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GSC conducts blood drive contest

By Annabelle Boyd

In an effort to improve turnout from the graduate student community, the Graduate Student Council ran a contest to raise blood for the recent Technology Community Association blood drive.

Annually, over 15 percent of undergraduate students normally give blood, while only three percent of graduate students do so, according to Bruce G. Normand G, who publicized the blood drive among graduate students, organized the interdepartmental contest, and, with the help of graduate administrators, distributed the "goldenrods" -- TCA appointment cards for blood donors -- throughout each graduate department.

The graduate chemistry department won the contest, recruiting 22 people to donate blood. The department received a certificate for a keg of beer from Jamaica Liquors.

Normand provided two possible reasons for low turnout among graduate students. First, since most graduate students do not live on campus, they do not receive the "goldenrods" in the interdepartmental mail as do the undergraduates. Second, graduate students do not have the same sense of community which would enable them to compete in long-standing contests for their dormitory or fraternity.

While more graduate students gave blood for this year's drive -- held between Oct. 30 and Nov. 8 -- than last year's, the increase was marginal. However, Normand felt that the contest was very successful in raising awareness among graduate students, and expected that as the contest continues in future, more graduate students will participate in TCA blood drives.