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Who's the biggest of all?

Second annual Big Man on Campus pageant being held at 8 p.m. in IU Auditorium

The second annual Big Man on Campus pageant will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at the IU Auditorium, when 22 men will compete in an event hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, with majority of proceeds going to breast cancer awareness and research.\nThis year's Big Man will be decided during a pageant where contestants are judged on talent, formal questions, creativity and fundraising.\nForty-one Greek chapters and an IUPHC group are involved with BMOC, as well as the Volunteer Student Bureau. \nThis year's theme is All-American Man, which will give each contestant a chance to dress up as their favorite American hero.\n"We thought it was an appropriate theme that everyone would enjoy, allowing people to celebrate our patriotism while working for this worthy cause," said Lindsay Williams, ZTA philanthropy chair.\nLast year's Harley Davidson-themed BMOC raised $23,000, more than any other Zeta chapter has collected during a single event.\nWilliams estimated about 400 people packed the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre for last year's show, so this year BMOC has been moved to the Auditorium.\nZeta has already sold about 1,500 tickets at $8 apiece. Williams predicted after additional \ntickets are sold at the door that 2,000 people will attend, easily exceeding this year's goal of $30,000.\nThey use some of the proceeds to support the Race for the Cure and "Think Pink" program, but the majority goes to breast cancer-related activities -- particularly the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. \nAccording to their Web site, the Foundation was started in 1982 and has since raised more than $250 million for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. \nZetas assist in the education aspect by distributing breast cancer informative materials like shower hangers, which demonstrate the proper technique for administering breast self-examinations.\nWilliams said the work is well worth it when she thinks about her grandmother and family friend who are currently battling the disease. \n"I love working hard when I'm able to see that all my work goes to a very important goal: breast cancer awareness and research," Williams said. "I love knowing that my work may actually save lives, help someone to grieve or encourage our community to get involved."\nTwo contestants have lost family members to breast cancer, one of whom is sophomore Sekou Kante of Delta Chi.\nKante competed last year and is back for a second round to help raise money to battle the disease which took away both his grandmother and best friend's mother.\n"I see kids getting packages from their grandparents all the time, or talking about going to visit them for Thanksgiving, and I don't have that," Kante said. "I don't think anyone should have to forego the wonderful experiences of having a grandmother in their lives."\nKante said he is more nervous about competing this year because he has "really bad stage fright and no talent," but that he is willing to "embarrass the heck" out of himself once a year for charity.\n"(Breast cancer) is a horrible killer, and if I have to fight it by looking like an idiot on stage then so be it," Kante said. "I encourage everyone to get a ticket, because it will definitely be a hilarious show, filled with a lot of hot dudes with amazing talent -- barring myself, of course." \nHaving a sense of humor about one's performance is something last year's BMOC winner, senior Brian Bohnenkamp, certainly advocates in his advice to this year's contestants.\n"Try to relax, if something goes wrong on stage just keep going and don't worry about it," Bohnen said. "Just remember that it's all about having fun and having a good time"

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