Mr. Muskie pageant returns to campus

By: Lauren Young

This year, nine Xavier men will be participating in the annual Mr. Muskie Pageant, sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC).

The contestants consist of freshman Seth Hernandez, sophomores Joe Caputi, CJ Montante, Jake Haigis, Josiah Wright and Matthew Kehling, juniors Blake Quaiyoom, Carl Bou-Abboud and Nate O’Brien. These contestants were the few chosen among all the applications SAC received.

Each contestant must model a formal wear ensemble, a swimwear outfit and choose one talent to share with the audience. This year, each contestant will represent a charity of their choosing, so audience members are required to pay $1 to vote for their preferred contestant.

The charities will include Heart of Camden, Roswell Park, Outreach 360, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Devin’s Team, Unified for Uganda, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati and the Ronald McDonald House.

Whichever contestant obtains the most votes and subsequently earns the title of Mr. Muskie will have the proceeds gathered from all the others’ votes, as well as his own, donated to the charity he represents. The winner of Mr. Muskie has the potential of winning up to $150.

“I think the winner of Mr. Muskie is a gentleman who embodies what Xavier is all about–community, companionship, service, and men and woman for others. I believe that they are really just a great representation of Xavier as a whole,” Laura Birkhead, emcee of the event, said.


Help decide who the most interesting man at Xavier University is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre.