forward, right? But what about mixed drinks? I’m going to talk about safe ways to get your spook on without ending up under a tombstone.

4There are some gross looking drinks that come out around Halloween. Take the Alien Brain Hemorrhage. Thanks to the different densities of the alcohol (YAY SCIENCE!), the different types of alcohol separate instead of mix. No matter how nasty looking it is, try to limit yourself so your own brain doesn’t end up looking like that!

The Green Goblin is 3another common Halloween themed drink. It is a mixed drink, containing more alcohol than you would think. One serving of this eerie potion is actually 1.7 standard drinks.


Last, but certainly not least, The Zombie. The website I found had a tagline for it, something along the lines of “Strong enough to wake the dead.” This spooky 2concoction is actually 2.8 standard drinks in one glass. If you are following the 0-1-2-3 low risk approach to drinking, one Zombie and you are done for the night.




Hockey is Back!

The UND Men’s Ice Hockey team will begin its regular season this Friday, October 10th against Bemidji State. Men’s Hockey is without a doubt UND’s most popular sporting event and is often paired with heavy drinking. As the season gets under way, it is important to know a few things about drinking at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA). To consume alcohol at the REA you must be 21 years or older and anyone under the age of 35 must wear a wristband from one of the many ID checker stands throughout the building. For UND sporting events there is a limit of two alcoholic drinks per person and beer is permitted anywhere in the building, except the student section. The student section is completely dry (no alcoholic drinks), regardless of age, and any student that receives an alcohol related charge such as a Minor in Possession or Consumption may also have to report to UND for sanctions regarding a violation of UND’s Alcohol Policy.


As the excitement of Hockey season comes upon us, it is important not to forget the rules of safe and responsible drinking. Many students “pre-game” for the hockey games – this is binge drinking, and it can be very dangerous so remember to stick to UND’s 0-1-2-3 of safe drinking. As a reminder, it goes as follows:

0 – Understand when not to drink, especially when you have something important going on the next day (work, test, pregnancy)

1 – Limit yourself to one drink per hour

2 – Keep drinking down to no more than two times per week

3 – Have no more than three drinks in one night

Remember to always have a sober ride. Many local bars and similar establishments will have buses located by the UND Bookstore to shuttle you to their location. Also, as a reminder, the local taxi companies will no longer be accepting debit and credit cards during Hockey season so make sure you have cash on hand.

Additional Information:

REA Policies – http://www.theralph.com/guest-services/a-z-guide

UND Alcohol Policy – http://und.edu/finance-operations/university-police/policies-alcohol.cfm

UND’s 0-1-2-3 – http://und.edu/health-wellness/hub/alcohol.cfm

Men’s Hockey Schedule – http://www.undsports.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=13500&SPID=6405&SPSID=58682

Picture – http://pixabay.com/en/landscape-winter-snow-ice-boys-76913/

How to Help Your Friend

The dictionary definition of a friend is a person who is a supporter, a sympathizer and a lover. If we call ourselves a friend of someone we should be quick to be their support, to sympathize with them, and to love them. The best way to show these characteristics of a good friend is to care for one another in many different situations; such as after a night of heavy drinking.

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Too often we hear stories of individuals that never left a party with the people they came with and end up seriously hurt or dead the next morning. We also hear stories where the individuals were taken home by their friends, but left by themselves for the rest of the night, like the story above. Let’s not be a part of another story.

Here are a few things to remember when taking care of your friends after a night of drinking:

Place them in the Bacchus Maneuver

The Bacchus maneuver is the best way to get your friend to lay on their side in order to decrease the possibility of choking on puke. Once you have your friend on their side, you should continue to check on them; if they have rolled to their back, make sure to place them on their side once again.bacchus

Stay with your friend the whole night

Gently nudge them and check their breathing regularly. Alcohol is a depressant which can slow or even stop a few of the involuntary functions of your body, such as breathing; heart rate and blood pressure. If at any time the breathing of your friend is less than 8 breaths per minute, call emergency personnel. If your friend has fallen asleep, someone should stay with them and check on them continuously because they could become unconscious.

Keep them warm

Your friend may be sweating, but it is actually smart to make sure they are warm and have blankets near them. Alcohol lowers the body’s temperature and can cause hypothermia.

Encourage them to drink water

Alcohol causes dehydration in the body; therefore, it is wise to switch your friend’s beer bottle with a water bottle. Coffee and tea do not help to sober up; they, along with alcohol, are a diuretic and further the effects of dehydration. Time is the only thing that can help sober an individual.

Talk about it

Ask one another what activities or actions at a party they do not want to be a part of, for example, playing beer pong, going into a room alone with a guy, etc. Once you both know, you can watch out for each other at the party by reminding one another of these precautionary decisions and can pull one another away from the situations discussed.

Set Boundaries

Being a caring friend is a noble thing, but be aware of your own boundaries and abilities in this situation. Talk to your friend before going out to a party. Let your friend know what you are willing to do for her/him if he or she becomes too intoxicated. If your friend understands your boundaries, they will be less likely to become dependent upon you for the night or in the future.


A *bit* of Credit.

As I approach most new and different things in life, I generally have the same mindset.

It goes something like this:
“I can’t do this. I’m going to say the wrong thing. I won’t be good enough. They’re going to get rid of me/dislike me. Someone will do better after me. Someone did better before me. I can’t do this. I shouldn’t do this.” And so on.

I get stuck in a spiral of negative self-doubt.  It’s terrifying and… exhausting.

To be honest, I have no idea where it came from. I have been surrounded by a lot of encouraging and loving people in my life who have lifted me up and given me confidence in my abilities… yet… I still go back to that same black hole. Every. Time.

Motherhood is quickly approaching. Part of me wants to keep this little one safely inside of me forever. And to be completely honest, a selfish part of me is terrified of the changes we’re going to face when we add one more human to our mix. Right now, aside from the occasional leg cramp or ache, life is pretty predictable. I can come and go as I’d like. I can eat when and what I want. I can take a nap when I need it. I know my schedule and have a pretty good idea of how the day will go. And I like it like that.

But that’s all about to change. In just a few short weeks, our whole world will be flipped upside down. All of the control will go out the window, and our lives will be dictated by a tiny little creature that we created. If parental personalities and tendencies have anything to do with it, I already KNOW this one is going to be stubborn and independent. And Mom and Dad will learn a whole new level of patience and acceptance. (And Dad will be even LATER every time we left the house.)

I can’t do this. I mean, I’m not ready.

“How are we going to get through all of the sleepless nights without turning on each other?” “What happens when/if breastfeeding doesn’t come along quickly enough or easily enough?” “Will I have the love that I need to be a good mother?”

Those of you who are already parents are chuckling right now; you know the answers to all of these questions, and perhaps you’re reliving those “glory days and nights” of old…

It’s time to stop and get real.

I *CAN* do this. After all, it’s a little late to go back now, right? I’m guessing that the sleepless nights, breastfeeding, and love will come much more naturally and easily if I start by believing in myself. This little one is going to believe in me and rely on me… and the least I could do is give myself a *bit* of credit to start the journey off on the right foot.



Where do you need to start giving yourself more credit?

Running with Lynn Show

Good morning UND, we are looking for a high today at 28 right now at 9:30 we are setting at 51.

October 2 was National Custodial Workers Recognition Day
It is never to late to give your local custodial two thumbs up!
We are out their to make your world a cleaner place.
And now your UND Wellness Center local custodians!
June Preuss***** Eric Smith****** Matt Haslll*****Lynn Haman***** And Jay Kallin***** And to everyone on the UND campus, we solute you!

The movie of the week
[ Dracula Untold ]

Find out how the legend started at the River Cinema 15!

I got to tell yea I never been so thrilled for Mondays nights!
The new smashing t.v. show Gotham – you gotta see it!
Before Batman, Joker, and Cat Woman there was Gotham.

Have a great day everybody!

Running with Lynn Show

Good morning UND ~~~~~ we are looking at a cloudy day with a high of 72. Right now at 10:00 in the a.m. we are setting at 60.
The first day in October is here and what a better way to celebrate, get out and catch a show. The movie of the week is [The Equalizer ] staring Denzel Washington, in this sensational spellbinder

McCall is a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri, he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters
“set tight there’s going to be a lot of bullets!”

Set your calendar for October 10, a classic Halloween movie [Dracula the untold] The first vampire was once a young prince who risked his soul to save his wife and child from a bloodthirsty sultan “see how the famous Dracula started , only at the River Cinema.

have a great day everybody

Pain Killers That Kill

…Did you know that 70% of Americans are using at least one prescription drug?…

In the past 20 years, the use of prescription stimulants has increased exponentially from 5 million to 45 million. With this increase of prescription drug use, the increase of abuse has also risen. Prescription drug abuse has become the fastest growing drug problem. The abuse of prescription drugs has caused more deaths than car accidents in the past year; it is also the 3rd leading cause of accidental death in the country.  So, why is this important to us?

As we think about the abuse of prescription drugs we start to wonder who’s doing it, how they are getting the drugs, and where it is most common. One group of people abusing prescription drugs are college-aged students. There are a few common reasons that college students abuse prescription drugs. The biggest reason?…To get high and relieve stress related to work, school, relationships, and finances. Students also use ADHD medications to stay up all night to study for a test. What these students don’t realize is just how dangerous this can be.  There are other ways to cope!

Although the percentage of college students abusing prescription drugs is quite high, the average number of students abusing prescription drugs at UND is quite low. According to the ACHA-NCHA survey and the KNOW campaign, 97.3% of students at UND do NOT abuse prescription drugs. This is an amazing and encouraging statistic! I hope UND students keep aspiring to stay drug- free and healthy. If you or a friend is struggling with a drug problem, get help right away. There are two great places to go on campus for help; Student Health Services and the University Counseling Center.


McCannel Hall, Room #200; 701.777.2127


McCannel Hall Room #100; 701.777.4500

The Line Continued Out the Door…

The line continued out the door- I was sure that we would run out of root beer and t-shirts by the end of the night. Having the opportunity to share many different messages regarding both alcohol and drug use, and sexual assault was extremely rewarding. The Health & Wellness Hub was very excited to be doing this for the second year in a row at Pi Kappa Alpha. It’s safe to say the House Party tour was a huge hit last week and we reached over 400 UND students!

Did you miss out on the party? Here’s what happened… Both student employees of the Health & Wellness Hub and volunteers from Housing, Fraternity/Sorority Life, and the OT program acted out scenes of a house party, including public urination, sexual violence, vomiting, alcohol overdose, and marijuana, as students were guided through the house to see every scene.  With assistance, the University’s Police department was in attendance helping act out the public urination scene, as well.

House Party

Taegan & I had a great time at the House Party!

We are super excited to celebrate the success of our event. Here’s what UND students told us they learned from attending the House Party:

  1. 87.5% of UND students agreed or strongly agreed that the House Party increased their understanding of the negative effects of binge drinking;
  2. 90.7% of UND students agreed or strongly agreed that the House Party increased their understanding of the North Dakota Medical Amnesty Act;
  3. 90.2% of UND students agreed or strongly agreed that the House Party increased their awareness of UND campus and Grand Forks community alcohol and drug resources;
  4. 89.7% of UND students agreed or strongly agreed that the House Party increased their understanding of the relationship between alcohol and sexual violence.

Thanks to all those who helped support us in our second annual House Party! If you missed it, we hope to see you next year.

Four-Legged Fox Trot


Running in denim seems really uncomfortable… Anyways.

I was on a run the other day trying to explore this new wonderful place called Grand Forks. Shortly into the run I was no longer very aware of my surroundings because something was on my mind: sex. The old myth is that guys think about sex every seven seconds, when the truth is that it’s only a couple times a day for both genders, but that day, on that run, I was really focused on it. Not wanting to get down to the nitty gritty of it all but I was thinking about my first time and how woefully unprepared I was. Hmm, I wonder if there are others out there who have had similar experiences? When I say woefully unprepared, I do mean it. I’ve had the opportunity to take a sexual education class in both the 6th grade and the 8th; these were offered in two different schools that were in two different states.

Unfortunately, my parents opted me out of those classes because…uh…religious beliefs? I was opted out of a lot of things in public school because of content. I later became really good at forging my dad’s signature which allowed me to watch a flurry of rated R movies in class. Unfortunately, I learned those forging techniques a little too late because participating in those sex education classes would have been pretty helpful.

No fair

Ugh no fair. Why do all those other kids get to talk about vaginas?

I didn’t become sexually active until I started college, but even though I thought I was ready for the act itself, I was unprepared for the experience as a whole. I actually had never even seen a condom out of its package until that point. I’m glad I had a partner who knew their stuff. I mean, sure, I had high speed internet before that point, but when it came to content that dealt with sex, it wasn’t educational. After that, I made a point to inform myself about everything associated with sex. I became informed of safe sex practices, disease prevention, and also became interested in what is going on at a physiological and psychological level when two people have intercourse.


I put it on upside down…every….single…time. Condoms are like USB devices for the male body

I hope that education systems are becoming more effective at teaching youth about sexual education. It is also my hope that parents won’t deny access for their children to sexual health classes and lessons because those two weeks where I didn’t participate, I was exceptionally bored and remember feeling incredibly awkward. If you didn’t receive all the tools and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions pertaining to sexual activity, I really hope that you would take this time, this freedom, to educate yourself about sex.

8 Laws You Should KNOW

As part of the KNOW campaign, a new awareness flyer has been distributed by the University Police Department and Grand Forks Police Department to many homes and apartments on campus and in the community. In case you missed it, here’s the high-tech version of this info.

1. Under 21: Purchase or procurement of alcohol

Punishment: Criminal offense and/or up to 30 days in jail.







 Under 21 + alcohol = trouble.


2. Fake ID: possession and manufacture of false identification

Punishment: Criminal offense up to $1,000 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.

2  If you get caught, you can spend some nice quality time getting to know “McLovin’” or “Sandy Patterson” or whoever you said you were.

3. Noisy Party: Violation: noisy party or gathering

Punishment: Criminal offense up to $1,000 fine/or up to 30 days in jail.


Nobody wants to listen to the Beibs at 4 AM.

4. Public Drinking: consumption of alcoholic beverages prohibited on public streets or alleys

Punishment: Noncriminal breach of peace and order: up to $1,000 fine.

4Don’t party on the way to the party.

5. Serving Minors: Purchase or procurement of alcohol beverages for minors prohibited

Punishment: Criminal offense Up to $1,000 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.






They can wait, just like everybody else.

6. Disorderly Conduct

Punishment: Criminal offense up to $1,000 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.

6Hide your crazy, boys and girls.

7. Marijuana: possession of marijuana.
Punishment: Criminal offense Up to $1,000 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.







Keep off the grass. And speaking of…

8. Trespassing: It is unlawful for any person to intentionally trespass in, on, or upon the property of another.
Punishment: Criminal offense Up to $1,000 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.

8Get off of my lawn.


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