Gents to be auctioned in annual UPAWS fundraiser

Kayla Miller

Carrying on a campus tradition, NMU’s most eligible bachelors will showcase their talents—and their looks—in an attempt to win the hearts of their peers, all while donating money to a local charity.

The annual bachelor’s auction will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 in the Halverson Lobby. NMU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is hosting the event for the first time this year. The event was previously held by Payne Hall’s Ice House. Payne Hall was the first residence hall demolished as part of the university’s new housing project last year. 

The event will feature about 25 male bachelors. Proceeds, like in previous years, will go to the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS). 

After realizing the proceeds go to charity, junior, public relations major and U.S. Olympic Training Site weightlifter Jordan Borges said it was a no-brainer to participate. Borges and his fellow athletes will perform a Magic Mike-esque group dance. Their top song choice now is Lil Dicky’s “Lemme Freak,” he said. 

“Clothes will be taken off, that’s going to be the skill. That’s when the dollars start flying,” Borges said. “We hit the music, lights, it will be a good experience. Everyone should be there for that.”

The bachelor auction was a tradition on campus that PRSSA wanted to continue, junior public relations major, PRSSA member and campaign chair for the event Kristen Schroeder said in an email.

“[The students] were incredibly sad to see Payne Hall torn down and this opportunity to host the bachelor auction helps keep a little piece of it alive.”

After the event, the highest bidders will join their dates in the Halverson basement for a spaghetti dinner hosted by PRSSA, Schroeder said.

Bachelors from eight underclassmen dorm halls are included, she said, and members of the Marquette community members and students are invited to attend.