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It's Official: Jens Declared Ugliest Thing on Campus

By Liz Krams
staff reporter

The week-long Ugliest Manifestation On Campus contest sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega ended last Friday with a landslide victory by last year's runner-up, Steven E. Jens '97.

The contest, which is run annually by APO, a national coed service fraternity, raises money for a charity of the winner's choosing. Candidates campaign to be UMOC and receive votes in the form of pennies. The voting takes place in Lobby 10, and whoever has the most pennies wins.

This year the contest raised $818.79, which will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The total amount is down from last year's $913.64.

Jill R. Pelavin '98, UMOC project chair, said that she was "hoping for a little more money," since this year's goal was to break the $1,000 mark. The amount raised was mostly based on the campaigning done by the candidates, Pelavin said.

Even though the contest was not as successful as APO had hoped, Pelavin said that she was "happy that the MIT community can put their pennies to a good cause."

The candidates received gift certificates for participating(?), and Jens received a trophy, which was a paper bag with plastic eyes placed on a wooden pedestal.

Jens wins with huge margin

Jens won the contest with $630.14. Douglas K. Wyatt G came in second place with $41.43. In third place was the new sculpture by the Sloan School of Management with $40.25, followed by Jay P. Muchnij '97 ($37.43), Ernest D. Aguayo '97 ($35.44), Omri Schwarz '97 ($20.93), and Donald K. Gordon '00 ($6.70).

The competition practically revolved around Jens, who was out to avenge last year's 47-cent loss to a year-old jug of milk. Aguayo said on his candidate sheet that his reason for running for UMOC was that "someone's got to run against the Jens brothers."

"I am terribly disappointed about coming in second place," Wyatt said. "I thought it would be clear to everyone on campus how naturally ugly I was. But I guess being second ugliest is better than nothing."

Jens' campaign was a family effort. He got his hair styled at his sister's college. His twin brother from Princeton University had the week off and spent the time campaigning. His mother called relatives and asked them to add money to his campaign.

Jens' campaign centered around what he said made him stand out from the other candidates - his "ugliness of the soul."

His slogan was "Not Just Another Ugly Face." In the spirit of his slogan, Jens started off the week with a "bad hair day" day during which he offered to give passers-by bad hair cuts or pieces of his own hair. Later on in the week he played bad music and cooked bad food in order to show the ugly side of his personality.

Jens' reason for running was that the contest was "good excuse to make a fool of yourself and raise money for charity."

Pelavin said that the contest was not meant to be demeaning but rather fun.

Pelavin not only expressed hope for raising more money next year, but said that it would be good "if more people can run as things on campus." She also said that groups could work together and run representing one thing.