Casas del Rio

March Newsletter

This month we have midterms and Spring Break! Remember to study hard and be safe!

Clubhouse Hours for Spring Break

March 12, 2016 to March 19, 2016:

8:00 am to 12:00 am

March 20, 2016:

8:00 am to 2:00 am

Mid-Week Movies

Programs This Month

Getting Ready for Spring Break

Spring Break Reminders

· Don’t broadcast on social media that you won’t be home.
· Don’t forget to lock doors and windows, pulling blinds and curtains closed.
· Make your apartment look lived in.
· Leave your thermostat on HEAT and set a minimum of 65 degrees.

· Don’t leave anything of value in your car.

· Be a good neighbor.

If you are staying here through the semester break, please notify police immediately if you see any suspicious activity.

Safety Tips

Road Trips

  • 1. Before leaving for you desination, have your car checked out by a mechanic to ensure it can make a long trip.
  • 2. Always keep your car doors locked and your windows up high enough that no one can reach in.
  • 3. Drive on heavily-traveled highways and avoid making your way too far off of the interstate. Being lost decreases your vigilance and increases the possibility that you could become the victim of a crime.
  • 4. Don't pick up hitchhikers or stop for anyone on the side of the road. You never know who the person might be or what they are capable of doing if they sense an opportunity for personal gain.
  • 5. If you have car trouble, especially if you are driving alone, stay in your car with your doors and windows locked and call police for assistance. Be wary of individuals who stop to help.
  • 6. Do not allow anyone in the car to drink alcohol. Many states have open container laws that prohibit any person in a car from drinking alcohol.
  • 7. If you are tired, trade-off drivers or stop for the night. A night in a motel is cheaper than the potential costs of falling asleep at the wheel. You can also stop at a rest stop to nap, but make sure you keep your doors locked. Rest stops are available on U.S. highways every couple of hours. Some states may restrict the length of time one can stay at a rest stop.

Alcohol Tips

  • 1. Spring break is not an excuse to drink excessively or drink more than you normally would. Drink no more than one drink per hour and alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks. Eat a real meal before drinking and snack throughout the time you are drinking.
  • 2. Watch your drink. Watch your drink being made, do not accept a drink from anyone else, and keep your drink in hand. If your drink is out of sight for even a moment, throw it out and get a new one. Keep your hand over your cup or your thumb over the top of your bottle. Date rape drugs, such as GHB and Rohypnol, could be placed in your drink while you are distracted to facilitate rape or other crimes.
  • 3. Use the buddy system. Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you. Make it a rule to never leave without anyone you came with.
  • 4. Always make sure there is a designated, non-drinking driver if you are drinking. If your designated driver takes a drink, they are no longer your designated driver. Call a cab.
  • 5. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning.

Safer Sex Tips

  • 1. Just because you're on spring break, doesn't mean you have to engage in sexual activity!
  • 2. Watch your alcohol intake. 70% of college students admit to engaging in sexual activity they wouldn't normally engage in because they were drinking.
  • 3. Always use a condom and/or dental dam. Carry them with you and refuse to have any kind of sexual relations with your potential partner if they don't agree to using them.
  • 4. If you choose to "hook up," be careful of who it's with. Spring break is a great time for would-be assailants to prey on unsuspecting, drinking college students. Make sure your friends see the person, know his/her name, and where you are going.
  • 5. Trust your instincts - if it feels uncomfortable, don't do it! Spring break is much more enjoyable without regrets for what you did the night before.

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

  • 1. Unconsciousness or inability to wake the individual
  • 2. Confusion
  • 3. Vomiting
  • 4. Seizures
  • 5. Slow breathing (Fewer than 8 breaths per minute is often given as a guideline, but each person is different! One person could be in danger at 9 breaths per minute while another individual could be fine at 7. When in doubt, call 911!)
  • 6. Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths is given as a guideline, but the same rule applies as above).
  • 7. Hypothermia (low body temperature), cold and clammy skin, or pale or bluish skin

What can happen if you don't get help when a friend displays symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  • 1. The victim could choke on his or her own vomit.
  • 2. Breathing slows, becomes irregular, or stops.
  • 3. Heart beats irregularly or stops.
  • 4. Hypothermia (low body temperature).
  • 5. Hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar) leads to seizures and brain damage.
  • 6. Untreated severe dehydration from vomiting can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, or death.