Time to Bee the Difference

St. Ambrose students volunteer to rake leaves at Bee the Difference Day. From left to right: Jessica Kap, Meghan Dean, Theresa Diggs,  Kevin Leyendecker, Vince Soto and Jessica Kleitsch.  Emma Williams/The Buzz.
St. Ambrose students volunteer to rake leaves at Bee the Difference Day. From left to right: Jessica Kap, Meghan Dean, Theresa Diggs,
Kevin Leyendecker, Vince Soto and Jessica Kleitsch. Emma Williams/The Buzz.

By Emma Williams

The eccentric fashion designer from Pixar’s 2004 hit film “The Incredibles” once said, “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.”

On Sunday, Nov. 3, clad in black long sleeve shirts with the Incredibles logo, Ambrose students would have made Edna, the fashion designer, proud. It did not matter what was going on the night before, overeating half priced Halloween candy while working on assignments due before semester’s end, or going downtown to forget about said assignments, St. Ambrose students knew it was time to bee the difference.

“It was a huge, huge success,” Student Government Association President Kemper Rusteberg said.

The seventh annual Bee the Difference Day was on Sunday, Nov. 3. Nearly 500 St. Ambrose students got to work in the yards and homes of campus neighbors. Students did everything from rake leaves, to clean gutters, to weatherize for the winter months.

Rusteberg was thrilled by the success of this year’s event.

“What made it different this year is we had the whole student government body behind it,” Rusteberg said. “It showed that through teamwork and working well with others, greater success will be achieved than just taking it on individually, as members of SGA have done in the past.”

Every year, local media stations cover Bee the Difference Day, showing the efforts of students do not go unnoticed. Ambrose and SGA take great pride in this event.

“One of my favorite things, and I think this goes for about everyone, is it is such a fun day full of laughter and just having a good time,” Rusteberg said. “But at the same time, we are really demonstrating what it is to be a true Ambrosian.”

Kemper Rusteberg, Megan VanHoorn, Luke Greene and Sodexo General Manager Steve Finn with one of the  thankful neighbors.   Emma Williams/The Buzz.
Kemper Rusteberg, Megan VanHoorn, Luke Greene and Sodexo General Manager Steve Finn with one of the
thankful neighbors. Emma Williams/The Buzz.

After the few hours spent doing chores in the neighborhoods, SGA invited students back for a “Cook-In” in the ballroom, providing hamburgers and hot dogs. Members of the community were welcomed to come as well.

“Almost everyone came back for that,” Rusteberg said. “We ran out of seats. In years past, we have a small number of participants. But this year there were students and community members. It was unheard of.”

The meal was spent with students making further connections with campus neighbors.

Bee the Difference Day is a strong tradition at St. Ambrose. Rusteberg mentioned that in future years he plans to see the event grow even more. Many students claim it as one of their favorite Ambrose memories.

“It is just perfect,” Rusteberg said. “It is so good.”

Read more about Bee the Difference Day in the Quad City Times online archives. Also browse through pictures and social media updates by searching the hashtag #beethediff.

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