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Running the GSU Gauntlet

The people behind those tables have thick skin, and good causes



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In the video above, members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity share their anthropological wisdom, acquired the hard way at the GSU Link.

High noon, and you’re racing toward the doors of the GSU Link. Your belly has been rumbling since the morning’s first lecture, your mind pinballing between burritos, sandwiches, and orange chicken. In the split second you’re reaching to push the door, you realize it’s too late to go the other way.

“Excuse me, can I have a moment of your time?”

“Excuse me, can I have a moment of your time?”

“Excuse me …”

It’s an army of flyer-wielding student organization reps, all hoping to get you interested in their cause.

Most people rush right through the daily gauntlet. But spare a thought for the folks you pass. Whether they are seeking donations, signatures, new memberships, or merely a moment of your time, chances are they suffer more rejection in an hour than most of us do in a year. And they suffer not for personal benefit, but because they’re involved in worthy, often philanthropic efforts.

Last week, BU Today spent a lunch hour at the GSU Link. It was a day much like any other, chosen at random, and it so happened that we teamed up with members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity as they advertised their Pumpkin Bust charity event, held last weekend to benefit the North American Food Drive.

Here’s what it looks like from the other side of the gauntlet.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.


3 Comments on Running the GSU Gauntlet

  • PK on 10.29.2009 at 10:18 am

    Haha, good stuff! You forgot #6, Screen Pass Guy. I’m in this category. As I walk, I will position myself in relation to other pedestrians in such a way that they’re essentially unwittingly running interference for me (I realize I’m mixing two types of sports jargon here), so that either you don’t notice me, or even if you do, you can’t bother me because you’re preoccupied trying to flyer those passing closest to you. I’m pretty good at this — it’s a gift, really.
    I used to be #7 Back Atcha Guy. This is someone with his own upcoming event or activity to promote who always carries flyers on him and will take your flyer and immediately hand you one of his in return.

  • Anonymous on 10.29.2009 at 11:07 am

    funny cuz its true

  • Anonymous on 10.30.2009 at 12:46 pm

    lol, hilarious!

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