Mocktail Party entertains, enlightens

Students create a "mocktail" during Thursday nights educational event. (Casey Evans)

NOVEMBER 16, 2012
by Jenn Summers ’13, Contributing Writer

Do you know how much alcohol is in a standard drink?

Thanks to Wednesday night’s “Mocktail” event, organized by the student group PHOKUS, many students now know this and other helpful information about drugs.

Participants sipped on alcohol-free cocktails like Sex on the Beach while visiting different booths to learn about topics ranging from the dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol. As an incentive to visit each table, students we asked to complete an activity to be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle.

“Mocktails” was envisioned by student organizer sophomore Hayley Cunningham and the rest of PHOKUS (Promoting Health Options through Knowledge, Understanding and Service). The event, both engaging and interactive, involved members from several Greek organizations, including Delta Gamma, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Delta, Sigma Chi, Delta Delta Delta, and Chi Omega who operated booths and managed activities.

“The turnout for the Mocktail Party exceeded my expectations. I was so pleased with how many came, and I really feel that a lot of students received valuable information they can use to make healthy decisions,” said Cunningham.

PHOKUS, a student group with seven core students, is Furman’s student health organization. Along with putting together Mocktail they also hosted a CLP following the event that focused on the dangers of addiction.