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Charity Fundraisers

Alpha Phi Omega runs two major charity fundraisers every year, the Ugliest Manisfestation on Campus contest, and the Institute "Big Screw" contest. Both contests are week-long events, during which candidates compete by having monetary donations given on their behalf at a booth in Lobby 10. Each candidate chooses a charity, and the charity of the candidate who raises the most money during the week receives the total amount raised during the week.

Institute "Big Screw"
2010 Total: $3,893.73 to Partners in Health
Course 20 TeamProgeria Foundation and Jimmy Fund 6245105526195110665821687
LeebPine Street Inn 336444718716481169316139809
CravalhoPartners in Health 14722826388310291556308167504
Leonard/HugheyDoctors Without Borders 140056821659926335416
CarterPoverty Solutions International 110068511004262003511
GoyalTeach For America 7002003075979327310459
GoemansA-T Childrens Project 6141112522715483740
SadowayTransition House 3111182016512001481
WallaceThe Food Project 2622046058421252038
Unified Team Cradles to Crayons 601272934057604246
2.005 TeamBig Sister Association of Greater Boston 7544125143551005222
MaddenSpan, Inc 532141277134832166108
Shao-HornTransition House 133956071124303456

The Institute Screw Contest, popularly referred to as "Big Screw," takes place during the spring term. MIT faculty and staff may run in this contest. Unlike UMOC, most Big Screw candidates are suggested by others, usually students. Although the trophy -- a four foot, left-handed aluminum wood screw -- is often awarded to the candidate the students feel have screwed them over the most, some candidates have run (and even won!) because they frequently deal with mechanical screws.

The Institute Screw contest is an event which is unique to MIT. It began as a mirror to UMOC, but quickly evolved into an event even more anticipated than UMOC. Alumni pass down stories of professors campaigning -- one professor tried to win by giving a lecture in French, despite the fact that he was teaching a math class!

The dates for the 2009 Big Screw contest were April 13 to April 17. If you would like more information, please contact big-screw _at_ mit.edu.

Past Winners and Charities
Year Winner Charity
2009 Dan Frey United Cerebral Palsy Association
2008 James Bredt Environmental Working Group
2007 Maureen Lynch Make A Wish Foundation
2006 John Brisson J.G. Brisson, Sr. Scholarship at NVRHSOT
2005 Paul Hill International Relief Coalition
2004 Charles Vest Make a Wish Foundation
2003 George Verghese Doctors without Borders
2002 Steven Leeb Pine Street Inn
2001 Hale Bradt MIT Community Service Fund
2000 Neil H. Dorow Shepherd Center, Josiah Seale Fund
1999 Carl D. Martland Audobon Society
1998 C. Michael Mohr Greater Boston Food Bank
1997 Neal H. Dorow MIT Community Service Fund
1996 Wesley L. Harris (Unified) American Heart Association
1995 Matthew H. Braun Boston Food Bank
1994 Robert D. Logcher Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
1993 Eliot S. Levitt AIDS Action of Massachusetts
1992 (not held)
1991 Pascal R. Chesnais
1989 Alan Brody
1985 Shirley M. McBay Aid for Ethiopia fund
1978 Luise Keohane American Cancer Society
1976 Judith Bostock
1975 Tom Hill
1971 Ken Browning
1970 Don Garvett's Deja Vu
1969 Al Tuna
1968 Cynthia Helgerson
1967 Arthur Mattuck
Ugliest Manisfestation on Campus

The Ugliest Manifestation on Campus contest, more familiarly known as UMOC, takes place during the fall term, usually shortly before Halloween. MIT students may run for this title, although in recent years, many students have opted to run on behalf of particularly ugly manifestations, such as Transparent Horizons (otherwise known as The Big Black Scrap Heap) or the Random Hall Milk (7 years old and aging daily). Students running as themselves often have interesting platforms; the 1999 winner ran on the platform that she was "too cute to live".

UMOC was not originally an MIT contest; the idea came from other APO chapters across the country. However, the MIT chapter is one of the few chapters who still successfully run this contest. UMOC started at MIT as the Ugliest Man on Campus contest, and remained that way for many years. After a rather stunning woman ran one year -- and won! -- on the platform that she made a rather ugly man, the contest's name was changed to its current incarnation.

The dates for the next UMOC contest have not yet been set. If you wish to run for UMOC, or if you just wish more information about it, please contact us.