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McCarthy takes crown, Buahin runner-up
“Daaaamn. daaaamn. can I holla at you for a second?”
With a pick-up line like that, freshman John McCarthy was destined to win Mr. Quinnipiac, and he did just that, edging out freshman George Buahin by a single point.
Alumni Hall was nearly full for the annual event in which nine Quinnipiac students competed for the title of Mr. Quinnipiac.
The contestants kicked the night off by performing a choreographed dance to Britney Spear’s song, “Womanizer.”
There was also plenty of more talented dancing on display, as Dance Company, Dance Fusion and Step to Perfection all performed.
Hosts Mark Miller and Lindsey Burroughs both kept the crowd entertained throughout the night. Miller hosted half the event with no pants on, as he “forgot” them when changing into his formal attire.
The judges for the event were JoLynn Hamilton, the former assistant director of Residential Life , Dennis Lue Yat, residence hall director for Village and senior Alexa Mineo. During the talent portion, McCarthy brought Hamilton onstage and serenaded her with his rendition of “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias.
The contestant’s pick-up lines were very popular with the crowd, especially freshman Eugene Santos’. Barely able to contain his laughter, he turned to his escort and said, “is that a keg in those pants, because I’d love to tap that.”
There were many abilities on display during the talent portion, including the stand-up comedy of junior John Kelley and freshman Brad DePrima. Kelley talked about how he and his roommates were kicked off campus for weekends, forcing them to pack up and, “drive to a hotel and get drunk there every weekend.”
DePrima complained about the damage that his always-empty mailbox did to his self-esteem.
“It’s not a mailbox,” he said. “It’s a nobody-cares-about-you box.”
There was also plenty of musical talent to go around, as Santos played guitar and sang “Times Like These” by the Foo Fighters, freshman Dan Intile sang “Build Me Up Buttercup,” freshman Vin Bond sang “For the Longest Time” by Billy Joel, and senior Jason Bond played piano and sang “Piano Man” by Billy Joel.
Sophomore John Williams escaped from being handcuffed to a chair, then proceeded to put on a bit of a contortionist show, putting both of his legs behind his head.
Buahin finished off the talent portion by reading a poem dedicated to his little sister, then performed a dance.
Following the talent portion, six contestants were eliminated, leaving only Vin Bond, Buahin and McCarthy.
The remaining contestants then took part in the question and answer segment of the show. When asked what would be the hardest sense to live without, McCarthy pointed to Hamilton and said, “sight, because then I wouldn’t be able to see her beautiful face.”
Following the questions and answers, the judges deliberated, and eventually gave the narrow victory to McCarthy.