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Ramblers are practical

Michael Dean | Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I would like to comment on Knott sophomore Brian Metz’s horrible opinion of the Siegfried Hall Day of Man (“Practical men,” Feb. 8). As a former Rambler, a founding member of the event my freshman year and the commissioner of the event for my sophomore, junior and senior years, I would like to convey why in fact a fundraiser for the homeless should in fact be aptly named “The Siegfried Hall Day of Man.” Although you do make good points, I would like to offer my opinion for why you are wrong.

1. Unification: Stereotype of men as having to be tough, although you think it should be abolished, does exist and generally gets men excited about a worthy cause, such as helping the homeless. In reference to the Day of Man, the tough connotation associated with the event is why over 70 percent of the dorm actively participates versus the standard eight to ten people that comprise all other Notre Dame fundraisers.

2. Marketing: The idea of the Day of Man is to raise money and awareness for the homeless. Standing outside in sandals, shorts, and a T-shirt raises a lot more money and awareness then someone wearing a coat. The idea of making this sacrifice convinces people into donating.

3. Success: Each year, Siegfried has raised over $6,000 from standing outside alone. Regardless of what you say, the concept works and helps shelter, feed, and clothe the homeless so it is us, rather then they, who are standing outside in sandals, shorts and a T-shirt.

Michael Dean


Class of 2010

Feb. 8