CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Oct. 11, 1999
Stepping Up website encourages cyberspace discussion
of alcohol issues
IOWA CITY, Iowa When it comes to the issue
of alcohol use and abuse in the Iowa City community, there is no shortage
of opinions. Now, if you want to be heard beyond the classroom or coffee shop,
you can express your sentiments in cyberspace.
The Stepping Up Project, a coalition to reduce the
harmful effects of excessive drinking, is hosting a discussion board at its
new website located at www.uiowa.edu/~stepping. Users clicking on the "Talk
Back to Us" link will find themselves able to post their comment as well as
read and respond to posts by other users.
Julie Phye, coordinator of the Stepping Up Project,
says she expects a lively mix of opinions. "If you talk to five different
people, you will find five different slants on this topic. We are excited
about providing a place for discussion and looking forward to feedback from
The posting policy for the forum states that any and
all opinions are welcome; however, users are requested to refrain from the
use of obscenity.
The new website address was included in approximately
1,000 door-hangers distributed to local residents by the Stepping Up Project
in early September.
"We want to get the address out to as many people
as possible. That way we can count on getting diverse opinions and some new
ideas," Phye said.
Parker-Davis Graphics, an Iowa City firm, designed
the site. The website includes a calendar of social and cultural events, information
on how organizations can request funding for social events where alcohol will
not be served, and the UI alcohol policy. It also features research and statistics
about how college students use and abuse alcohol and how that affects college
students who don't drink excessively.
The Stepping Up Project is funded by a grant from
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health care philanthropy,
and administered by the American Medical Association.
For more information, call Julie Phye at (319) 335-1349.