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The Indiana Daily Student

Zeta's raise $31,000 to fight breast cancer

About 2,000 people attended Tuesday's second annual Big Man on Campus; a pageant for IU men that followed the routine of most pageants, but not the norm.\nTwenty-two contestants from fraternities and an IU Panhellenic Council group came to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and to parade their talents, or lack thereof, for the audience. Although cheering sections for each house were prevalent, not everyone who came was a member of the greek system.\nFreshman Paul Bryant isn't affiliated with any of the fraternities but came to support the cause. He paid $8 to charity to attend an event he didn't know much about. \n"I think it's going to be fun no matter what because it's going to be entertaining on some level, and you don't really know what to expect," Bryant said.\nEven those who had attended BMOC before probably couldn't have predicted the antics that occurred.\nTo kick off the "All-American Man" themed event, the contestants dressed up as their favorite American heroes, including Spiderman, G.I. Joe, Jim Morrison, Rocky Balboa, Express Man, Mr. T and Captain America, then filed on stage and did a choreographed dance number to Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" and John Mellencamp's "Rockin' in the USA."\nThe following talent competition made the event seem like it should be named Big Man with an Instrument. \nEight of the contestants played guitar, three of them Dave Matthews Band songs. One man played saxophone, and another only got a two notes into playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man" before the females in the audience issued a collective "aww!"\nSeveral did dance and/or lip sync numbers to songs like Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You," B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling," Jimmy Fallon's "Idiot Boyfriend" and Michael Jackson's "Black or White."\nMost notable of the evening was when two of the heavier-set contestants shed their shirts and showcased their jiggling flab in imitation of Saturday Night Live's Chippendales face-off between Patrick Swazy and Chris Farley. \nThe humor was not lost on parents Andy and Jana Garman, who came to support their son Jon of Sigma Chi.\n"The kids are so talented and they're having fun with it," Mrs. Garmon said. "Everyone's supporting a good cause and it's great to see all these kids. We're here to support the kids."\nNineteen judges determined points for the opening number, banners, talent competition and Q&A, which included questions like: "If you could be invisible for a day, where is the first place you would go" (Answer: Zetas) and "If you could make a beer with a super power, what would it be?" (Answer: The power to eliminate beer goggles).\nFifty percent of points were already accounted for by the amount each house had raised before the pageant, which included selling tickets, t-shirts and taking donations. \nAfter votes were tallied and right before winners were announced, Zeta's philanthropy chairs senior Lindsay Williams and junior Manasa Reddy -- who had worked since last spring to pull the event together -- announced they raised roughly $31,000 from BMOC and the majority will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. \nTau Kappa Epsilon's senior Justin Miller, one of the two aforementioned Farley's, raised $2,500 and won the overall competition.\n"It was a great competition and all the guys did awesome," Miller. "The whole thing came together really nicely." \nNow that he'd been given the title of 2002's Big Man on Campus, next up on his agenda was to go home and call his mom and dad.\nAlpha Tau Omega's sophomore Andy Leigh was named Mr. Congeniality, Zeta Beta Tau's sophomore Scott Pincus Banner, Pi Kappa Phi's senior Joe Keehnast won the talent competition with his "Black or White" dance. \nPhi Sigma Kappa contestant junior Mark Thon said even though he didn't place in any category, he was just glad it was for a good cause. \n"I had no idea they raised so much money, so no matter who won or lost, ultimately the winners are for breast cancer research," Thon said.

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