Events Beat

14 donate pint of blood to community blood center

Fourteen students flaunted colorful bandages on their arms after donating a pint of blood on Tuesday to the Community Blood Center of South Florida for the Butler Center for Volunteer Services blood drive. Afterward, students were rewarded with a movie ticket, snacks and beverages and the knowledge that they were saving up to three lives with their contribution.

Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorated on the Rock

Students gathered on the Stanford/Hecht bridge Tuesday night for a candle light vigil, the first of a series of events designed to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students then walked to the Rock where former University of Miami Vice President William R. Butler spoke of King’s visit to the campus in 1966, as well as Coretta Scott King’s address to the University in 1980. The event was sponsored by Brothers Overcoming Negativity and Destruction, the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs, United Black Students, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Fraternities accept new brothers

After two weeks of rushing, all 12 UM fraternities gathered at the Rock Friday afternoon to hear Alex Gelep, Interfraternity Council vice president for recruitment, announce which fraternity each recruit accepted for Bid Day. Cheers and hollers were given as each smiling recruit accepted his bid. Afterwards the fraternities scattered off to bond and celebrate with their new brothers.

Giving back to community in honor of MLK

About 150 students woke up early Saturday morning and met at Stanford Circle, lathered in sun block and sporting sneakers, to participate in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. After eating breakfast and receiving free T-shirts, buses transported the volunteers to various sites around the community.

On-campus picnic for ’08 elections discussion

Students posed with a life-size cardboard cutout of Barack Obama Saturday afternoon at Hecht’s Presidential Picnic. The more than 40 students in attendance also listened to representatives from the Giuliani, McCain, Clinton and Obama campaigns deliver brief speeches on the topics of healthcare, immigration, the Iraq war, the economy and the environment. With Florida’s primary only days away, Resident Assistant Carmen Johnson said the mission of the event was to present both sides.

Stanford residents get low at semi-formal dance

Stanford residents hopped in a Hummer limo for a drive to the Hillel building Saturday night where Stanford held a semi-formal dance. DJ Will Coffin provided the music while students enjoyed strawberry daiquiris, piña coladas and chocolate fondue, as well as competed for prizes. King Henry the Lion and Sebastian the Ibis also made appearances, with Sebastian performing “Soulja Boy.” The event was free for Stanford residents and one guest, with non-Stanford residents paying $5.

-Compiled by Analisa Harangozo, Stephanie Genuardi and Nina Ruggiero