President Ransdell accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

WKU President Gary Ransdell participates in the ALS ice bucket challenge on Friday, August 22, 2014. Members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity dumped water on President Ransdell, after he was nominated by several WKU students. Harrison Hill/HERALD

Lashana Harney

President Gary Ransdell cooled off at the Guthrie Tower during a 90-degree day Friday for a charitable cause.

After accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity poured two buckets of ice water onto President Ransdell.

“It was so cold, but these guys are working hard to raise money for ALS, it’s an important cause,” President Ransdell said.

ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. According to, a website devoted to curing the disease, approximately 5,600 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS each year. The Ice Bucket Challenge has become a nationwide trend. Celebrities ranging from former president George Bush to pop singer Shakira, have completed the challenge for the cause.

President Ransdell challenged other WKU administrators such as Howard Bailey, vice president for Student Affairs, Gordon Emslie, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and Deborah Wilkins, General Counsel.

Over $10 million have been raised towards ALS research since the Ice Bucket Challenge emerged, according to In an effort to raise more money for the cause, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity is going to attempt the world’s largest Ice Bucket Challenge Saturday at Bowling Green Ballpark after the 7:05 p.m. game. The event is open to anyone who buys a ticket to watch the game.