Penn State Wants Your Blood

November 4 marked the kick-off of this year’s PSU-MSU Blood Donor Challenge. Since we won’t face the Spartans on the football field this year, the American Red Cross is giving us Nittany Lions a chance to kick Michigan State’s ass (albeit off the field) and it is even for a good cause!

This year is the 20th annual Penn State versus Michigan State challenge, and Penn State currently holds the all-time lead with a reigning record of 13 to 6. The competition is measured by the number of pints each school manages to donate before Nov. 21.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson showed his support for the competition, citing it as yet another way to participate in the philanthropic endeavors of our school.

“Penn State’s students, faculty and staff work hard inside and outside the classroom to make a better world. This friendly competition needs the support of the Penn State community to help save lives,” said Erickson. “The PSU-MSU Challenge exemplifies Penn State’s long record of service. Supporting the Penn State Student Red Cross Club and the work they do on campus is a win for everyone, especially those who depend on lifesaving blood donated by strangers.”

The current totals tally up at 535 pints for Penn State and 780 pints for Michigan State.

“The Challenge is an opportunity for Penn Staters to join together and donate blood for someone in need,” said President Erickson. “Plus, we can sustain our winning tradition over Michigan State. I urge all those who are able to sign up today.”

So get out there and bleed Blue and White!

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Catie Simpson

Catie is a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She's also the resident townie and culinary enthusiast due to a brief stint at the CIA (the culinary school not the secret government agency). She currently works at a Baby Temperament Lab on campus where she tries to get babies to do dangerous things. She's also on the twitter.

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