Getting slimed for a good cause

Zak Steiner, the first place winner of the event, is slimed by the second and third place winners.

Ella Miceli-Spieker

Zak Steiner, the first place winner of the event, is slimed by the second and third place winners.

By Ella Miceli-Spieker, Writer

This past Thursday, Nov. 20 students had the chance to see members of The University of Akron faculty and staff get slimed for a good cause.

The event benefitted St. Jude Children’s Hospital and was a joint effort between St. Jude Up ‘Till Dawn and ZPN.

Prior to the event, students were allowed vote for their favorite (or least favorite) faculty member to be slimed by donating money. The top three faculty members with the most votes would be slimed.

The event had music, food, raffles and of course, slime. Eight faculty members lined the stage set up near the Student Union Starbucks waiting to see if they would be slimed.

Brandon Mikulski, Assistant Director for the Living Learning Community Program came in third place and Alison Doehring, Assistant Director for Student Life came in second place.         In first place, and the faculty member who got the most slime dumped on him was Zak Steiner, Assistant Director for Off-Campus Student Services, who raised about $250 worth of votes alone.

When asked why he was participating in this event, Steiner said “I don’t like cancer, so let’s cure it.”

The grand total of funds raised from this event was $712.61. All proceeds from the fundraiser go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

President of St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn, Paige Scherzinger, spoke Thursday evening about how the organization works to raise money and awareness for the children’s research hospital by hosting events all year long. These events culminate in January when members from Up ‘til Dawn will stay up around the clock, living up to their name. UA’s signature Up ‘Til Dawn event takes place on Jan. 30, 2015 from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Up ‘til Dawn hosts events year round, and encourages anyone who can participate to do so.