By Nicole Croteau
Mr. SHU is an annual competition that takes place at Sacred Heart University where 10 male students compete against one another in order to obtain the title of Mr. SHU.
However, for the first time ever, the Mr. SHU competition has its first female entry.
Hailey Hastings, a junior art and design major, decided to compete in this formally-known all male competition for the same reasons as the men.
“A lot of people think I am a part of Mr. SHU as some feminist movement, but really I’m in it for the same reasons all the other guys are,” said Hastings. “People are more similar than different. We often forget that because of how we are told to separate different groups, whether it be race or gender. I think I have opened the floodgates on this one. Either it will go back to being all guys, or it’ll be like the scene in ‘The Shining.’ Either way it will be interesting to see how the fate of the competition changes.”
The competition will feature nine male students and one female student competing against one another for the title of Mr. SHU.
Some students are interested in this new change and are supportive of Hastings’ entry.
“Mr. SHU has always been a friendly competition that brings the SHU community together in a funny way. I think that this year’s show will be great and I am excited for it,” said junior Louis Stober. “More power to Hailey for wanting to compete this year. I think it is very brave of her to break out of her comfort zone to try and earn the title of Mr. SHU. I know I personally won’t look at her any differently than my other competitors.”
Mr. SHU consists of three different parts that the contestants will have to partake in; swimsuit, formal attire and talent.
During each category, the contestant must come out and show off to the judges and demonstrate why they should be named Mr. SHU.
“I wanted to be a part of Mr. SHU because it was always such a fun and carefree event on campus. All the contestants were able to be their true selves and make people laugh,” said Hastings. “I think comedy and laughter are the two things I love most so if I got the chance to do so, that’s all I wanted. Being the first girl to compete sparks a lot of conversation though.”
Mr. SHU will take place on April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Edgerton Theater, free to all students and faculty.
“I think that it is great that Hailey wants to compete in Mr. SHU and good for her for straying against the norm of what has always been done,” said junior Alex Halloran. “It will be interesting to see if the university will make a Mrs. SHU going forward or if the school will decide to leave it combined with boys against girls, or back to all male again. It’s definitely different than what has been done in the past, but it is a good change.”