The Class of 2015 aims to raise $20,000 for charity during the fall semester's annual Charity Week fundraiser. During last year's event, traditionally organized by the junior class, the Class of 2014 raised $19,883.
"Charity Week is one of the classic UD traditions that give our campus its rich, if occasionally goofy, culture," said Charity Week Co-Chair Maggie Krewet '15.
The juniors have chosen to donate Charity Week proceeds to three organizations:
The Least Among Us, an alumni-founded charity, focuses on providing quality education to impoverished children in El Salvador through student scholarships and educational infrastructure improvements.
The Catholic Psychotherapy Association supports mental health practitioners by promoting the development of psychological theory and mental health practice, which encompasses a full understanding of the human person and society in communion with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Living Water International is a faith-based organization that helps communities in developing countries acquire safe drinking water in response to the global water crisis.
Funds are raised through a variety of lighthearted events, including a campus "jail" on the Mall—the traditional responsibility of the senior class. Students can pay to sentence their friends and enemies to jail. The accused then has three choices: do time, pay bail or run for it.
The week reaches its pitch on Thursday and Friday—when professors can be "jailed" and class cancelled if students all contribute a dollar. Certain faculty—most notably Fr. Robert Maguire, O.Cist.—are known for resisting arrest.
Other events of note are the silent auction, Family Day on Sunday, Oct. 6, and a human chess game between cowboys (the math and science departments) and Indians (the humanities) at high noon on the Mall on Friday, Oct. 11.
Visit the Charity Week website to view a complete schedule of events or make a donation.