Charity Week 2012: superheroes take campus

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Clare Myers, Staff Writer

This past Saturday marked the end of another Charity Week, the classic University of Dallas tradition that pairs unique campus activities with charitable giving. This year, the Charity Week Committee, made up of juniors, chose a superhero theme, incorporating capes and costumes into the usual events.

Junior Pat Archer

Sunday’s Family Day kicked off the fundraising spree; although it had to be moved indoors due to an expectation of rain, many students enjoyed visits from parents and siblings. It was followed by the beginning of weeklong features on Monday, including the opening of the jail on the Mall, an immensely popular Charity Week staple.

Monday night’s activity was another perennial favorite: Airband. This year, however, many felt that the event fell short of the mark. There were fewer acts than there have been in previous years, and far fewer students in attendance.

“I thought that it was not as lively as [it has been in] past years,” said sophomore and Residence Hall Association President Chris Goldkamp.

The screening of the summer blockbuster The Avengers in theNew Hall courtyard – referred to by its superhero alias, the Stark Tower New Hall Complex – drew a crowd.

Booths Day, the Shave Off and the Silent Auction all proved to be popular, as did the usual weeklong favorites, including Tuck-Ins, the Bake Sale and K.A.O.S.

Freshman Keelin des Rosiers set a record in K.A.O.S. for most kills at 19.

“I was told going into K.A.O.S. that freshmen never win,” she said. She proceeded to make seven kills in the first day.

Charity Week TGIT put students in the spotlight with a karaoke night.

“It was great singing along to ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ ’ with everyone,” said freshman Tommy Joseph.

On Friday, students packed Lynch Auditorium for Male Auction. Students stood in the back and filled the aisles to watch talented young men sing, dance and otherwise attempt to win the hearts and highest bids of the young ladies in attendance. The show was instantly labeled a success.

“It was hilarious,” said junior Meredith Noe. “I’m definitely going to save up money for next year.”

The Fast as Flash 5K, which had over 30 participants, a good turnout for an early Saturday morning race, and the traditional semi-formal dance closed out the week.

“Everyone got really into it,” sophomore Ada Thomas said, adding that the music at the dance was particularly good.

Many students especially enjoyed the superhero-themed activities, including the Pose-Off and Friday’s Cape Day. It was rumored that theology professor Dr. John Norris was spotted sporting a customized “Mr. UD” costume, complete with a shield and cape.

The committee’s co-chairs, juniors Cierra Houchins, Pat Archer and Chandler Johnson, hope to have started a tradition with the Auction of Absurdity, an event new to the lineup this year.

Junior volunteer coordinator Mary Jones noted that the three co-chairs did an excellent job this year: “I was impressed by the leadership and dedication,” she said.

According to Johnson, Charity Week activities typically raise between $18,000 and $20,000 for various local and national charities. Totals for this year are not available yet, athough Archer reported that events brought in “stacks of cash.”

Johnson modestly credited the accomplishment to everyone who helped out.

“I think it was incredibly successful, but it’s all thanks to our volunteers who worked day in and day out,” she said.

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