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America's Next Top Otto

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Fun Fact: Otto is a sentient creature who derives his power from able-bodied college students who are locked away inside a Matrix-style chamber, encased in a protein-rich liquid and kept in a form of stasis until they're physical bodies are no longer able to handle the emotional burden of cheering for 40 minutes when Syracuse basketball is up 35 on some Midwestern school you've never heard of in November.

So...who wants in?

Otto auditions begin tonight with a meeting at Manley Field House between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. This meeting is mandatory, so all you dilly-dalliers, go play flag football and leave the mascotin' to the professionals.

Auditions will take place at Manley on Thursday, April 28, between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Tryouts include a personal interview, open handbook quiz and a prepared 1-2 minute skit involving three props to music. CD, cassette and/or mp3 player will be provided.

Basically, it's like learning the Haftorah portion for your Bar Mitzvah while also DJing the after-party.

Make sure you meet all the qualifications, chief among them being that you must be an actual Syracuse University student (Looking at you, Pinker).

Check out the Facebook page for more info. And in case you want to know exactly what you're getting yourself into, take a look back at what a couple of previous Ottos had to say.