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Milk Wins UMOC, Total Donations Down

By Tongyan Lin


Random Hall’s nine-year-old milk took first place in this year’s Ugliest Manifestation on Campus contest with a total of $136.48 raised.

Alpha Phi Omega’s week-long charity fundraising contest featured seven candidates and raised a total of $379.41, which will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

The amount of money raised this year decreased from previous years, said Oliver E. Kosut ’04, the UMOC project chair. Last year, UMOC raised $1222.43 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

He thought that the amount of participation had been “going down because people don’t run anymore.” The last time a person ran was four years ago. Instead, objects or concepts were the choices this year.

You Zhou ’07, UMOC awards chair, offered another explanation for the lower contest total: “The candidates were all rather ugly so voters probably had a hard time choosing.”

The Random Hall milk earned over $50 more than its competitors. Zhou announced the results at the awards ceremony Wednesday night in Lobby 7.

Ugly prizes presented to winners

A representative of the Random Hall milk was not present, but Zhou showcased the first place prize, the Ugly Hat, which he said would “keep [Random Hall milk] warm on the long, cold, bitter nights in the refrigerator.” The hat is made of neon colored feathers and shiny gold cloth. Zhou wore it briefly for onlookers to marvel at.

The other six contestants were given pity prizes, which consisted of plastic spoons with vibrant green feathers attached with duct tape. Only the Lobby 7 kiosks were present to accept their pity prize.

Of Random Hall milk’s victory, Michael J. Salib ’04 said, “I think the milk’s ugliness is well-deserved.”

The Random Hall milk began competing in the contest eight years ago. Its expiration date is October 20, 1994. This year’s win is a bounce back from its fourth place finish in last year’s UMOC.

The MIT logo, a new contestant, took second place, while the Lobby 7 kiosks took last place with $18.93.

UMOC promotes charity

Voters donated money for the ugliest manifestation last week at a booth in Lobby 10.

Kosut said that the purpose of UMOC is “to raise money for charity and to promote ugliness in the world.”

The UMOC charity fundraiser is a tradition of the national APO service fraternity.

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