Breast cancer awareness week brings in money for cancer research

This week the Association of Residence Halls and students teamed up in the fight against breast cancer, holding several events around campus to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.

A spa night was held in Lydia’s Lounge on Tuesday evening and featured make your own facials, haircuts, nail painting and baked goods.

“It was slow towards the beginning,” said junior elementary education major Abi Vogel. “People came in groups and mostly stayed with their friends.”

She estimated that the event brought out around 25 to 30 students.

Junior political science major Matt Kemper received a hair cut at the event and said he wanted to support the cause.

“I’m really glad ARH put on this event and continues to show its support for breast cancer research,” he said.

Students said they really enjoyed the food at the midnight breakfast in Lydia’s Lounge, and appreciated a late night snack break.

“The food is tasty,” said freshman elementary education major Janessa George. “This is definitely a good snack time.”

Senior electrical engineering major Bryan Underwood has been helping out with breast cancer awareness week for four years.

“Attendance has been mostly steady the last few years,” he said. “We have had [the breakfast] in a couple of locations, but we have found our home in Lydia’s Lounge. We appreciate people coming out, and all the support, and we look forward to doing it again next year.”

The Tugs for Jugs tug of war competition was held on Thursday in the Markin Family Student Recreation Center, where teams of 10 competed for gift cards.

Breast cancer awareness week is not over, and the events continue tonight and this weekend with the Mr./Mrs. ARH Pageant tonight  in the Student Center Ballroom from 7-8 p.m., and the benefit concert on Saturday night in Lydia’s Lounge from 8-9 p.m.

The pageant will feature students from the residence halls dressing in drag and competing in a full scale pageant, which includes a catwalk, talent and fishbowl portion, for the title of Mr. or Mrs. ARH.

“I am excited to see one of my friends dress up as a girl,” said freshman academic exploration program major Spencer Keck.

On Saturday Kendel & Shep will be playing in Lydia’s Lounge for the benefit concert.

Throughout the week, T-shirts and raffle tickets were sold, and on Saturday at the concert a blanket will be raffled off. T-shirts can be purchased today at the cafeterias, and raffle tickets can be purchased up until the raffle at the concert on Saturday.

One hundred percent of their efforts will benefit the Illinois Cancer Center Foundation for breast cancer research.