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REM Spring Weekend concert loses $5000

By Charles R. Jankowski

The band REM headlined MIT's Spring Weekend concert Friday. Concert organizers lost approximately $5000 although the event sold out, according to Henry T. Brush '87, Student Center Committee (SCC) concert coordinator.

"At maximum, we lost $6400, but it will probably be less. We have to wait until physical plant bills come in," said Mark J. Brine '84, SCC president. Over 3000 tickets were sold for the concert, which was co-sponsored by SCC, Theta Xi, Sigma Chi, Delta Tau Delta and Phi Kappa Sigma, according to Brine.

MIT students bought 2500 tickets for $5 each, and non-MIT students bought the remainder of the tickets for $7. Total revenues were approximately $16,500.

"We paid REM $12,000 and also spent $3000 for sound and lighting," Brine said. Other expenses included the warmup band, stage equipment, Campus Police, tickets and publicity, food and beer for the band and the workers and "lots of other little things," according to Brush.

"We knew we were going to lose money on the concert," Brush said. He had said earlier that SCC was willing to lose<>

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money in order to entertain the students. "SCC acts as a service to MIT students," Brine explained.

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"A couple of people showed up as early as 6 pm, but the line started getting big around 7:30 pm," Brush said. "We got the people in pretty quick. It took about 20 minutes to one-half hour. We opened the doors about ten after eight and the concert started about quarter of [nine]," Brush continued.

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The Neats, a local band, performed before REM. A comedian had been scheduled to perform, but did not appear because of a "mixup in communication," Brine said.

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The concert was held in the New Athletic Center. "The stage was set up where the benches and the penalty box [of the ice rink] are," Brush said. "People stood in front of the stage, and there were chairs all around the floor. It wasn't too crowded and the crowd wasn't too rowdy. It was a really good crowd," Brush continued.

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Brine added that this was the first Spring Weekend concert where no one was arrested. "Things went amazingly smoothly," Brine said.