Zeta Tau Alpha Holds Annual Big Man on Campus Competition



BETHANY, W.Va. – On October, 9, 2014, Zeta Tau Alpha held their annual Big Man on Campus talent show in Renner Too. Big Man on Campus is a competition where male students at Bethany College show off a talent which ranges from singing/dancing to stand-up comedy. The main purpose of this event is to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Education, which is dedicated to helping find a cure for breast cancer.

There were two parts to the show; the first part was a swimsuit competition where the contestants showed off what they would wear to the beach followed by a questionnaire. The second part was the talent show where the contestants performed their talents to the audience and judges. The contestants were Khalid Pierce, Cody McDonald, Tyler Castle, Kristian Smith, Dylan Schooley, Marcus Hooks, and John “Indy” Vucich. The judges of the contest were Lizzie Newhouse from Alpha Xi Delta, Jamie Friedman from Phi Mu, Chloe McClung from Zeta Tau Alpha, and the college nurse, Carol Tyler. At the end of the show, the audience was asked to put money in designated paper bags for whoever they thought was the best contestant and their favorite judge.

For the talent show, Khalid Pierce wore a suit with a white coat and performed a song and dance routine with backup dancers. As a result, one of the judges informed Pierce “not give up his day job”. Dylan Schooley and Tyler Castle both played acoustic songs on guitar. Schooley performed “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton, which he dedicated to his grandmother who recently passed away. His performance moved the audience and judges to tears, including his mother and sister who were in attendance. Castle performed the country song “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” by Cole Swindell. Castle received a very positive reaction from the crowd, however, Lizzie Newhouse, the judge representing Alpha Xi Delta, delivered a harsh comment after Castle’s performance, which shocked the audience.

Indy Vucich displayed his showmanship skills with a kendo sword demonstration to the iconic song “Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas. Vucich was wearing the traditional kimono, which made for a very entertaining display of fashion and hand-eye coordination.

Kristian Smith recited a piece from the world-renowned writer William Shakespeare that left the audience impressed and also somewhat scared.

Cody McDonald used his vocal skills to imitate characters from popular shows and movies such as Stewie Griffin from Family Guy and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, which received roars of laughter from the audience. The last performance was from Marcus Hooks who, with the help of a backup vocalist and guitar player, remixed a popular pop song for his girlfriend. The routine involved a great deal of singing and dancing that the crowd and judges found to be very entertaining.

Abby Renko played a major role in setting up the event. “As philanthropy chair, I think it is very important to help raise money for breast cancer. It’s a huge thing and I’m proud to be a part of something that raises money and awareness to others.” At the conclusion of the talent show, the winners of the raffles where announced and those who purchased tickets won prizes such as a Keurig Coffee machine and two tickets to Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game of his/her choice. As a consolation prize, all of the contestants received a $5 gift card to Chambers General Store, but the winner of the Big Man on Campus competition won a $75 gift card. The favorite judge won a $25 gift card. The event drew in a large audience of Bethany College students and the event proved to me a major success.



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