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Spring Weekend Will Raise Cash for Charity

By Jean K. Lee
Staff Reporter

Most of the events during MIT's annual Spring Weekend are geared toward entertainment and relaxation, but many of the events taking place this weekend -- including the event that kicked off the weekend last night -- will benefit charities.

Spring Weekend '96 started last night with Mr. Spring Weekend, a charity fund-raiser sponsored by the Women's Independent Living Group.

Seven pageant contestants from various living groups competed for the title of Mr. Spring Weekend in the categories of creative evening wear, talent, short question-and-answer, and persuasive abilities, as they solicited donations from the audience. All proceeds from the contest will go to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

"I've been surprised at how willing businesses are to contribute to our event," said Susan M. Park '98, who coordinated the event. "It's heartwarming to know that people can still do nice things for others in need."

Today, Alpha Phi sorority is hosting its third annual Alpha Phlea Market from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Student Center steps. Participants will perform short acts and auction various services ranging from serenades to barbeques to pool lessons. The group will donate proceeds to the American Heart Foundation.

Last year the event raised $2,400 for the foundation, said Christine M. Hartmann '98, one of the market's organizers. "I expect this year's even to be just as -- if not even more -- successful."

Soul Coughing to play at concert

The Student Center Committee, which helped organize the weekend's events, will hold its annual spring concert tonight at La Sala de Puerto Rico, a change of venue from Walker Memorial ["Soul Coughing to Play on Spring Weekend," April 19].

The concert features funk band Soul Coughing. Tickets will be $7 in advance and $10 at the door for MIT students, and $10 in advance and $12 at the door for other members of the MIT community.

Tomorrow, Sigma Chi will host a three-on-three basketball tournament from 1 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the DuPont Gymnasium. The tournament will be open to only the MITcommunity; money raised will benefit the Genesis Fund, a charity that helps children with birth defects.

Among other activities is Alpha Tau Omega's Las Vegas Night, which will run Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Wellesley Starlight Foundation and funded by loans from the Undergraduate Association, features over $25,000 in prizes that will be distributed to people who attend.

Everyone who attends is guaranteed at least $25 in prizes, according to Matthew T. Kixmoeller '98. "Last year the event raised $3,500... and this year we are hoping for about the same turnout," he said. Some prizes include dinners, club tickets, and gift certificates.

In addition, Las Vegas night includes a bachelor auction where 20 bachelors from area colleges will be auctioned along with date packages to people in the audience. Proceeds will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and local children's charities in Cambridge. Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door.

Spring Weekend '96 will end on Sunday with first-time events that include a vegetarian food-fest and a Black Theater Guild production of the play Home.

The UA does not have an event planned this weekend, said UA President Carrie R. Muh '96. The organization felt it would do better donating money to scheduled events instead of competing with them by holding a separate event, Muh said. Instead, the UA is planning its own all-day field day for the last day of classes, Muh said.