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Men dress as women for Greek charity event

The annual Womanless Pageant hosted by Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Omicron Pi happened Friday, March 31, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Seven men of all shapes and sizes donned dresses and heels for the charities the show raises money to support, with AOII giving to the Arthritis Foundation and KA giving to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

After introducing the men briefly by their stage names, they moved into the talent portion of the evening, where each contestant showed something that made themselves or their character special. Some showed genuine talent in singing or playing an instrument, and one man showed an impressive talent with a Chinese yo-yo. Others aimed more to make the audience laugh, with one passing off cartwheels and hand-stands as acrobatics, one reciting comedic poetry and a “shark-whisperer,” who wrestled a fully costumed “shark” to the ground and dragged it off stage.

“I liked the talent section. It was them being creative and actually the effort in to making the crowd get into it,” freshman business major Nick Yarbrough said. “I think AOII and KA did a good job of bringing in the contestants and the money for the charities.”

After this portion of the evening, the men lined up across the stage to answer questions, and the hosts  gave them three rounds of inquiries pertaining to politics, secret talents and why they should crown each Miss Womanless.

“I thought the acts were hysterical. They were good,” sophomore theater major Victoria Villanuova said. “I like the questionnaire because I felt like it was more interactive with the audience and caught more people’s attention.”

The winner was freshman Zackary Storke, under the stage name “Patricia.”

He is a human health and performance major and member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

“I heard that a bunch of the guys before me in my fraternity had done it. I thought about the motives behind it and said, ‘Well, it’s definitely a good idea.’ I gave it a good shot, and I actually won,” Storke said.

The cost to view the pageant was $10, and many different fraternity and sorority members came to support the event.

Representatives from KA and AOII gave lighthearted jokes between performances to keep the crowd entertained, and there was a round of applause when Patricia was announced the winner.

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