The Innocents Society together with the UNL Residence Hall Association and the Nebraska Community Blood Bank is sponsoring the "Blood Rivals Blood Drive Challenge," a blood drive competition with the University of Iowa, on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16.
The blood drive will take place in Mari's Lounge in Sandoz Residence Hall on Thursday, November 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Friday, November 16, donors will be able to give blood from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Bloodmobile, which will be parked along 16th St near the College of Engineering, north of the Lot C commuter and staff parking lot, but south of the Village and Harper Schramm Smith Residence Center. The student body that donates the most pints of blood will win the competition.
The blood drive competition is tied to the annual Corn Bowl exchange between the student bodies of the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa, facilitated by the Innocents Society at UNL and the President's Leadership Society at Iowa. The Corn Bowl trophy is exchanged at the annual Nebraska-Iowa football game and the society from the winning school displays the trophy at its respective university until the next game. In addition the winning school's name is engraved on the trophy underneath the score of the football game. The Corn Bowl is currently on display at UNL in the Wick Alumni Center.
Both the Innocents Society and the President's Leadership Society place a great deal of emphasis on serving their universities and communities; as such, each society hosts a blood drive as an integral part of the annual trophy exchange. The name of the school that wins the blood drive is engraved on the Corn Bowl trophy, and the trophy's bowl is filled with corn grown the previous year in the winning state.
The Corn Bowl trophy exchange with the University of Iowa began in 2011 after the University of Nebraska's move to the Big Ten. The students of the University of Nebraska won the inaugural Corn Bowl exchange last year with a 20-7 victory over the University of Iowa in the annual Nebraska-Iowa football game.
The Corn Bowl trophy exchange and the "Blood Rivals Blood Drive Challenge" are both conducted by the Innocents Society, which is the Chancellor's senior honorary at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Innocents Society was founded on April 24, 1903, and is made up of 13 senior undergraduates selected annually on the basis of superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service to the university and community.