Fifty participants got cold and wet when they took the ice bucket challenge outside the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) amphitheater.
On Thursday, Multicultural Student Affairs’ (MSA) B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S., which stands for building character, retaining men, opening minds, teaching tolerance, helping up, empowering lives, realizing dreams and succeeding in spite of the odds, challenged SU to do the ice bucket challenge.
Participants stated that doing this challenge was for a great cause and that they would donate, as well. Some also stated that they were curious to know what it felt like.
The ice bucket challenge is just a small taste of what people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, go through on a daily basis.
“We wanted everyone to get the whole understanding of the disease, what it stands for, how the disease affects your body.
We really wanted to bring people together from different organizations, staff and faculty members,” Dorsey Cottman, chairman/co-president of the organization, said.
Cottman also stated that, through his organization, the current members want to build their future B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. members into professional men who can continue to pass knowledge and leadership skills onto new members.
Aside from their ALS event, they plan to have a conference in late October to reach out to young men on campus and promote leadership and teach skills to be successful in the real world.
Cottman believes that, with values instilled, the organization will continue to inspire other young men to be fearless and goal-driven.
B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. also want to focus more this year on reaching out to the community, aside from planning various events on campus.
The student organization is run out of the MSA offices in Gilbert Hall.
Diane Jefferson is director and advisor to various students groups throughout the department.
The presidents of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. are Rasheed Dandridge and Dorsey Cottman.
They encourage all male students at SU who want to excel and accomplish their goals to sign up.
For more information on B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S., visit www.ship.edu/msa/