The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 246
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PROMOTING A DRUG-FREE UNT
fire spread across the Uni-
versity of North Texas cam-
pus when over 100 organiza-
tions united their efforts toward one
tremendous project! Golden Key was
the spark that ignited a campus-wide
campaign for a "Drug Free UNT".
Associate Dean of Students and
co-advisor Dr. William Gregory
Sawyer, introduced Alpha Phi to
Golden Key's national "The Best of
America Say No to Drugs" program.
Alpha Phi was an international, social
sorority. Based on Alpha Phi's past
accomplishments and responsible
community service record, Sawyer
felt sure the chapter would want to
volunteer their energy to this worthy
cause which had such a far-reaching
Alpha Phi received the project with
open arms, several members helped
inspire a university-wide interest in
promoting the drug free spirit. Alpha
Phi wanted to help send the message
that it was not "cool" to do drugs.
The traditional image of a college
student being drunk, getting high and
staying stoned had become obsolete.
College students were more informed
regarding the harmful, long-range ef-
fects of drug and alcohol abuse.
Golden Key provided Alpha Phi with
an avenue to demonstrate that groups
with different purposes and diverse
foundations could work together to
achieve a "drug free UNT."
The excitement began in the spring
of 1989 with the National Collegiate
Drug Awareness Week. The NT
chapter of Golden Key started early,
planning the activities for the week of
February 6-10, 1989. The purpose of
these activities was to expose students
to the serious problem of drug and
alcohol abuse on college campuses.
Although Golden Key sponsored the
week-long event, Alpha Phi as well as
many other organizations eagerly par-
ticipated. The members of Sigma Phi
Epsilon helped tie red ribbons around
trees all over campus as a symbol of
Drug Awareness Week. Sigma Nu
fraternity showed their support by or-
ganizing the production of special t-
shirts. Denton community supported
the project by the mayor's office by
drafting a proclamation declaring the
week of February 6-10 to be "Golden
Key ... Just Say No Week." Area
hospitals and law enforcement agen-
cies contributed time and resources
to a Drug Awareness Fair. At the fair,
contracts were signed and buttons
passed out. Members of Alpha Phi
and Golden Key, as well as other
organizations, worked the booths and
were able to get 1,090 NT students to
signJust Say No contracts. The week
was a huge success and laid the
groundwork for the united efforts
still to come.
Later that semester, campus groups
united again to participate in the Best
of America Say No program. Golden
Key arranged visits to Dallas/Forth
Worth Metroplex elementaries, junior
high and high schools for groups of
college students to share personal ex-
periences, show ways for kids to say
"no" to drugs, and to serve as positive
role models. Over forty NT students
volunteered, including a number of
greeks, athletes and honor students.
More than thirteen schools partici-
pated, and programs were given at
least twice per week during the
month of April. Before going into the
school systems, all participants went
through an intensive training seminar.
Volunteers were given facts about
drugs and were taught how to ap-
proach kids of different levels effec-
tively. The students were very recep-
tive to the program, and many of the
volunteers carried with them lasting
memories of the time spent and the
lives they had touched.
Even after the long summer break,
campus enthusiasm still ran high for
the goal of a Drug Free UNT. With
the blessings and support of Chancel-
lor Hurley and the athletic depart-
ment, one of the home football
games was dedicated to drug aware-
ness. Over thirty different campus or-
ganizations made banners that sur-
rounded the stadium bearing the drug
free theme. An area drug treatment
center donated fifteen thousand but-
tons that were handed to every spec-
tator that entered the gates. The NT
Panhellenic designed stadium cups
for the concession stand which stated
"UNT Greeks Say No to Drugs",
while all Alpha Phi members wore
specially designed "Sisters Party Safe"
Early in December, Alpha Phi indi-
vidually sponsored a float in an area
Christmas parade. The float was
decorated with streamers, balloons
and a large glittered sign that read
"Alpha Phi and Golden Key - Hugs
Not Drugs." Buttons and balloons
were given to a large group of excited
kids standing by as the float passed
Although many student groups
participated in the activities, Alpha
Phi was very honored to be recog-
nized by Golden Key at their annual
induction ceremony. A plaque was
presented at the annual new member
reception which read "to Alpha Phi
sorority for meritorious service to
Golden Key National Honor Soci-
ety." The award was accepted by Ms.
Melanie Williams, who had personal-
ly encouraged the participation of Al-
pha Phi throughout the year.
Alpha Phi had proved that any-
thing could be accomplished through
unity and caring. A Drug Free UNT
was the common goal which served
to bring unity among diversity. Gold-
en Key had served as a spark that had
in two short years lit a fire at NT
which had lasting effects.
- Genevieve White, Missy Cantrell,
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