Which thing do college students love more: Krispy Kreme doughnuts or antiwar protests? It was a tough call Saturday, as some students threw themselves into the Third Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge while others joined the tens of thousands on the National Mall advocating a swift U.S. pullout from Iraq. We can't find any exact figures on the number of students who protested the war, but was it more than 1,341? That's the number of participants in the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a very serious contest in which students from North Carolina State University run 2 miles, then eat a dozen doughnuts, then run 2 more miles. Proceeds from the race go to the North Carolina Children's Hospital, though why anyone would choose to endorse the inevitable upchucking is still beyond us. "I can't explain it except you're tremendously committed to doughnuts," says one man, according to a cool audio slide show on the Technician's website.
As for the roundup of college student participation in the national day of war protest:
- Penn State students dressed up in orange, donned black hoods, and chained their legs together to protest unfair detainee treatment, the Collegian reports.
- "Radical Cheerleaders" were among the American University students who traveled the (admittedly very short) distance to the Mall Saturday, the Eagle reports.
- Some George Washington University students were probably also there, according to this kind of unclear Hatchet story.
- Boston University activists were disappointed with the student turnout on their bus to D.C., the Daily Free Press reported Friday. They think winter break may have gotten in the way.
- Four Columbia University student groups organized a convoy of three buses to Washington, the Spectator reports.
Photo: Lana Limón, Columbia Daily Spectator