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Spring Weekend Entertains, Raises $7K for Charities

Rich Fletcher--The Tech
The highlight of the annual East Campus Spring Picnic was the tug-of-war competition. For the second year in a row, the event was won by the Second West hall team.

By Angela Liao
Staff Reporter

The 10th annual Mr. Spring Weekend contest last Thursday, sponsored by the Women's Independent Living Group, kicked off a series of Spring Weekend events that entertained students while benefiting many local charities to the tune of over $7,000.

"Mr. Spring Weekend went great this year. We doubled last year's donation to Boston Rape Crisis," said M. Josie Ammer '97, coordinator of the contest. Mr. Spring Weekend 1995 himself, Arturo F. Rosales '96, won the title by impressing the audience in a talent competition, a "non-conformal" evening wear competition, and a short question-and-answer session.

Other Spring Weekend events included a concert by Sonic Youth, a Lecture Series Committee presentation of "Hoop Dreams," the annual Alpha Phlea Market, Las Vegas Night/Bachelor Auction, Chi Phi's Earth Day Carnival, and the East Campus Spring Picnic.

Market, bachelor auction draw crowds

Sonic Youth and the cover bands Mistle Thrush and Helium drew a crowd of about 1,500 to the Johnson Athletic Center Saturday night. "A fair amount of people from other schools showed up, along with local commercial and college radio stations," said Chris S. Schnyer '96, who coordinated the concert.

"I was really impressed by Mistle Thrush, who played at MIT before. Helium and Sonic Youth were not as energetic as I had hoped, but generally [it was] a pretty good show," Schnyer said. "Sonic Youth played some new stuff and that was nice."

Despite a short afternoon rain shower that forced the Alpha Phlea market to move from the Student Center steps to the Kresge Auditorium lobby, the second annual service auction sponsored by Alpha Phi sorority "went really well and made about $2,850 for the America Health Foundation," said Kristin L. Pierson '96, Alpha Phi public relations chair.

"We look forward to continue this event," Pierson said. "I think one reason why it was such a success was because there's no admission charge for the audience nor the service; all profits are made from money bid for the services."

Alpha Tau Omega, the Undergraduate Association, the Interfraternity Council, Wellesley's Starlight Foundation and Stanley Kaplan sponsored the Las Vegas Night/Bachelor Auction which took place on Friday evening in Lobdell.

"We made over $3,500 this year and what really surprised me was that people bid up to $200 for bachelors," said Matt T. Kixmoeller '98, Alpha Tau Omega's Community Service Chair. The profits for Las Vegas Night went to Project America, Make a Wish Foundation, and the Margaret Fuller House.

About 200 people participated in Chi Phi's Earth Day Carnival, with proceeds going to the Nature Conservancy in celebration of Earth Day, according to Stacey H. Chang '96, one of the event's organizers.

Spring Weekend was coordinated by the Undergraduate Association Social Council, Residence and Campus Activities, the Office of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, and the Campus Activities Complex.