As October hits, all of Purdue’s do-gooders gather together to dance enthusiastically for bed-ridden hospitalized children. In efforts to raise some money for these less-than-well little tikes, students flaunt their exceptional health by exerting all their physical strength to dance for not 1, not 2, but 18 hours at the university’s very own France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center.
“It’s a great time. It thins out a little for the last 9 hours, because participants don’t usually tend to return from the bathroom. We usually just assume they’re dancing in the stalls,” explains the marathon’s morale leader, Rhonda Lee.
Aside from the passionate bouts of bathroom stall dancing, participants get to prepare for the events with a series of charitable tasks, such as asking their peers for donations.
Sophomore Richard Homes notes, “This one kid had been living off only ramen and packets of ketchup for weeks because he had next to no money for groceries, but we guilted five bucks out of him. It’s awesome to see people generously pitch in what little they have.”
Donation time always has a way of separating the generous from the selfish.
Homes elaborates, “Some people are much stingier. I saw a homeless man on State Street with a full cup of change so I asked him to donate. He was kind of a cheapskate about the whole thing, only gave a nickel, but I guess we can see what kind of guy he is.”
The Black Sheep asked the ramen kid, Dustin Drake, what he had to say about the whole thing.
“They cornered me in my own bedroom, doing this weird suave West Side Story type snapping dance move thing as they closed in on me,” confides Drake nervously as he licks the bottom of an empty bag of Cheez-Its. “Then they started showing me pictures of sick kids. They forced me to donate! I had no choice!”
As this Dance Marathon approaches, we express our utmost gratitude to those participants sacrificing all they’ve got to make the world a better place.