THON Spreads Message to West Coast
This weekend Penn State flexed its blue and white muscles in a real way. THON not only raised $9.56 million dollars for pediatric cancer, it also took over the spotlight in college news. It was impossible to go on Twitter without seeing up-to-the-minute updates for every Cha Cha Slide or leg massage. With all the media buzz, it was only a matter of time before imitators started popping up on other campuses. One may even call them THON bootlegs.
One in particular was held at UCLA. The West Coast version (the Tu Pac to our Biggie) took place over this past weekend. Called DM, the dance marathon claims to be the West Coast’s largest student-run philanthropy. Students dance for 26 hours straight to raise money for pediatric AIDS victims. It boasts of the university coming together to fight for a cause. Togetherness that inspires change, sound a little familiar?
I’m sure we all know how to address — in typical Penn State fashion — this blatant forgery (we have been know to rep our colors). Obviously our best option is to post arrogant tweets that glorify our alma mater, while boasting of Happy Valley’s throne of superiority in a semi-condescending way. We may possibly create a post on College ACB calling other university charities, “Little baby girls” or, “Not cool, bro.” We could brag about our school’s larger student body or the fact that our football coach won a Hell of a lot of games. That sound about right?
But maybe there is another option. Perhaps we could congratulate our West side homies for their successful charity event. Perhaps even raise our Penn State shot glasses to the Cali THON initiative. If anything, our campus should be humbled by what took place here over the past weekend. We should be looking at the charitable events of other schools as reverently as we view our own. Just think of that next time you’re about to post a douchey Facebook status about how boss Penn State is. We are Penn State and we do it big, but how about we do it right?