Alpha Phi Omega runs one major charity fundraiser every year, the Institute “Big Screw” contest. It is a week-long event, 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 Team||Progeria Foundation and Jimmy Fund||6245||1055||2619||5110||6658||21687|
|Leeb||Pine Street Inn||3364||447||1871||64811||69316||139809|
|Cravalho||Partners in Health||1472||2826||3883||102915||56308||167504|
|Leonard/Hughey||Doctors Without Borders||1400||568||216||599||2633||5416|
|Carter||Poverty Solutions International||1100||685||1100||426||200||3511|
|Goyal||Teach For America||700||200||307||5979||3273||10459|
|Goemans||A-T Childrens Project||614||111||252||2715||48||3740|
|Wallace||The Food Project||262||204||605||842||125||2038|
|Unified Team||Cradles to Crayons||601||2729||340||576||0||4246|
|2.005 Team||Big Sister Association of Greater Boston||75||441||251||4355||100||5222|
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. 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 the Ugliest Manifestation on Campus (no longer running), 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!
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Past Winners and Charities
|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|
|1991||Pascal R. Chesnais|
|1985||Shirley M. McBay||Aid for Ethiopia fund|
|1978||Luise Keohane||American Cancer Society|
|1970||Don Garvett’s Deja Vu|
Ugliest Manifestation on Campus (no longer running)
The Ugliest Manifestation on Campus contest, more familiarly known as UMOC, used to take place during the fall term, usually shortly before Halloween. Our chapter no longer runs UMOC. MIT students were able to run for this title, although 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 was one of the few chapters who still successfully ran 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.