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Sigma Psi hosts Mr. CWRU competition to benefit local communities

Rachel Craft

Issue date: 11/20/09 Section: Focus
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Last year's Mr. CWRU winners, (from L-R) first runner-up, Eben Via, representing Kappa Alpha Theta, Mr. CWRU, Brian Nelson, representing Phi Kappa Tau and second runner-up, Ali Hasanali, representing Sigma Nu, will give up their coveted titles this Friday night to a new set of winners.
Last year's Mr. CWRU winners, (from L-R) first runner-up, Eben Via, representing Kappa Alpha Theta, Mr. CWRU, Brian Nelson, representing Phi Kappa Tau and second runner-up, Ali Hasanali, representing Sigma Nu, will give up their coveted titles this Friday night to a new set of winners.
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Tonight, Case's oldest sorority, Sigma Psi, will be hosting its 31st annual Mr. CWRU male beauty pageant. Mr. CWRU is one of Case's Greek life's most anticipated fundraising events, and promises to be just as popular this year as in the past. Tonight's theme is Where in the World is Mr. CWRU? It sounds intriguing, to say the least.

There are usually between 15 and 20 Mr. CWRU contestants, both upper and underclassmen representing just about every sector of campus. Each is sponsored by one of Case's student groups, including IMPROVment, USG, and various fraternities, and each comes equipped with his own personal flair. The contestants compete in three categories: beachwear, formalwear, and representative costume, designed to represent the contestant's organization. The outfits may involve any degree of creativity. For instance, last year's winner posed as Batman's famous sidekick Robin for the duration of the pageant. Finalists move on to compete in two additional rounds, talent and interview, where the Mr. CWRU hopefuls showcase their skills and answer impromptu questions. The result is about two hours of a very unique kind of entertainment.

The contestants compete for three separate titles: Mr. Photogenic, Mr. Congeniality, and of course, Mr. CWRU. The sisters of Sigma Psi select Mr. Photogenic based on photos submitted by the contestants, while the contestants themselves vote on Mr. Congeniality. Finally, the Mr. CWRU crown goes to the contestant with the most points accumulated after the five rounds of competition. These points are delegated by a diverse panel of judges, often including Case professors, Greek life representatives, and past winners. No matter what the scores are at the end of the night however, the audience is sure to enjoy the humor and originality each contestant has to offer.

The pageant has been very successful in the past, typically raising $2000 or more. This year, proceeds will benefit the East Cleveland Neighborhood Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening local communities. The ECNC offers a number of programs to support families in need, including employment skills training courses, parenting resources, and crime prevention and awareness programs. It also funds multiple youth programs, such as safe after-school activities, summer camps, tutoring, alcohol and drug prevention services, and cultural exploratory trips.

It is an excellent cause, and the pageant sounds like a great idea for some Friday night fun. Not to mention it also offers live music, provided this year by Case's male a cappella group Speakeasy, and around $2000 worth of raffle prizes. It starts at 7:30 in Schmitt lecture hall; tickets will still be available at the door for $6.
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