'Dark Pit of Filth' Earns Indiana University Senior $10,000 In Second Annual Apartments.com Messiest College Apartment Contest

Moldy Leftovers, Mounds of Dirty Laundry Help Capture Votes In

Nationwide Contest



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Classified Ventures, Inc.

    CHICAGO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Matt Robinson of Indiana University has
 an unlikely roommate: a mess worth $10,000. His disorderly apartment nabbed
 him the winnings in the second annual Apartments.com Messiest College
 Apartment Contest after site visitors deemed it the most outstanding example
 of "clutter, neglect and filth."
     Pictures of Robinson's mess, a 360-degree virtual tour of his apartment
 and the essay defending his entry, titled "Matt's Dark Pit of Filth," wooed
 thousands of voters, though Robinson faced stiff competition from finalists at
 Harold Washington College in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin in
 Stevens Point.
     While most would call a scene of overflowing cups of cigarettes, trails of
 fast food wrappers and piles of festering mystery items a little piece of
 hell, Robinson calls it home.  The expanding mass of garbage, laundry and
 "stuff" that spans his entire apartment even overtakes more than half of his
 bed. Though a cheesecake he bought in December sprouts mold in the
 refrigerator and food-encrusted dishes pile up on the counters, Robinson
 hasn't cleaned in the eight months he's lived off campus.
     "I don't think I've done dishes since I moved in and have switched to
 paper plates and plastic utensils, which never seem to make it to the trash
 can," Robinson wrote in his entry essay. "I also eat a lot of take-out, the
 remains of which rot in the collection of paper bags that litter my floor."
     "Our goal in the contest was to find the biggest college slob in America
 and help them bring the condition of their apartment back up to acceptable
 standards," said Karrie Gottschild, director of brand strategy and
 communications at Apartments.com and contest mess master. "Many college
 students are low on funds and too busy with studying, working and partying to
 clean, so we think of the contest as financial aid for slobs; $10,000 should
 be enough to make even Matt's unbelievable sty sparkle."
     In addition to getting the place professionally cleaned, Robinson plans to
 use his $10,000 winnings to pay off his debts and buy new clothes to replace
 those that will be tossed with the rest of the mess. Despite the clothing
 casualties, Robinson is proud of his mess and considers it "a work of art in
 progress."
     "I love my mess. My mess is an extension of myself. It's sort of like I
 scooped out my brain and just threw it all over the floor," muses Robinson.
     He even wonders if his mess may hold a medical gift to humanity.
     "They discovered penicillin because some guy left out a sandwich," said
 Robinson. "Can you imagine all the things that might be growing in here? There
 could be cures for every disease in the world -- right here in my apartment."
     As for cleaning, Robinson will do it, but he won't be pleased.
     "It's my mess. I made it. I love it," Robinson said. "When I have to, I'll
 clean it, and I'll cry the whole time."
     Visitors can take a 360-degree virtual tour of the winning apartment, view
 photos of Robinson's mess and read his essay by visiting
 http://www.apartments.com and clicking on the Apartments.com Messiest College
 Apartment Contest logo.
 
     About Apartments.com
     Apartments.com is a leading national online apartment source distinguished
 by its highly customizable searches, superior visual ads, and affiliation with
 more than 150 newspapers across the country, including the Web sites
 chicagotribune.com, washingtonpost.com, latimes.com, nytimes.com and
 usatoday.com . In addition to representing nearly 3 million apartments in all
 50 states, Apartments.com offers users the ability to post their own
 apartments for rent across the entire network of affiliated sites.
 Apartments.com also offers MovingCenter, where users can research community
 information, arrange truck and furniture rentals, calculate their salary in
 different cities, instantly check their credit report, change their address
 and more.
 
     Apartments.com is owned and operated by Classified Ventures, Inc., an
 Internet-based media company which also owns cars.com(TM) ( www.cars.com ) and
 operates HomeScape ( www.homescape.com ), a real estate business that contains
 several Web sites related to residential real estate. Six strategic investors
 own Classified Ventures, Inc.: Gannett Co., Inc., Knight Ridder, The McClatchy
 Company, The New York Times Company, Tribune Company and The Washington Post
 Company. The company is based in Chicago and was founded in 1996.
 
     Editors' Note: High-resolution jpeg images and audio .wav files are
 downloadable at http://www.newstream.com/cgi-bin/display_story.cgi?2601 .
 Producers' Note: VNR feed available 1 to 1:30 p.m. EDT April 10 at Telstar 6,
 Transponder 8, C-band, or from 10 to 10:30 a.m. EDT on April 11 at Telstar 5,
 Transponder 16, C-band; or by request.
 
 

SOURCE Classified Ventures, Inc.
    CHICAGO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Matt Robinson of Indiana University has
 an unlikely roommate: a mess worth $10,000. His disorderly apartment nabbed
 him the winnings in the second annual Apartments.com Messiest College
 Apartment Contest after site visitors deemed it the most outstanding example
 of "clutter, neglect and filth."
     Pictures of Robinson's mess, a 360-degree virtual tour of his apartment
 and the essay defending his entry, titled "Matt's Dark Pit of Filth," wooed
 thousands of voters, though Robinson faced stiff competition from finalists at
 Harold Washington College in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin in
 Stevens Point.
     While most would call a scene of overflowing cups of cigarettes, trails of
 fast food wrappers and piles of festering mystery items a little piece of
 hell, Robinson calls it home.  The expanding mass of garbage, laundry and
 "stuff" that spans his entire apartment even overtakes more than half of his
 bed. Though a cheesecake he bought in December sprouts mold in the
 refrigerator and food-encrusted dishes pile up on the counters, Robinson
 hasn't cleaned in the eight months he's lived off campus.
     "I don't think I've done dishes since I moved in and have switched to
 paper plates and plastic utensils, which never seem to make it to the trash
 can," Robinson wrote in his entry essay. "I also eat a lot of take-out, the
 remains of which rot in the collection of paper bags that litter my floor."
     "Our goal in the contest was to find the biggest college slob in America
 and help them bring the condition of their apartment back up to acceptable
 standards," said Karrie Gottschild, director of brand strategy and
 communications at Apartments.com and contest mess master. "Many college
 students are low on funds and too busy with studying, working and partying to
 clean, so we think of the contest as financial aid for slobs; $10,000 should
 be enough to make even Matt's unbelievable sty sparkle."
     In addition to getting the place professionally cleaned, Robinson plans to
 use his $10,000 winnings to pay off his debts and buy new clothes to replace
 those that will be tossed with the rest of the mess. Despite the clothing
 casualties, Robinson is proud of his mess and considers it "a work of art in
 progress."
     "I love my mess. My mess is an extension of myself. It's sort of like I
 scooped out my brain and just threw it all over the floor," muses Robinson.
     He even wonders if his mess may hold a medical gift to humanity.
     "They discovered penicillin because some guy left out a sandwich," said
 Robinson. "Can you imagine all the things that might be growing in here? There
 could be cures for every disease in the world -- right here in my apartment."
     As for cleaning, Robinson will do it, but he won't be pleased.
     "It's my mess. I made it. I love it," Robinson said. "When I have to, I'll
 clean it, and I'll cry the whole time."
     Visitors can take a 360-degree virtual tour of the winning apartment, view
 photos of Robinson's mess and read his essay by visiting
 http://www.apartments.com and clicking on the Apartments.com Messiest College
 Apartment Contest logo.
 
     About Apartments.com
     Apartments.com is a leading national online apartment source distinguished
 by its highly customizable searches, superior visual ads, and affiliation with
 more than 150 newspapers across the country, including the Web sites
 chicagotribune.com, washingtonpost.com, latimes.com, nytimes.com and
 usatoday.com . In addition to representing nearly 3 million apartments in all
 50 states, Apartments.com offers users the ability to post their own
 apartments for rent across the entire network of affiliated sites.
 Apartments.com also offers MovingCenter, where users can research community
 information, arrange truck and furniture rentals, calculate their salary in
 different cities, instantly check their credit report, change their address
 and more.
 
     Apartments.com is owned and operated by Classified Ventures, Inc., an
 Internet-based media company which also owns cars.com(TM) ( www.cars.com ) and
 operates HomeScape ( www.homescape.com ), a real estate business that contains
 several Web sites related to residential real estate. Six strategic investors
 own Classified Ventures, Inc.: Gannett Co., Inc., Knight Ridder, The McClatchy
 Company, The New York Times Company, Tribune Company and The Washington Post
 Company. The company is based in Chicago and was founded in 1996.
 
     Editors' Note: High-resolution jpeg images and audio .wav files are
 downloadable at http://www.newstream.com/cgi-bin/display_story.cgi?2601 .
 Producers' Note: VNR feed available 1 to 1:30 p.m. EDT April 10 at Telstar 6,
 Transponder 8, C-band, or from 10 to 10:30 a.m. EDT on April 11 at Telstar 5,
 Transponder 16, C-band; or by request.
 
 SOURCE  Classified Ventures, Inc.