By Kristen Kaczynski
UNICEF of Loyola University Chicago launched the third annual Mr. Rambler contest Wednesday night, inviting male contestants from different cultural, religious, greek, philanthropic, academic and athletic organizations to come together to compete for the title: Mr. Rambler 2013.
At the end of the contest, Stephen Shahbazian for Alpha Kappa Psi was voted by the audience members as most popular, and once the judges votes were tallied, Patrick Smith for Loyola’s Dance Company won the official title: Mr. Rambler 2013.
Among the approximate 200 students that attended, they were asked to donate $5 at the door in order to support UNICEF’s World Water Week, where all proceeds go to providing children in need with water. Every day, 4,000 children under the age of five die of water-borne diseases, and each year 800 million people lack access to safe, clean water to drink.
Each of the 15 male contestants was judged based on their creativity and performance within the five categories of club wear, beach wear, talent, formal wear, and a question and answer round.
The five judges that took part in the contest included Sister Jean, Business Professor Stacy Neier, LU the Wolf, UNICEF USA Global Citizenship Fellow Mandy Sharp, and Megan Sholar.
Speaker and MC of the night, Flavio Bravio introduced the event and each of the participants.
“This annual event is a lot of fun but has really come together in order to help children in need of clean water, providing them with this basic necessity that we often take for granted,” Bravio said.
A participant described his involvement and purpose for the event.
“At the end of the day I just wanted to help a few kids out in need who I thought could really use my support,” said Brad Whitaker, 22, a senior business major.
Students also reacted to the importance in attending and supporting this event.
“This is the second Mr. Rambler contest I have attended and I really enjoy it because it is so much fun, but more importantly because it also raises awareness and support for people who do not have access to clean water which is necessary for survival,” said Aneta Piatek, 21, a junior psychology major.