Stupid decisions often lead to dreadful consequences. Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi hopes to educate students on the dangers of such erratic behavior by sponsoring “Don’t Be Stupid Week” March 8-12 on the Hattiesburg campus.
During the weeklong campaign, students will be exposed to information about relevant topics such as: general safety, travel safety, alcohol, sex, prescription drug abuse, health issues and skin care.
Jodi Ryder, health education wellness & promotion coordinator at Southern Miss, conceived the “Don’t Be Stupid Week” as a means to promote responsible, safe decisions for students.
“I usually tell students that I’m not here to tell you not to drink or have sex...just don’t be stupid about it,” she said. “Most people know the risks involved with behaviors such as binge drinking, drinking and driving, tanning bed use and unprotected sex, yet some do it anyway. If we’re being honest, that’s just stupid.”
Ryder designed the campaign to fall during the week prior to spring break because that period normally yields the highest risk for destructive behavior.
The “Don’t Be Stupid Week” is being co-sponsored by the Health Raisers, a Southern Miss student organization that promotes healthy lifestyles for students. The group focuses primarily on sexual health, getting regular check-ups, exercising and eating healthy foods and making smart decisions.
Santee Ezell, a senior pursuing a double major in sociology and community health sciences, serves as president of Health Raisers. Ezell said “Don’t Be Stupid Week” offers a perfect platform for raising awareness about the dangers of risky behavior.
“As president I plan to promote this campaign by informing students about not being stupid during spring break, to be careful, stay in groups and not be too intoxicated to know what’s going on,” said Ezell. “I think this is very important because so many things can happen during spring break, and if you are intoxicated you can easily make some disastrous choices.”
For more information about “Don’t Be Stupid Week” or Student Health Services, contact Ryder at 601-266-5266. To find out more about Health Raisers, contact Ezell at
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