Zeta Tau Alpha hosted its 22nd annual Big Man on Campus on Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auburn Arena. The theme was “It’s A Pink Tie Affair.”
Big Man on Campus is a male pageant in which sororities nominate one participant per chapter.
Delta Delta Delta’s nomination, Curry Cates won first place at the event. Cates sang “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban as his talent.
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Alyshia Gupta and Carter William Palek hosted the event. Gupta said $90,000 was raised this year for Zeta Tau Alpha’s fundraiser benefiting breast cancer education and awareness.
“One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” Gupta said. “I want to ask each and every one of you who is here tonight to share the knowledge with just one friend, family member or loved one, so you that you can help save a life and be the cure.”
The grand total was raised through ticket sales, fundraising by the contestants and fundraising by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members and sponsors.
The contestant who raised the most money, Wes Vansant representing Phi Mu, won the Fundraising Award.
Directors Emily Deutsch, Jenny Goldschmidt and Ann Kennedy McAlister have been planning this year’s Big Man on Campus since the beginning of January.
Goldschmidt, senior in marketing, said each contestant did something different to make the evening special.
“It’s wonderful how all the boys did," Goldschmidt said. "Each one of them added something different and we definitely could not have done it without them. They were all so creative and fun to work with. There was one boy who raised over $2,000.”
See more winners below.
First runner-up: Wes Vansant of Pi Beta Phi
Second runner-up: Ben Conry of Kappa Delta
Mr. Congeniality: Harlan Baily of Alpha Chi Omega
Sexy Legs: Joseph McCormick of Chi Omega
Zeta’s Favorite: Justin Greenfield of Alpha Xi Delta