Bachelors, prepare to fight for your spot. On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Delta Zeta sorority will host one of their most popular events of the year: the 43rd annual Fall Most Eligible Bachelor Competition. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and take place in Mcknight Auditorium.
This traditional event has been around since Delta Zeta was founded in 1971.
Rather than selecting contestants, Delta Zeta allows contestants to be nominated by on-campus organizations who generally sponsor a contestant by providing their $50 registration fee. In the past, attendees have been Greek members, students, professors and yes, family members.
Many organizations have already registered a bachelor including Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Chi Phi, Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Tau Gamma.
The event’s setup is similar to a Miss America pageant, only the contestants are each eligible bachelors rather than their women counterparts.
Bachelors are expected to compete in both formal wear and swimwear walks, a talent and finally a question and answer session.
Previous eligible bachelors have displayed their talent by marching around stage waving American flags or performing routines portraying the evolution of dance.
As for the question and answer session, a pool of potential questions to be asked are placed in a fishbowl and chosen at random by each judge.
“My first question was ‘If your house was on fire and you could only save three items, what would you save?’ and my second one was ‘You’re meeting a girl’s parents for the first time; how do you act and what do you say?’” reports last year’s winner Ian Petrere of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
There will be three to five judges at the competition chosen by Delta Zeta. Petrere will be judging as well, as it is tradition to have the previous year’s winner judge the following year’s competition. All other judges will be announced the day of the pageant.
Judges score bachelors in each event based on their performance, quality, creativity and humor.
In addition to the judges’ score, Delta Zeta is starting a “penny war” the week prior to Most Eligible Bachelor. “Penny wars” is the audience’s opportunity to put in their two cents. To support a contestant, you put one or more pennies in a jar with a bachelor’s face on the front of it.
The war front will be at Delta Zeta tables on campus where ladies will be collecting as many pennies as possible. At the end of Most Eligible Bachelor, all collected pennies will be counted and taken into account alongside the judges’ score.
The winner receives Delta Zeta’s title as the Most Eligible Bachelor for a year’s worth of bragging rights, a plaque of recognition and a round of golf (with cart) at the Rocky River Golf Club.
Admission is $5 at the door and everyone is welcome to attend. All funds collected through registration fees, “penny wars” and admission prices are donated to Delta Zeta’s national philanthropy the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
For any further information on the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.