On Nov. 15th, students were able to sample deserts baked by their favorite male professors and vote for the winner as part of the Women’s History Organization (W.H.O.)’s annual Male Professor Bake-off. Male professors prepared desserts, and W.H.O. sold them to students.
“Our first male professor was in December of 2004,” said Samantha Cox, president of W.H.O. “Back then, the male professors actually served their own deserts in the sunroom.”
Dr. Drew Smith, Mr. Greg Gibson, Dr. Scott Carter and Dr. Marck Beggs were some of the professors who have been in the competition repeatedly.
“We had about 6 or 7 professors this year,” Cox said. “We usually make quite a bit of profit, it’s very popular and a lot of people love to come vote for their professor.”
Dr. Beggs was this year’s winner of the contest, with what would be a familiar cookie recipe to some students.
“My minor in college was Women’s Studies and I have always strongly supported groups like the Women’s History Organization,” said Beggs. “Although it was announced that my cookies were ‘organic,’ they were not. Usually, I have used organic ingredients in the past, so it was a safe assumption.”
Beggs said that in past contests, his all-organic recipes were always second place winners.
The bake-off serves as a fund-raiser for the W.H.O. to host several events in March. “I happen to think that the reverse sexism of an all-male bake-off is hilarious,” Beggs said. “I have entered this bake-off since its inception.”
“Beggs’ students like to come vote for him,” Cox said. “There’s a big rivalry between Mr. Gibson and Dr. Beggs.”
March is also known as Women’s History Month, which is dedicated to contributions women have made to society and bringing awareness to social issues women still face today.
Cox said that this was the reason the Women’s History Organization was founded in 2002, before she was the president of the organization.
Since then, the organization has always participated in Women’s History Month, organizing events and contributing to the cause by showing movies to raise awareness of issues.
“Our main goal is to bring light to women’s history, and that includes issues right now and issues in the past. We just focus in March,” Cox said.
“Last year, the theme was global women’s issues, so we paired up with Dr. [Malcolm] Rigsby and Dr. [Drew] Smith for the global women’s panel,” Cox said. “We also have movie screenings in March which we serve refreshments for.”
Cox says the events put on by the W.H.O. during Women’s History Month are events that anyone can enjoy.
“We’re a relatively small group,” Cox said. “This year, we have myself and about five other members.”
The W.H.O. received a small handful of new members this year, and the new members took part in the bake-off for the first time.
“Did I mention that I took a Home Economics class in high school? It has proven to be the most useful course I ever took, besides typing,” Beggs said.