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Next House completes decade

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By Chris Schechter

and Katherine Shim

Next House, which opened in 1981, celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend with a series of parties for dormitory residents and alumni. The event is "the first, to my knowledge, of a dormitory holding a anniversary reunion of this kind to which alumni are invited," said Seth M. Cohen '91, president of Next House.

The festivities began on Friday afternoon with a Mexican-style happy hour. On Saturday, a barbecue was held in the afternoon, followed by a disc jockey dance party that night. At a brunch on Sunday morning, students and alumni presented gifts and awards to Next House Manager George E. Hosker and Housemaster Borivoje Mikic '67.

"The Sunday brunch is one of the [dormitory's] trademark events. At the brunch there was a genuine appreciation for all those who contributed to the dormitory," Cohen said.

"It was a nice and pleasant event," Mikic said. "Everyone had good fun, and I hope we will continue to have these reunions every five to 10 years. I advise other dormitories to have these events also. All the events were very enjoyable," he said.

Planning began

in the spring

Planning for the anniversary celebration began at the end of the spring term and continued into the summer, Cohen said.

"We talked to a few alumni in the later portion of last school year, and they said the best way to attract people would be to plan a weekend-long series of activities," said Cohen.

The committee formed to plan the anniversary celebration "sent out an initial mailing in July to over 750 alumni, of which 100 responded," Cohen said. "Last month we sent out registration forms and schedules to those 100 people who responded positively," he said.

"We picked this weekend since it was one of the latest in the term in which the weather should have been nice. There were also a lot of other events going on on campus like the Institute ball and Columbus Day weekend. This weekend seemed the best to have the celebration," Cohen added.

In planning the celebration, a planning committee of interested Next House dormitory members was created. The dormitory also created a permanent office of "alumni activities chairperson," whose job would be to organize future get-togethers with alumni.

"We want to maintain the ongoing relationship with former residents." Cohen said.

Turnout for the event totaled about 80 people, Cohen said, with an average of 40 to 50 people showing up to each event. "With the help of the alumni office, I think we had a great turnout," he added.

Costs for the event totaled $1500, he said, $1000 of which came from the dormitory social fund and $500 from money raised by registration fees for alumni attending the get-together.