By PAULINA KOSTUROS
Sex appeal. Style. Charm. Who, amongst the small population of men at UMW, possesses these rare qualities? This Thursday, eighteen sexy men heralding from all corners of campus will compete for the coveted title of “Mr. UMW.”
Sponsored by the Association of Residence Halls, the annual Mr. UMW Pageant remains campus’ closest imitation to a “beauty competition” for men. In this thrilling “battle royale,” eighteen competitors will go head to head, displaying their best formal wear and sporting wear. Each contestant will be escorted by the person of his choice onto the stage. In addition, the men must showcase a unique talent and answer a series of questions.
In order to become eligible for the Mr. UMW Pageant, competitors participated in and won their respective dorm competitions. “Mr. UMW” embodies a true Renaissance undergraduate man: brilliant looks, killer instinct, and a multitude of talents.
In addition, the winner of this year’s pageant maintains the benefit of crowning next year’s winner, a new UMW tradition. Stuart Smith, who is this year’s Mr. Mason, is excited about the competition.
“I am working with a great bunch of guys, but at the same time, I know that I am competing against them,” Smith said. “I feel honored to consider them my competition. I can’t wait to see what they have prepared, and I am sure they feel the same way about me.”
The Mr. UMW Pageant starts at 7 p.m. in Dodd auditorium. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $3.