West Virginia Universitys student administration hopes safety messages will hit a little closer to home next week during Drug/Alcohol, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Health Awareness Week Jan. 31Feb. 3.

We saw a need for students to do something about these problems,said Board of Governors member Billy Betz, one of the organizers.It means so much more when the information comes from students.

Events are slated for the Mountainlair throughout the day Monday through Thursday, and information booths will be open 10 a.m.3 p.m. in the Mountainlair Commons.

Amy Massey, student administration vice president, said one of the highlights of the week will be three performances by Bill Ross, a professional juggler and clown. Ross has been touring the country for five years with his showLast CallA Sobering Look at Alcohol Abuse,which incorporates juggling, unicycling, comedy, drama and other Vaudevillian techniques. He will entertain students in the Mountainlair Feb. 1-3 at noon.

Well have lots of other activities, too,said Massey.Fairmont States student administration will be performing a skit twice on Monday, and well have free ice cream, the Fatal Vision program, and lots of prizes.

Students are invited to vie for a television set, VCR or gift certificate in the banner contest. Participants in theOpen Micevent will receive t-shirts and posters, and student administration members will distribute black, blue and gold awareness ribbons.

BOG member Carrie Graziani said shes excited to be part of the student-organized effort to increase drug/alcohol, sexual assault and sexual health awareness.These things have been long-standing problems at the University. I think this event is one of the first positive steps anyone has taken to do something about it,she said.

Sponsors of Drug/Alcohol, Sexual Assault and Sexual Health Awareness week are the Board of Governors, University Health Sciences, Student Affairs, Student Organization Services, Departments of Public Safety and WVU administration.