The University of Washington’s Kappa Delta sorority
recently raised nearly $40,000 at their 11th annual “Reach for the Sky”
auction. Proceeds were donated to the Children’s Trust Foundation, a Washington state
nonprofit organization that works to prevent child abuse.
Doing the double service of feeding the hungry and breaking those pernicious campus stereotypes, members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at UW Oshkosh have chosen to serve hot meals at a Salvation Army soup kitchen on the first Friday of every month. Additionally, the Kappa Sigs participate in highway clean up, and they help raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters at the “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” event. Some of the brothers mentor with the BBBS program themselves.
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Students at the University of Minnesota held their annual Date Auction, an event hosted by the Business Association of Multicultural Students and the Minnesota International Student Center. The event was raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and featured 15 students from a handful of student groups who were auctioned off as dates. The event raised more than $2,600 in total, thanks to winning bids averaging in the $100s. The largest bid, an auction record, was for $610.
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Ok, I admit we missed that fact that Free Hugs was an international movement…which, I suppose, is what we get for neglecting to tape Oprah. Thankfully, the Technician and students of North Carolina State’s Sociology 440 class have caught us up on the significance of this social happening. The class, which is—you guessed it—giving free hugs, is hoping to have a wider impact on the campus community, thereby influencing student efforts in environmentalism, peace work, identity politics, and myriad other issues. And since this is a social science class (rather than, say, the weepy dregs
Student volunteers at SUNY Stony Brook are working with the school's Hospital Blood Bank to raise awareness of blood donation and to get students to donate blood. In response to a blood shortage in 2005, another Stony Brook student initiated the Human Cooperation Project, which partners with professors to offer students who donate blood extra credit.
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Students at the University of New Hampshire have started a new group, called One in Four, for students who’ve been touched by eating disorders. The group’s name comes from a statistic that says one in four women will be affected by eating disorders at some point in their lives. The group is yet another testimony to the organizing potential of Facebook. One in Four began as an online Facebook network; they’re now an officially recognized student group. Over 40 students attended One in Four’s inaugural meeting.
The Black Student Union of the University of Rochester is celebrating Black History Month with health awareness initiatives (in addition to the more traditional social and historical offerings). The group’s UR Path to Better Health 2007, which is being co-sponsored by La Unidad Latina and Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, is an exposition of community organizations and healthcare providers. The exposition will feature information about HIV/AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. It will also offer information on how to get health insurance.
Three students from ConnPIRG (the Connecticut Student Public Interest Research Group) participated in a program in which they had to live on food stamps that totaled less than $4 per day for a week. In the coming months, ConnPIRG plans to open a Campus Kitchen, which will cook meals on campus and deliver them to those in need, and host a Hunger Clean Up, a community service-oriented program.
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Students at the University of Utah will participate in a dance marathon to raise money for cancer research. Organizers of the even hope to raise more than $100,000 in the 26.2 hour marathon to benefit the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
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Two Duke students led the effort to raise $50,000 to build a house as part of Habitat for Humanity's Youth United initiative, which allows youth (ages five to 25) a chance to lead and organize a project. The students worked with groups from more than 25 Durham schools and churches to raise the funds, helping to challenge the commonly held belief that Duke-Durham relations are permanently bad.
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