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One Way or Another: ECU Beats State

East Carolina University Pirates may have struggled with the North Carolina State University Wolfpack on the football field, but in the first-ever ECU vs. NCSU Blood Battle organized by the ECU Student Pirate Club and the American Red Cross, the Pirates scored a clear victory.

The event kicked off Sept. 16 with a donor challenge held at the NCSU campus. The next day, ECU students donated blood to show their support for the university, especially in light of the upcoming ECU-NCSU football contest on Sept. 20.

Hundreds of ECU donors waited in long lines at the Murphy Center, leading ECU to victory with 315 pints collected. NCSU students donated 93 pints.

The blood drive was a win for the American Red Cross as well. The Mid-Atlantic region alone needs to collect between 500 and 600 units of blood daily, to treat issues such as cancer, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, premature infants. Every two seconds someone needs blood.

Those who missed the challenge, but would like to give blood, may log on to or call 1-800-GIVELIFE for a list of upcoming blood drives. Donors should be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in overall good health.

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at