Dancing For A Cause

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The Spectrum

Students were dancing until dawn to raise funds for the Pennies for Peace organization on Friday night in the Student Union.

Free prizes, raffles, cotton candy, popcorn, a kick-line, and dancing occupied the SU lobby on Friday night as students crowded for the fourth annual Stay-Up UB fundraiser.

"It is an opportunity for students to give back [to the community] and participate in a philanthropic event, while building UB pride and a new tradition," said Terri Budek, the community engagement coordinator for the Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement.

The dance-marathon fundraiser displayed the heart of UB pride. Sororities and fraternities wore shirts displaying Greek letters, members of UB Kickline wore matching shirts, and other students painted a bold blue and white picture with UB-themed clothing demonstrating school spirit and pride.

"I thought Stay-Up UB was going to be something totally different than what it was… what I anticipated was a lot less than what I got," said Elizabeth McArdle, a sophomore health and human services major. "Stay-Up UB was an amazing time. There was so much to do anyone could find fun with all the different activities present."

Stay-Up UB is much more than the dance marathon that most picture it as; it is a place to socialize with other students and to participate in a wide variety of other activities.

The event was organized to provide a diverse group of students with a good time while helping out a charitable cause. All proceeds from the $10 admission price went to this year's charity, Pennies for Peace.

"All the money raised from students – from participation fees, volunteer donations, and fundraising – is going toward the Pennies for Peace organization. Pennies for Peace is a non-profit organization that promotes access to education by building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan," Budek said. "It is also the charity that is associated with Greg Mortenson, the author of the UB Reads book Three Cups of Tea and our distinguished speaker on Nov. 10."

All walks of life from UB were represented through clubs, organizations, and students as they were uniting as one student body helping to fundraise for a good cause.

Some people attended for extra credit, for the free food, for raffles and giveaways, and some for the cause. Regardless of their reasons, the attendance of so many students showed the positive outlook of UB.

"I have been to this event … in the past and I feel this year was the most successful. It was very organized and a lot of fun; it was a genuine good time for all," said Julie Glantz, a junior speech and hearing major.

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