On October 7, Brock administration and faculty got their hands dirty serving hot soup to staff in order to raise money for the United Way.
The Souper Star lunch was the kickoff for this year’s Brock University United Way campaign. A ticket for $10 enabled its purchaser to try the six different kinds of soup made by the chefs of Sodexo and then served by the deans and their associates.
Carol Merriam, Dean of Humanities, and Brian Power, Associate Dean, were avidly serving portions of their Sweet & Sour Chicken Soup and trying to garner the most amount of votes.
“It’s absolutely the best soup,” said Merriam.
Also at hand were Kevin Jong, the campaign manager, and Anita Robertson, the campaign chair. Though they disagreed on their favourite soup, they spoke passionately about the work of the United Way and its partnership with Brock University.
The St. Catharines & District United Way has been partnering with Brock University since the early 90s in order to raise awareness and money for the local agencies and services that it supports. The goal for this year’s campaign at Brock University is $140,000 – aiming significantly higher than last year’s total amount raised of $137,000. The financial element of the campaign is aimed towards staff and faculty members, since they are more willing to contribute financially than students. However, a large part of the campaign is also raising awareness and volunteers and so United Way has partnered with BUSU in order to get students involved. The United Way was one of the community partners for the Brock Cares Day of Service on Sept. 12.
The campaign will continue to run for the next few months with a wrap-up event in early December. Some of the upcoming events include a Spin-a-thon at the Zone on Friday Oct. 30 and a trivia night at Club Roma on Nov. 13. As well, awareness is currently being raised for Share the Way, an interactive website designed to educate people on the current state of poverty in the region and to make a difference in the local communities.
Back in Market Hall, the winning soup was announced: the Portuguese Sausage and Bean Soup served by the Faculty of Math & Science. Allan Castle, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Research, and Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, proudly hosted the Souper Bowl trophy which will be displayed in their offices until the end of the program.
On the first ever win for the Faculty of Math and Science, Ben-El-Mechaiekh commented that, “I feel it’s great for once. And it’s certainly not the last [win].”
“It was fun,” Castle added. “Next year we’ll do the same. We’ll come back to defend our title.”
Internal News Editor