UMKC’s ninth annual Booze Free Bash will be the biggest event of the year for Residential Life.
Students are invited to Pierson Auditorium on Monday, March 18 from 6-9 p.m. to simply hang out, drink non-alcoholic beverages, play games and most importantly, learn the significance of refraining from drinking alcohol over spring break.
“We hope people understand the consequences to their decisions,” said the event’s coordinating assistant, Dominique Paje. “People can expect an educational aspect of this, which is alcohol education, and also the fun side of it.”
The event will feature games, food, music and prizes. Residential Life encourages attendees to bring non-perishables to the event in exchange for tickets to win prizes. All proceeds will go to Roo Pantry, UMKC’s food pantry for those in need.
Since college students notoriously use spring break as an opportunity to party, Residential Life is eager to discourage drinking culture. Residential hall council member Jodie Borgmann said she hopes the event will alleviate the pressure that exists on college students to drink.
“[The event] just promotes a booze-free atmosphere here at UMKC because we’re a dry campus,” said Borgmann.
Borgmann hopes for a good turnout and that people realize they can have fun without alcohol
The interactivity and hands-on aspect of the event will separate it from any ordinary informative seminar. Students will gain the same educational benefits and encouragement to stay away from alcohol, along with the opportunity to hang out with friends in a safe and encouraging environment.
“We’re going to have a mocktail bar, and one of our games hopefully will be drunk Mario Kart,” said Paje. “And so when people relate those two things, they’ll see in the future, when they’re actually drinking real alcohol and driving afterwards, they’ll see that there are consequences to the actions that they choose to participate in.”
The event’s coordinator, Sadie Billings, thinks the activities will act as better deterrents because of the hands-on aspect, like the drunk Mario Kart activity.
“[I hope people learn] that they don’t need to go get drunk during spring break—they can have fun without alcohol,” said Billings.
Further information can be found on the event’s Instagram page, @umkcboozefree.