Fall Romers Do Their Part for Earthquake Victims
Date Published: Sept. 7, 2016
Last week, six days after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook a mountainous stretch of
central Italy, killing nearly 250 people and leaving hundreds injured, fall 2016 Romers
and faculty rallied together to host a chili fundraiser for those most affected by
the natural disaster. The “Amatri-chili” fundraiser — named after the town of Amatrice,
one of the towns most devastated by the earthquake — raised more than $500. The funds
were donated to the Italian branch of Caritas.
Caritas is a Catholic confederation of more than 150 groups dedicated to relief, development
and social services worldwide. Following the earthquake, the Italian branch created
specialized services for victims who need short, medium and long-term assistance.
“It was an awesome event; the students seemed really excited to be helping such a
good cause — and they seemed to really enjoy the chili,” Resident Coordinator Keelin
des Rosiers told The University News.
Following the earthquake in Italy, parents and loved ones were understandably worried.
For those who need a little help with the geography, Due Santi is located 13.5 miles
southeast of Rome and more than 100 miles from Amatrice, the town at the epicenter
of the Italian earthquake. While the University of Dallas had announced that all of
its students on the Eugene Constantin Campus in Due Santi were safe, hundreds of aftershocks
were still felt for hours around the country.
Rome students and staff prepared seven different types of chili for the fundraiser
— most notable was Resident Coordinator Michael Pitstick’s “Amatri-chili,” created
from the ingredients in the Italian pasta dish Amatriciana, which originated in Amatrice.
Through this fundraising effort, UD’s Eugene Constantin Campus proved that our students
and faculty are as dedicated to service and charity as ever. Students felt the urge
to help the fellow residents of their temporary country in any way they could, putting
the spirit of UD’s mission and community into action.
“It was a heart-warming event on an otherwise ‘chili’ night,” said des Rosiers.