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‘Mardi Gras’ Imparts Serious Message in Party Atmosphere

'Sweet Heat' among hospitality students' concoctions vying for 'mocktail' honors Beads a-plenty at Mardi Gras-themed event Information, celebration blend in Cajun-infused gathering Neal Palmer, maitre d'hotel at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, left, talks with counselor Michael S. DiPalma, one of the night's emceesThanks to the festive surroundings at Tuesday’s Mardi Gras event at Penn’s Inn, students were painlessly reminded to be safe and smart in their Spring Break decision-making. The annual event offers the opportunity to blow off steam during midterm week, while providing nonalcoholic beverages and other treats to reinforce healthy choices during the imminent semester getaway. The winners of this year’s “mocktail” competition were “Caramel Apple Explosion,” Megan Endres and Megan Gordon, first place; “Sweet Heat,” Candy Fowler, Adam Hall and Logan Hinkley, second; and “Hot Kiss With Oh-La-La,” Shellie Mierwald and Antonio Rodriguez, third. Photos by Michael S. Fischer, student photographer