Students to compete in campus version of ‘Project Runway’

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    FrogHouse and Residential Services will team up to host the TCU Project Runway, a fashion show fundraising event based on the popular Bravo TV show.

    In the show, scheduled for March 7 in the Brown-Lupton University Union auditorium, residence hall floors will compete against each other in a fashion contest using only environmentally friendly materials, said Laura Lee, a resident assistant and the director of service and learning for FrogHouse, a student Habitat for Humanity project.

    All proceeds will go to FrogHouse’s 2009 housing project, Lee said. The idea to use only eco-friendly clothing stems from the motto, “Bleed Purple. Live Green,” she said. Students can nominate their residential assistant to model for the event for $20, and residential assistants can nominate a hall director for $40, she said.

    Lee said the idea for the project came from necessity as well as her perspective as a member of both organizations.

    “At the end of last semester, we were supposed to raise $65,000, and we were a little bit short of that,” Lee said. “Since I’m an RA, and I work closely with residential services, I just thought it would be a really good idea to team up with them.”

    Potential prizes include a game console for the winning hall wing, and a gift certificate to the winning RA. The organization also hoped to get a trophy for the winning team as well, Lee said.

    Participation in the event by an RA and his or her wing will count as a planned activity for the month, Lee said. RAs are required to put on activities for their wings during the year, Lee said.

    Steidl said he believes this event could become one of FrogHouse’s major fundraising events.

    “It’s for a good cause, and it’s under the banner of a program that’s already been founded,” Steidl said. “As long as the residents and resident assistants show their creative energy for it, there’s no reason why it can’t go on for the next few years.”