The gentlemen of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity put on their nicest suits, sportswear and dresses to compete in the ‘4th-ish’ annual Sharp Dressed Man competition, Monday night. “It’s a male beauty pageant, basically,” said Delta Tau Delta philanthropy chair Jerry Nye.
For this pageant the men had to compete in four areas: sportswear, the men’s “ version of the swimsuit contest,” talent, drag, and sharp dressed man. They also each had to answer a silly and random question, one of which was, “If you could be any utensil in the kitchen, what would you choose to be?”
The winner of the pageant was senior exercise science major Louis Sullivan. “He made a very ugly woman,” said junior history education major Gordy McDiarmid. “That’s how you win it. He had toilet paper rolls for breasts.”For the talent portion of Sullivan’s act he read poetry – at least, that was how Sullivan described it. His act began with the intro music to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, while Sullivan stayed seated on stool and clad in a turtleneck. He then opened a book and began to recite, “All I Want for Christmas is a Big Booty Ho,” by American rapper 2 Chainz, to the pledges seated in a circle around him.The fraternity has chosen to do this event for the past ‘four-ish’ years because it is an inexpensive way to raise money for their philanthropy. “I say ‘fourth-ish annual’ because we did it three years in a row, then skipped 2011. Now we’re doing it again,” said Stephen Efird, the event’s “mystery host,” the identity of whom wasn’t revealed until he walked onstage. Efird is an alumni member of the fraternity and enjoyed helping out the charity that the proceeds went toward. “A lot of times fraternities put on events that they have to shell out a lot of money for,” he said. “With this, we can provide the entertainment ourselves.” The fraternity also had representatives from Southern Tide and Red Bull present at the event giving out free gifts.Delta Tau Delta’s national philanthropy organization is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.“It’s really about the charity more than anything,” Efird said. “It’s a lot of fun, but that’s what we’re here for.”Story: EMMA SPECKMAN, Senior A&E Reporter