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MIT readies for "Beaver Fever" Autumn weekend

[mk1]By Betty J. McLaughlin


This week will be filled with "beaver fever" as the MIT community celebrates Autumn Weekend, Oct. 23-26. Parties, barbecues and sports events are among the activities scheduled for Autumn Weekend by the Undergraduate Association (UA) Social Council.

The weekend will begin Wednesday, Oct. 23 with the Freshman/Sophomore Ice Cream Orgy, sponsored by the Classes of 1988 and 1989. The event will start at 8 pm in Lobdell Dining Hall in the Julius A. Stratton '23 Student Center. A small admission fee will be charged.

The Junior/Senior Pub, organized by the classes of 1986 and 1987, will take place Thursday from 9 pm to 1 am at Lobdell. Admission to the pub is $1 and live entertainment will be provided.

Friday's events will begin with the football cheerleaders' pep rally on the Student Center steps at 3:30 pm. Balloons, buttons, pompons and football team pamphlets will be distributed.

Friday will also feature "Student Center Committee Presents Comedy Night" from 9 pm to 1 am in Lobdell. Magician and comedian John Ferrentino and ventriloquist Taylor Mason will perform. Admission will be $1, and refreshments will be available.

Saturday's activities start with a pre-game tailgate picnic from 12:30 pm to 2 pm at the barbecue pits near the Athletic Center. This event is sponsored by the Dormitory Council and Baker House.

MIT will oppose Bentley College at 2 pm in the Homecoming football game at Steinbrenner Stadium.

The Amherst Alley Halloween Video Party will be held in the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) back lot in Amherst Alley from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am on Saturday, Oct. 26. The video disc jockeys Videostar will play music videos, and everyone is encouraged to wear a costume.

The best-costumed party-goers will win prizes if enough guests arrive masqueraded. Otherwise the prizes will be awarded to the best dancers.

The video party is sponsored by the UA Social Council as well as Tau Epsilon Phi, DKE, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Beta Epsilon, and Tau Delta Chi fraternities.

The Skuffle Costume Party, presented by the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on Beacon Street in Boston, will also begin at 9:30 pm, Oct. 26. Approximately 150 couples will be able to attend Skuffle for $4 each.

The football cheerleaders and Thalians, a group of MIT women attempting to form a sorority, will sell MIT Homecoming pennants for $1 in Lobby 10 throughout Autumn Weekend. They will also distribute schedules of the weekend's events, buttons carrying this year's theme of "beaver fever," balloons and pompons.