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Aug. 30, 2007
Contact: Julianna M. Pietak
Over 150 student-athletes to attend ‘Sex Signals’ program at Barry University as part of college skills programming
Miami Shores – Over 150 student-athletes and other Barry University students will be present when the university hosts “Sex Signals,” an improvisational show exploring college relationships and sexual assault Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.
The show is open to the entire student body, but will be geared towards student-athletes, who are required to attend as members of any Barry athletic team. The program is one of eight required every year for student-athletes at Barry as part of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program. The CHAMPS/Life Skills initiative is designed to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education. In addition to programs such as “Sex Signals,” student-athletes also attend programming on alcohol awareness, time management and other skills necessary for college success.
“Attending personal development programs is part of our mission in Intercollegiate Athletics,” said Michael Covone, director of Athletics at Barry University. “Many of our student-athletes are away from home, some for the first time. The balance and integration of academics, athletics and community engagement provide our student-athletes a path to graduation while cultivating a variety of skills and knowledge for life ahead.”
Over 150 students, including all student-athletes, are expected to attend the event, which as a program was nominated for “Speaker of the Year” by Campus Activities magazine in both 2003 and 2006.
The two-person show uses improvisational comedy, education and audience interaction to increase dialogue on gender issues, date rape and sexual stereotypes. The show has been performed over 1,000 times at over 400 schools throughout the country since it began in 2000.
Barry’s University’s Student Affairs programming committee and Division of Athletics have collaborated to host this event. The show will take place in the Broad Auditorium at Barry’s main campus in Miami Shores.