After three long weeks, Creighton has emerged as the victor in the Battle of the Beaks competition.
Battle of the Beaks was a challenge between the three Big East schools that have a bird as their mascot: Creighton University, St. John’s University and Marquette University. The contest was created as an effort to increase student and alumni fundraising participation from the three schools. At the end of the three week contest, the school with the highest percent of participation of student and alumni would be the victor.
The contest started on Feb. 19 and ended on March 12. During these three weeks, 2.76 percent of Creighton students and alumni contributed to the fundraising cause. Marquette generated 1.8 percent participation and St. John about .59 percent. Thus, Creighton emerged as the winner, according to a Creighton Univeristy
“One of the main goals of the contest was to encourage student and alumni fundraising participation by invoking their sense of school spirit,” said College of Arts & Sciences and Student Philanthropy committee member, Morgan Eiden.
More than 1,800 students and alumni had a hand in helping Creighton win the Battle of the Beaks. These 1,800 people generated over $540,000 in funds and pledges which will mainly go to the Creighton Fund so that they can be used toward student scholarships and other forms of financial aid.
“The Student Philanthropy Committee was hoping to instill a tradition of giving in the students so that when they graduate they will be more likely to give back to the school again,” Eiden said.
Next year, the Student Philanthropy Committee is hopeful that it will generate an even larger percentage of participation in this contest.