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Groups sponsor Spring Weekend funraisers

By Craig Jungwirth

Sponsors of Spring Weekend fundraising events reported widespread success in their efforts.

TANK, the speed drinking competition sponsored by the Sigma Chi fraternity, a Nerd Auction, sponsored by the Alpha Phi Sorority and the Mr. Spring Weekend contest, sponsored by the Women's Independent Living Group (WILG), were among several activities sponsored by MIT groups.


The first non-alcoholic TANK speed drinking contest, originally scheduled for Kresge Oval, was held in the Sala de Puerto Rico in the Julius A. Stratton '23 Student Center Friday afternoon.

Ed Schembor '87, a co-coordinator for TANK and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, the competition's sponsor, said 29 teams paid the $10 registration fee to enter TANK.

Theta Chi's A-team won the men's division in a record-breaking 24.7 seconds. The team was "the first ever to break 25 seconds" in a TANK competition, Schembor said. The Kappa Sigma Tau team took first place in the women's division.

"The [inclement] weather made it a little difficult," Schembor said. "We may have lost a little bit of the crowd."

Sigma Chi is hoping to donate approximately $100 to the Jimmy Fund, a charity for children with cancer, according to Schembor. Sigma Chi's annual donations from TANK proceeds had been between $500 to $700 in previous years, he said.

"We obviously made less money -- about $400 less" than previous years, Schembor said. TANK revenues included the registration fee, as well as sales of TANK t-shirts and painter's caps.

"Obviously ... the lack of alcohol" contributed to the drop in participation in TANK, Schembor said. Tank attracted half the number of teams that have participated in past years. But it was "fairly obvious that [the contest] was just as competitive" as in past years, he added.

"Without a doubt, TANK should continue," Schembor said. He suggested that alcoholic beer might be sold to spectators at future TANK contests as another source of income. "We could build up, in a few years, to [the level] where we were in the past," he concluded.

Nerd Auction

Alpha Phi sponsored a Nerd Auction Saturday afternoon on the Student Center steps. Proceeds from the auction were donated to the Boston Childrens' Hospital cardiology unit according to Sooji Lee '87, the sorority's community service chairman. "Cardiology is Alpha Phi's philanthropy," she said.

"We couldn't just sell" Alpha Phi members, Lee said. Alpha Phi, instead, contacted MIT fraternity members and residents of dormitories to be sold as slaves. "We got pretty good response ... and it worked out well," she said.

Sharon Boccelli, a professional antique auctioneer, donated her services to the auction, according to Lee. Each nerd completed a short description prior to the contest.

Diane Caramore '88 was sold for $50, the highest bid of the auction, Lee said. There were several low bids of $2. The average bid for a nerd was $5.

Nerds met with their highest bidders and were to arrange one hour of service for the winner at the Spring Weekend picnic Sunday.

The 45 "nerds" sold in the two-hour auction garnered $600 for the cardiology unit, Lee continued. The ratio of male-female nerds auctioned reflected the "same male-female ratio as it is at MIT," she added.

Alpha Phi "expected $250-$300 ... [and] wasn't sure that financial constraints at college" would limit the bidding level, Lee said. "That didn't seem to stop them," she added.

Mr. Spring Weekend

Joel Kehle '88, a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, was named Mr. Spring Weekend and presented with a sash and medallion, according to Inge Gedo '85, president of WILG. Kehle also received a dinner for two donated by a local restaurant.

The purpose of the Mr. Spring Weekend contest, sponsored by WILG, was to collect money to donate to Shelter, Inc., a half-way house in Cambridge, and to provide an activity for the MIT community, Gedo said.

Seven competitors entered the contest at a fee of $20 per person or team. Shelter, Inc. will receive the entire $140 raised by WILG. The contest, held Thursday during the Junior-Senior Pub, saw six participants vying for the title.

Anne St. Onge, administrative assistant to the Graduate Student Council, emceed the competition. Five MIT community members judged: Royce Flippen, director of Athletics; Marilee Jones, assistant director of admissions; Gaile Gordon '85, Society of Women Engineers president; Sharon Plan '79, WILG corporation president; and Ellen L. Spero '86, chairman of The Tech.

Gedo said the contestants were judged in four categories: impromptu charades; talent; evening wear; and a short-answer question. Originality, humor, audience response and overall appearance were among the criteria upon which the contestants were judged, she explained.