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Spring-Break Safety, Sanity to Be Stressed at ‘Mardi Gras’ Event

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again is getting ready for the annual pre-spring break celebration, a “Mardi Gras Happy Hour” that encourages students to make wise and safe decisions during Spring Break.

In a party atmosphere in Penn’s Inn from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, with Mardi Gras as the new theme, information will be provided regarding alcohol, safe sex, highway safety, safe sun exposure and other considerations for students traveling over break and leaving their classes and inhibitions behind.

The “Happy Hour” is cosponsored by Counseling Services, the Student Activities Office, Student Health Services, The School of Hospitality and Dining Services.

The event will feature a nonalcoholic “mix-off” competition involving students from beverage management classes instructed by Chef Paul E. Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts; Neal Palmer, maitre d’hotel at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant; and Alfredo F. Daniele, of Franco’s Lounge and a part-time instructor in the college’s School of Hospitality.

The student-prepared drinks will be judged on taste, appearance and originality. Attendees will get to sample mix-off beverages and plenty of pizza, ribs and chicken will be available, as well. Michael J. Hersh, assistant director of student activities for programming, and counselor Michael S. DiPalma once again will enthusiastically emcee the event.

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