By Kayleigh Pigg
Although the total amount raised is not yet available, the organizers of this year’s Charity Week say it was a great success. Thousands of dollars were raised for the Arc of Texas, Mary’s Meals, and the Guiding Star Project, according to Jake Loel and Stephen Thie, junior Charity Week co-chairs.
“I thought Charity Week was an incredible success, both for charity and the student,” freshman Angela Moore said. “There certainly is a strong backing to the acclaimed UD tradition.”
The amount of money made in comparison to past years is incredible, according to the organizers.
“We tripled my [junior] year [at the University of Dallas], and doubled last year… in the Male Auction,” said Catherine Duplant, residence coordinator and the faculty advisor for this year’s Charity Week.
“We more than tripled last year’s TGIT,” Loel said.
Many of the freshmen were unsure of what to think going into Charity Week, but the events surprised and delighted those who attended.
“It was so great!” freshman Allison Federer said.
For many students, controversy over the Charity Week jail did not dampen the week. Freshman Margaret Schuhriemen, who had never experienced the jail in the past, said she did not see what the problem was.
“The jail brought out more of the UD spirit than any other event,” she said. “The way there are inscriptions on the walls, and professors giving speeches outside of the jail, it just sums up UD.”
Another popular event was Male Auction. Freshman Rachel Leonard, who was part of the group that successfully bid on the rugby team, had only good things to say.
“The Male Auction is a really good way to earn money,” she said.
Schuhriemen, on the other hand, expressed concern over the implications of auctioning off classmates.
“It was kind of fun, but at the same time it was incredibly awkward,” she said. “There is a definite reason it’s women betting on men and not men betting on women, because that would be really bad. And so the whole time I was like, ‘Wow, this is kind of objectifying of men, when it’s usually a bad thing to be objectifying women.’”
The crowd at the event did not seem to be concerned about objectifying men. The auction earned $7390 for charity.
While the jail and Male Auction were definitely the crowd favorites, the most surprising event might have been Airband.
“Airband was above and beyond what it usually is,” Thie said.
Duplant was especially pleased with the results of Airband.
“We sold out of tickets. We had to print more tickets,” she said.
Organizers agreed that the least profitable event was the Sherlock Holmes movie night on Tuesday.
“We lost money at movie night,”Loel said.
Despite that loss, Loel and Thie said they are proud of the response from UD students in stepping up for these charities.
“Through shooting people with water guns, objectifying men, and imprisoning our fellow students, we helped humanity,” junior Teresa Blackman said.