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Students lose out in homeless sleepout

April 2, 2001

March is generally not known as the season for giving.

That’s the reason members of Rather Hall Residence Life chose to sleep out for the homeless from 11 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at the Union.

“The homeless are on the streets year-round,” said Rather Hall mentor Monica Hunt, a pre-law and general business senior.

“People tend to give more around the holidays, but homeless people still need clothes and food during the warmer months as well.”

In order to keep warm, the group brought blankets and hot chocolate and talked throughout the night.

But the group’s cause did not garner any money.

The pre-law senior said because of a lack of advertising, only five mentors and three residents from Rather Hall braved the 35 degree temperatures.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 35.6 million people were living in poverty in 1997.

Although the sleepout failed to raise money this year, Hunt said Rather Hall Residence Life plans to try again next year.

“We had a lot of fun,” Hunt said. “People stopped and wanted to know what we were doing.”


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