By STEPHANIE VASQUEZ
This past Wednesday, Oct. 30, Relay for Life and Campus Dining hosted “Carving for a Cure” on Ball Circle. The event was not only a chance for students to donate to Relay for Life, but to help students get in the Halloween mood by carving pumpkins with friends. Relay for Life asked students for a $5 donation to go toward finding a cure for cancer, although it was not necessary to donate money in order to participate in carving.
Many students gathered around Ball Circle to carve pumpkin masterpieces, and some entered the pumpkin carving contest in which the winner received a $50 gift card. During carving, on campus a cappella groups such as BellAcappella and One Note Stand performed for students and judges.
“I made really cool friends, and it was fun getting pumpkin all over the place,” said senior computer science major Kyle Khalifa.
Like Khalifa, several people came out to listen to music and enjoy the complimentary caramel apples, hot cider and hot chocolate provided by the event. Relay for Life and Campus Dining provided plenty of tools and stencils for carving, as well as several different pumpkins for students to choose from.
The judges for the carving competition included President Hurley and Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center Greta Franklin.
“It’s my first time doing “Carving for a Cure,” and it’s one of the helpful events on campus for Halloween because you are able to carve yourself a pumpkin and take it home. My pumpkin will match my costume for tomorrow,” said graduate assistant Liz Bradley.
The winners were announced shortly after judging began at 4:45 p.m. Laura Cutkosky won third place, Julia Burzynski second, and Kenneth Haddon took home first prize and the $50 gift certificate.
“Carving for a Cure” proved an enjoyable event that brought students together for a good cause. Leading up to the Relay for Life, “Carving for a Cure” is one such event that helps students get involved in finding a cure for cancer and providing support for survivors.