By Karis Fuller
Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor
The Relay for Life committee hosted a drive-in movie event on March 28 in the parking lot of the Pratt Recreation Center. Audience members sat in the comfort of their cars to view “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the latest installment of the popular franchise. The film’s audio was channeled via WCWP radio so each viewer could listen to the movie without it being loud enough to disturb nearby residents. “They are all sitting in their cars, this way it’s more personal,” Heidi Titko, a senior digital arts major and member of the Relay for Life committee, said.
Titko organized the event, and she was responsible for selling raffle tickets, serving popcorn and ensuring everything ran smoothly throughout the night. The drive-in was one of the events that makes up Relay week, wherein the Relay for Life committee runs several different events throughout the week to raise cancer awareness as well as funds for research and treatment. Other events included the Fight Cancer Fair on Monday, March 25 and the Easter Egg Hunt that took place in Hillwood Commons on March 28. Ticket sales for the upcoming spring ing concert featuring Jeremih will also benefit Relay for Life.
“Relay for Life is a yearly team-based fundraising event that takes place in over 27 countries,” according to the American Cancer Society’s official site. On campus, the event’s opening ceremony will consist of speeches by one caregiver and one cancer survivor from the community. “It’s something people should know about and have respect for,” Titko said.
Movie goers donated $5 to attend the drive-in screening. Relay for Life will take place on April 12 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Pratt Recre- ation. All students are encouraged to register a team to take part in the event, or donate money to any of the teams already entered. According to Titko, the school’s goal is to raise $50,000, and this goal cannot be reached without the help of the campus-wide community. Students interested in participating can visit www.relayforlife.org/liupost to join. “[Cancer is] something that happens in the real world,” Titko said, “And no one should fight it alone.”