Sex Week ends with annual Sextoberfest

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John Young is a freshman entrepreneurship major staffing the condom popping activity at Sextoberfest in Tri-Towers Rotunda on Friday Oct. 21, 2016.

Kellie Nock

With an undersea theme of “Mermaids and Seamen,” Sex Week ended this Friday with Kent Interhall Council’s annual Sextoberfest.

Sextoberfest is an event that happens at the end of each Sex Week as a way to end the week with games and prizes.

Tables ranged from informative games about STD’s to condoms and students packed the Tri-Towers Rotunda to play.

“I feel like a lot students who come to college aren’t given adequate sex awareness,” said Kemonta Fuqua a freshman digital media production major. “This promotes safe sex and it kind of says that sex isn’t a bad thing.”

As a member of KIC, Fuqua helped to set up the Centennial Court B table at the event. Each residence hall was able to have a table where it could set up games for students to win prizes while being informed about safe sex.

As the last event for Sex Week, Sextoberfest is the week’s grand finale, and with prizes, music and memorable games to help remember anatomy, KIC hopes that it will stick in students’ minds.

“I knew that they’d be giving out tampons and condoms,” said Alexis Wellinghoff, freshman psychology major. “But I didn’t know they’d have activities which is cool.”

Activities ranged from guessing games to playing horseshoe with a model penis. Students could learn about the different types of contraception and how to use them properly. Sex Week and Sextoberfest aim to inform students about sexual topics they may not have learned in high school.

“I think if they’re uneducated at home they get a chance to learn information about safe sex,” said Jade Proctor, sophomore education, health and human service major. “And they learn about all the consequences of not having safe sex.”

There was also a table highlighting the importance of consent, which junior political science major Madeline Anich helped to organize. Anich stressed the importance of her table and the event as a whole.

“We wanted to gear it around the idea of consent because we figured with all this sex stuff going around, you’ve gotta keep consent in the picture,” Anich said. “I think (the event) has two benefits: The first one is…I like the idea of students and people of our age feeling free in their sex lives. You know, often times we get taught abstinence-only as our sex-ed and I like that this counteracts that. You can have sex and it can be fun, it’s not a sin all the time. And then the second thing kind of ties in to that. I like that it can be educational…so I think that’s beneficial too.”

Kellie Nock is an arts reporter. Contact her at [email protected]