Dead Day‘ raises awareness of alcohol-related accidents

By Michelle Esposito

Students walking through the King Memorial Commons Tuesday will be a little more aware of the amount of alcohol-related accidents.

Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) will be holding “Dead Day” Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., said Stacey Hagemeyer, public relations adviser for GAMMA.

“Dead Day” is designed to make people aware of alcohol-related accidents.

“Every 5.4 minutes we will be pulling someone aside and telling them they could’ve died in an alcohol-related accident,” Hagemeyer said.

“Sixty-five people die in a drinking and driving accident every day,” she said. “About 268 people die every day from an alcohol-related accident.”

Hagemeyer said there will be 268 tombstones on the hill in the commons signifying the people that could have died from alcohol-related accidents that people will sign after they’ve been pulled aside and told they could’ve died.

GAMMA also will be giving black ribbons to the people that participated in “Dead Day” to signify how easily someone can die in an alcohol-related accident, she said.

“We want to do something away from just drinking and driving, but something that relates to alcohol awareness as a whole and how it affects your life,” Hagemeyer said. Hagemeyer said GAMMA wants to promote a discussion on the topic of alcohol-related incidents.

She said the day is an event that has never been done before.

“We’re also working on other projects such as a mock trial with fraternity and sorority presidents on trial for alcohol-related incidents,” Hagemeyer said. “We are working right now with the mass transit board, College Students Against Drunk Driving (CSADD) and the Student Association to organize a late nite ride service involving the buses on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.”