For anyone who has complained about the media picking out the bad stories
to publicize and sloughing off the good stories should read today's
Beacon. Three stories in today's paper are about students
contributing to the community. Sure, there are plenty of issues bothering
UT students that require some coverage, such as parking problems and crime,
but the good things at UT should not be ignored.

The BlueOrange blood drive held last week attests to the ability of UT
students, faculty and staff to pull together to help the community.
Although UT lost again, it is doubtful that next year the turnout will be
any less. People took time out of their busy schedules to give blood, and
many times people had to wait in line. If there is a time to give in to
peer pressure it would be for times like this. It is funny how something as
potentially painful as bleeding does not hurt as much when "everyone else
is doing it."

All Campus Events coordinated a contest between campus organizations to see
who could work the most effectively and creatively with assigned community
charities. This is the third year for the Volunteer Challenge, which
reflects the hard work and willingness to help to the surrounding
community. Representatives from different community organizations are
always impressed by the students who go out of their way to help people
they don't even know. All organizations should be commended for their hard
work, especially the winning organization, Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Even
more impressive in the Volunteer Challenge is the diversity of
organizations competing in the contest. Sometimes greek organizations are
more visible in helping, but that is not to say they are the only people
contributing to the community.

Even students new to the university are not slow to join the bandwagon. The
Junior Panhellenic lip sync contest raised money for a new community
program to help elementary students from dysfunctional families. Perhaps
singing to Ô80s music and Disney songs is silly and light-hearted, but how
the sorority pledges raised money is not important. It is important that
they wanted to help Families Together and that a crowd of people donated
money to come see them.

When there is bad news it sometimes overshadows the good news, but we
should think that the negative should be our main concern. From the amount
of people involved in the latest fundraisers and community service events,
it is obvious that helping other people is a priority for many at UT.
Anything that matters to people is important enough to publicize.