By Dennis Duffy
Selling your quota is the most essential part of Round-Up. Although new students may not think it is important, there are a few but very important things at stake.
The most obvious rewards for selling raffle tickets are the Round-Up holidays, including every Friday in the month of April, half days in May, the Monday and Tuesday after Roundup, and if Rev. Patrick Fulton, C.S.B., is feeling generous, the very sought after “Wednesday”.
In addition to the days off, students can look forward to incentives such as a free Round-Up t-shirt, being able to wear that shirt on Fridays after Round-Up, and the possibility of winning prizes for selling a certain number of tickets on turn-in days.
The downside of not selling your quota, aside from seniors and most teachers making your life miserable on the days we could have gotten off, is that you will be in the words of Round-Up Co-Coordinator Tim Fitzpatrick, “A Loser.”
If we still get our days off and you did not sell your quota, you and the other “Losers” will have to clean the school after Round-Up Sunday.
The incentives are great and the downsides are terrible, so there is no reason not to sell your quota.
Although days off from school and all the other incentives are awesome, students should take pride in the fact that they are helping their brother eagles attend our fine institution.
About one-third of our students are on financial aid or scholarships, and Round-Up is the way in which the school acquires the money to fund the education of many of our Eagle brothers.
Participation in Round-Up is something every student can take pride in.
This is why Round-Up is so important and why our school is so special, since we as the student body raise money so that every student can receive the great education that the Basilian fathers have been offering since 1900.
Selling your quota is not hard. Director of Student Activities Joe O’Brien helps students to sell their quotas by giving us a plethora of opportunities.
The Phone-a-Thon, a recently revived form of selling roundup tickets, and mailing letters are just two of the various ways a student can sell their quota.
An even easier way of selling your quota is asking your parents, grandparents and other relatives if they would like to buy a book.
A few years ago in a Round-Up video with Fr. Storey, he gave a model that students could use to sell Round-Up tickets. Students should not ask people if they would like to buy tickets, but rather boldly ask if they would like to buy a book.
Although selling your quota may seem difficult, we as men of St. Thomas will do the relatively easy task of selling a quota or two so that our fellow Eagles may continue to attend this great institution.