Oct 132010
Authors: Erin Udell

Cans of food were scattered on the Lory Student Center Plaza early Wednesday afternoon as four teams participated in “Canstruction,” a nationwide event that promotes hunger awareness.

Though 10 groups originally signed up for the event, Colorado State students from the College of Business, Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Warner College of Natural Resources and the Silver Wings student organization were the only ones to take part in the competition to see who could get the most student votes for their can structures.

The amount of food raised for Cans Around the Oval was not available at the time of print.

Coming in first place, students from the College of Business built an “A” with ram’s horns.

“This year the homecoming theme is ‘Living our Legacy’ so we wanted to tie in the old Aggie ‘A’ with the newer ram mascot,” said Holly Schnitzler, the cans around the oval chairperson for the Dean’s Student Leadership Council for the College of Business.

“The College of Business gets a reputation of not giving back and we want them to know that cans is something we do,” Schnitzler said.

In second place, members of the Silver Wings student organization built wings, their logo.

The third place winner, Gamma Phi Beta, has participated in past “Cans Around the Oval” activities and decided to build their Greek letters and sorority symbol, a crescent moon.

“We had a lot of fun building it,” said Madelyn Gallagher, a junior Gamma Phi Beta member and human development and family studies major. “It was a really good time.”

Coming in fourth place, students from the Warner College of Natural Resources built a bicycle.

Although there was less of a turnout than previously expected, the event was still a success.

“We had a lot of students who came out to vote,” said Pilar Delgado, a volunteer program event coordinator for Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement. “The structures were done beautifully.”

All of the cans donated for “Canstruction” will be given to the Larimer County Food Bank.

With about 90,000 pounds collected from the event in 2009, officials hope this year’s student efforts brought in as many donations, if not more, to help feed people throughout Larimer County.

“It’s just so easy to donate a can,” Schnitzler said.

City Council Beat Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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