Rock the U Event Raises Money for Cancer

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(Photo by Chris Samuels)
(Photo by Chris Samuels)
(Photo by Chris Samuels)

Students rocked out on March 27 at the annual Rock the U dance-a-thon, but not as much as they would have liked to.

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Started in 2007, Rock the U is the U’s biggest philanthropy event to raise money for research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The program was launched after a previous ASUU president’s father passed away due to cancer.

Current ASUU president Justin Spangler said, “We’re honored to further the research center’s mission.”

Held in the Huntsman Center, students paid an entry fee and then danced for 13.5 hours straight.

One dancer, Dennis Ph, has attended Rock the U in the past but said the location of this year’s event wasn’t ideal.

“The walk down to and from the arena was too much, and I feel like most students, myself included, were there to dance, not get a killer leg workout,” Ph said. “I understand why they held it there, but I don’t think they should do that again in the future.”

This year, Rock the U raised a total of $19,078, while their original goal was $30,000. The official Rock the U page announced Coleman Ence as the top individual fundraiser and The Muss as the top fundraising team.

Ph said he thinks with better marketing, more students would have attended and more money could have been raised.

“I feel like in previous years there has been more hype and excitement,” Ph said. “Students will always want to go meet new people and have fun, especially when it raises money for a cause that almost everyone can relate to at some point.”

j.skrivan@chronicle.utah.edu

@JulianneSkrivan

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