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Siegfried Hall's "Day of Man" has students walking in shorts and T-shirts


We've all had to layer up to survive this winter's freezing temps, so who in their right mind would walk around in shorts, T-shirts and flip flops? The answer, the guys from Siegfried Hall at Notre Dame...of course.

The tradition started about eight years ago. "A guy was walking around and realized it was really cold out," says Junior Thomas Ridella. "It was pretty miserable. And then realized the homeless are doing it everyday." That's why the men of Siegfried Hall created "Day of Man", a fundraiser for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. So, how do they raise the money? By dressing like it's summer when it's CLEARLY winter.

When asked what people say when they see you in class, Junior Colin O'Shea says, "I get a lot of stares. And at this point, I just say, 'You know what, I don't feel it anymore!'" Freshmen and California native Darren Church was given some advice for his first year involved in the fundraiser. "Walk fast, don't stay outside too long," he says.

This is Church's first Michiana winter this year. Now, he has to brave it in what would be a normal outfit for him in Cali. "It feels terrible to be honest. Wearing sandals is the worst part," he says. "Your feet get cold in probably the first two minutes."

Last year, the Siegfried boys raised nearly 7,000 dollars in these red cups. And already with the weather being a challenge this year, they've challenged themselves to raise $10,000. Freshmen Anthony Laguardia says he was shocked after receiving his red solo cup after passing it around in class. "I got it back and it was full," says Laguardia. "And I was impressed. It was heart warming to see how many people donated to the cause."

College kids are known to do some things without their parents knowing right away. When asked if Laguardia told his mom about walking around in subzero temperatures in shorts and flip-flops. He says, "I actually have no told her yet. I'll probably send her an email. I have no idea. She would never expect me to do something like this."

These guys also knew how to get more cash by playing "the sympathy card" and carrying posters that read, "Pay Me! I'm Cold!" The Men of Siegfried Hall are in the works of counting their money they earned Wednesday. They tell FOX28 they'll have a definite total by Thursday night.

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