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Students get SELF help with pigs

Freshman business administration major Melissa Procopio turned in her donations from her spotted pig and received a Sprinkles Cupcake, popcorn and a chance to participate in carnival games at the Spotted Pig Collection Carnival on May 3 in the Campus Center. The Spotted Pig Campaign helps raise money the Student Emergency Loan Fund, which is funded entirely by students./photo by Debora Escobar

Freshman business administration major Melissa Procopio turned in her donations from her spotted pig and received a Sprinkles Cupcake, popcorn and a chance to participate in carnival games at the Spotted Pig Collection Carnival on May 3 in the Campus Center. The Spotted Pig Campaign helps raise money the Student Emergency Loan Fund, which is funded entirely by students. / photo by Debora Escobar

Cindy Vallejo
Staff Writer

The Student Philanthropy Fellowship and University Advancement filled the Campus Center with carnival activities, popcorn and Sprinkles Cupcakes for the Spotted Pig Collection Carnival on May 3.

“We really want to increase the amount of money we got last semester and I believe with all of the publicity we did this semester we will get to our goal of getting above $1,000,” Nikita Lalla, junior psychology major and treasurer of the Student Philanthropy Fellowship, said.

The Student Philanthropy Fellowship was founded this semester and teamed up with University Advancement to put on an event that would be new to the campus.

When students got to the event they checked in and filled out an information card that was placed inside the bag of change they collected.

Students then received ticket books that each had carnival tickets, a ballot for the piggy pageant, a ticket for one free popcorn and a ticket for one free cupcake from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Sprinkles Cupcakes in Newport Beach made the handcrafted cupcakes.

There were four different carnival games that consisted of a trivia wheel, Pig Pong, a dart and balloon game and a piggy pyramid that was set up to be knocked down by throwing a ball.

At each carnival game students could receive a ticket to be entered in a raffle to win ULV attire.

Also, this year they held a piggy pageant where students entered their decorated plastic pigs into a contest.

The top three winners of the Piggy Pageant won a basket filled with ULV gear and the winners were determined by the students who attend the carnival.

This year’s winners were Megan Stout for the Spider-Man pig, Loren Coronado for the Kermit the Frog pig and Donna Bentley for the Miss Carnival Cotton Candy pig.

“I am here today because I wanted to help the cause and I am basically helping myself when I donate my change if I was ever to need it,” Richie Orozco, a freshman political science major, said.

University President Devorah Lieberman also attended the carnival to show her support, play the different carnival games and take pictures with students.

All of the change that is collected at each Spotted Pig event goes to the Student Emergency Loan Fund.

SELF is an emergency loan that is fully funded by students and provides money to students who find themselves in sudden financial hardships.

According to Trish Ciccoi­anni, assistant director of annual giving, the carnival raised just under $1,000.

Over the past three years the Spotted Pig Campaign has collected more than $4,000.

“I would like students to see the outcome and really get them to participate because being a Leo means supporting the community,” Ciccoianni said.

For more information or to make a donation, call 909-593-3511, ext. 4685.

Cindy Vallejo can be reached at cindy.vallejo@laverne.edu.

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