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Boston Officials Win ‘Ugliest’ Competition

By Christine R. Fry


The results of the Ugliest Manifestation on Campus charity fundraiser were announced to an intimate crowd of approximately ten in Lobby 10 yesterday. The overall winner was the “People Shutting Down Skuffle,” amassing $333.54.

The contest raised a total of $1222.43, which will be given to the Skuffle charity, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“One of you here today is unspeakably ugly,” said Michael J. Salib ’03, Alpha Phi Omega’s UMOC project chair, to the crowd of mostly UMOC contestant representatives. He then announced the top five contestants and their earnings.

“This year’s first place prize is a framed certificate authorizing Mr. [Jake C. Pinato ’04] and his brothers at PKS to hold a Halloween party anywhere they want, without penalty from Alpha Phi Omega,” Salib said in an e-mail to the umoc-interested mailing list.

“We’re delighted that we collected so much money for charity,” Salib said after the award ceremony. The amount of money that was raised this year was more than has been raised in each of at least the last three contests. Salib said that last year the contest earned approximately $500.

Frat party beats out Simmons

Skuffle, the annual Phi Kappa Sigma Halloween charity event, was cancelled this year after the City of Boston turned down requests for work permits. Pinato, a member of the fraternity, entered Skuffle Shutdown in the UMOC contest. Pinato was not available for comment.

UMOC organizers said the top contestants received much of their votes on the final day of the contest, last Friday. The crowd was visibly surprised at the results of the contest because the perennial favorite, Random Hall Milk, finished fourth, and this year’s early frontrunner, Simmons Hall, finished second.

“One of these days a dorm will beat a frat,” said Ross E. Benson ’03. He said that on the final day of the contest, he set up a collection jar at the front desk of Simmons for residents to cast their vote for the dormitory. Benson then took the money to the official collection jar in Lobby 10. He said that Simmons might have fared better in the contest if the collection jar had been at the front desk of Simmons for the duration of the contest.

Simmons calls for milk to retire

“I think the milk will return victorious,” said David A. Lepzelter ’04, the milk’s representative at the ceremony. However, “I think Simmons is pretty ugly,” he said.

Benson thinks that it is time for the milk to retire. “I don’t think it’s ugly. Smelly, yes,” he said.

The Random Hall Milk turned eight years old this year. Lepzelter said the milk was left in a Random Hall refrigerator by a lactose-intolerant resident after a botched attempt to make macaroni and cheese.

Some think Simmons is beautiful

Mark F. Rios ’05, who does not live in Simmons Hall, entered the People Who Think Simmons Is Ugly as a contestant in UMOC. He felt that these people lack “architectural taste.”

“I think I was robbed,” Rios said about the contest. “I bequeath to [people who think Simmons is ugly] strip malls and Harvard dormitories.”

He says that next year he will probably enter either Objectivism or John Ashcroft in the UMOC competition. He hopes that one of his nominees will win UMOC before he leaves MIT.

UMOC is an annual tradition

The UMOC fundraiser began at MIT in 1953 as the Ugliest Man on Campus. It is not unique to MIT; chapters of APO at other universities hold the competition each year. In 1992, the name of the competition was changed to Ugliest Manifestation on Campus to encourage women and people representing non-human entities to enter the contest.

Each year, jars for the candidates are set up in Lobby 10 and members of the MIT community can cast votes. One cent equals one vote.

Past contestants have included Aramark and the Undergraduate Association.