Community contributes to the winover ASU in blood drive competition

By Melanie Klein
Arizona Daily Wildcat
October 29, 1996

UA students showed their school spirit last week by donating 1,191 pints of blood during the 10th annual UA vs. ASU Blood Donor Challenge, beating ASU's 1,089 and recapturing the trophy.

The challenge, which began Oct. 21 and ran through Friday, was a contest between the University of Arizona and Arizona State University campuses to see which could donate the most blood to the American Red Cross. The winner receives a 3-foot Eagle Trophy.

The UA improved by 93 pints of blood from last year, and ASU's blood donations dropped 86 pints from last year.

"All week the UA was behind," said Paula Santa Cruz, American Red Cross representative. "Then the UA came back on Friday, donating 319 pints of blood.

"The UA has more spirit," she said.

Arrangements are being made to present the trophy to the UA in November.

The competition began 10 years ago when the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association at ASU challenged the UA to see which school had more school spirit by donating blood to the American Red Cross.

Over the last nine years of competition, the UA has won the challenge five times. ASU has won four times.

People who were sick, weighed under 110 pounds or had hepatitis after age 11 were not eligible to donate blood. Of the 1,430 people who volunteered to donate blood, 239 were ineligible, Santa Cruz said.

Kappa Delta Chi sorority had the highest number of donors with 49 participants. The service-oriented sorority also had the highest percentage of donors with 103 percent, based on total number of pints donated divided by the house size.

"This kind of recognition backs up everything we stand for," said Melinda Hutchison, bilingual elementary education senior, who helped organize the drive at Kappa Delta Chi.

Renae Rosales, Kappa Delta Chi president, said, "This is a really big honor for us because it is a part of our service to the community."

La Paz Residence Hall, which has 482 residents, had the highest number of blood donors among the residence hall community with 47 participants. Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall had the highest percentage of donors with 10 percent of its residents donating blood.

"We had signs up all over the dorm. We really advertised well," said Kathy Adams-Riester, La Paz hall director.

"The front desk asked people to donate blood, and we even had some parents donate blood over Parents' Weekend," she said.

Robert Moore, resident assistant at Arizona-Sonora, said he donated because he knows how much blood is needed.

"My mom needed blood one time so I know how important it is to donate blood," Moore said.

Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall won the best banner title for advertising the blood donor drive. Pi Beta Phi sorority won best banner among Greek Life.

"We wanted to get the word out as best as possible, so we made the banner as big as possible," said Jean Ngo, resident assistant at Kaibab-Huachuca.