Soon after midnight in the early morning hours of Wednesday, quiet was broken by yelps of pain.

“This is the worst pain I've felt in years!  My hand feels like it's on fire,” cried Sophomore Daniel Driver after catching his roommate's cactus before it would have landed on the floor.

The aspiring doctor then performed amateur surgery on himself with little more than a box cutter, tweezers and the support of his awakened floor mates.  All in all, 17 deep spines were removed, and thankfully he was not in need of any blood transfusions.  However, there are many people who are.  According to The Red Cross, someone in America is in need of blood every two seconds.

To do our part for this constant demand, Goshen College will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive this Friday, October 30th.  Sign up sheets will be in the lobby outside of the Dining Hall, and students can also sign up for an appointment online by going to and entering “Goshen” in the sponsor code box.

Volunteers are needed during the day on Friday; those who are unable to donate  can still help care for those in need in the Goshen community.  Volunteers will receive a free service day t-shirt.

If you have never donated blood before, make this time your first.  Each year the blood drive brings between 75 and 85 donors on average.  This year, the school is trying to break 90, so follow the advice from The Red Cross: “Starve a vampire.  Donate Blood.”