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Students get Spring Break safety advice

March 12, 2012 12:00AM

Olivia (RC) Wright, a senior from Cherryvale, Kan., draws sun, beach and blue water -- her idea of a perfect spring break location.

With Spring Break just around the corner, members of Gorillas in Your Midst, a peer education group at Pittsburg State University, are talking to their classmates about things they can do to have a fun but safe break from school.

The students are staffing tables on the campus Oval each day this week where they offer tips for keeping spring break safe. On Monday, students drew spring break scenes on the sidewalks with chalk. They’ll bring in a climbing wall on Tuesday and throughout the week, signs along the sidewalks encourage specific safe spring break behaviors, such as “Always walk with a buddy.”

Meanwhile, university officials have reminded students of a recent travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department regarding travel to certain portions of Mexico. In that warning, the State Department advises U.S. citizens to use special caution or defer travel to specific parts of the country, citing violence caused by turf wars between armed groups and gun battles between Mexican authorities and criminal organizations.

Students planning to travel to Mexico are advised to visit before they leave.

Spring Break at PSU will be March 17-25. Classes will resume on Monday, March 26. Academic and business offices will remain open during the break. Axe Library will be closed March 17-18 and March 24. The library hours will be 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 19-23 and 3-11 p.m. on March 25.

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