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Spring Weekend Tournout Is Successful

By Amy I. Hsu
Staff Reporter

Spring Weekend '94 was marked by sunny weather, well-attended events, and active fundraising for several charities.

The Weekend is an annual event that includes the Spring Concert sponsored by the Student Center Committee and other events sponsored by various student groups.

Belly performed in the Johnson Athletic Center Saturday night. The concert drew a crowd of about 1,000 people, according to co-coordinator Lori A. Weldon '95. "We didn't get as many people as we'd liked, but I thought the show was pretty good," she said.

A small but enthusiastic crowd of about 50 people attended last Thursday night's Mr. Spring Weekend contest, hosted by the Women's Independent Living Group, according to coordinator Cristiane G. Lin '97. David C. Cho '94 was chosen as Mr. Spring Weekend, and the contest raised approximately $120 for the AIDS Action Committee.

"I was quite pleased" with the event, Lin said. "There were no glitches. We're hoping to have it again next year, with more people."

Friday's International Fair was also quite successful, according to Marie E. Castro '94, one of the many dancers who performed during the day. "It was a little windy and kind of cold, but I think I had too much adrenaline pumping to worry about it," she said.

The fair also featured an international fashion show, singing performances, and a variety of ethnic foods for sale.

Las Vegas Night, which took place on Friday, "went tremendously well -- La Sala [de Puerto Rico] was packed," said Alpha Tau Omega coordinator Michael H. Joo '95. Although exact figures were not available, Joo estimated that $2,000 to $3,000 was raised for Project America and Childhelp USA. Over $600 alone was raised during a spontaneous bachelor auction that took place.

The Undergraduate Association's Karaoke Pub Night also went well, according to UA Social Chair Rahul A. Saha '94. The goal of the pub night was "to get the UA back into Spring Weekend," Saha said. "People from the casino night wandered in when they wanted to take a break," he said.

Although the pub night had a core crowd of about 80 people, Saha estimated actual attendance during the entire night to be about 250.

Tufts wins basketball shootout

On Saturday afternoon, Sigma Chi hosted the Spring Intercollegiate Greek Shootout, a basketball tournament that included teams from area schools. The Tufts University team defeated the Boston University team, 46-21, to win the shootout. MIT's team lost the first game to Tufts, 37-31.

The crowd was "pretty spirited, maybe too much so," said coordinator Anthony Chang '95. "Some of them were getting really competitive. I didn't want anyone to leave with hard feelings, but it was good that everyone was so excited." The tournament raised approximately $1,500 for the Genesis Fund.

About 200 people attended the spring picnic at East Campus, according to EC Social Chair Daniel D. Hurda '95. "People had fun ... everybody seemed to like the bands," Hurda said. "The cool weather kind of thinned the crowd out a bit toward the end, but the picnic lasted pretty much until 9 p.m. as planned," he said.

Saturday's events also included the Alpha Phlea market. "There were probably a few hundred people in and out ... a lot of people were just hanging out in Kresge Oval because the weather was so good," said Jennifer Yang '97, one of the participants.

According to co-coordinator Bethany M. Rogers '97, Alpha Phi raised about $2,000 for the American Heart Association.

On Saturday night Sigma Iota Phi sponsored Night at the Improv, which "had a very good turnout," said SIPhi member Becky Wagenberg '96. "People seemed to enjoy themselves very much."

SIPhi Treasurer Aliza E. Mezrich '95 added, "It was a step in the right direction for us, as far as fundraising goes." SIPhi raised approximately $700 for the General Israel Orphanage for Girls.

Sundae Sunday concluded Spring Weekend '94. Three hundred people lined up on the Student Center steps to eat their share of 45 gallons of ice cream, served by class council members. "It was really successful," said Jennifer A. Chow '95, one of the coordinators. "The weather was great. The only drawback was that there wasn't any music."