By Morganne Lenning
“We are excited to be a part of something that will have a positive impact on people’s lives.” – Isidro Yaptinshay, Manager of Lions Ambition
Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Commons Friday night to hang with friends, eat free food, enjoy live music but, most importantly, to Rock Out the RedZone.
The RedZone is the first three months of fall semester when students on college campuses are at a higher risk of sexual assault. The Campus Activity Board partners with organizations across campus to put on the event to educate UWF students about the dangers of over-intoxication and what Robin Thicke calls “blurred lines.”
The beginning of the semester and a new school year means students are forming new relationships and often living in unfamiliar areas. The rush of freedom also means that some students will experiment more with alcohol. These factors create an environment that has an increased risk for sexual assault involving students.
“We want to introduce students to the department, get them some resources and really just give students a sense of community here at UWF,” Junior Adam Smith said. Smith is a peer educator with Counseling and Wellness Services.
More than an educational event, the concert brought students together with each other and various organizations around campus as part of the Argo Arrival goal.
Students threw their hands in the air to catch the freebies that volunteers threw from the second floor in the Commons while other students swayed with the live music from Lion’s Ambition, the band CAB hired to play for the Rock Out the RedZone concert.
Members of the Seattle-based rock band Lion’s Ambition, were excited to travel to Florida to spread their message to connect with different people and share aspirations.
“At first we did not know about the event’s cause,” said band manager Isidro Yaptinshay in an e-mail interview. “However, we were happy to find out about the event’s purpose. We are excited to be a part of something that will have a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Laughter and good vibes radiated from live music and the audience as senior Naomi Eustache said, “I think it was a good turnout. I like the band a lot.”
The Rock Out the RedZone event was aimed at educating students about protecting themselves and each other from sexual assault, and students walked away with great memories and a new perspective on the RedZone.
Sophomore Trent Durham was not sure what the RedZone was before coming.
“Someone just told me there is an event going on in the Commons,” Durham said. “I think it’s important to raise awareness because if students are aware of what things can happen, then less incidents of sexual assault will occur.”