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‘Too Cute’ Enevoldsen Wins UMOC

By Dana Levine

Alice A. Enevoldsen ’03, running on the platform of “too cute to live,” won this year’s Ugliest Manifestation on Campus contest.

Alpha Phi Omega, which sponsored the charity fundraiser, will donate $1,000.01 to the Horizons Initiative, Enevoldsen’s charity of choice. Enevoldsen raised $295.88 to win the contest.

“I’m so cute it’s sickening, and sickening is ugly,” said Enevoldsen, explaining her campaign’s premise. Although Enevoldsen only entered at the urging of friends, she thought that it was “a pretty cool idea.”

Christopher D. Beland ’00, “the RSSC poster boy,” came in second, raising $208.23.

“Back home I volunteered a lot. I’m used to helping children,” Enevoldsen said. “I wanted to pick a charity that helps children.”

The Horizons Initiative is a nonprofit organization which helps homeless children to lead normal lives by providing day care and play areas for them.

“We’re really thrilled by this,” said Assistant Director of Development Janet Lawn. “The work we do aims to give them a safe place to play when nothing else is stable in their lives.”

UMOC has existed for decades

UMOC was first created in 1953, when an APO member from another chapter suggested that MIT run an “Ugliest Man on Campus” competition. The contest was later renamed to “Ugliest Manifestation on Campus” in 1992, allowing females and the not-so-ugly to run as well.

“Representing yourself [rather than an object or idea] is more what the contest is about,” said Emily M. Marcus ’01, one of the contest’s organizers.

During the weeklong competition, students cast votes for their favorite candidates by donating money. “Votes ranged from lots of pocket change to $20 bills, which were placed in the jar of a candidate,” Marcus said.

At yesterday’s ceremony, APO presented certificates and coupons for free Toscanini’s ice cream to each of the participants. MIT mugs and an MIT sweatshirt were given to some of the winners.

Enevoldsen and Beland were followed by Seth P. Purcell ’01, representing Microsoft I-Campus with $196.70 for “Lemurs Against Gates;” Karen E. Robinson ’02 representing “The Media” with $110.55.

Following up were Boris Zbarsky ’01 representing “The Random Hall Milk,” David “I’m Uglier Than Alice” Z. Maze ’00, and Sarah “Just Because I Can” R. Cohen ’00.