The Tuttleman Counseling Center, in partnership with Temple Health Empowerment Office, Student Activities Health Services Campus, and Temple University Recreational Services, has launched a new Web site designed to provide an alternative to drugs and alcohol.
The Wellness Initiative for Student Empowerment and Recreation (W.I.S.E.R.) was the University’s answer to the growing alcohol problem on campus.
“Students always say there is nothing else to do,” said Kristine Be Jesus, doctoral intern and Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (C.A.S.A.) intern. “You are living in Philadelphia, but they still think there is nothing out there. The Web site offers a list of other things to do in the city.”
A recent Temple survey reports that eight out of 10 students drink at least once a week. Nearly 28 percent of those who drink participate in binge drinking, while almost 22 percent of those who drink miss class because of excess alcohol consumption.
In order to combat these numbers, the various organizations took counseling to the next step. They hope the list of non-alcoholic events will encourage students to look for something else to do with their free time.
Designed by Be Jesus, peers for C.A.S.A. and an outside consultant, the Web site features listings for events both on campus, and throughout the city. The Web site also lists phone numbers for museums, sport teams, theatres and links to transportation.
“I’m always looking for something new to do on the weekends,” senior Jennie Greytak said. “To have someone put together options is a great idea. Everyone could use some new ideas, especially if you are new to the city
While offering alternatives is the primary goal, the Web site works to inform the students of not only what they are doing to themselves but of things to consider in terms of neighbors, personal health and proper etiquette. With periodic updates and contact information, anybody interested is welcome to send comments, suggestions or ask for advice.
The W.I.S.E.R. Web site can be found at www.temple.edu/wiser.
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