ASO raises $200 with date auction
By Nancy Maingi
The African Student Organization raised more than $200 at its second annual Valentine’s Day Date Auction on Feb. 12 in the University Center’s Annex. There were approximately 150 UNCP students in attendance, and 25 students were auctioned.
The hosts were sophomore and Phi Beta Sigma student Datwon Canty and sophomore Miss Congeniality 2008 Tiffany Taylor.
The auction was held to raise money to help the African Student Organization with future events.
“This is for fun so that people aren’t alone on Valentine’s Day,” said Taylor. “We do not guarantee love, but we do encourage friendships.”
ASO President Yetunde Akindahunsi agreed with Taylor.
“ASO is about promoting diversity and allowing us as a university to learn from one another…this is a great way for people to meet, learn about each other and create new friendships,” Akindahunsi said.
Participants ranged from freshmen to senior UNCP students, athletes, Greek Life members and SGA members.
Freshman and tennis team player Janna Oxendine said, “It was fun, a new experience for me, and for a good cause…it’s just something simple on a simple Tuesday night before Valentine’s Day…who can’t enjoy that?”
Oxendine, along with 24 other people, was a participant in the auction.
Bids for the ladies started at $3 and for the gentlemen at $2. Bids went as high as $45.
Akindahunsi said that the ASO will plan to host another auction next year.
“The students like it, and it has proved to be a fun event for all of us…sounds like a plan,” she said.
The auction was also an introduction to next week’s African Student Organization’s “ASO Week” a.k.a “African Week,” from Feb. 18 to 22.
There will be events taking place all week long in the UC Annex that promote and educate students about the African culture.
On Feb. 22, the event will be completed with the grand finale themed “Coming to America.”
The event will include African music, dance, art display, a fashion show, music performances and poetry. There will also be an after party/dance after all the festivities.
The event will be $3 for UNCP students.