Boo-niversity hosts haunted health fair
October 30, 2008 10:54 PM
At this year’s annual Haunted Health Fair, staff said more than 500 students braved the health center turned haunted house and participated in activities such as "Pumpkin Bowling" and "Sexually Transmitted Infection Jeopardy."
“We want students to come in and see what we have to offer" said Albert Angelo, the health educator at Student Health Services. "It's a great outreach event."
Students got to choose from a variety of health services including blood pressure checks, flu shots, nutrition assessments, women services education, sex health education and information about Family PACT--a service that offers free and low-cost family planning services to students.
Participants were directed into the haunted house, a dark maze which went through the conference room and through the hallways of the Health Center.
Halfway through the Haunted House in a room labeled “Crone’s Corner” students could get a tarot card reading by Barbara Salge, the crone or “wise-woman” herself.
“I read your fortune," Salge said. " It could be good, it could be bad,” she told a group of students who stopped by.
Salge who played "Madame Sphincter" in previous years said “a lot of kids don’t know we [the health center] even exist. It’s a way to bring people to the health center.”
Many students stopped by in between classes to come check out the haunted house.
“I have class at 1:00," he said. "Why not go through?”
Anjum got his fortune read and also said he unintentionally scared someone in a skeleton costume who was scaring students in the haunted house.
Janella Valdez, a child and adolescent development major, said she came to the Haunted Health Fair to support friends in the P.E.A.C.H. program. She said that someone grabbed her ankle while she went through the Haunted House.
Courtney Hernandez, a communications major, said she got extra credit for her human sexuality class by going around to all the different tables. “It teaches you what they have at the health center,” she said. “I haven’t really been in here before."
At the table for Counseling and Psychological Services students filled out a survey about how many times they used mental health services on campus and what workshops they would like to see more of.
Peter Ewald, educated students about Hepatitis B virus (HBV), the most common serious infection of the liver. According to the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, one in 10 Asian and Pacific Islanders is living with chronic hepatitis B.
“This is a major issue on our campus because there is a larger population of Asian students,” he said.
Jessica Elauria, a sexual health P.E.A.C.H. dressed as Snow White, stood in front of the “The Little Box of Horrors” a group of black boxes and gold curtains. Behind the gold curtains were pictures of sexually transmitted diseases and students were told to identify the different types.
At “Condom Mate,” students had to match up the condoms with the brand and could also get information about different types of lubrication at “Lucy Lube.”
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