Briefs – 10/20/11

NW Staff

Confederate flag controversy discussed: racist or tradition?

There will be a Talk Back session on the confederate flag sponsored by the NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC). It will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Payne-Halverson lobby.

“This session will help open up people’s minds and let others see how different people feel,” said Star Murray, graduate assistant for MERC. “Students can expect lively discussion and heated debate.”

This event is open to all students and anyone is welcome to stop by at any time. For questions about the talk back session, email Murray at [email protected].

“It’s an open floor,” Murray said. You’re welcome to stop by at any moment and speak, or even just listen.”

— Marcellino Signorelli

Basics of alcohol consumption and safety to be discussed

Beer and Booze 101 is a Skill Builder! Workshop and will be held in the Back Room of the University Center on Friday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon.

This workshop was created to help address how alcohol affects the daily lives of students, whether they choose to consume it or not.

The session is held once per semester, and the Health Promotion office is trying to reach different populations in the student body to inform about making healthier and safer choices, said Lenny Shible, health promotions specialist.

Shible, who will be conducting the workshop, said that a new version of the popular “Designated Drivers” card will be made available to students shortly. This card will have city cab info for when a designated driver is unavailable, along with a fairly comprehensive gender and weight-based blood alcohol content chart.

For more information on the event, email [email protected]

— Andy Frakes