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Relay for Life outside for better or worse

April 15th, 2010

The John Carroll University Relay For Life will be held entirely outside this year. The location will be changed to the main campus quad and will be held on April 24 and 25. 

The Carroll News commends the University Heights City Council for approving this movement in a unanimous decision.

We also commend Mayor Susan Infeld for moving to allow JCU to hold Relay For Life as well as the East-West high school football game and the Continental Cup outside annually.

Lastly, we commend Rachel Ball, the graduate assistant for the office of student activities, for her dedication to assuring that Relay For Life would be held outside throughout the night. 

This is an event which not only benefits the school, but also the community. The outright support from the University Heights City Council has shown they are willing to compromise with the University and work together. 

It’s important to note that this year’s Relay For Life is a test run and although it’s being held outside, Mayor Infeld and the University Heights City Council will evaluate the event and vote again next year. 

The John Carroll University community needs to ensure that this year’s event demonstrates they are capable of conducting the relay appropriately. The JCU community should understand that this is a privilege and not a right. 

Dora Pruce, JCU’s director of government and community relations, stated that amplified noise would be turned off around 9 p.m. to limit the  disturbances for the residents. This is an excellent step to take and we commend the University and those involved for taking this precaution. 

Through residents’ responses Mayor Infeld and the council will evaluate the events. The University and the participants must keep that in mind during Relay. The event is slated to end at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, and so a safe and quiet return home for both those living on and off campus is imperative.

A step to help make this event an overall success is using common sense. The JCU community should act responsibly, respectfully, and try to keep the activities within the designated space for the relay. 

The school needs to stay on the ball and prove to the City that they can act maturely, while having fun and fighting cancer.