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Greek Life set to offer speakers, training for Drug Awareness Week

Robert Alcaraz
Robert Alcaraz / Arizona Daily Wildcat Ryan Kreais, Vice President of Programming for the Inter-Fraternity Council, and Jessica Hermann, President of the Panhellenic Executive Council, speak about Greek Life Drug Awareness Week on Sept. 30, 2011. Drug Awareness Week will run from Oct. 10 – 14.

The governing bodies of UA Greek Life are bringing their first Drug Awareness Week to campus from Monday to Friday next week.

The week, hosted by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, will feature a banner competition between sororities and fraternities on Monday. On Tuesday, there will be an executive board meeting with representatives from Campus Health Service, University of Arizona Police Department and Greek Life discussing how to spot potential drug problems. The councils will host a speaker event for freshmen and new Greek Life members about how to avoid drug use on Wednesday.

Additionally, members of Greek Life will sell bracelets for $4 on the UA Mall on Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit the Wilson Forrester Scholarship Fund. The fund was set up in honor of Forrester, a pre-physiology sophomore and member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity who died from an accidental overdose.

“It’s important to honor not only Wilson, but everyone affected by drug abuse,” said Jessica Hermann, president of the Panhellenic Council. “With the drug culture, we really need to take this head on and fight back to help save lives.”

A candlelight vigil to honor Forrester will be held Friday at the Old Main Fountain from 6 to 8 p.m. Wilson’s father, Chip Forrester, will speak at the vigil. There will also be an open microphone there for anyone who desires to share how drug use has affected them.

Hermann said the governing bodies of Greek Life decided to create Drug Awareness Week because they already have awareness weeks for issues such as alcohol and hazing.

“The drug culture on this campus is very prominent, and it’s more than most people realize. We want to help people keep the community safe,” she added.

Michael Colletti, president of the Interfraternity Council, said Greek Life hopes to continue Drug Awareness Week in future years.

“If we can save one life, it’s worth it,” added Ryan Kreais, vice president of programming for the council.

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