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Things to consider before leaving on Spring Break
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We are days from the start of Spring Break, and many of you have big plans for the week. Wherever you are bound — the beach, the slopes, the mall, the couch (alright, maybe not the couch) — here are tips to help make the week as safe as it will be memorable:

  • Secure your space here before you leave. Lock all doors and windows. Leave your answering machine on, but turn the ringer off (and don't leave a message saying that you are away). Leave a light on or better yet, put a light on a timer so that it appears as if someone is home. Put a hold on the mail (you can do it here online).
  • Don't pack your car the night before. It may take only a minute for a determined thief to break in.

Whether you are heading to the beaches or to the slopes:

  • Travel in groups. There's safety in numbers. If you are going to separate from your group, tell someone when you will return. Take a cell phone, if possible (but remember that they may not work out of the country).
  • If you are of age drink, set a limit and stick to it. Don't drink on an empty stomach. Be on guard…alcohol affects judgment and lower inhibitions, leading to risky behavior that would be avoided otherwise. Don't leave a drink unattended. If you are away from your drink for a while, toss it. It's not worth the risk. And you already know not to drink and drive.
  • Call ahead to where you are staying to learn how you can secure your valuables. Don't slide them under the pillow and expect them to be secure. Ask if a safe is available. If not, perhaps it's best to leave them home.
  • Always carry identification. Make sure someone at home knows how to reach you (in case there's a family emergency).
  • Know your surroundings. Carry a map. Plan your journeys. Tell others where you are going.
  • If you are heading into sun country, slather up! Use sunscreen. Avoid the sun at midday, and remember that tanning is a form of sun damage. Over time, it adds up.
  • Remember that what happens during Spring Break doesn't necessarily stay there. It could follow you back to Akron. This applies to citations, STDs, tattoos . . .

Finally, whatever you’re doing next week, don't forget wear your Fear the Roo T-shirt.

We look forward to your return after a safe and fun break!

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The University of Akron's Zipmail is a compilation of University announcements for University students, sent each Friday unless circumstances require otherwise. The deadline for submissions to be considered by the University is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Zipmail is a University of Akron communication vehicle established for the benefit of The University of Akron to communicate with its students. Items will be accepted for publication only when the University is directly involved in the activity through participation, sponsorship, or partnership with one of its recognized organizations, colleges or departments. The University reserves the right to edit or to refuse to run any submission for any reason. Zipmail is not, nor is it intended to be, a public forum or a limited public forum. Questions about the implementation of this policy may be directed to zipmail@uakron.edu.

Items to be considered for inclusion in Zipmail should be sent through the Zipmail Event Submission Form. Due to the volume of submissions received, items will not run more than one time.

Questions about specific announcements should be made to the contact person/department/organization listed in the announcement.Your event will automatically be forwarded to the University's online calendar. The Zipmail Coordinator can be reached at x2837.
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