“White Faces” Event at Plymouth State

April 25th, 2002 by Adam

Scarlette Mellow, an assistant residence director at Blair Hall at Plymouth State College, had a sense this fall that something “very bad” was going to happen at PSC. Then first-year student Charlie Chaves died in an alcohol-related driving accident and Mellow says she was “really spooked.” She was also inspired to take action. The result is a May 1 event, “White Faces,” to call attention to the dangers of mixing drinking and driving.

Mellow says, “Every 20 minutes, someone dies in an alcohol-related driving accident.” To illustrate that fact throughout the day, one student will leave a class every 20 minutes— returning to class a few minutes later with his/her face painted a ghostly white, and wearing a special tee shirt. The ghost students will be silent for the remainder of the day.

At 6 p.m. a mock accident will occur outside the HUB, coordinated by PSC Police with town agencies. Following the mock accident, Linda Chaves, Charlie’s mother, was scheduled to reflect on the effect of such accidents on those who are unintentionally involved and are left behind to grieve, at a brief memorial ceremony at the memorial rock adjacent to the Hartman Union Building on High Street. However, while the mock accident and memorial will still be held, Mrs. Chaves will be unable to attend due to an illness in the family.

For information, call Scarlett Mellow at 535-2548.