One can at a time

Oct 122010
Authors: Christopher Boan

Today, the Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office, or SLiCE, will hold a nationwide event to benefit food banks across the globe.

The event, dubbed “Canstruction,” is once again taking place along the sidewalks of the Oval.

Canstruction is free for students as long as they bring non-perishable cans or money that they can later donate. All of the proceeds or cans will go toward helping citizens in need of food through the Larimer County Food Bank.

Participants in the event compete to see who can be the most creative when it comes to building objects out of their cans.

“Canstruction is an event that’s nationwide,” said Pilar Delgado, a representative of SLiCE. “We have teams that compete in constructing things that we receive. The goal is to promote a message of preventing world hunger.”

It is with this goal in mind that SLiCE designed this competition, which gives teams points for each pound donated. Most needed items, such as anything with peanuts or tomatoes, are worth two points.

The overall winner of the competition –– determined by the point total of all of the cans combined and creativity of the canstructions –– will have a chance to compete in a nationwide contest if their construction object is deemed best by a cast of judges.

The judges of this event are Mike Ellis, director of Lory Student Center, Pam Samson, director of SLiCE, Heather Buoniconti, a staff member of the Food Bank of Larimer County, and Tom Milligan, the vice president of External Relations at Colorado State University.

According to SLiCE, the judges are selected on a seniority system, meaning that members of the Colorado State system with the longest tenures get to serve on the board of judges.

Last year more than 90,000 pounds of food and $27,000 were collected from this event alone, though event organizers said they believe this year’s collection can easily beat both statistics.

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Attend the Event

  • Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: CSU Oval
  • Host: SLiCE
  • Cost: Free (Must Bring Your Own Cans)
  • Proceeds Go Toward: Larimer County Food Bank
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