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UMOC Gets New Name, Contest Goes ‘HardkOre’

By Kathy Lin

NEWS EDITOR

The Alpha Phi Omega fraternity launched its annual fall charity contest yesterday. Previously known as Ugliest Manifestation on Campus, or UMOC, this year’s competition has taken on a new twist as “UMOk,” which stands for “Ultimate Manifestation of Kore,” as in “hardkOre,” said Beth E. Baniszewski ’05, an APO member.

Candidates who are considered hardcore can be nominated to run, and if they accept, they are assigned a plastic jar at APO’s booth in Lobby 10. Passersby can vote for the candidate they consider the most hardcore by placing money into that candidate’s jar.

At the end of the competition, the candidate with the most votes wins, and all the money collected during the competition is donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.

Candidates explain nominations

Kimberly A. Ang ’05, currently in third place, could think of several reasons why she was nominated.

Ang has an ethernet cable fetish; she has been “into rope bondage with network cabling” and owned a “flogger made out of network cabling” at one point, she said.

Ang said she also opens all her beer bottles with her brass rat and has “often been found coding naked.”

Mark D. Mascaro ’07 said he believes he was nominated because of his “Mountain Dew and Pop Tarts three times a day reputation.” “It’s taken years of training to be able to live off that,” he said, although he sometimes orders pizza. “I can’t cook, so I go with what I have,” he said.

Mascaro also said that he is a “hardcore gamer,” and plays “video games at least 23 hours a day.” He said he still does his homework, although he tools in secret and will not reveal how he manages to do so.

History of UMOC and UMOk

“A long time ago, there was the ‘Ugliest Man on Campus’” competition, Baniszewski said.

According to APO’s Web site, the competition became the “Ugliest Manifestation on Campus” competition “after a rather stunning woman ran one year -- and won! -- on the platform that she made a rather ugly man.”

UMOk is the third iteration of this competition, Baniszewski said.

UMOk will continue through Friday, November 12.