Keeping Friends Afloat

Sun God Festival Floaties 2014
In order to make sure everyone has a good time at Sun God, we need some special friends to help us out... Floaties!

Floaties receive special Bystander Intervention Techniques and Alcohol Education from Health Education & SARC. Floaties will also receive a Sun God Floatie Survival Kit on the day of wrist band pick up.

This training is open to any UCSD students who plan on attending Sun God. Join us for FREE food and info at the following locations/times:

  1. 4/10 SHS Conference Room 7-9pm
  2. 4/11 Dolores Huerta, Philip Vera Cruz Room 1-3pm
  3. 4/15 Dolores Huerta, Philip Vera Cruz Room 7-9pm
  4. 4/25 Dolores Huerta, Philip Vera Cruz Room 1-3pm
  5. 4/29 SHS Conference Room 7-9pm
  6. 5/2 Dolores Huerta, Philip Vera Cruz Room 1-2:30pm
  7. Pre-register for a Floatie training today at sarc.ucsd.edu

 

Don't Miss the Music

Here are some useful tips so you and your friends can enjoy every moment of this year's Sun God Festival. Don't miss the music! Support a safe Sun God Festival by liking Sun God Says... on Facebook!

Remember... If you or one of your friends are experiencing an alcohol related emergency:

 Be a Responsible Friend. Call 858.534.HELP (858.534.4357) immediately! Take action and ask about the Responsible Action Protocol (RAP). UC San Diego CARES.

Don't Booze And Lose

  • Alternate non-alcoholic drinks (drink a bottle of water between alcohol drinks).
  • Determine in advance the number of drinks, and don’t exceed that!
  • Choose not to drink alcohol or use drugs.
  • Use a designated driver (DD’s qualify for great RADD Card discounts).
  • Sign up for A.S. Safe Rides!
  • Eat before or during an event. Be sure to check in with your Res-Life Offices for day-of snacks and survival kits.
  • Tell your friends to let you know when you’ve had too much to drink.
  • Keep track of the number of drinks (especially the amount of liquor).
  • One drink = 12 oz beer, 5 oz wine, or 1.5 oz liquor.
  • Pace your drinks to one or less per hour.
  • Choose an alcohol look-alike instead.
  • Avoid drinking games.
  • Do not mix drugs and alcohol -- be aware of dangerous drug combinations that could result in illness or even death.
  • Watch over your friends and peers. If you see someone in health-threatening conditions, do not be afraid to reach out to a security guard, police officer, event staff or event volunteer to ask for help. Your health and safety is our first priority at the Sun God Festival.

Important Party Tips

  • Try to keep the party small.
  • Make sure your guests are considerate of your neighbors and don’t do things like park cars on lawns or vandalize property.
  • Keep the party indoors to cut down on clean-up time and to reduce the amount of noise. Shut the windows and walk outside from time to time to check the noise level.
  • If you are under 21, don’t consume alcohol.
  • DO NOT serve alcohol to anyone under 21.
  • If your neighbors call or stop by to tell you the party is too loud, listen and turn down the volume...
  • Cooperate with police if they show up. Have a calm, sober person speak with them. If they ask you to break up the party, DO IT. It’s okay to call police yourself if the party gets out of hand.
  • If a guest has had too much to drink, don’t let them drive home. Call a taxi or arrange for a ride with another guest who is sober, or invite them to stay over.
  • Acquaint yourself with the San Diego County social host laws and the consequences of breaking those laws. If caught breaking these laws, social hosts will be held accountable and may be: 1) cited/arrested, 2) fined up to $1000 or more, 3) serve up to 6 months in jail, and 4) be billed for law enforcement services.

A.S. Safe Rides

A.S. Safe Rides is a FREE service provided by the Associated Students for registered UCSD undergraduate students who have completed the online Safe Rides registration. AS Safe Rides allows students to get 3 free rides per quarter from areas in La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Clairemont, University City, Mission Bay, Ocean Beach, Del Mar, Hillcrest, Mira Mesa, San Diego State University, and the Gaslamp Quarter/Downtown to your home. AS Safe Rides operates from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM Tuesday,Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights during the academic year beginning October 9th (excluding university and national holidays). Safe Rides only operates during the academic quarter and not during breaks or over the summer. Safe Rides is not just for students who have been drinking. It is designed to provide a safe ride home for any student in an uncomfortable or unexpected situation. Each individual riding needs to be registered for Safe Rides at a least day in advance and must present their UCSD ID at the time of using the service.

How To Use A.S. Safe Rides:

  1. Call Cloud 9 Super Shuttle at (number to be revealed after registration).
  2. Inform the dispatcher that you are a UCSD Student calling for AS Safe Rides service and provide them with your location
  3. When the shuttle arrives present your UCSD ID to be swiped by the driver For more information on A.S. Safe Rides and to register online, please check out the AS Safe Rides home page.
 

If your friend has been drinking and is experiencing the following symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Not responsive
  • Bluish skin tone
  • Irregular breathing

If ever you are in doubt, call for help! Never leave a friend alone and never let them "sleep it off."

Be a responsible friend. Call 911 immediately! Take action Ask about the RAP UC San Diego CARES

RAP PDF

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY STATISTICS

 
 
Myth
Yes, alcohol consumption is high, but it's not all that serious. Students know how to pace themselves and handle their intake.
Fact
Alcohol consumption has resulted in not only rising detox admittance, but also 48 hospitalizations last year. A handful of these were near death and nearly all were due to heavy, rapid consumption of hard liquor.
 
increasinghospitalizations
 
 
 
Myth
Cutting guest tickets is ridiculous! They provide invaluable funding for the event, and at no significant cost. It doesn't make any sense!
Fact
Despite comprising only 15% of all attendees, guests account for up to 42% of all detox admittances and 48% of all arrests. These disproportionate statistics outweigh the minimal funds guest wristbands provide.
 
gueststatistics
 

15%

The percentage of guests that make up total festival attendance in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

HOWEVER, guests consistently represent a formidable portion of total detox admits and arrested individuals as well.


 
Total Detox
Admittance
2012
out of

71

attendees
admitted to detox

19

were guests
2013
out of

95

attendees
admitted to detox

30

were guests
Total
Arrests
2012
out of

96

attendees
arrested

27

were guests
2013
out of

146

attendees
arrested

47

were guests
Source: UCSD Office of Student Conduct // SGFTF Preliminary Report // UCSD Police
 
Myth
Alcohol consumption should be expected at Sun God Festival. There's no difference between the celebrations now and those of years past.
Fact
Actually, alcohol consumption has risen incredibly over the years. In just the past three festivals, detox admittances rose from 69 to 95, and alcohol violations from 87 to 148.
 
detoxadmittance
 
Source: UCSD Office of Student Conduct
 
 
increasingviolations
 
SGF2013
}
148
alcohol-related
violations
SGF2012
}
124
alcohol-related
violations
SGF2011
}
87
alcohol-related
violations
= 10 violations
(not alcohol-related)
= 10 alcohol-related
violations
Source: SGFTF Preliminary Report // UCSD Office of Student Conduct
 
Myth
It's Sun God Festival, so anything goes! Enforcement officials and authorities won't do anything. They can't do anything!
Fact
A blind eye won't be turned to irresponsible actions. 146 arrests were made last Sun God Festival, outnumbering and outpacing those made at Coachella and EDC.
 
increasingarrests
 
= students
= guests
= unknown


Source: SGFTF Preliminary Report // UCSD Police
 
 
Myth
Wristbands run out in an instant and don't nearly account for all UC San Diego students. So many students miss out on this event!
Fact
Wristbands were available to 17,000 of 24,129 students last year. This year, number of wristbands has been increased to 20,000, nearly matching the total number of university undergraduates.
 
capacity&population