Dancing Through the Decades fights hunger

Colleen Karlovich

Staff Writer

Looking for a fun Wednesday night full of homemade baked goods and the swooning sound of the Generals? Or what about a court party but with ice cream? Come on down to Rusk’s Dancing Through the Decades tonight at 9 p.m. cohosted with Fiji, SigEp, the Alphas, SAE, and KA. There will be doughnuts, baked goods, ice cream, milkshakes and a Generals performance at 9:30 p.m. where the group will be premiering a new song!

Gabriella Barrier ’17, one of Rusk’s service chairs,described the event planned as “A court party but better!”

There have been several changes made to Dancing through the Decades. There will be no more pie eating contests; instead, Rusk hopes to create a more inclusive vibe where people can come down and hang out, eat, listen to some music, and dance.

Barrier and Julia Relova ’18, the other Rusk service chair, chose to have the event on a Wednesday this year because they wanted to plan a relaxing night that could act as a study break, a stress reliever, or a fulfillment of a sweet tooth. Also, they wanted to show their support for the other Patterson Court organizations by not having a weekend date that would conflict with another organization’s date for a service event.

While the yummy food and the fun dancing will be a hit, more importantly the proceeds will go directly to Rusk’s new charitable endeavor: Moo Meals. As described by Barrier, “We will be feeding, hopefully by the end of the year, sixty families in the Mooresville area, providing supplemental nutrition for them [and] non-perishables that they can cook whenever they need extra food.”

Hunger affects all different aspects of one’s life: How can children focus in school if their stomachs are growling from the lack of breakfast? How can adults succeed at work if they are worried about how they are going to be able to put food on the table that night? Hunger is a worldwide epidemic that unfortunately does not receive the same type of media attention as AIDS or another illness. Approximately 795 million people in the world are chronically malnourished, and one in every nine people on the planet go to bed hungry every night (per The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015).

Rusk’s goal is to provide an entertaining night for all while helping to reduce the effects of a worldwide epidemic. All of the women in the house have been very supportive of this new endeavor, and they hope that the Davidson community will join them in this new project. Make sure to come on down to Rusk tonight at 9 p.m. (Tickets are $7 at the door with dessert included!)

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