ZTA raises awareness at Mr. Samford pageant

Sarah Katherine Farmer, Features Writer

Thirteen young men took the stage Tuesday night in Seibert Gym as they performed for Zeta Tau Alpha’s time-honored traditional philanthropy event: Mr. Samford.

The event supported Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, raising an estimated total of $7,000. The night consisted of the men competing to be the classiest man on Samford’s campus through the categories of talent, swimwear, formal wear and a Q & A. The judges of the night were Director of Greek Life Julie Fletcher, Student Executive Board President Porter Rivers, Mr. Samford 2016 Benon Mugisha and Sodexo cafeteria worker Ms. Sonya. Corbin Meredith, who represented Alpha Omicron Pi, took the crown by winning over the crowd in the talent portion, where he sang “Sign Sealed Delivered.”

“Each guy is assigned to and coached by whatever sorority or fraternity they are representing,” said Zeta Tau Alpha’s Co-Director of Philanthropy Lauren Mouchette. Prior to competing, the participants had to take part in a promotional video where they were asked a series of questions, answering each one in humorous ways. They each had to undergo training as well to learn how to execute their talents and successfully strut on the runway in front of a large audience.

The swimwear and talent competitions were the funniest parts of the night, according to Cameron Bowes, the freshman Pi Kappa Phi who represented Zeta Tau Alpha. Bowes also enjoyed figuring out what his competitor’s talents were. Each of the competitors kept their talents a secret from the rest of Samford’s students until Tuesday night.

“It’s always fun to support my sorority’s philanthropy at Mr. Samford every year,” pharmacy student Bridget Ivey said. “I love watching each contestant bring their personalities to the competition through the talent portion. It’s hilarious.”

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