Nothing says unity like a pie in the face!

Michigan ONE Member Sara Isaac explains how Michigan universities have set aside differences to work for a better world.

There are few athletic rivalries fiercer than the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Wolverines and the Michigan State University Spartans. Last week, however, ONE members at the U of M and MSU overlooked their differences and united in East Lansing, home of MSU, to rally support for a great cause: preserving the United States foreign assistance budget.

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Whether you bleed green and white or bleed maize and blue, being committed to helping those abroad who need it most is ONE thing we can all agree on. Photo credit: Sara Issac.

This event, “Pie-a-Wolverine!”, gave the MSU Spartans the opportunity to retaliate after a “Pie-a-Spartan!” event at Ann Arbor last November. Both universities met and wrote letters to congressional representatives, urging them not to reduce the foreign assistance budget.

Most Spartans, of course, accepted this exchange as an obvious win-win: they got to slather whipped cream all over their archenemy’s faces while advocating for hundreds of millions of people who benefit each year from foreign assistance programs that seek to mitigate poverty and stop the spread of preventable diseases like HIV/AIDS.

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Pies in the face to promote unity against budget cuts. Photo credit: Sara Issac

Through “Pie-a-Wolverine!”, the ONE chapters at the U of M and MSU publicized ONE  and its purpose. They demonstrated how easy it is to get involved and make a difference. But, most importantly, they inspired students by showing that even mortal enemies can come together to help their community. As a ONE member eloquently put it: whether you bleed green and white or bleed maize and blue, being committed to helping those abroad who need it most is ONE thing we can all agree on.