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Spring Weekend Rainy, But a Hit

By Sabrina H. Kwon
Associate News Editor

This year's Spring Weekend was busy despite the gray skies that covered much of the event.

"It was definitely not ideal spring weather this year," said Spring Weekend Coordinator Wendy C. Vit '93. "We wanted to bring MIT together and out of its winter blahs, but the weather didn't help us do this at all."

Only one event, a volleyball tournament sponsored by the Junior InterFraternity Council, was cancelled because it did not have an alternate rain location.

The International Fair, sponsored by the International Students Association, was extremely successful despite a few drizzles. About 30 international clubs representing countries and cultures from around the world converged on Kresge Oval on Friday to perform dances, display fashions, and sell food from their regions.

"The weather forecast said a week ago to expect a sunny day, but it was cloudy and it rained a bit," said Alkarim S. Allarakhia '94, who organized the event. "But turnout was good anyway. All the food ran out by 2 p.m., so most of the booths closed down early, but the performances ran until 4:00," he said.

Violent Femmes draw large crowd

About 2,000 people attended the annual Spring Weekend Concert, which featured the Violent Femmes this year. Most students said they enjoyed Thursday's concert, but felt that the group performed too much unfamiliar music and not enough of their old classics. "I was going through the doors to leave Johnson [when] I heard them start up `Blister in the Sun,' and then I ran back in," said Laura J. Vojvodich '95.

Other people were unhappy with other aspects of the concert. "I was really disappointed by the no crowd-surfing policy," said Kendrick C. Boardman '95, who was taken by security guards and forced to leave Johnson Athletic Center for his "excessive" slam-dancing and crowd-surfing.

"They should have at least announced that if you crowd-surfed, you'd get kicked out. I might have thought twice about doing it, because I missed the rest of the concert," said Sabrina N. Bernold '95.

Vit and co-coordinator Leila Tabibian '93, were pleased with the concert. "Ticket sales went well, both here at MIT and at neighboring schools," said Vit.

"We wanted to end the year with a big bang, and despite the rain, I think it happened," Tabibian said.

Rain forced events to move

Saturday afternoon's Go Bananas Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the freshman and sophomore Class Councils and the UA Social Committee, was "really, really popular," despite a change of location due to the rain, Tabibian said. In less than 75 minutes, students devoured 120 pounds of bananas, 30 gallons of ice cream, four gallons of hot fudge, and 10 pounds of toppings, all provided at no charge.

The event was held in the Student Center lobby because of the rainy weather. "I thought the rain would have decreased the turnout, but there were long lines for the ice cream. We even ran out 45 minutes early," said Lillian W. Kuo '94, who helped organize the event.

"It was really good, especially since it was free. I was in the Student Center doing other stuff when I saw the ice cream and the line and the poster that said `Free banana split sundaes,' so I got in line and got some ice cream," said Jennifer W. Glos '95.

Vit said the rain location might have boosted the turnout, since people like Glos ended up getting a sundae even though they didn't know about the event in advance. The event, which cost $250, was funded by the UA Social Committee, and candy, spoons, and napkins were donated by Lobdell Court.

Two other events affected by the rain were Delta Upsilon's Steak Fry and Kappa Alpha Theta's Musical Chairs. "Mother Nature was just not cooperative this year -- there was no spring in Spring Weekend," said Richard C. McKern '94, a chair of DU's annual event. "It started to rain halfway through the Steak Fry, and we had to move to the Johnson [Athletic Center] overhang." Despite the move, all 500 steaks were grilled and eaten, as were 50 gallons of ice cream and "lots and lots of fries," McKern said.

Charity money raised

Like the Steak Fry, Theta's first annual Musical Chairs event was forced to move from Briggs Field to the Johnson Athletic Center overhang. The rain, however, seemed to affect the event's turnout, since "a lot more tickets were sold than people who actually attended," said Theta Community Service Chair Shally Bansal '93. Although exact numbers were unavailable, Bansal estimated that at least 60 people were present for the event, and more than $250 was raised for Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a charitable organization.

Other Spring Weekend events helped raise money for charity. The first annual Alpha Phi Gong Show garnered $650 for the American Heart Association, according to Jennifer J. Schussel '94, who helped organize the event.

Roland W. Pan '92 and Michael Genrich '93 captured first place and a new CD player in the Gong Show with a customized version of "More than Words."

"I think the crowd had a lot of fun with all the audience participation," said Alpha Phi Community Service Chair Sarah Moody '94. "We had a bunch of great acts, some serious and some goofy."

The Women's Independent Living Group held their fifth annual Mr. Spring Weekend Contest on Wednesday night, where Albert H. Cheng '92 was crowned. Cheng said he was "honored to be chosen to represent the spirit of Spring Weekend, but I wish it were sunnier. The weather was kind of a downer for all the activities," he said.