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Mr. Fraternity Competition held in Rangos by sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta

On Saturday Kappa Alpha Theta presented the 29th annual Mr. Fraternity competition. During Mr. Fraternity, brothers from Carnegie Mellon?s Greek community competed based on their looks and talent. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Karen Johnson Fund of the Ohio Lung Association.
This year?s judges included Cindy and Rich Lackner, parents of presenter Kimberly Lackner; Joanna and Tom Tano, parents of presenter Ann Marie Tano; New House housefellow M. Shernell Smith; SCS professor Don Slater; and Jennie Schweitzer, a Theta alumna. The event was hosted by senior Theta sister Laura Drogowski.
The beachwear competition featured a member from each house parading down the runway wearing his interpretation of ?beach appropriate? clothing. The togawear competition showcased the brothers? creativity in designing and flaunting their various togas. The third competition was the talent competition, which included several lip-syncing and dance numbers, a classical guitar solo, a vocal solo, and several humorous acts.
The talent portion started off with first-year Manuel Monasi of Delta Upsilon giving a poetry reading, but his performance was quickly cut short when the presenters realized that the poem contained vulgarity. Some notable performances included junior architecture major Coleman Rusnock?s cover of the Darkness? ?I Believe in a Thing Called Love,? which included a five-piece band and Rusnock as the lead vocalist and guitarist, and junior SHS student Daniel Walsh?s military rifle routine in full uniform, coordinated to a French opera piece.
The formalwear competition followed, introducing brothers and their respective escorts. The final competition was the Question and Answer interview, where contestants were asked to pick a question from a bowl and answer to the best of their ability.
Overall, audience members seemed to enjoy the show. Michelle Birchak, a senior materials science and engineering and public policy major, felt things went very well. ?I chatted with some of the brothers during rehearsals, and they were all very cooperative and professional. The whole event went very well.? She did note a few problems. ?During SigEp?s band performance, at first you couldn?t hear the vocals on the lead singer. And he was the guy who was fighting for
the title!?
To present the award, last year?s Mr. Fraternity, senior Roman Fiola of Beta Theta Pi, came out to give up his crown. The title of ?Mr. Congeniality? was awarded to Flynn Jones of Pi Kappa Alpha, who was commended on his help for the preparation of the event and his commitment to Mr. Fraternity. The third-place award went to Walsh of Kappa Sigma, the second-place award to Chris Manganello of Beta Theta Pi, and the title of Mr. Fraternity 2004 to Coleman Rusnock of Sigma Phi Epsilon. When asked to comment on his victory, Rusnock said, ?SigEp has never won Mr. Fraternity before, so it feels really good to bring this to the house.? He continued by acknowledging it was a group effort: ?I couldn?t have done anything, though, without all the support from my brothers, friends, family, and Theta.? Rusnock meant his comment literally, as his brothers from Sigma Phi Epsilon carried him out on a chair for several of his
appearances.
The event sold approximately 625 seats, raising over $4000 from ticket sales alone. Drogowski commented that Theta hoped to raise over $5000 from parent and alumni
donations alone.
cmuTV recorded the events on DVD, copies of which were available for purchase after the show.