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Campus men vie for Xi crown

February 27, 2015

He’s beauty and he’s grace, he’s Xi Man. Who is “he?” Come to Dahl Chapel this Friday at 7:00 p.m. to find out.

Alpha Xi Delta will be hosting Xi Man, their annual male beauty pageant, to raise money for their philanthropy, Autism Speaks.

To be crowned Xi Man, the contestant must participate in six different events proving that they are more than just pretty faces: Talent, Sportswear, Formalwear, Pop Question, Fundraising and the Alpha Xi Delta Quiz. Contestants are scored in each category, but the majority of the points come from fundraising. The judges for 2015 are Richard Johnston (also known as Dicky J), Sandy Russel-Corbin and Karen Ogorzelek, but students and the community can get a say by donating money to their favorite contestant.

Each of the 10 contestants represents a different organization on campus and campaigns to raise the most money for Autism Speaks. The contestants are: Adam Ruble, Phi Delta Theta; Anthony Occhipinti, Zeta Beta Tau; Cole Trickel, Fighting Scots football; Dayton Stanford, the Scotsmen; Gavin Bogan, Improv; Kyle Ward, class of 2018; Marshall Palfenier, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Matt Mullen, Alpha Tau Omega; R.P. Brennan, the Business and Economics Club, and Zack Johnson for Order of Omega.

Alpha Xi Delta hopes to raise $8500, about $1000 more than last year, and the contestants seem up to the challenge. Several have utilized Gofundme pages. Ruble sold tickets to a wine tasting at Market Alley Wines and hosted a silent auction for various items donated by local businesses. Stanford mainly asked people in person on campus and at ShopKo. Brennan did penny wars in the cafeteria and sold tickets to a raffle where the winner could pie him in the face.

Autism Speaks focuses mostly on funding research about the cause, prevention, treatment and cure for Autism, and also advocates for people with Autism and their families.

“This organization is very close to me because I have family members with Autism and Autism Speaks does so much for them,” Brennan said.

Contestants have different strategies, but it should definitely be an entertaining show. Contestant Dayton Stanford believes that he is Xi Man material because, as he said, “I am an entertainer, in the idea that I can sing, dance, play instruments, and have done many entertainment performances so I really felt that I could help the show in a positive way to attract more attention for this year.”

Natalie Stortoni
Contributing Writer

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