Dueling NDSU Colleges Fight for the Same Cause
Battle of the Cents-es to benefit area girl involved in accident
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 09:02
NDSU students will be going up against each other, but not necessarily for their own gain.
The Fourth Annual Battle of the Cents-es takes place this week in the Memorial Union. Competing colleges are raising funds for Lexi Bolstad, a senior at Fargo Davies High School, who suffered a severe brain injury last August.
The College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences and the College of Engineering will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help ease financial burdens that the Bolstad family has had to face.
“We decided on this year’s candidate because she is from the Fargo area and has a story that could really happen to anyone,” said Marisa Rittgers, president of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences Ambassadors and a junior studying nursing.
Bolstad will receive 100 percent of the donations garnered, Rittgers said. A fund has also been set up at area Wells Fargo banks, where all donations will be deposited at the end of the week.
The festivities commenced Sunday afternoon at the MU’s Arikara Room with the kick-off event.
The event featured plenty of smack-talk between the colleges, but it also had sombering moments. Bolstad’s father, John, spoke candidly about his daughter’s accident.
On the evening of August 4, Bolstad suffered basale skull fracture when she fell out of a Global Electric Motorcar, which is a battery-operated electric car.
Lexi Bolstad was sedated for two weeks following the accident. After she came out of her coma, she began her extensive rehabilitation.
The Davies senior was present at the kick-off event with her family and members of the competing colleges.
The collaboration between the two colleges has made for friendly competition the last three years.
“I’m thrilled when our two colleges can come together,” said Gary Smith, dean of the College of Engineering.
Smith said that although the two colleges seem to be on differing ends of the spectrum, engineering and health professions are more interconnected than ever. Teamwork is necessary to succeed.
Dana Davis is advisor for Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences. She and Engineering advisor Joel Hanson had discussed ways for the colleges to interact more often.
“They came up with this event where we can help others as well as getting to know people from other disciplines,” Rittgers said.
Last year’s Battle of the Cents-es victors were the ambassadors of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences, but Rittgers said she expects intensity from the Engineering department.
“There is still some tension (from last year), which is fueling the fire for this year,” Rittgers said. “The fun thing is that when we have our booths set up there is people from both colleges there, so it can get pretty intense at times.”
Competition aside, however, the aim of the event is to assist those who need it.
“We felt it was essential to give back to someone in the Fargo community because they give NDSU so much,” Rittgers said. “This was the least we could do.”