Out for Blood: Coming Up Short

Cal Poly Pomona is bloodthirsty. Literally. The blood drive competition dubbed “Out for Blood” against rival local community college Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) was underway April 20, 2010. Throughout the week, students and members of the campus community visited the Red Cross who had set up shop in the BSC’s Ursa Minor in order to replenish our local community’s supply of blood.

The entrance to Ursa Major was decorated with red and white balloons to greet brave students who entered. Students then waited with snacks and drinks as they filled out paperwork and were evaluated for safety reasons to see if they qualified to donate.

This year was the first time that a student group on campus helped co-sponsor by promoting the blood drive. Beta Alpha Psi, a business honor society, helped gather sign-ups, pass out flyers and blast the event out on Facebook. Ayyob Gamouh, a member of Beta Alpha Psi, even requested a campus-wide email to be sent out by ASI President Richard Liu and got additional support from ASI.

The “Out for Blood” competition is now in its fourth year with a tie the first year, followed by Cal Poly Pomona holding the championship for the past two years. Each year the competition totals up the number of pints collected in campus blood drive sessions during October and April.

Unfortunately, we came up short in number of pints by a mere 17. Though we didn’t prevail this year, it was still a great effort on the part of Student Health Services and Beta Alpha Psi. The CPP campus is still full of winners who donated their time and blood for a worthy cause. Aaron Valle, an accounting senior, said, “It felt good giving blood and knowing that it would help someone in need.”

In actuality, CPP had a total donation count of more pints than last year at 429 versus last year’s 428, and in the October drive, we collected a historical high of 265 pints. However, Mt. SAC garnered a deserving win with 446 pints.

Help CPP reclaim the “Out for Blood” Championship Title against Mt. SAC by donating. Giving blood in your local community is important because statistics state that every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Due to Southern California’s diverse population, there is an on-going shortage, which leads the American Red Cross to purchase blood from outside areas.

For more info on campus blood drives or on how you can volunteer, visit http://dsa.csupomona.edu/shs/wc/OFB.asp.