Pageant for men has new twist, same charitable outcome

By: Jana Milan

Dozens of college men will be strutting their stuff across a campus stage in swimwear, formal wear and in a group dance Tuesday night.

Delta Zeta Sorority’s annual “Where in the World is Mr. UK Pageant” will crown its winner at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

The contestants are not all Greek and are from a number of different campus organizations, according to the Delta Zeta website. The men will also compete in events including a final question, a personal video and a talent competition.

Delta Zeta President Amanda Marshall said this year’s pageant has 21 contestants. The pageant also has a new element to it — people can vote for their favorite competitor on the Delta Zeta website.

Andrew Pillow, UK’s National Pan-Hellenic Council president who has also been a Kernel staff writer, is one of the contestants. He said he is participating because it’s a good cause.

“I’m most excited for the opening dance,” Pillow said. “That’s the part we worked the hardest on, and I think it will show.”

According to the Delta Zeta website, in 2009 the pageant raised more than $9,000. Event proceeds go to the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, Gallaudet University and the Painted Turtle, said Mr. UK coordinator Heather Ross.

According to Delta Zeta’s website, the Painted Turtle’s mission is providing a year-round authentic camp experience for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

During intermission of the pageant, sorority chapter presidents and chapter representatives will model dresses in a fashion show. The dresses will be from Rent the Runway, a program that lets people rent current season fashion pieces from more than 95 designers, according to its website.

Marshall said ladies who attend the fashion show can sign up for $15 off their next rental.

The pageant will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online or at the Singletary Center.

Students can cast their votes for the winners at, (