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Making Students into “Sexperts”

Walk in. Take a seat. Have a condom.

The Resident Hall Association’s Educational Committee hosted Sexperts at the Student Activities Center on Oct. 14, an event designed to enlighten and educate the student body about sex.

Unlike Ducky Doolittle’s ‘Orgasms For Everyone’ event, the RHA informational had multiple peer speakers where ‘sexperts were created in the process,’ said Paul Currie, a junior biology major, and vice-president of the RHA.

Tables lined the SAC auditorium walls, promoting various ideas like abstinence and protected sex. Games included a wheel of sex positions and a water-filled condom toss. People constantly surrounded a table about sex fetishes, barely allowing room for an outside glance.

Every 10 minutes from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. prizes were raffled off, ranging from books about sex to a sash of 40 condoms.

Prizes were donated by the Center for Prevention and Outreach as well as the university bookstore, and the grand prize was an all you can eat package with chocolate syrup, honey and whipped cream.

Peer speakers included ‘various committee members who researched a topic extensively,’ according to Andrew Nanayakkara, a sophomore biology and math major, and the co-chair of the RHA Educational Planning Committee.

Nanayakkara was pleased with the turnout, calling it the ‘biggest RHA event ever, next to the RHA block party.’ The number of people who showed up was ‘way more than I ever anticipated,’ Nanayakkara said.

The crowd kept up a constant murmur and cheered after prizes were given away. The Stony Brook Beatboxing Team and bellydancers performed during the event, attracting extra audience members.

Emily Gerner, a junior and a psychology major, thought that the event ‘was a really good way to bring together students to highlight sex and being safe.’ The information provided by the booths and the speakers ’emphasized that views on sexual activity are different for many people,’ Gerner said.

‘All the information is there for audience members to get,’ Currie said. ‘The program is really about becoming sexperts yourself.’

Pamphlets and fliers were passed around during the two-hour event, with information like ‘101 Things to Do With Your Girlfriend/Boyfriend,’ ‘Protection 101,’ and ‘A Guide to Aphrodisiacs.’

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