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Billiards bridges the gap between sports and entertainment

Beanpocket Tournament
Boston Billiard Club.
March 16 - April 7.

By Joanna Stone
Arts Editor

Pool is a strange pastime. The famous English philosopher Herbert Spencer once said, "To play billiards well is the sign of an ill-spent youth." Billiards has never quite reached American spectator sport status nor gained the respect that comes with that status. Instead, it sort of falls into that area of limbo somewhere between athletic sports and evening entertainment. To the extent that it fills the latter description, the arts section of The Tech is pleased to inform you of the upcoming Beanpocket Tournament at the Boston Billiard Club.

The second annual tournament is being held to benefit the Student Environmental Action Coalition. Over the next several weeks, five-member teams from over a dozen Boston-area colleges -- including MIT -- will be competing in the tournament. This Tuesday night, MIT student teams will compete against each other for a place in the championship finals, to be held Tuesday, April 7. According to one of the most helpful and persistent public relations representatives I have dealt with in my tenure as arts editor, Beanpocket is still accepting entries from MIT teams.

The success of last year's tournament was testimony that an ill-spent childhood can contribute to a worthy cause in later life. The Beanpocket Tournament made a $1,000 donation in the name of the winning team to Families in Transition, a shelter for homeless families. That winning team, the champions of ill-spent youth, was the one from MIT.