Men experience being a woman

James Vaughn

Casual, swim and formal. Mr. Southern Indiana contestants had to wear it all, in heels.

On March 28, 11 male students participated in a pageant in Mitchell Auditorium. While wearing various outfits, they performed a talent and answered an interview question.

Sophomore political science major Josh Wildman won the title.

He received a tiara, a sash, a dozen roses and a $15 gift-certificate to Olive Garden.


“Going in, I didn’t know what to expect, but about half way through the process, I had a lot of people boosting my confidence, and there toward the end I thought, ‘You know, I might actually win this,’” Wildman said. “I feel very proud that I won.”

The men were escorted by Alpha Sigma Alpha women. 

“We had to wear black dress pants, a white button-down shirt, a black tie and black shoes,” said Christina Berg, freshman early childhood education major. “We helped the guys get dressed and put on the finishing touches before we escorted them down.”

Berg said she enjoyed the behind-the-scenes action of the show, but she has different plans for next year.

“I had a blast doing it,” Berg said. “But next year, I want to watch it.”

Alpha Sigma Alpha fundraising chair Shyanne Becker was responsible for this year’s show.

“There were rules that have been passed down from the previous years,” Becker said. “I am sure they have been adjusted from year to year to better the event, but I personally didn’t change anything.”

There were three faculty judges.

“I took recommendations and out of the people who were recommended, whoever was willing to participate was put on the judging panel,” Becker said.

About 200 students and faculty showed up to watch the event. The proceeds go toward the chapter’s national philanthropies.

“As far as the total outcome, I was very happy with our final numbers,” Becker said. “We are all very appreciative of the people who came to support us and hopefully next year it will be just as successful.”