Go red! initiative attempted

Nicholas Sparling, Reporter

The American Heart Association again put on their annual fundraiser, Go Red for Women, encouraging Bakersfield College students to wear red in support and awareness of heart disease from Feb. 2-3. Despite the circulation of e-mail informing students and faculty, most seemed unaware or disinterested in wearing red for the event.

Students like Sara Cowles, who was dawned in a red sweatshirt when asked exclaimed, “no that’s weird, its just what I put on today.” Others had heard about the event on the local news like April Thomas, a Sociology major, who learned that if you wore red on the specified days, than you would get 20 percent off at Macy’s, one of the sponsors of the event.

The e-mail mentioned that there would be a guest speaker on Feb. 2, but neglected to mention the time and place where the seminar would be taking place. It wasn’t until the morning of that, BC Be Fit put out a flyer designating the time and location.

Tamara Tomaschow, the BC liaison for the event admitted that it was short notice, but still had high hopes for the lecture and fundraiser. The lecture featured cardiologist Dr. Vinod Kumar, who was full of information on heart disease, the number one killer among woman. The lecture was originally going to be held in the fireside room, but was moved due to a baby shower to the Forum East building.

The lecture was titled “Woman and Heart Disease” and started with a short video staring Elizabeth Banks called “Just a Little Heart Attack,” a video that gave a comical take on the dangers of heart disease.

Despite the low turn out for the lecture, Dr. Kumar had a good attitude; it wasn’t the first time that he gave a presentation to that few of people. It allowed for questions in a more personal setting, allowing the audience to get involved.

The fundraiser goal is $5,000, yet they have fallen short of that. They are still accepting donations online or on campus at the SGA office, Tomaschow is keeping a positive outlook that they will make their goal. Donations can be made at www.goredforwomen.org by clicking on the link “ways to give.”