With Cans Around the Oval less than a week away, student
organizations and community members hit the Lory Student Center
Plaza Friday to participate in the fourth annual CANstruction
“CANstruction is a great way to get people more aware of Cans
Around the Oval and have fun with it,” said Ashley Withington,
special events co-coordinator for Cans Around the Oval, which will
take place on Oct. 14.
Six groups gathered in the Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to build
sculptures with cans, and then waited while students voted for
their favorite structure.
The six groups involved in the event were students from Parmelee
Hall, the Associated Students of CSU, LSC, Campus Recreation,
Environmental Health Student Association and Lincoln IB World
Junior High School.
“(Associated Students of CSU) always likes to be involved in
Cans Around the Oval,” said Jonathan Muler, a senior English major
and ASCSU senator. “Hopefully people will realize what Cans Around
the Oval is all about — that people are in need and everyone can
Campus Recreation won the event in the past, and was looking for
“We really like to help the food bank and we’re very
competitive,” said Aaron Harris, sports coordinator for Campus
There was no limit to group size and for some groups the reasons
for participating were multi-faceted.
“We participate in CANstruction for two reasons: because the
food bank really needs help with collecting food this year and to
help bring our organization together,” said Tom Luben, a graduate
student in environmental health and a member of the EHSA.
The Lincoln Association of Visual Arts, a group from Lincoln IB
World Junior High School took the day off from their school day to
“We promote arts through community service,” said Julie Hansen,
an art teacher at the school. “We hope that people will see that
the whole is more than the sum of its parts.”
Rules for the sculptures mandated that they be self-supporting,
use only prepackaged food, use only cardboard for leveling, the
cans must not be harmed and there can be no preassembly.
CANstruction is done a week before of Cans Around the Oval to
increase recognition of the event.
“We want to raise awareness, and get people to stop and notice
and get them interested,” said Kristen Reed, special events
co-coordinator for Cans Around the Oval.
At the end of the day after the votes had been counted, Lincoln
IB World Junior High School won first place with a four-foot high
bowl and spoon. ASCSU came in second, with a model of Sonny Lubick
Field at Hughes Stadium, and third place went to Campus
Recreation’s giant boxing glove with the slogan “knock out
The event raised 4,881 pounds of food, which will go to the Food
Bank for Larimer County.
“Knowing the ultimate outcome of what we will be doing is
important — feeding people,” Reed said. “It’s all about seeing the
1st Place – Lincoln IB World Jr.
High – Bowl and Spoon
2nd Place – ASCSU – Sonny Lubick’s
Field at Hughes Stadium
3rd Place – Campus Recreation –
Boxing Glove, “Knock out Hunger”
Parmalee Hall – Duck, “Quack out
Lory Student Center – Model of
Environmental Health Student
Association – Jail cell, “Put Hunger Behind Bars”