For the sixth year in a row, Washburn University and Emporia State University have used their long-standing rivalry to garner support for their community food banks.
Known as Can Emporia on the Washburn campus and Can the Bods in Emporia, the food drive encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to donate non-perishable items with one goal in mind. The student body president of school who collects the most gets to pie their counterpart from the other university in the face.
This year was the first that Can Emporia occurred in the fall. The results were announced at Saturday’s football game.
Washburn collected 17,192 cans for Let’s Help and the Topeka Rescue Mission. Emporia State rounded up 39,458 cans. Together, that’s 56,650 cans for those who need.
Brook Schmidt, Emporia State Associated Student Government president, pied Eric Benedict, president of the Washburn Student Government Association, in the face on the sidelines between the first and second quarter of the game. Emporia won the football game 55-23.
In the final days of the can drive, Chase Sachs, WSGA’s campus and community affairs director, said Washburn had not yet matched the community support Emporia has received since last year, with a radio station and other groups contributing their cans toward the effort.
But, he said, the competition isn’t as important as the cause. “This is not so much about the competition with Emporia,” Sachs said. “There are people who are desperately hungry who need the support.”
Overall, both schools have won the competition three times. Watch for information next fall from Washburn Student Government Association to support Can Emporia 2013.