Relay for Life exemplifies alcohol-free fundraising.
In response to the article “Charity events can raise more funds without alcohol” on Jan. 24, there are a number of charity events and organizations on campus that are alcohol-free.
One of these is Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. Every year, more than 800 students, faculty, alumni and community members go to Cromwell Field for 24 hours to raise money for cancer research. This event raises more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. Colleges Against Cancer, the planning committee for this event, strives to find entertainers, speakers and activities to make this event enjoyable as well as meaningful.
Articles that ignore our event and the others like ours are both discourteous to us as well as the student body. Alcohol is not necessary for students to be passionate or to donate time and money to causes. Though many organizations do throw parties, parties are hardly organizations’ only efforts at activism. This newspaper should award more respect to the wide variety of philanthropy on campus.
The 2012 USC Relay for Life is March 31 to April 1. Visit relayforlife.org/uscca for more information.
Co-Recruitment Chair, USC Relay for Life
“We Are Considerate” campaign falls on deaf ears.
I have been — like so many other professors and students walking to classes or meetings on campus — nearly knocked to the ground by students on bikes or skateboards. The “campaign” to promote courtesy has had zero effect on these human missiles, who aim straight for anyone in their way.
Is it going to take serious bodily harm to someone to finally end this reign of terror by rude, selfish and reckless members of the “Trojan Family”?
Not long ago, I was walking my small dog near Taper Hall, favoring my right foot after a botched surgery. I stopped to fix my dog’s leash. A young man on a skateboard behind me came close to colliding with me. He swerved around me, made rude comments and zipped off on his skateboard. I shouted after him that he was supposed to “be aware, be courteous.” He shouted back, “I’m an associate dean, I can do whatever I want.”
It isn’t just this rogue would-be administrator. It’s absolute anarchy out there. Why do we all have to be put at risk because of this extraordinary sense of entitlement?
Professor of English