Haunted Health Fair Informs Students About Services
October 19, 2006 3:39 PM
On an ordinary day in the Student Health Services, students would not be greeted by a fairy or led through a haunted house where Madame Sphincture reads their tarot cards.
But on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Student Health Services held its annual open house and Haunted Health Fair, offering free services and an opportunity for students and faculty to learn about what the SHS has to offer during the school year.
Albert Angelo, health educator and coordinator of the event, said a lot of students don’t use the SHS because they don’t know enough about it.
“When students know about the student health center, they actually use it,” Angelo said.
Many students don’t realize they can use the SHS without insurance and some students even believe the doctors working at the SHS are the ones who failed out of medical school, Angelo said.
Antonia Belorusets, a 19-year-old undeclared sophomore, said she never used the SHS before.
“From this fair, I can see that the people who work here actually have a lot of information,” Belorusets said.
During its open house, the SHS offered free HIV screenings, blood pressure screenings, eye screenings, body fat testing and nutrition assessments. For a fee, the SHS also offered the FluMist and ultrasound bone mineral density tests for women over 40.
There were also informational tables, littered with lollipops, apples, juice and literature about Family PACT, birth control and breast cancer. Women learned how to give themselves breast exams and practiced on fake breasts with lumps.
“I never knew how to do it before. I didn’t know you could do a breast exam. I thought you had to go to the hospital,” said Simonne Kennedy-Moore, 18, freshman, international relations major.
Carly Cullimore, 21, senior psychology major was dressed in a pink prom dress. She is part of the PEACH program, Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health, and hosted a nutrition jeopardy game. Students picked a category and a card. If they answered the questions correctly, they won prizes such as erasers, stress balls and t-shirts.
Even though Cullimore said she was learning a lot, she said she wished more students came.
“It’s mostly students coming in for extra credit,” she said.
Shawna Mastro, 18, and Siobhan Torrie, 18, both freshman psychology majors, came to the fair because it was a requirement for their Behavioral Social Science 101 class.
They said it was funny that Barbara Salge, the SHS insurance coordinator who posed as Madame Sphincture and read tarot cards, didn’t know what she was doing and admitted it. Salge said reading tarot cards had started out as a joke, but in the end she decided to really portray Madame Sphincture, whose name means “anus.”
Madame Sphincture read tarot cards for Mastro and Torrie in the haunted house.
“We found out disturbing things about ourselves,” Mastro said. “Like we like money and power.”
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