Students Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month On Campus

By Jennie Perullo

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Rutgers University is contributing to the awareness around campus with the help of various organizations.

Many organizations use this month to “think pink” and raise money and awareness for breast cancer through different versions of fundraisers.

This month is special for Rutgers’ Zeta Tau Alpha sorority because its philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness and they collaborate with different organizations to help the cause.

“As it affects so many women, it’s important to acknowledge strength in unity this month to give support to all of our loved ones,” said Marielle Frey, a sophomore ZTA sister.  “Together we can help save the ta-tas.”

ZTA tied pink ribbons around trees on College Avenue, and well as handed out breast cancer ribbon pins to raise awareness around campus.  They also held a fraternity house decorating contest, in which each house competed to decorate its property in the most pink to showsupport.  Sigma Pi fraternity was crowned the winner.

ZTA also hosted its biggest philanthropic event of the year, “Big Man On Campus,” on Tuesday, Oct. 13.  This is a pageant-like event where boys from different fraternities participate in a talent portion, formal wear, and question-and-answer section.  All the proceeds go to breast cancer education and awareness.

“I like that it brought all the sororities and fraternities together for the same cause,” said Stephanie Garrison, a sophomore ZTA sister. “So many sororities and fraternities attended the event and supported the boys as well as our philanthropy. It’s nice to see everyone together because without the whole Greek community, we would never be able to raise as much money as we do.”

The spirit teams did not miss their opportunity to be a part of the awareness.  The cheer and dance teams made one of their practices a “pink out,” in which they all wore pink.

For the football game against Michigan State, the all-girl cheerleading team used pink pom-poms in contrast with their all-black attire.

“The pink pom-poms we held at the game were much more than just an object to catch the crowd’s eye,” said sophomore cheerleader Kara Monaco.  “It was a symbol for the fight, and a symbol that our university supports that fight.”

spirit squad blackout pink out

Members of the cheer team were not the only supporters on the football field that night.

Michael Cintron, Rutgers football redshirt freshman kicker, showed his support for the cause by shaving the ribbon into the back of his head and dying it pink.

“”I’m just so proud of my mother and her courage,” Cintron said to  “I’m not the only one on the (football) team that has a mother or relatives that have gone through this. It just shows how strong people can be. If I can just raise a little a more awareness about breast cancer I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something with this.”


The Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) Association is fundraising this month for breast cancer awareness and all the proceeds go to their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team, which is an American Cancer Society 5k for breast cancer.

They held a fundraising bar night at Olde Queens Tavern on Easton Avenue where they sold pink shots for $3 and half the profits went toward Making Strides.  They encouraged everyone to wear pink, and sold “Hakuna Matatas” t-shirts.  This event alone raised over $1,000.

“To be a part of CAC during breast cancer awareness month is extremely special because both the men and the women of this university are so equally passionate about “saving the ta-tas,”” said Christie Schweighardt, a sophomore member of CAC.  “It is awesome to be a member of just one of the many organizations of this school that have joined the fight against breast cancer.”