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Most contestents ever vie for Xi Man crown

February 21, 2014

It’s that time of the year again for the annual Xi Man Male Pageant. This annual event, hosted by the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, is a time where men from different organizations on campus compete to win the crown and sash. This is a special year with almost double the list of competitors. There were only seven contestants last year and only six the year before. But this year there are twelve men working hard to do their best for the upcoming event, including learning a choreographed dance, perfecting their talent and raising money for the Alpha Xi Delta’s national philanthropy, Autism Speaks.

This year’s male beauty pageant will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel. A $1 admission fee will be charged, and all proceeds will go towards Autism Speaks. Not only is this for a good cause, but it will also be a fun event for all types of students on campus to attend.

Victoria Torres, philanthropy chair of Alpha Xi Delta, has been working hard to make sure this event comes together. Last year’s event raised over $3,000 for Autism Speaks, so Torres is stepping up her game to make sure this year turns out even better. Although that was a lot of money, Torres and her sorority sisters would like to raise $4,000 this year. That might not be such a long shot with twelve guys helping to fundraise for the event.

That’s not the only things these guys are working hard on though. During the beginning of the Xi Man competition, the twelve competitors will be performing a group dance. These contestants have been meeting at 9 p.m. every night for the past two weeks to get the group dance down. They have also been working with a coach to perfect their individual talent. Torres said there aren’t really any rules regarding use of talents and that “this is laid back and fun. The [competitors] use their own imagination.” In the past, the competitors have done performances ranging from singing, to dancing, to telling jokes and juggling.

After the group dance and individual talent performances, the guys will have a time to display their choosing of sportswear and formal wear before an interview.

Although there is incentive to beat their fellow classmates and peers, it is inspiring to know so many of these competitors just want to help out for the good cause. “Autism Speaks needs any help it can get, and any penny raised is another penny to help further establish the goal of helping and preventing autism,” Williams said.

Others have been personally affected by another with Autism. Max Seisser said he “worked with someone with autism over the summer and they always talked about the finances.” Living with an autistic family member can be expensive. Seisser realizes “how hard it can be for some parents. Being able to help is something I enjoy.”

The competitors this year include Kyle Dickson from The Scotsmen, Zack Johnson of Phi Gamma Delta, Maxwell Holle representing science and soccer, Zac Brand representing Cleland Hall, Johnny Williams for Chorale, Joel Zavala from the Association for Student Activity Programming, Gavin Bogan from WMCR, Max Seisser of Zeta BetaTau, Juan Moro of Mu Lambda Rho, Sam Motta representing Frisbee Golf Intramural Sports, Zach Ziegler from Alpha Tau Omega, and also Zach Dixon from Phi Delta Theta.

Ryan Kerr
Contributing Writer

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