Can-Do Attitude

Can-Do Attitude

LEGOs are no longer the building block of choice for students. Today and Saturday, students are using donated canned food to build creations in a design and building competition called Canstruction.Canstruction is a national charity program created by the Society for Design Administration, according to the Canstruction Web site.

“Not only does Canstruction tap into people’s creative juices, it also gets cans to the food bank,” said the Rev. Angela Kaufman, university minister and Heal Hunger Campaign sponsor.

Names of competition judges were not available at press time but will include Provost Nowell Donovan, said Ido Farhi, one of the two students heading the competition.

Tori Hutchens, a senior international economics and Spanish major also heading the event, said the winning team will get Hunger Week T-shirts and a Potbelly Sandwich Works gift certificate.

Each participating team will receive 200 cans upon entering the competition, but the teams are required to bring 200 additional cans, Kaufman said. All food cans used at the competition will go to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Kelly Rand, the Hunger Week coordinator, said, although the event is a chance for different on-campus organizations to support and be involved in Hunger Week, students who are not affiliated with organizations may also participate.

Rand, a junior social work and religion major, said there are no limits on how many people can be on a team, but a maximum of eight people are allowed to work on their team’s project at a time throughout the two days of competition.

Kaufman said besides the new events added to Hunger Week, this year’s Hunger Week is unique because it is headed by a broader leadership team. She said each event is headed by a student leader rather than one student organizing all the week’s events.

Rand said she wants Hunger Week to shed light on what individuals can do to fight hunger.