THON to End Canning by 2018

April 22, 2016 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

The Bryce Jordan Center stage being built and lit prior to the Penn State Dance Marathon.

THON will phase out canning over the next two years. The announcement was made on Thursday in a letter from the organization’s 2016 and 2017 Executive Directors, calling this a “necessary decision in the best interest of THON and its volunteers moving forward.”

This decision comes seven months after a car accident on a canning weekend that led to the death of a student. THON announced that there will be three canning weekends over the next two years: one from September 23-25, another from October 28-30, and one in September or October of 2017.

“Canning itself relies not only on the time, effort, and personal funds of many volunteers, but involves multiple other University resources for THON to execute a weekend,” the letter read. “We have seen with our fundraising breakdown that canning has remained relatively stagnant and we’ve seen growth in other more sustainable and innovative areas.”

In addition to the plan to eliminate the practice, THON announced a handful of other changes to canning. You can read them here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

 

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