Wednesday, June 22, 2016

College pranks in Brazil help the poor

Today's crumb comes from Brazil, where public college freshman are usually "pranked" by upperclassmen as part of a welcome ritual. But at the Federal University of Medicine, academic officials decided stop embarrassing pranks. Instead, incoming freshmen spend three days collecting food for local charities.

                                                                        University of Medicine, Itajuba, Brazil
Freshmen divide into groups and compete against each other to see who can gather the most food. Their shared goal is to overtake numbers of the previous year. This year, teams gathered a total of two tons of groceries which they then delivered to poor families and low-income college employees. The act of delivering free food has helped create affection between "town and gown."

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