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FHSU host Big Man on Campus event

5/1/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

From glitz to glamor, 15 Fort Hays State University students competed for the title of Big Man on Campus.

Sponsored by Delta Zeta sorority, all proceeds raised go toward the Painted Turtle Camp. The camp provides an environment for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Spectators purchased raffle tickets to go toward the cause, and all prizes were donated by local businesses.

Contestants modeled swimwear, showcased a talent, presented evening wear and answered questions from judges.

Freshman Clay Peppiatt, representing Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, walked away with the crown.

"I'm a pretty cool guy," Peppiatt said. "You should get to know me."

He performed stand-up comedy as his talent and was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up.

"When I was a little kid, I got asked what I wanted to be, and everyone else wanted to be a firefighter. I said I want to work at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and I can still do that," he said.

Freshman Damion Cooper, representing the soccer team, won second place.

"As a person, I want to make sure everyone on campus feels loved and cared about as a person," he said. "I strive to do my best in everything, whether it's in class, on the soccer field or walking around campus. The great man upstairs has given me many talents, and he wants me to use them to help people around campus, the community and the country."

World peace was a recurring answer to the question portion of the night.

"I would try to aim for world peace first and foremost," said sophomore Grant Rahjes, also representing Sigma Phi Epsilon. "It's important. We need to get on that stuff. Also, get rid of the board game Monopoly. That destroys families. Then we'll be closer to world peace."