Breakfast for Bruce

Breakfast for Bruce

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Today I took part in something great and truly extraordinary; something that touched hearts. Today, I felt like I made a difference and I know many people who shared in my experience would say the same thing.

As many of you know, most likely from my previous blogs, I am a sister of the wonderful and amazing Delta Sigma Tau sorority. Today we held Breakfast for Bruce. This event was a benefit breakfast in memory of one of our sister’s father who passed away from cancer not too long ago. The breakfast took place this afternoon from 3 – 6 p.m. at a church next to campus. The breakfast included pancakes, sausage, bacon and hash browns. We had many themed raffle baskets at the benefit including Pampered Chef, sports and movies. Hundreds of raffle tickets were sold.  The purpose of the breakfast was to remember our sister’s father and raise money for her family. It is amazing to see how much support we received from the Mount Union campus for this event. Many students bought tickets and came out for the event as well as faculty and staff members, community members and even some families of students. In addition, campus organizations even supported this event through monetary donations or devotion of time at the event. The outcome of the breakfast was wonderful and exceeded our expectations!

It truly is remarkable to see what can happen when a campus can come together to support a cause. I, along with the Delta Sigma Tau sorority, would like to thank everyone for supporting our event and helping to make a difference. Thank you!

What’s with all the Manly Men? (A Movember Post)

What’s with all the Manly Men? (A Movember Post)

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There is a lot of buzz going around about “No Shave November,” and I have been seeing a plethora of people carrying impressive Ron Burgundy mustaches. Since I never knew the reasoning behind all this madness, I decided to sift through some beards and dig deep into the cause.

The first resource I searched was the urban dictionary. Accordingly, the month of November is when you don’t shave any hair on your body. Instead, you grow to become more bestial, brutish and manly. This dictionary said that the months of December, January, February and so on may also be included in this celebration of masculinity. For example February is “Forget to Shave February.” I quickly came to realize there were no answers here. So, I turned to my handy dandy Hip-Hoptionary. Again, no answers.

I finally found what I was looking for at the ever-so useful Wikipedia page. Movember (a portmanteau of the slang word “mo” for moustache and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches/facial hair during the month of November. The event was conceived in 1999 by a group of Australian men from Adelaide.

Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and depression in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were held in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and finally the United States. In 2010, Movember merged with the testicular cancer event Tacheback (via Wikipedia). I also found some very impressive and detailed rules if you would like to participate, because I certainly cannot grow enough facial hair.

The rules of conduct given on the Movember site are:

  • Once registered at movember.com each mo bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean, shaved face.
  • For the entire month of Movember, each mo bro must grow and groom a moustache.
  • There is to be no joining of the mo to your side burns. (That’s considered a beard.)
  • There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin. (That’s considered a goatee.)
  • Each mo bro must conduct himself like a true country gentleman.

Information about how to register can be found here: http://us.movember.com/about/

So there you go, the final answer about what all the bearded/mustached men around campus are doing. I’m not sure if they all even realize the real cause for this, but I hope they help donate in some way or another. Although you may have class presentations or job interviews, maybe hide your roommate’s razor to support men’s health issues. Who knows, we might have the next Brett “The Diesel” Keisel beard here on our own campus.

Join A Cause

Join A Cause

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The University of Mount Union is a unique campus. It strives do all it can do to support other people and organizations. The University holds many on campus events as well as attends outside events, and over the years, the campus has raised a significant amount of money for different groups and organizations.

One event special to Mount Union is the annual Relay for Life event, which raises money for cancer awareness. Many students, faculty, staff and community members come out to relay for the cause. This event occurs over a two-day span as people stay up an entire night to walk and raise money. Mount Union also holds it’s annual Up ’til Dawn event, which raises money to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each year, there is a letter writing competition in the fall where letters are written to friends, family members and neighbors in hopes of receiving donations. In the spring, there is a party where the total amount raised is announced. Additionally, annually Mount Union sponsors an event called Take Back the Night, which raises awareness about domestic violence. Each year a speaker comes to campus and presents a firsthand account of a domestic violence situation and educates people on this matter. After the speaker, there is a candle light walk around campus.

Those are just a few of the large events that occur on campus, but there are also many smaller ones. Mount Union participates in many local walks such as the walk for Breast Cancer, Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. The Breast Cancer walk actually occurred this past Sunday at McKinley High School in Canton, which I attended along with many other Purple Raiders. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that the 3.2 miles we walked were for a cause and for someone fighting Breast Cancer today. Different organizations also hold many events and fundraisers in support of projects and groups they are part of such as the group Raider Relief and the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

No matter what, at Mount Union, there is always a cause to join, a way to make a difference and a way to help fight.

Stay tuned as there will be more blogs to come about each of these events as well as many more!