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What even is “Charity Week?”
— #totalfreshmanmove

Dear #tfm,
By the time this is published, Charity Week — our annual week-long fundraiser for select local and regional charities — will be in full swing. This is the University of Dallas’ way of giving back to the community while supporting socially just services that provide for those in need. There are major events, like KAOS (a water-gun manhunt), Air Band (choreographed karaoke) and Male Auction (where gentleman offering goods and services go to the highest bidder); smaller ones, such as photography competitions and the Shave-Off (where hair gets cut if you reach a fundraising goal); and daily opportunities, like the Jail. It’s a lot of fun, and one of the first UD traditions you get to encounter as a freshman, so enjoy!

 
I know Charity Week is an annual tradition, but I’m not sure I want to participate. I don’t really feel compelled to support this year’s charities, and one of them actually goes against a political belief I hold very dear. What should I do?
— Sitting On The Sidelines

Dear SOTS,
Since you know Charity Week is a tradition, you must also realize that it’s not an obligation. If your reluctance to participate is due to a single charity’s position on a political topic that matters to you, I won’t chastise you for having convictions. I only ask that you consider the families who use the charity’s services and why they would do so. If the empathy and compassion you have for this hypothetical family can move you beyond your political affiliation, if nothing else, give a dollar. It’s not too much, but, in the capable hands of a non-profit organization, it’ll go a long way to help those in need.

 
I have a thing for my guy friend. Problem is, he’s friends with my ex-boyfriend, and I work with his ex-girlfriend. We’ve always had a thing for each other but have never gone out on a date. We were actually really close to dating before I got with my ex. What should I do?
— Lovesick

Dear Lovesick,
Ask yourself the following questions: Are all parties involved — you, your friend and the exes — over their respective break-ups? If you’re wrong, is it worth damaging these friendships if you choose to proceed? Can both you and this gentleman handle any grudges that may develop? If you could honestly answer “yes” to all of those questions, then, by all means, see if you two still click and proceed as you will. If not, it may be best to instead focus on maintaining a close friendship with this gentleman. UD is small, and it feels a lot smaller when you run into an ex with a grudge.

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