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Giving the Gift of Life at the Bi-Annual Blood Drive
On a chilly, March morning, students and staff alike lined up at
Adelphi University to save lives by donating blood. The New York Blood
Center (NYBC) arrived on March 3 for the second time this year, hopeful
that many people would donate. In the crowded University Center ball-
room, students bonded over what it meant to them to donate blood.
“I think it means giving others life, which is an extremely im-
portant concept,” said Donald Hanson, a junior computer science major.
“Since I’m healthy, I can make others healthy.”
“It means good karma,” added Devan Cele, a freshman phys-
ics major, who has donated for the third time. “People’s lives depend on
blood; it’s a moral obligation.”
Many others in the Adelphi community felt that moral obligation
and its importance was not lost on them.
“It’s about helping people and saving lives,” said Marly Medard,
a sophomore who donated for the first time.
“There is always a blood shortage, people always need it,” said
Donna Whelan, an administrative assistant for the Performing Arts Cen-
ter.
The turnout proved to be very successful, especially with the
many volunteers who were helping take care of those who donated. No
appointments were needed, as walk-ins were accepted. The event was a
part of the campus’ ongoing “Adelphi Gives Back Month” and student
blood donors were awarded one hour of community service.
“Donating blood is important because there’s no substitute for
blood and it’s needed for surgery, accidents and emergency room opera-
tions,” said Jim Moran, a two-year volunteer at the NYBC.
“We can’t manufacture blood,” said Steve Pavony, a donor rela-
tions associate for NYBC. “The only way to get blood is from another
human being; you save three lives with one donation. The blood gets test-
ed and then separated into three components: platelets used for clotting,
red cells and the plasma.”
Pavony also recommended for people to give it a try at least once
in their lifetime. As far as his advice to those on the fence about donat-
ing? “Don’t be afraid of the needle, it is only a pinch, it’ll be over before
you know it.”
Pavony looks forward to the next blood drive on campus in the
fall semester. For more information on scheduling a donation or volun-
teering at the blood drive, visit nybloodcenter.org.
By Eileen Interiano
On March 4, Adelphi’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity teamed
up with Campus Recreation and had its first Zumbathon fundraiser. The
event took place in the half court in the Center for Recreation and Sports
and consisted of members, nonmembers, students and faculty alike doing
Zumba for two hours straight with two different instructors.
Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that takes aspects of Latin
American dancing to create a popular and fun workout. Habitat for Hu-
manity wanted to co-sponsor an event with Campus Recreation to raise
awareness and money for their cause, and to allow people and members
alike to bond and have fun.
“I feel this event was definitely a success,” said vice president
Taylor Amari. “Any event where people come out and have a good time
is great for us. Since we are such a new club, just getting our name out
there is super important.“
Members of the club also felt the Zumbathon was a success.
Freshmen members Elizabeth Mercuri and Samantha Nizich were both
smiling and sweating after the Zumbathon.
“It is very cool to combine getting healthy and giving back in
a fun and new way,” said Nizich. Mercuri added that she is excited so
Habitat for Humanity Holds First “Zumbathon”
many people came out because “Habitat for Humanity is a cause that
deserves publicity and donations.”
Habitat for Humanity, which was recognized as an official cam-
pus chapter in June 2014, may be a new club at Adelphi, but they have
jumped right in with many more events to look forward to this spring.
From April 12 through April 16, they will have a week of activities for
“Act, Speak, Build” week. This week emphasizes that there is more to
ending homelessness than just building houses. On April 16, the club
will host their biggest event as they team up with CALIBER to raise
money and awareness all night long with an event called “Box Towns.”
“The event begins at 4 pm when [Habitat] co-hosts CALIBER’s
annual Southern Cookout event,” said president Kristen Carew. “There
will be volleyball, food and so much more. Then at 7 pm we will begin
Box Town, where we will spend the night building houses made out of
cardboard boxes and sleep outside in them to raise awareness for home-
lessness.”
For more information and to show your support, consider at-
tending one of the upcoming events or the club’s weekly meetings on
Wednesdays at 6 pm in UC 313.
By Nicolette Lodato
Photos by Jess Cooper

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Blood Drive

  • 1. page 3news Giving the Gift of Life at the Bi-Annual Blood Drive On a chilly, March morning, students and staff alike lined up at Adelphi University to save lives by donating blood. The New York Blood Center (NYBC) arrived on March 3 for the second time this year, hopeful that many people would donate. In the crowded University Center ball- room, students bonded over what it meant to them to donate blood. “I think it means giving others life, which is an extremely im- portant concept,” said Donald Hanson, a junior computer science major. “Since I’m healthy, I can make others healthy.” “It means good karma,” added Devan Cele, a freshman phys- ics major, who has donated for the third time. “People’s lives depend on blood; it’s a moral obligation.” Many others in the Adelphi community felt that moral obligation and its importance was not lost on them. “It’s about helping people and saving lives,” said Marly Medard, a sophomore who donated for the first time. “There is always a blood shortage, people always need it,” said Donna Whelan, an administrative assistant for the Performing Arts Cen- ter. The turnout proved to be very successful, especially with the many volunteers who were helping take care of those who donated. No appointments were needed, as walk-ins were accepted. The event was a part of the campus’ ongoing “Adelphi Gives Back Month” and student blood donors were awarded one hour of community service. “Donating blood is important because there’s no substitute for blood and it’s needed for surgery, accidents and emergency room opera- tions,” said Jim Moran, a two-year volunteer at the NYBC. “We can’t manufacture blood,” said Steve Pavony, a donor rela- tions associate for NYBC. “The only way to get blood is from another human being; you save three lives with one donation. The blood gets test- ed and then separated into three components: platelets used for clotting, red cells and the plasma.” Pavony also recommended for people to give it a try at least once in their lifetime. As far as his advice to those on the fence about donat- ing? “Don’t be afraid of the needle, it is only a pinch, it’ll be over before you know it.” Pavony looks forward to the next blood drive on campus in the fall semester. For more information on scheduling a donation or volun- teering at the blood drive, visit nybloodcenter.org. By Eileen Interiano On March 4, Adelphi’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Campus Recreation and had its first Zumbathon fundraiser. The event took place in the half court in the Center for Recreation and Sports and consisted of members, nonmembers, students and faculty alike doing Zumba for two hours straight with two different instructors. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that takes aspects of Latin American dancing to create a popular and fun workout. Habitat for Hu- manity wanted to co-sponsor an event with Campus Recreation to raise awareness and money for their cause, and to allow people and members alike to bond and have fun. “I feel this event was definitely a success,” said vice president Taylor Amari. “Any event where people come out and have a good time is great for us. Since we are such a new club, just getting our name out there is super important.“ Members of the club also felt the Zumbathon was a success. Freshmen members Elizabeth Mercuri and Samantha Nizich were both smiling and sweating after the Zumbathon. “It is very cool to combine getting healthy and giving back in a fun and new way,” said Nizich. Mercuri added that she is excited so Habitat for Humanity Holds First “Zumbathon” many people came out because “Habitat for Humanity is a cause that deserves publicity and donations.” Habitat for Humanity, which was recognized as an official cam- pus chapter in June 2014, may be a new club at Adelphi, but they have jumped right in with many more events to look forward to this spring. From April 12 through April 16, they will have a week of activities for “Act, Speak, Build” week. This week emphasizes that there is more to ending homelessness than just building houses. On April 16, the club will host their biggest event as they team up with CALIBER to raise money and awareness all night long with an event called “Box Towns.” “The event begins at 4 pm when [Habitat] co-hosts CALIBER’s annual Southern Cookout event,” said president Kristen Carew. “There will be volleyball, food and so much more. Then at 7 pm we will begin Box Town, where we will spend the night building houses made out of cardboard boxes and sleep outside in them to raise awareness for home- lessness.” For more information and to show your support, consider at- tending one of the upcoming events or the club’s weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 6 pm in UC 313. By Nicolette Lodato Photos by Jess Cooper