Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Greeks ban blood drive

ISU groups say no to blood drive
Iowa Times Republican

AMES — Some student groups will not participate in an annual blood drive this week at Iowa State University to protest federal rules that prevent some gay men from donating.

Up to 500 blood donations are expected to be lost as a result of the decision by Greek Week officials, said organizers of the Ames blood drive, the largest student-run blood drive in Iowa.

The loss of that much blood comes at a time when Iowa blood banks are already seeing supplies run short because of recent storm-related cancellations of blood drives and fewer walk-in donors.

Student organizers had hoped to get 1,700 usable blood donations at next week’s drive.

The blood drive, scheduled to begin Monday and run through Friday, has in past years awarded points to participating fraternities and sororities. The chapter with the highest participation received a trophy, said ISU senior Kevin Newman of Roselle, Ill., who is a member of Sigma Pi fraternity.