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REM to head May concert

By Randi Rubin

The Student Center Committee (SCC) announced Wednesday that the band REM will headline the Spring Weekend concert Friday, May 3.

REM is a young garage band from Athens, GA, which has gained critical acclaim for its two albums, Murmur and Reckoning.

SCC will pay REM approximately $20,000. If the show sells out, "we will lose only one or two thousand dollars," said Henry Brush '86, SCC Spring Weekend Concert Coordinator.

"We're willing to lose money, because part of our job as a committee is to entertain the students, and so we don't mind taking a loss," he said.

The concert, which will take place in the hockey rink of the New Athletic Center, will be advertised only on MIT and Wellesley campuses; this is an REM stipulation, and does not reflect any campus regulation.

Although the advertising area may be limited, SCC is not concerned. The Committee is expecting a good turnout. "There seems to be a lot of interest in the show," Brush said.

Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Chi are running ticket sales and publicity. Tickets for the show will go on sale April 19 in Lobby 10. They will cost $5 for MIT students and $7 for guests.

Phi Sigma Kappa and Theta Xi are running production for the concert.

Spring Weekend will also feature TANK. This event has traditionally been a team speed beer-drinking contest. This year, the contest will use non-alcoholic beer, due to a new Massachusetts State Law regarding public alcohol consumption.

This year's event will test "not alcoholic tolerance, but stomach tolerance," said Bernard Teh `86, Undergraduate Association Social Council programs director and Spring Carnival co-coordinator.

Spring Weekend activities begin on Wednesday, May 1, and continue through Sunday, May 5. Scheduled events include:

O+ a Freshman/Sophomore Ice-Cream Orgy, open to all students;

O+ a Junior/Senior Pub, with a preliminary round of the Mr. MIT contest, sponsored by the Women's Independent Living Group;

O+ TANK, sponsored by Sigma Chi;

O+ a Steakfry sponsored by Delta Upsilon;

O+ a Spring Carnival/Picnic;

O+ a Community Service Fund Road Race;

O+ the SCC All Tech Sing;

O+ the Fiji Island Party;

O+ the Steer Roast at Senior House, with a live band;

O+ the Spring Olympiad and Awards Ceremony, including Mr. MIT finals.

Spring Weekend `85 will have a new feature -- a carnival in Kresge Oval. There will be fifteen to sixteen booths. Living groups and clubs will rent out and design approximately half of the booths. The remaining booths will be rented from a professional carnival company.

In addition, there will be live entertainment -- roving clowns, a tattoo artist and a caricature artist.

The Finance Board will supply funds for the carnival. "$2500 will be allotted from a special SCC fund given to Finboard each term by SCC -- $1452.75 will come from Finboard," according to Finance Board Chairman Colin Shephard '86.