Think smarter when encountering high-risk situations

Learn the effects of high-risk behavior on college students

By Allison Price
On January 25, 2013

Elaine Pasqua, Advocate for Responsible Choices, is presenting the program "Sex and Excess: Surviving the Party," at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Junell Center for ASU students, faculty and staff.

"We are excited to have Elaine come to campus," Athletic Academic Coordinator Jaci Morriss said. "She is going to be presenting "Sex and Excess" which is basically about high-risk behaviors in a college setting. I think it is extremely informational and relevant to our college population."

According to, Pasqua educated health and social service professionals about the psychosocial dynamics of HIV/AIDS in 1995. Pasqua broadened her research and expertise to develop a powerful model for educating diverse groups about high-risk drinking, sexual responsibility and sexual assault.

"I think these presentations are a good idea, especially since high-risk behavior is a broad category and most people don't realize that they participate regularly in one or two high-risk behaviors," sophomore Carmela Booker said.

Pasqua has recently worked with collegiate athletes, which has then led her to provide player-development training for the NFL and NBA, including teams like the New York Giants, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Phillies, according to

"Elaine can do programming specifically towards student athletes, but we asked that she open it up to a student population because we did want all ASU students to benefit," Morriss said.

Although Pasqua recently started speaking out and working with athletes, Morriss said ASU athletes won't benefit from the program anymore than a regular student would.

"Student athletes are exactly the same as the rest of the student population," Morriss said. "As an Athletic Department, we hold student athletes to a higher standard because they have so many other responsibilities other than their academics and extracurricular other than athletics."

"[Student athletes] are always in the spotlight so we just really want them to understand the repercussions of actions of high-risk behaviors that they constantly come in contact with in a college setting."

 While covering different topics during the presentation, the sole message students will grasp is to party responsibly, respect their peers and keep each other safe, according to

"It is important for ASU to be informed about this certain type of behavior the presenter will be speaking about," sophomore Will Weirich said. "The stereotypical college kid goes out to parties not thinking of what choices they will be making within a couple of hours."

"If students knew the trouble partying and drinking bring them later down the road they might think twice about the types of decisions they make."

Morriss said she encourages students to attend the presentation because having guest speakers come to campus helps relate the message they are trying to send.

"I think it is really important to have people who can talk from their own experiences," Morriss said. "It is great to use someone from the community but sometimes you need a professional speaker to come to campus to really send the message that hits home for people."

For more information contact Jaci Morriss at (325) 486-6048 or at

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