ADPi hosts third annual Mr. Cutie Pi pageant

Sisters of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority surround Thomas Liam Manley of Bowling Green after naming him Mr. Cutie Pi 2014 at Downing Student Union on Tuesday. Manley was nominated by Phi Mu sorority. (Brian Powers/HERALD)

Whitney Allen

Eighteen contestants tried to prove who loved Alpha Delta Pi the most this past Tuesday in Alpha Delta Pi’s third annual Mr. Cutie Pi pageant. Candidates competed in three different categories— nerd wear, swimwear, and formalwear to win the title of the 2014 Mr. Cutie Pi.

Not only did candidates have to impress on stage, one of the winning criteria was for candidates to demonstrate their love for both Alpha Delta Pi and WKU.

The proceeds from the pageant will be donated to Alpha Delta Pi’s philanthropy, the Ronald McDonald House and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation.

Through the proceeds from previous year’s pageants as well as their fall philanthropy event, 5k Run for Ronald, the chapter raised enough money to sponsor a room in the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville.

The newly crowned Mr. Cutie Pi represented Phi Mu. Four-year-old Bowling Green local, Liam Manley‚ not only competed with contestants far older than him but he emerged victorious.

Manley captured the stage in the various categories by showing off his break dancing skills and flexing his muscles. Manley particularly enjoyed the swimwear portion of the pageant. “I like to be in my swimsuit,” Manley said.

There was an increase in participation this year with 18 contestants compared to the 15 contestants who competed last year. The eighteen contestants were narrowed down to a top five and each contestant was asked a question.

Questions ranged from ‘’what would you do if you could be Gary Ransdell for a day?’ to ‘what is your favorite pick up line?’

In response to the question ‘what animal would you be if you could be any animal?’ Manley showed his support for ADPi’s mascot.

“I would be a lion,” Manley answered without hesitation.

Beaver Dam Senior Nick Bratcher placed second runner up. Bratcher answered that if he could be Gary Ransdell for a day he would call the state congressmen and governor and encourage them to do something about the funding cuts for education.

First runner up, Nashville sophomore Alan Moreno represented Kappa Delta.

“I had an amazing experience,” Moreno said.

“This is not just about being a real pageant this was mostly about having fun and being confident on stage.”

Louisville sophomore Emily Lepping organized the pageant as the philanthropy chair.

“Of course putting on anything like this is extremely stressful and a lot to do,” Lepping said, but added she was satisfied with the turnout.

In addition to the pageant this year there was also a raffle. Clayton and Crume, Dog’s Day Out, Alpha Delta Pi Alumna, and Traditional Prep all donated items.

“It was the first year doing the raffle so we are hoping to utilize it more next year,” Lepping said. “It’s a learning experience.”

In addition to the raffle, ADPi had their first “Pie a Pi” event this week. Participants paid money to pie a chapter member of their choosing and that money is also donated to the Ronald McDonald House.