Select Recognized Student Organization presidents will each be chowing down on a 24-inch pizza during the “Corky Challenge” at 6 p.m. on Monday at Wheat State Pizza, 1015 Commercial St. The event, President v. Food, is a competition to raise money for the first ever Fan of the Year Scholarship.
“I really like the idea of a self-sustaining scholarship,” said Stuart Sneath, Associated Student Government vice president and senior sociology major. “I thought a ‘Man vs. Food-like’ competition would be a great idea to raise funds for the scholarship.”
The scholarship will be awarded in the spring semester to the student – or students – who attend the most ESU sports events. Brooke Schmidt, ASG president and senior Spanish major, said ASG and the Union Activities Council are co-sponsoring the scholarship and hope to raise enough money to be able to award it to multiple students. The Bulletin is also helping to sponsor fundraising events for the scholarship.
“It’s pretty great to see local businesses help out like this,” Schmidt said. “They have been really supportive.”
Wheat State Pizza will also donate 30 percent of their sales on Monday to the Fan of the Year Scholarship fund.
“The goal of this initiative is to increase sporting event attendance from students and increase school spirit,” Schmidt said. “It’s really important that our students have pride in their school.”
Sneath said that ASG will also implement a new online service called CampusLabs that will help connect students and student organizations.
“Our main goal is to get students involved more,” Sneath said. “Being involved on campus is such a crucial part of college experience.”
Micheal Torres, UAC president and sophomore communications major, said that so far seven RSO representatives are competing. As of Tuesday, Juan Rosales, Hispanic American Leadership Organization president; Ben Riley, Interfraternity Council president; Taylor Wash, Black Student Union president; Tim Thomas, Sigma Alpha Lambda president; Kirsten Zamarippa, Beta Alpha Sci president; Schmidt and himself had signed up for the challenge.
“ASG and UAC have been working on getting other local businesses such as Amanda’s Bakery and Do-B’s to participate in events like this in the upcoming months,” Schmidt said. “We would like to expand this scholarship to students who attend the most theater and music events on campus. It would be pretty interesting to see this idea applied to a lot of the other programs here at ESU.”
The deadline for RSOs to sign up for the challenge is tomorrow, and the cost is $13 to enter. Email Schmidt at email@example.com, or Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.