Zeta Tau Alpha’s held their 45th annual Big Man on Campus competition this Monday, February 16 in the Leone Cole Auditorium.
The theme of this year’s competition was “A Pink Tie Affair.” The mock beauty pageant is held by the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority every spring to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.
“This is our biggest fundraiser. In 2014, our chapter raised $33,500 for the philanthropy, and over $7,000 of that came from Big Man on Campus,” announced Zeta MCs Meg Nevels and Kalyn Cabral.
Last year’s winner, Logan Adams, did a farewell performance before the announcement of this year’s winners. He sang a cover of “You Raise Me Up” dedicated to his grandmother, who is a 33-year breast cancer survivor. She embraced him on stage after his performance.
Tyler Brown, Vice President of the Student Senate of the SGA, won first place and received $100 for his victory, and was also named Mr. Congeniality by the judges.
Junior Samuel Kellett was awarded $75 for his second place finish, and freshman Niko Teofilo earned $50 for third place.
Austin Pitts also received the People’s Choice award.
This year’s judges were SGA President Brett Johnson, JSU graduate Jade Wagner and stage-four breast cancer survivor Lisa Plemons. There were 11 contestants in the competition.
The first round of the competition was “The GQ Walk,” where the contestants made their first impressions upon the judges and audience.
The second round was a “Q & A” session. The Zeta MCs drew random questions from a glass cup. Each contestant was asked one question.
After the second round, the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity entertained the audience with a step and dance routine.
The third and final round of the competition was the talent display. Niko Teofilo performed a Michael Jackson dance impersonation to the song “Billie Jean.”
Tyler Brown taught the audience how to “twerk.”
Samuel Kellett spoke “languages of love” to the Zeta ladies, giving compliments in Portuguese and Spanish in various accents.
Freshman Austin Pitts played a drum solo for the audience.
Freshman Joseph Scheirman performed stand-up comedy. His jokes included what he had learned from being a freshman at JSU and the UPD.
The Zetas sold Big Man on Campus T-shirts for $20 and charged viewers a $3 admission fee to watch the competition.