R-MC’s blood drive is back

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Baxter Carter, the SGA Vice President of External Relations, organized the blood drive competition between Randolph-Macon and Hampden-Sydney with the hopes of re-establishing the competition as a tradition between the two schools.

It was a great success with a total of 56 Randolph-Macon students donating 35 units of blood. Due to the growing popularity of donating blood, the drive was relocated from the Dollar Tree Room in the Brock Commons to the Alumni Gym.

The Alumni Gym was an ideal location because it allowed 5 people to donate blood at once, thus cutting down the waiting time from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 45 minutes, and overall making the blood drive run more efficiently.

As a thank you gift for all donors who registered before the drive started, the Student Engagement Center designed customized t-shirts commemorating the blood drive competition.

Any donor who walked in on the day of the drive was entered into a drawing for a remaining shirt after they arrived. The blood drive shirts will be available to pick up soon.

“Blood” and “donating” were two words that I had always been uncomfortable with.

As a first time donor who was incentivized by the free t-shirt, I found it overall rewarding to give blood.

In order to be an ideal donor, you must be at least 17 years old and at least 110 pounds. If you believe pain might be a problem, do not worry.

There is very little pain, but instead just discomfort and a bit of pressure. The needle is only in your arm for a total of 8-10 minutes. It is just the questionnaires and blood testing that take up the majority of your time.

During this blood drive, donors were able to answer the majority of questions beforehand by using “Rapid Pass,” a website created by the Red Cross in order to expedite the donation process.

Although we bled, we, as a school, did not bleed enough to beat the Tigers. Coming in at 47 units of blood, the Tigers had a few advantages over our school.

Many Randolph-Macon students who were willing to donate blood were turned away last minute because they had donated in the last blood drive.

A donor must wait at least 8 weeks, or 56 days, between blood donations. Plasma is replaced within a day, but red blood cells take up to 6 weeks to be replenished.

Many potential donors were turned away because the previous blood drive occurred 55 days before the Yellow Jackets versus the Tigers blood drive.

Also, as an all-male college, Hampden-Sydney has a leg up against our school because iron-deficiency is not as much of a problem there.

During the football game, Hampden-Sydney was announced as the winner of the competition and received a plaque commemorating their win.

Although R andolph-Macon didn’t win this years’ blood drive, our football team managed to beat them on the big rivalry game that day!

Members of SGA helped to run the blood drive, including Sophomore James Carter (Baxter).

“Hopefully next year we are able to have another successful blood and beat H-SC,” said Carter. “Thank you to all people who came out to the blood drive. Those who registered and participated will be receiving custom blood drive t-shirts soon.”

Who will bleed the most next year? The next opportunity to donate blood will be in spring semester during Greek Week.

-Angelica Collins ’18, Contributing Writer

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