Fellows fight it out for PhiSignificance


Contributing Reporter

Freshman Josh Snell was crowned this year’s Mr. PhiSignificant by the ladies of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority after a 1950s-themed male charm pageant.

Eighteen men competed in the event that judged each contestant on their charm, creativity and effort. The contestants dressed for three categories: OU spirit gear, 1950s wear and formal wear. For the OU spirit gear portion of the pageant, wearing OU gear took on new meaning for some. 

One contestant ripped off his T-shirt to display “I love Phi Sig” in body paint on his back. Not to be outdone, another paired a gold, OU T-shirt with a black miniskirt, carrying a black and gold pompon.

But it was Snell’s charm and wit that ultimately won the judges over. 

“If I win Mr. PhiSignificant, it would prove that you don’t need a body like Jose [Cesar],” Snell said during the question and answer portion of the pageant.  “Everybody has a chance.” 

Top five finalist, Jose Cesar, proved to be a tough competitor for Snell. Cesar named his deceased grandfather as the person he’d most like to have dinner with as he struggled to hold back tears. Snell considered Cesar to be the obvious frontrunner. 

“I’m extremely surprised. It’s unexpected,” Snell said, having just been crowned Mr. PhiSignificant. “I thought Jose had it in the bag.”    

The night closed with a celebratory dance to Abba’s, “Dancing Queen,” at which time the ladies of Phi Sigma Sigma joined Snell on the stage. 

“I think he’s going to do a good job with it,” said Dan Evola, previous Mr. PhiSignificant winner. 

The annual pageant, now in its 10th year, brought back Phi Sigma Sigma alumni to judge contenders.

“I had the opportunity and privilege of being a judge this year. I was definitely ready to step up and do my job as an alumni,” said Sarah Redlawski. 

The event wass free to attend, but sorority members sold baked goods and raffle tickets to donate to their national philanthropy, the National Kidney Foundation.