The Norman Transcript


October 26, 2011

OU students raise money, awareness at Shack-a-Thon



“People come over and they give one a little pat, which makes them feel connected to the puppy and then we want them to give,” said Cavallo of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Nic Tilton was distinctive in two ways: the Lambda Chi Alpha member is nicknamed “Gramps” because he is a 21-year-old pledge and Air Force veteran, and because he played his acoustic guitar while his fraternity brothers and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority members asked for donations.

“It’s a nice day; not rainy, and it’s nice to see so many people involved,” Tilton said.

Some shacks were cardboard boxes assembled together, other students nailed plywood or pieces of wood together to make sure the shack wouldn’t blow down on them. Members of the American Institute of Architecture Students raised the level of, well, architecture by constructing a sturdy house entirely of bamboo, twine and recycled cardboard.

“Nothing was bought; everything was found or cut down,” said Trent Still, the Oakland, Calif., freshman who designed the structure.

Regardless of how students made their shacks or asked for donations, Curtis said the event educates students and onlookers on what her agency is about. Blue signs with facts on homelessness and inadequate housing were planted around the South Oval’s grass perimeter throughout the Shack-a-thon event.

“It allows a younger audience to gain some awareness for the mission of Habitat for Humanity, and that is to eliminate substandard shelter from the face of the earth,” Curtis said.

James S. Tyree 366-3541


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