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Winners pose at the first annual LTUT dodgeball event on Monday Feb. 6. Photo by Melissa O’Rourke/Spectrum.

By Dante Cabral

Staff Reporter

LessThanUThink (LTUT), a campaign that uses humor to show the negative effects of binge drinking, has returned to Sacred Heart University.

Run by the Sacred Heart University Health and Wellness Center, LTUT is a student run, six week program, that was first started at The University of Alabama.

Sacred Heart first adopted the program in 2014 and has returned for the 2017 spring semester.

On Feb. 6, LTUT hosted a dodgeball tournament at the William H. Pitt Center to kick off their first week of events.

“It was a great time. It’s good to get the school together and have some fun,” said freshman Michael Porco.

Students participated while members of LTUT refereed games and helped the tournament run.

“I had a lot of fun. A lot of people came out for a good cause. It was a good time,” said junior Frank Raia, who was a part of the winning team.

The LTUT members were also impressed with the turnout and the competitive atmosphere throughout the tournament.

“I think it’s a really good turnout. I’m so glad everyone came to support our campaign,” said freshman Sara Chow.

LTUT began this semester’s campaign on Jan. 30 with a preliminary test, which included in-class surveys that were given around Sacred Heart classrooms.

The following four weeks will include events such as the dodgeball tournament, a Valentines Day table by Outtakes and coffee in the library followed by the post test to wrap up the campaign.

“I worked on LTUT when it came to SHU when I was a freshman,” said senior Julia Chiappetta. “When I heard it was coming back, I knew I wanted to be part of it again. I’ve been on the planning committee since September. I think it definitely makes a difference on campus because we were well known for our posters and our events.”

The LTUT campaign has also been to other campuses around the country. Some include, Mississippi State University, University of Cincinnati, The College of Mount St. Joseph and Orange Country schools in California.

“I do believe that the LTUT campaign has made a difference across campus. Students are more aware of what drinking causes and the issues that can arise from it,” said junior team member Savannah Lobo. “We have been able to bring the purpose of this campaign to reality. We wanted Sacred Heart students and community to understand that drinking is something that should not be taken lightly.”

Alcohol and drug specialist Janice Kessler, who works at the Wellness Center, said the reason why they decided to go with this campaign was because it is a student driven social media campaign that is aimed at raising awareness about the negative social consequences of binge drinking and it encourages students to make more responsible decisions when they chose to drink.

LTUT will be hosting their next event at the Webster Bank Arena on Saturday, Feb. 18 with the mens hockey team playing against Bentley.

“The dodgeball event went so well and that was only our first of many events to come. I feel confident that we will get our message across. I hope that by the end of the campaign, students know the definition of binge drinking and have the tools to avoid it,” said Chiappetta.

Managing Editor Jessica Chaloux contributed to this article.

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