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"MAC ATTACK!"

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8/5/2010 —

A group of honors students are rallying the campus and community to help them collect at least 250 boxes of macaroni and cheese for Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, in an initiative they're calling “Mac Attack.”

The food drive, which was initiated by eight students in the Penn State Brandywine Honors Program, will run from August 23 to September 3, during the first two weeks of classes.

Mac and cheese drop off locations will be located in the Vairo Library, the student affairs office located on the second floor of the Commons Building, the campus bookstore in the Main Building and the lobby of the Tomezsko Classroom Building.

Laura Guertin, associate professor of Earth science and coordinator for the campus’ honors program, is calling the eight drive planners the “Mac and Cheese Crusaders.”

“I'm so proud that they are taking time this summer to organize a service project,” she said. “What a great way to begin the academic year. Not only is leadership and civic engagement part of the honors mission, but this food drive fulfills Penn State's land-grant mission of reaching out to the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

At 12:30 p.m. on the final day of the drive, Friday, Sept. 3, the students will create a “canstruction” sculpture out of the donated boxes of macaroni before sending it off to Philabundance. A canstructure is a sculpture made out of all canned goods, an idea created by Canstruction, Inc., a foundation of the Society for Design Administration that holds competitions nationwide challenging engineers, architects and students to construct designs made out of canned goods. Canstruction, Inc., donates all items from each “canstructure” to local food banks. The foundation’s Philadelphia competition chair will visit campus on Monday, Aug. 30, as part of the campus’ annual Voices of Innovation Seminar Series.

For more information on the food drive, contact Guertin at 610-892-1427. For information on Philabundance, visit http://www.philabundance.org/, or visit http://www.canstruction.org/ for information on Canstruction, Inc.

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