by Ryan Martin
Sistuhs put on the annual Mr. FPU pageant on Thursday March 2nd to a thunderous audience of 50-60 people.
There were seven contestants competing for the title of Mr. FPU. The contestants had to prove their worth by strutting down a catwalk while wearing high heels, then answering one serious question about sexual assault followed by a goofy question. A question about the definition of consent was followed by a question about who the contestant’s spirit animal would be.
There was a talent portion of the pageant as well, with the contestants’ talents ranging from rapping, to stand up comedy, to impressions, to poem reading, to the recreation of an iconic movie scene.
Members of Sistuhs passed out raffle tickets before the event began which was then drawn before the contestant was crowned. The raffle prizes consisted of a Chipotle gift card among other goodies.
At the end of the night, Frazier Hines took home the title of Mr. FPU with Connor Sheehy finishing in second and Cameron Day with third.
Hines’s talent was a floor-thundering full split. Hines also donned a Rocky the Raven costume for the school spirit section of the contest.
The entire event was put on to bring awareness to sexual assault attacks and rapes. The audience was encouraged to sign their support for the White Ribbon Campaign. The White Ribbon Campaign is organized by men to end violence by men against women and promote gender equality. The campaign is dedicated to the female engineer students that were murdered in Montréal.
A member of Sistuhs, senior Erin Baronas, said, “This event is extremely important, it shines light on the prevalence and dangers of sexual assault and domestic violence is general, as well as on college campuses. Mr. FPU presents the important information to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, while also incorporating light hearted events into the mix.”
During one of the two 20-minute intermissions, a representative from Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention spoke to the audience and offered a hotline to call if any of the audience members knew someone who had been affected.