EMCEE2013 Issue 1, November 16, 2012
Dare to DreaM. Tips for Holiday Fundraising! Learn all about the
Danny Did Foundation
Q&A With Chlemetri
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY DANCE MARATHON
Letter from the Editors By Kalyn Kahler, Noor Hasan, and Nikki Adler
Greetings from your 2013 Emcee editors! We are so excited to help you prepare for Dance Marathon 2013 over the next few months as you fundraise with your friends, attend awesome DM-related events, and learn about the amazing organizations we are benefiting this year: our primary beneficiary the Danny Did Foundation and secondary beneficiary Evanston Community Foundation. You’ve certainly made the right choice to dance this year--and we will help you along the way! This is our first of three issues for NUDM 2013 and with every issue, we hope to capture the essence of a different “third” of DM. Our first issue represents the first 10 hours of Dance Marathon which takes place throughout Friday night into Saturday morning. For dancers, the first 10 hours are exciting as they are the beginning of the journey through the DM weekend, so this issue seeks to capture the dreams and goals that form during those first snapshots of DM weekend.
We hope this issue gets you dreamin’ of DM. So do it. “Dare to Dream.”
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Letter from the Editors 2 Inside this Issue: 3 Looking Back at NUDM ‘12 4 Checking In with B+ and ECF 5 Introducing The Danny Did Foundation 6 Epilepsy Awareness Month 7 Fundraising 101 8 ‘Tis The Season to Fundraise 8 DM Goes Green 9 DreaMin’ of DM 9 Dancer Personality Quiz 10 DM Photo Contest 10 And So It Begins... 11 Q&A with 2013 Emcees 11 Fall Special Event: Scavenger Hunt 12 DM Checklist 13 3
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The Food Committee serves dancers some well-deserved pizza!
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Checking In with the 2012 beneficiaries B+ and the evanston community foundation: How have they benefitted from dm?
By Olivia Foster-Gimbel After 30 straight hours of dancing, the crowd erupted with joy and tears as the finance committee revealed digit by digit the final amount of money raised. Of all the amazing moments of Dance Marathon 2012, one of the most memorable was when the grand total was revealed. Last year, DM raised $1,107, 670 dollars to contribute to the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, and the Evanston Community Foundation. McCormick senior Caroline Hartel said, “It’s such an amazing feeling… you feel like a part of something really big that is going to make a dramatic impact.” Last year, DM’s primary beneficiary was the B+ Foundation, a charity that works to prevent childhood cancer. The B+ Foundation began to honor the life of Andrew McDonough, a 14-year-old boy who lost the battle with Leukemia in 2007. Since then, the foundation has worked actively to provide financial and emotional support to families of children suffering from pediatric cancer. They also raise money to provide research grants for cancer research. DM was honored to support the B+ Foundation last year and the dancers made a dramatic impact on the B+ Foundation as well, according to Joe McDonough, the founder of B+ and Andrew’s father.
McDonough says, “The B+ Foundation will forever feel a link to the Northwestern community.” According to McDonough, as a result of DM 2012, [the B+ Foundation] has been able to fund a research grant to support the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital. In addition, B+ has used the money raised to support families of kids with cancer by helping them pay for chemotherapy, prosthetics, and basic household needs. As the primary beneficiary to an organization like DM has helped the foundation raise awareness on the issues of pediatric cancer. Currently, less than 3% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to fund pediatric cancer research, despite the fact that childhood cancer is currently the number one killer of children and adolescents per year. The work of the dancers last year generated enormous amounts of awareness for the issue: “Being the NUDM Primary Beneficiary also gives our
organization a great deal of credibility,” McDonough says. There is still much work to be done for the B+ Foundation. McDonough says that they will not stop
The NUDM 2012 Total. Photo by Justin Barbin.
fighting these diseases until they are all eradicated. They will continue to raise money for grants and will be there to assist families who are victims of this terrible tragedy. Yet, McDonough says, “[the B+ Foundation] will forever feel a link to the Northwestern community.” A portion of the money raised also went to the secondary beneficiary, the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF). DM would not be what it is today without the support of the Evanston community. The money DM
raises for ECF helps award grants to individuals and organizations that help enrich the Evanston community. “There really are no words that can accurately describe the tidal wave of emotion that hit me when the final total was revealed last year. It was such an incredibly euphoric moment, I was simultaneously jumping up and down, crying, and hugging my friends,” Dance Marathon Executive Co-Chair Katie Amys reflected. According to Jeremy Barrows, director of development and communications of ECF, “The 2012 award was $80,752, bringing the 15-year total to $648,000— putting NUDM in the all-time top ten donors to ECF.” The money from Dance Marathon goes directly to ECF’s annual Responsive Grants Cycle, which has supported projects such as Connections for the Homeless, Family Focus, Rebuilding Together—North Suburban Chicago, and McGaw YMCA. He calls the DM-ECF partnership “one of the strongest bonds between the Evanston and Northwestern communities.”
Get to know the 2013 beneficiary: Danny Did
“Please go enjoy your life, danny did.” By Clara Grayback
Danny Stanton was a 4-year-old boy, looking forward to his fifth birthday in March of 2010. He loved to play baseball and kickball. He was best friends with his three siblings. They did everything together. During the summer, they went on walks with their uncle, Tom Stanton, to the local ice cream shop or along the shore of Lake Michigan. Danny charmed kids and adults alike, and he started and ended each day by hugging his parents Mariann and Mike. “He had a huge group of people that he had relationships and connections with,” Tom Stanton said. “It was really special for someone his age.” Danny was a funny, smart, and affectionate kid, who spread this joy to others: “He had a real knack for picking people up, so if he sensed that you’re having a bad day or if you were down for whatever reason, he would kind of cuddle up next to you and lift your spirits, and he did that for me countless times,” Tom Stanton said. But Danny’s life was cut short on December 12, 2009 when he suffered a seizure in his sleep and died of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, also known as SUDEP. To honor Danny’s life, his parents, Mariann Stanton and Northwestern alumnus Mike Stanton, created the Danny Did Foundation, the primary beneficiary for Dance Marathon 2013. The foundation focuses on raising awareness of SUDEP and mainstreaming seizure detection and prediction devices. Danny’s dad, Mike, decided to start the foundation because he wanted people to realize that seizures can be fatal and to help prevent death by seizure, explains Tom Stanton, who is also the executive director of the Danny Did Foundation. They launched the Danny Did Foundation page on Facebook on January 4, 2010, about a month after Danny’s death. The picture on the page was simply Danny smiling, and by the end of the first day, the page accumulated more than 1000 followers. Through the foundation, the Stantons have spread the word about SUDEP and educated many families and medical professionals who deal with seizures about seizure detection devices that could help keep their family members safe. The foundation also raises money to provide these devices to families who can’t afford them. They have helped 130 families across the country obtain these devices. Many of the seizure detection machines
Danny shared his smile with everyone he met. This photo was the first on the Danny Did Facebook page.
are still in trial stages and not covered by insurance, which creates an extra obstacle for the Danny Did Foundation. “The reason we’re motivated to start a foundation from scratch and educate ourselves and make relationships in the medical community and grow our foundation across the country is because of the love that we feel for Danny,” Tom Stanton said. Danny’s parents want Danny’s life to have a lasting impact on others, saving the lives of some and touching the lives of others. With the help of this year’s DM, the Danny Did Foundation can inspire and help so many to live happy lives. After all, the foundation’s name came from the last line of Danny’s obituary, in which Danny’s father Mike wrote: “Please go enjoy your life. Danny Did.”
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By Nate Bartell As the weather gets colder and winter approaches during November, Epilepsy Awareness Month is ushered in with full force as well. As the primary beneficiary of this year’s Dance Marathon, the Danny Did Foundation, as well as DM, appreciates all of the efforts put forth by organizations around the country advocating awareness for Epilepsy. According to the Epilepsy Foundation’s website (www.epilepsyfoundation.org), Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures that affect both the mental and physical functions of those afflicted. Seizures occur when a brief strong surge of electrical activity occurs in the brain. Seizures can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, and symptoms range from barely noticeable changes in behavior to full-fledged convulsions and loss of consciousness. One in 10 adults are predicted to experience a seizure at some point in life, and one in twenty-six will actually be diagnosed with epilepsy. In order to combat epilepsy, seizure reducing medication is generally used in order to give sufferers a chance to lead normal lives, and sometimes surgery can even help in preventing seizures all together. As part of Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Epilepsy Foundation and their “Now I Know” video campaign offer ways to get involved in spreading awareness about the condition. The foundation has invited those afflicted with epilepsy as well as their families to post videos about their experiences and solutions in dealing with epilepsy. In addition, their website has offered “30 Ways, 30 Days,” a program that gives readers ideas for spreading awareness each day of the month, like wearing a purple out as a tribute to those struggling with epilepsy. By visiting http:// www.dannydid.org/get-involved/, the readers can find out about more ways to get involved in spreading aware-
ness as well like volunteering at a Danny Did Foundation event that spreads awareness, or hosting a fundraiser. In the words of the Danny Did Foundation’s Executive Director Tom Stanton: “The month of November lends an elevated platform from which we can invite more and more people to be a part of the solution.” As DM approaches, the primary beneficiary should be on everyone’s mind. It’s enough to simply mention to friends that it’s Epilepsy Awareness Month – they’ll be impressed at your awareness. Those involved with DM, as well as those who aren’t, should take a minute to be sure that, at the very least, they make an effort to educate themselves on the issue of epilepsy so that they can enjoy life to the fullest, just like Danny did.
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Fundraising 101 $400 reach
easily with these helpful fundraising tips
By Sofia King
One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of Dance Marathon is the need to fundraise $400 by the time the tent opens and the music begins to play on the eve of March 8, 2012. These foolproof tips should help you reach your goal in no time! Canning: Nothing is more attractive than sporting a bright yellow bib and asking strangers for money. Make sure to check out the specific dates and locations posted on the DM website. Sporting events are especially popular canning destinations as they attract the larger Northwestern and Evanston community. Be sure to check www.nudm.org for the NU Basketball canning schedule. Bibs and cans can be checked out on at the DM office. Trivia: Attending weekly Trivia is a great way to earn money for DM and show off your secret knowledge of everything from 90’s boy bands to Harry Potter characters. Trivia takes place at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and costs $5 per person to participate. Now you have a great excuse to watch Friends reruns instead of studying for that upcoming econ midterm. Matching Donations: Finance co-chairs Jerry Luo and Shruti Zaveri believe matching donations “has enormous room for expansion” and may be the most overlooked way to fundraise. Many corporate companies have matching donation programs and will eagerly match the dancers individual money. Just ask a parent or relative if their work supports these programs, and you might have just doubled your fundraising money. Family and Friends: Ask for money from friends and family. Don’t be afraid to promote DM and ask for money through emails and social media. The DM website even has handy letter templates that students can download and send to ask for donations. Who knows? That weird cat lady down the street may just be your biggest supporter! Be Creative: One of the best ways to raise money is to do something creative for raising a certain amount of money. Past ideas have ranged from pledging to dye or shave one’s head to interrupting class in a chicken costume. Past marketing co-chair Anant Johri’s friends created a Facebook group claiming Johri would dye his hair blond if he raised a certain amount of money. When Johri finally found out about the group, he agreed to dye his hair blond for two weeks for every $800 raised. In the end he raised over $1,600! Anant claims, “It was an awkward four weeks, especially with professors and people who thought I did it just because I thought it looked good, but definitely well worth it.” The more wild and crazy an idea, the more successful it can be!
‘Tis the Hseason to fundraise ow to fundraise during the holidays
By Zach Elvove
“$400? How am I going to do that?” This is something a lot of people ask themselves when trying to figure out how they can raise money to support this year’s Dance Marathon. But have no fear, for Turkey Day is here. Yes, it is the time of year when family gathers for a feast during which they will argue over politics, grades, whatever is happening on TV and Black Friday sales. But with season’s greetings comes opportunity. So how can you slip Dance Marathon, Danny Did, and donations into conversation at the family dinner table? Try the Political Attempt: “I’m sorry that [insert politician name here] lost but you know what will make you feel better? Donating to the Danny Did Foundation through Dance Marathon. They are involved in the fight against epilepsy and provide the latest SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) detection devices to children with epilepsy and their families. This way the government doesn’t have to pay for it!” Or try the Marathon Attempt: “If I ran a marathon would you sponsor me? I’m doing a marathon, a dance marathon for an unbelievable cause” (now you’ve forced them into a corner muahahahaha)! Now to court one of your friends into donating, either tell them they owe you (by naming something you did for them) or tell them you are going to do a crazy stunt like cross-dress for a week or do the cinnamon challenge. Absurdity yields interest and interest yields donations. But maybe thanksgiving ain’t yo thang. Then why not get into the holiday spirit over winter break! Santa (or a menorah) might need some help wrapping presents, why not do that for donations? Maybe you can watch over some of the good boys and girls and babysit, using your proceeds to benefit your DM fund. That way Mom and Dad can have their own DM. Or if you are a baker, then be a baker. Bake sales are always a great way to make some donations as well as pastries. But most of the time, trying to convince a loved one to donate shouldn’t require these tricks. As long as you convey how passionate you are for this incredible cause, nothing else should really matter.
DM goes green for 2013 Sustainability spotlight on the food committee
By Jenna Zitaner
Dance Marathon 2013 is set to be the greenest DM ever. In a broad effort to make DM more sustainable, the executive board has begun to work closely with the Office of Sustainability and ASG Vice President of Sustainability Mark Silberg. The DM Food Committee is responsible for feeding the dancers and 30-hour committee members throughout DM, as well as providing food at all DM events and fundraisers. With the help of their committee members, Food Co-Chairs Katy Vogt and Lauren Mindel solicit local restaurants for donations and organize meals and snacks. Mindel explains the importance of changing the food committee to become more sustainable: “Katy and I feel very strongly about recycling, it’s something very easy to do and raises people’s awareness of also. Hopefully we can use the actual emcees to make announcements about recycling and try and kind of get that into people’s consciousness and not just the action of doing it, but really make them understand. The student population is such a large community that we can really get our ideas out and stress to them the importance of recycling of being sustainable. Making people aware is a big goal of ours,” How is Food going green for DM 2013? 1. Loved last year’s water bottles? Look forward to BPA-free reusable water bottles for dancers again this year. 2. Recycling is a major priority. This year’s DM is going to make better use of the recycling bins in Norris. Sustainable packaging. When soliciting major donors this year, Food will be looking for the most sustainable packing material and practices. 3. This year’s DM will see a major reduction in food waste.
DreaMin’ of DM D
ancers share their dreams for dm ‘13
By Eliza Abramson
The countdown to Dance Marathon starts now.With four months still to go, there is plenty of time to dare to dream about what DM 2013 could be. Four students representing each hour club share their dreams for DM 2013.
Weinberg Freshman 30-Hour Club Prospie "I dream that DM 2013 will be incredibly inspiring. I know that after three hours I'm going to start crying. And then after seven hours I will start hallucinating.”
Weinberg Sophomore 60-Hour Club Prospie “I want to help keep up the moral of my team and help them to get close and stay close so that we can all complete DM together.”
Mark Morel Weinberg Junior 90-Hour Club Prospie “My greatest dream for DM would be to see the effect our money has on the people that it directly goes to. Last year it was really cool to see all the families we helped directly. Being able to see the money that you give, all the work that you put in, and the thirty hours you spend dancing directly help people is really awesome.”
Weinberg Senior 120-Hour Club Prospie “I want to raise more money than every other year, the past four years when we hit that million dollar mark, everyone just goes insane and I want that energy and obviously raising money for Danny Did is awesome as well. I also love when they play Bohemian Rhapsody at the end and everyone is just hanging on to each other for dear life and you realize you still have half an hour left.”
T h e DM P e r s o n a l i t y Q u i z
Dancer Are You?
1) What do you picture yourself doing after Block 6? 5) When you feel like sitting down, who will you count on to y lyssa lough (a) Calling your Mom crying. pump you up? (b) Day dreaming about what the next snack will be. (a) Your best friends. (c) Pushing through it, rallying and fist pumping. (b) Strangers, acquaintances, friends, teammates, anyone. 2) What is your go-to dance move when you’re all out of moves? (c) The Emcees and the adorable children who have benefitted (a) Shuffling your feet with minimal effort. from the Danny Did Foundation. (b) To start jazzercising. 6) After the sunrises, you plan on: (c) Moving your body in any way that spontaneously comes to (a) Texting every single person you know who is not dancing to mind. come visit to make them jealous they’re missing out on so much 3) When “Call Me Maybe” comes on, you will probably: fun. (a) Acknowledge you are still sick of the song, but dance and sing (b) Chugging your contraband energy drink and get back to anyway to stay awake. dancing. (b) With no shame, scream every lyric perfectly, because you still (c) Doing somersaults and cartwheels all the way to the break have all the words memorized. room. (c) Plug your ears and take a bathroom break. 7) What will you do after DM is over? 4) When a stranger wakes you up from sleeping while standing (a) Cry actual tears of happiness because of all the money we up, what will you say to them? raised for charity! And because you are exhausted, of course. (a) Mom!!! 5 more minutes! (b) Eat a piece of cake, maybe take a quick shower, and go to (b) Thanks for having my back! Want my fruit roll up from Block 3? sleep! (c) What? I was just blinking? (c) Block 11 anyone?
Mostly A’s: The Half-Conscious Zombie Dancer Some people just need their sleep, and if you are one of those people you know Dance Marathon will truly be a test of character. No matter how hard staying awake is, you will still end up having the time of your life! Even though your thoughts will stop making sense around Block 4, seeing the amount of money raised at the end of every block through your half closed eyes will give you the courage to keep dancing! Mostly B’s: The Deliriously Energized Dancer You will thrive in the environment of Dance Marathon! Although you will get extremely tired, you will just get sillier and act more ridiculous as time goes by. You will fight your fatigue in bizarre ways that will take you on a wild journey of weird incidents that will certainly make for some great stories. Don’t forget your camera! And your deodorant… Most C’s: The Seasoned Pro Dancer You will undoubtedly have a costume packed for every block and know how to work through your feelings of extreme fatigue. Whether you have danced before or not, you are conditioned to need little sleep and will act surprisingly normal throughout your DM experience. You are 100% ready for the best 30 hours of your young life. Your friends will count on you to be their voice of reason and your encouraging words will go a long way!
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And So It Begins...
By Jordan Prindle
A soon to be 120-hour club member describes the first moments of dance marathon
It’s 11:48 am on Friday and you are anxiously waiting for your last class to get out so you can run back to your dorm and pack up all the block costumes you have laid out on your bed to start this year’s long-anticipated DM weekend! You grab your group and get over to Norris wicked early to check in, just to realize you now get to hang out and anxiously wait once again. But, hey! Now you have your official DM number hanging around your neck! The changing room fills up. The clock ticks closer to 7:00. Your neon spanks blind everyone around you. Finally, they give the 10 minute warning. You push up to the door, ready to be the first one out. It opens and all you can hear and cheering and clapping as you run through the long tunnel of committee members, giving high fives all around. You reach the cold air of the marquee and, finally, the tent, in all its glory. You take it in for a second before dashing to the stage to be in the front row for this year’s opening Block One. The emcees come out, dancing, raging, music blasting. Everyone is so pumped up! You just can’t stop jumping and rocking out to top 40’s, boy bands, and tent-wide karaoke. The beneficiaries come out and tell their stories before partying with you. And while the rest of campus is asleep, you’ve just started one of the best weekends of your life! “It’s such an amazing feeling to run into the tent for the first time and see all the people you’re dancing with. You feel like a part of something really big that is going to make a dramatic impact.” - Caroline Hartel, McCormick senior “I always feel really pumped, but pretty intimidated by the prospect of staying up for 30 hours. But seeing all the other students who are going to do it with me and walking through all the cheering people at the beginning just reminds me of all the hard work that goes into making DM happen and makes me feel more excited than worried.” - Alice Jeon, Weinberg senior
Q&A With Emcees: Demetri Elias
Chloe Woodhouse By Kalyn Kahler
What are you most excited about for Dance Marathon this year? D: I’m just excited to be on stage and be with the crowd and to feed off their energy and dance with them. C: I’m excited right for the very end of dance marathon where everyone starts getting tired but then block ten hits and everyone becomes instantly energized. It is electric and magical. I’m excited just to be there for that moment. How did you come up with the name, Chlemetri? C: You mean, why not Doe (pronounced do-ee)? Because it’s Doe! Chlemetri just sounds fierce. Why did you want to be the emcees? D: I did Dancer Relations last year and I really got into pumping up the crowd. I had crazy costumes, I got into yelling and screaming and getting the dancers enthused. C: I was a group head for Willard last year and I got to keep people pumped up not just during DM but also prior to the event. I got to keep people motivated and moving to fundraise. I knew I wanted to have that experience of being an emcee. Demetri and I met the summer before our sophomore year at a social function, and we realized we shared a passion for DM. When did you decide to team up as emcees? D: I asked Chloe in the spring. C: It was a really emotional experience. D: We both cried. What are you most excited about for Dance Marathon this year? D: I’m just excited to be on stage and be with the crowd and to feed off their energy and dance with them. C: I’m excited right for the very end of dance marathon where everyone starts getting tired but then block ten hits and everyone becomes instantly energized. It is electric and magical. I’m excited just to be there for that moment. How did you come up with the name, Chlemetri? C: You mean, why not Doe (pronounced do-ee)? Because it’s Doe! Chlemetri just sounds fierce. Why did you want to be the emcees? D: I did Dancer Relations last year and I really got into pumping up the crowd. I had crazy costumes, I got into yelling and screaming and getting the dancers enthused.
C: I was a group head for Willard last year and I got to keep people pumped up not just during DM but also prior to the event. I got to keep people motivated and moving to fundraise. I knew I wanted to have that experience of being an emcee. Demetri and I met the summer before our sophomore year at a social function, and we realized we shared a passion for DM. When did you decide to team up as emcees? D: I asked Chloe in the spring. C: It was a really emotional experience. D: We both cried. What is your dream for Dance Marathon 2013? D: We want people to get involved before the weekend of DM. We know it is a way to bring the community together. We want to help people meet people from other parts of the community and to come out of DM with new friends that they wouldn’t have met anywhere else. I’m also excited to see if somebody can outdo my costumes. That’s a challenge. If you were forced to do only do one dance move for 30 hours what would it be? D: The sprinkler! Just going around in a circle. No actually, the Carlton, but my head would fall off! C: What is something that would not put too much strain on my arms? Oh, the “Bernie”! My back would be dying by the end. Would you rather dance for 60 hours straight or dance to “Call Me Maybe” for 30 hours? If you could only dance to one song on replay for 30 hours what would it be? D: That’s torture to dance to “Call Me Maybe” for 30 hours! I would dance to Bad Romance. C: I think you need to accept that you would not survive either of those. I would dance to ‘Love On Top’ or a really long song. What’s the last thing you did for the first time? D: We went through the Deering entrance together. We lost our Deering entrance virginity together. What’s your motto: (besides YOLO) D: Dance, love, dance again. C: That’s exactly what I was going to say.
Fall Special ETvent : venger Hunt a c S he second annual scavenger hunt will take place Sun., nov. 18 By Lily Goldstein
Can’t wait until March for Dance Marathon madness? You’re in luck! DM’s Special Events committee is hard at work all year getting NU revved up for Dance Marathon, and their kickoff event, Scavenger Hunt, is this Sunday, November 18th. Special Events has been planning this year’s Scavenger Hunt since October. Special Events co-chair Anna Radoff, a Weinberg junior, said, “Scavenger Hunt is going to be a great opportunity to get excited about DM and bond with your team a little bit.” Teams compete in groups of up to five, and the winning group will receive $1000 towards their DM team’s fundraising total. While dancers don’t necessarily have to compete with their fundraising team, by doing so, they have an opportunity to get to know the people they will be dancing with. Plus, if they win, all $1000 go straight to their total. Talk about incentive! DM sets up tons of clues around campus and in Evanston. Each clue is a riddle, which will lead teams to a new location and another clue. At each location, teams take a picture with their assigned landmark, and snap photos at as many places as they can within the 11 am to 2 pm competition. There will be different point values assigned to the various locations, depending on how challenging the clues are. Last year’s hunt had participants engaged in all sorts of “random, kooky” activities, including making human pyramids in front of the Bahai temple and jumping around in Norbucks, according to last year’s winner (and DM 2013 emcee) Demetri Elias. “It really got me pumped up,” he added, despite DM being five Secret location: the Rock! months away. Last year was the first year that DM incorporated the Scavenger Hunt into its special events, and, though the model worked really well, there will be a few changes. This year, Scavenger Hunt will be organized by special events subcommittee co-captains instead of by the co-chairs themselves. Sam Learner, Weinberg Freshman, and Charlotte ter Haar, McCormick Junior, have taken the reins on this massive project, and will be able to fully devote their attention to its execution. Special Events co-chair Justin Lee, a SESP senior, is excited about this change. “We think our two new captains are going to do a fantastic job running a really fun, innovative event,” Lee said. In addition to new leadership, this year’s Scavenger Hunt features a “movie” theme, honoring the multitude of movies that have been filmed or set in the Evanston area. Contagion, Mean Girls and Home Alone are just a sampling of the movies that will be inspiring clues for the Scavenger Hunt. Watch out for more challenging clues and maybe even some bonus riddles. “There will be changes in the clues,” Lee warns. “They’re going to spice things up.” At the end of the Scavenger Hunt, Radoff says dancers can look forward to snacks (obviously) and will be able to get to know the new emcees for DM 2013. The Scavenger Hunt will be a great opportunity for dancers to start getting excited about DM, especially freshmen who haven’t experienced DM before. “It’s the first event that DM 2013 will be having with the whole new student body here,” Lee says. “You’re going to see a ton of kids running around campus doing crazy things; it should be fun for everyone involved.”
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NOW Follow @NUDM on Twitter and like the “Northwestern University Dance Marathon” Facebook page to get the most recent updates on Dance Marathon. Visit www.dannydid.org to learn about the Danny Did Foundation and learn about the cause that you’re helping by participating in DM.
Epilepsy awareness month November 28th at 9 PM: Go to the 2nd out of 4 trivia nights in the four-week trivia challenge to win money for your team! The theme for this week is Disney! Even after this four-week challenge, trivia will occur every Wednesday at Buffalo Wild Wings. November 16: Evanston tree lighting ceremony. DM will be partnering with Evanston Community Foundation for the event.
december December 1: Canning in Skokie.
January Winter Quarter: You can start checking the amount of money you’ve raised online. January 22: Half-money deadline
FEBRUARY Early February: Stock up on DM merchandise and support DM by purchasing shirts, fanny packs, and other gear. February 27: FULL MONEY DEADLINE
November 16: Canning in Downtown Evanston all day.
March 8: Arrive to DM a couple of hours early to get ready for the best 30 hours of your year!
November 18: Scavenger hunt! The theme is movies filmed in Evanston and there is a $1,000 prize to the winning team.
March 8-10: Dance for 30 HOURS STRAIGHT!
Thanksgiving Break: Ask your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, whoever to make a donation to Dance Marathon.
March 10: Congratulations completing Dance Marathon! You can sleep now!