New Mr. SMC Takes Crown

On Sunday, Nov. 13, the annual Mr. SMC competition was held during the final hours of brunch in the Raley Great Room within the Campus Center.

With the room almost full of students who came to watch the pageant, seven different male students from various years, competed in five categories: Introduction, Wacky Wear, Talent, Swimwear, and a Question and Answer portion.

Five judges, including the 2010-2011 Mr. SMC Danny Ruthenberg-Marshall ’11, sat alongside the stage to critique each contestant in all five categories. When introducing the event, Ruthenberg-Marshall said, “Every year we have Mr. SMC to find the most prettiest, most talented, and best male on campus.”

The seven contestants vying for the title were senior Raza Ahmad, first-year Tim Carey, sophomore Sam “Gucci” Uwahemo, senior Geoff Cooper, first-year Darrell Jackson, junior Josh Olexa, and sophomore Ben Vannest.

The introduction round consisted of contestants strutting around the center of the Great Room in nice clothes while the two masters of ceremonies (MCs), junior, Michael Bargamian and sophomore, Anuli Duru, gave short biographies that each contestant had entered.

Audience members were able to donate their spare change to whichever prospective Mr. SMC they supported, which would not only help them gain more points in the competition, but would also be donated to the Class of 2014.

“If you really want your friend to win,” said sophomore Shelby Perkins, Class of 2014 President, “throw in a quarter, throw in a dollar.”

Wacky wear followed the introductions, which involved fur coats, female clothing, spandex, belly dancing attire, a pajama onesie, a duck mask, and a tiara all being worn.

Ahmad kicked off the talent portion with his own Seahawk-inspired version of “Stu’s Song” sung by Ed Helms to Mike Tyson’s tiger in the film The Hangover. “I’ve never played the piano before, everyone,” Ahmad told the audience at the end of his performance. “I’ve never played the piano.”

Other talents involved the ability to give great hugs, dancing to “Teach Me How to Dougie,” a free-styling rap in another language, tying a knot with one hand, singing Katy Perry’s song “Teenage Dream,” a moment involving a contestant rubbing lotion into his skin while only wearing a towel, and a magic show.

Vannest introduced his magic show by saying, “Let me possibly let you understand my awesomeness by making people do stuff for me.” He then proceeded, with the help of some friends from the audience, to convince people to do things from creating a symphony and making a girl swoon. He even referenced the Harry Potter franchise by yelling “Accio Margaret Brent Hall!” Vannest then turned around, saw the recently placed Margaret Brent Hall through the windows of the Great Room and said, “Yes! Didn’t think that would work.”

The swimsuit portion of the competition followed next with two contestants wearing normal male swimming shorts, but the others wore everything from the Men’s Crew uniform, to a wetsuit accompanied by a snorkel and fins, to a grass skirt with a coconut bra and lei.

Staying in their swimsuit outfits, all the contestants were then called one-by-one onto the stage to answer a randomly chosen question. Questions ranged from typical ones, such as, “Do you prefer boxers or briefs?” to St. Mary’s College specific questions, like, “What’s your favorite cruise ship memory?” and “If you could chose one St. Mary’s professor to go on a date with – male or female – who would you chose?”

After a ten-minute break while the judges counted the donations made towards each contestant, along with their own votes in each category, all contestants were brought onto the stage to begin the crowning ceremony.

Third place went to Cooper, second place to Ahmad, and first place and the title of Mr. SMC 2011-2012 went to Olexa.

St. Mary’s College’s new Mr. SMC was pulled onto a special platform and handed a sash by former Mr. SMC Ruthenberg-Marshall, as well as a crown, a cozy, and a wand. Standing in front of the cheering audience, Olexa gave his acceptance speech by saying, “I guess you really like me!”

Student Trustee “Danny Five Names” Wins Mr. SMC

After an intense and emotional pageant election last Saturday, Dec. 4, senior and student trustee Daniel “Danny Five Names” Ruthenberg-Marshall was chosen as this year’s Mr. SMC, besting six other male competitors from all classes in a competition of creativity, talent, and three kinds of style.

“Wanna see some guys in formal wear? Wanna see some guys in dresses?” said Assistant Director of Residence Life Derek Young, the Master of Ceremonies of the annual Mr. SMC competition, to begin the event.

Held in the Great Room during brunch to attract a larger audience, the pageant featured seven competitors, male St. Mary’s students who were nominated by their student body with donations to the Class of 2011 and 2014 during the weeks preceding the event.

Gentlemen Ben Vannest, Brooks Schandelmeier, David Panks, Ben Israel, Brendan McCarthy, Josh Santangelo, and Ruthenberg-Marshall faced a round of events to show off their talents to the pageant audience on Saturday. Before the event, the candidates were asked to raise money for the Class of 2011 and 2014, sponsoring the event, through any means necessary.

“The event was originally hosted by the Rotaract Club,” said senior Colleen O’Neil, the Class of 2011 President and organizer of the event. “After one week of nominations, we sent an email out to the top 20 candidates, and the first 10 to reply are selected for the competition.”

While ten candidates were selected for this event, a series of circumstances resulted in only seven men entering the competition. A minimum of $30 was required for the competition, and candidates raising the most would receive the most points contributing to their overall score for the event.

“This year, we raised about 50 dollars in nomination money alone,” said O’Neil, “and we can expect at least 300 dollars from the fundraising requirements.”

After their personally written biographies were read by associate MC and Assistant Director of Admissions Tricia Realbuto, the candidates walked on stage for the formal wear competition.

Vannest led the round well with a sleek suit complete with top hat and cane, followed well by Schandelmeier’s pinstripe suit and Panks’ comfortable but classy green dress shirt.

Following Israel’s black suit-cane combination, Ruthenberg-Marshall stepped onto the makeshift stage in a suit as well, which he showed the audience that he could quite easily remove to reveal a well-pressed blue dress shirt.

McCarthy seemed to stand out in the competition as well with a bright blue suit and smiley-face tie, followed by Santangelo’s suspender-dress shirt combination.

Wacky wear followed the formal dress round, where each contestant modeled their most socially unacceptable outfit on-stage for creativity points. Vannest again began the round, in a button-down vest (no under-shirt), boxers, and a duck stuffed animal just below the belt.

Schandelmeier’s cowboy hat, neck bandanna, tight jean shorts, and rolled-up shirt to expose his stomach all created a look that seemed to impress the audience. Panks’ black-netted long-sleeve shirt, small skirt, and inflatable crayon prop was followed with Israel’s rolled-up shirt and short orange shorts.

Ruthenberg-Marshall came out with a tight-fit one-piece dress, as did Santangelo (in a different color) after McCarthy’s very revealing strapless leopard dress and make-up.

For the talent show portion of the show, Vannest unicycled and played a tune with his recorder, while Schandelmeier used a wooden battle axe to make a towel-wrapped apple “disappear”, smashing the apple into pieces and sending the remains flying into the audience upon revealing the inside of the towel.

Panks ate a raw onion for his performance, followed by a Hiphopapotamus rap from Flight of the Conchords by Israel. Ruthenberg Marshall’s rendition of “Paper Towels” by MagicHugs was followed by McCarthy’s balancing act, which involved balancing Panks’ giant toothpaste tube, a fishing pole, and Schandelmeier’s battle axe, courtesy of the audience.

Santangelo ended the talent show portion with a ballet performance choreographed to “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks.

The most informative portion of the competition, the swimwear-question-and-answer round concluded the performances of the candidates. Vannest, in rolled-up swim trunks and shirt, responded to Realbuto’s question “which professor would you marry” with Tom Barrett, for his beard.

Schandelmeier’s winter swimwear (a jacket to stay warm during his cold summers in Maine) followed, with Schandelmeier replying that his Jersey Shore name would be “Brooks von Schandelmeier”, since “nothing could be better.”

Panks responded that “Poker Face” was the Lady Gaga song that best described him, in his Harley Davidson jacket that concealed a white T-shirt with heart cut-out, which he tore from his chest on stage. Israel wore spandex, short shorts, and a swim cap as he responded that he would ask College president Joseph Urgo “where’d you get that awesome fedora?”

In swim flippers, goggles, small shorts, and a Seahawks shirt, Ruthenberg-Marshall sang his answer to Realbuto’s question “which Disney princess would you be and why” with Mulan’s “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”

McCarthy, in a blue plastic poncho, described his funniest story from freshman year, where he sang a song from “All Dogs Go to Heaven” to an unknown girl for $15. “She ignored me, and kept reading,” he said.

The show concluded with Santangelo who, in his red-striped boxers and red tank top, claimed that his favorite superpower to have would be shape-shifting, so that he could be whatever he wanted to be.

The five judges of the competition, a mix of females from the Class of 2011 and 2014, tallied the points of each candidate based on their fundraising success and performances, while the audience had a chance to donate last-minute funds to their favorite contestants.

Young and Realbuto announced the winners of the competition following the tally. Panks took third place, and McCarthy (the reigning Mr. SMC) took second. Winning by four points, Ruthenberg-Marshall took his place on the “Mr. SMC” podium to receive the Mr. SMC banner.

In his winning speech, Ruthenberg-Marshall quoted from the “Paper Towels” video from the talent competition, saying “holy s–, I spilled soy sauce all over the place.”

All profits from the event were divided evenly between the Class of 2011 and 2014, with the hope that the Class of 2014 will continue the competition next year.

“Mr. SMC is a kind of mascot for the school, someone that could show up at events,” said O’Neil. “We’re trying to create that image, and hope that [the Class of] 2014 takes it on.”

Photos: College Crowns 2010 MR. SMC


The Mr. SMC event at the campus center this year featured six contestants this year who sang, danced in drag, and stripped down to tight-fitting swimwear for the title of Mr. SMC. Brendan McCarthy, shown left, won the title. Other contestants are Billy Malouf, center, and Marshall Betz, right.

Leading 2010 Mr. SMC Contestants Announced

In the Mr. SMC pageant on Saturday, March 27, several young men will compete to see who is the manliest, sexiest, and maybe even prettiest of them all. According to the Facebook group, as of March 7 the leading nominees were: 1- William Clement, 2- Brendan McCarthy, 3-James Freeman, 4- Matt Foerster, 5- Darren McCutchen, 6- Charles Onwuche, 7-Billy Malouf, 8- Andrew Smith, 9/10-Eric Horwitz, Ross Wixon, Gordon Lamphere, and Chris Chapman. The deadline for Mr. SMC nominations is Friday, March 12.