MU student donations seven times those of KU counterparts

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST

The final: MU $2,169; KU $287.

MU students prevailed in a 48-hour contest between the Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks to collect money in support of United Way.

At MU, the competition, which began Wednesday, included a pancake breakfast at midnight, change collection at Speakers Circle and Lowry Mall, and a flash mob. MU’s chapter of Student United Way organized the events.

According to its mission mission statement, the local Heart of Missouri United Way works to “improve lives and foster human dignity by mobilizing and coordinating the caring power of community resources in Mid-Missouri.”

Timothy Rich, interim executive director of the local United Way, said this year’s campaign began the first week of September and has a goal of raising about $3.21 million, of which 90 percent has been reached.

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