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Year-Old Sour Milk is Ugliest Manifestation on Campus

By Ifung Lu

Milk. It does a body good. For Justin O. Cave '98, this year's Ugliest Manifestation On Campus, sour milk was the beverage of choice as his campaign as the Institute's vilest carton of milk raised over $300 for charity.

Cave and his sour milk campaign defeated runner-up Steven E. Jens '97 by the narrowest margin in recent years, 47 cents.

Between Cave, Jens, and other competitors, UMOC - an annual charity fund-raiser sponsored by the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega - raised $913.64, up from $765.60 last year.

"I think it went pretty well," said UMOCPublicity Chair Jeffrey S. Poore '97.

"We were happy, but at the time, Random Hall had just started to blow up, and for a while, we didn't think we had won," said Cave, a Random Hall resident, referring to the Sunday night fire at his dormitory [see story, page 1].

Jens, who wore a smoking jacket and argued for ugly people's rights, was disappointed with his loss. "I was kind of upset about not getting it. I just wanted the title.".

Contest gets ugly for charity

UMOC, which ran through last Friday, is a charity fund-raising "ugliness" contest sponsored entirely by APO, Poore said. Any student who is not a member of APO could run for the UMOC title.

Contestants set up collection jars in Lobby 10; each penny students contributed counted as one vote.

The money usually goes to the winner's favorite charity. However, because the spread between first and second place was so small, APOwill meet today to decide whether to donate all the money to Cave's charity, the Boston Food Bank, or to divide the money between Cave's choice and Jens' choice, the American Cancer Society, Poore said.

Cave raised $308.52 and Jens received $308.05. Third-place Sharon J. Hollander '97 raised $126.95, followed by Jay P. Muchnij '97 at $84.04, Omri Schwarz '97 at $46.58, Sonia Chawla '98 at $19.38, and Nathaniel J. Bower '98 with $4.73.

Originally titled the Ugliest Man On Campus, the contest was given its current name to allow women to compete, Poore said.