By Avery Aoueille
Going bald was the trend for Loyola University Chicago students Thursday evening. The reason: rasing funds to find a cure for cancer.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity celebrated the university’s 6th annual St. Baldrick’s Day event by shaving students’ hair in Centennial Forum Student Union, along with many other student organizations, raising a total of $17,342 to go to childhood cancer research.
While there were many male students who had their heads shaved, audience members looked on with admiration as three female students went bald for the cause.
“I think it is epic. Anyone who gets up there, especially girls who shave their heads, they are heroes,” said Kathryn Dietrich, 20, a junior accounting major at Loyola.
Another student had a similar sentiment to Dietrich.
“I think they [girls] are so courageous to be able to do that, I could never do it,” said Maria Signore, 21, a junior double majoring in finance and economics. “I love that it is an annual thing. I love that Loyola makes it such a big deal.”
One female student brave enough to chop of her shoulder-length locks, explained her decision.
“To be honest, I have always wanted to shave my head…it has just been one of those bucket list type of things,” said Annie Brady, 20, a junior theatre and human services major.
Brady has been growing her hair out since last June so that she could donate it to Locks of Love.
“I knew that if I was going to shave my head, it needed to be for a good cause,” Brady said.
“To be able to give money to a cause that allows people to find a potential cure is such a big thing and I am so excited about it,” said Brady, who raised $1,687 to donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
For other shavees, it was not the first time they went bald for St. Baldrick’s day.
“Last year I was able to do it with a group of people, this year I didn’t get as much heads up; but, I still wanted to show support and solidarity with everyone,” said James Wentz, 20, a sophomore theology major.
A brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity commented on the fraternity’s continuous participation in the St. Baldrick’s Day event.
“We have been sponsoring it for quite a long time now, and it has been a really big success,” said Alfonso Cortes, 19, a freshman majoring in business. “It is definitely something we like to do, we take pride in doing.”
When the head shaving finished, applause filled the room and the newly bald students were all smiles.
“I feel amazing,” Brady said.
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