UNH Students Reinvent The
Weekend March 4-6
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
Feb. 28, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – The Student Senate at the University of New
Hampshire will host the campus’ first ever Substance Freekend
March 4-6, 2005. A “Freekend” is defined as a weekend
free of substances (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs), and those
who pledge to participate will receive special incentives on campus
and at some downtown businesses.
The weekend will kick off Friday, March 4, at 5 p.m. when state
substance counselor Lindy Keller talks about the psychology of why
people use and abuse alcohol and drugs.
According to Student Body Vice President Charlie Knuth, the Student
Senate decided to implement the program in response to the death
of Richard Hegerich last semester. Another UNH student faces criminal
charges, including aggravated DWI, in connection with the fatal
accident. “We want to raise awareness about making safe and
smart decisions,” Knuth said. A similar event has been successful
at Keene State College.
Participating students will sign a pledge card this week. In return,
they receive a wristband making them eligible to participate in
raffles, special deals at local businesses and other activities.
“The university is behind the students’ efforts 100
percent,” said Anne Lawing, senior assistant vice president
for student affairs. “We applaud their hard work and hope
this is the first of many Freekends on the UNH campus.”
For more information, contact Ashley Briggs at (603) 862-2163 or