Rowan students drive can contributions up

Rowan students drive can contributions up

A pirate ship and a tin man joined a dozen other sculptures fashioned out of canned goods on Monday morning at Rowan University.

Featuring more than 3,000 pounds of donated food, the event "Cans Across the Pit" pitted 15 fraternities and sororities in a friendly competition that earned two teams bragging rights and points in a year-long competition among Greek organizations while benefiting the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey.

"It's a good time, and it's for a good cause," said Adam Hirschhorn, a junior from Delta Chi who, along with several of his brothers, made a sculpture of the Rowan torch symbol.

While Hirschhorn and his fraternity brothers were going for "Rowan spirit" with their sculpture, the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma recreated their sorority logo, which features an Egyptian-style pyramid.

The group had plenty of canned goods to make it work, winning for most weight with a total of 574 pounds.

Overshadowed by the intimidating stack of Goya cans from the Sigma girls, the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi used their ingenuity to engineer a pirate ship from cans of spaghetti sauce, corn, green beans and tuna fish. An empty can of tuna formed the crow's nest, while spaghetti sauce cans became cannons and the tabs from soda cans linked together in a chain to hold the ship's anchor.

"We aren't messing around," said Steven Hanson, a 21-year-old junior.

The group finished their masterpiece with only minutes to spare, winning over the judges with their creativity.

When the winner was announced, Hanson hoisted the trophy over his head as his brothers cheered.

But the real winners of the day are families in Gloucester, Camden, Salem and Burlington counties who will receive the donated food this holiday season.

"The students' efforts will make a positive difference in people's lives," said Kim Joyce, Rowan's coordinator of Service Learning and Volunteerism, which sponsored Monday's event.

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Date Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 (All day)