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Students Show Off Their Talent at SK Late Night

Dennis Yancey -- The Tech
The Alpha Chi Omega pledges perform their skit, "The Decision," at Late Night in Kresge on Friday evening, winning Best Group Act.

By Krista L. Niece

Late Night, Sigma Kappa's annual talent show intended to raise money for Alzheimer's research, entertained the MITcommunity on Friday night in Kresge Auditorium.

The event opened with a somber message projected onto a black screen in memory of Umaer A. Basha '01 and Scott S. Krueger '01. But even this serious reminder of the community's recent losses failed to put a damper on an event filled with song, dance, and comedy.

"I feel that Late Night in general was a success this year," said Stephanie Sharo '99, head of the Sigma Kappa Late Night committee.

Nationwide, Sigma Kappa is one of the largest donators to research on Alzheimer's disease, she said.

In addition, a portion of the profits from this year's Late Night will go to the Scott Krueger Memorial Fund.

During Late Night, amateur comedian acts compete for the top prizes of best group act, best solo act, and most original act.

The prize for best group act was earned by the pledges of Alpha Chi Omega. Their skit, entitled "The Decision," told the story of a girl trying to decide which area school to attend. She was led by a tour guide through comic portrayals of Simmons College, Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Boston College before finally finding paradise at the Institute.

Nathan A. Ahlgren '99 won the solo act category with his self-composed song,"Organic Chemistry Chick." Accompanying himself on the guitar, Ahlgren evoked a standing ovation at the conclusion of his song.

The award for most original act went to the group named Fish Mania and Friends, composed of Joshua E. Glazer '00, Yaron Koren '99, Jared Schiffman '99, Peter A. Shulman '01, and Samuel H. Thibault '00. Their act combined song and dance in a light-hearted celebration of the discovery of the electron, chronicling the hundred years which have passed since that date.

A capella groups entertain

In addition to the competing acts, there were several appearances by formally recognized entertainment groups on campus. The Logarhythms, the all-male a capella group at MIT, sang during Late Night, as did the Toons, a coed MIT-Wellesley a capella organization.

The host band, Troha, performed popular songs before the show and during intermission. Troha's members are Waleed Anbar '99, Aaron Arakawa '98, Seth Demain '01, Ranjit Survanshi '00, and Aaron Valade '00.

Prizes given to the winners and given away to audience members throughout the night were donated by local enterprises such as the Comedy Connection, Glamour Shots, and Gold's Gym.

Five members of the MIT community judged the skits. They were:Professor of Chemistry Robert J. Silbey, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Steven Pinker, Professor of History Anne E. C. McCants, and graduate students Grant Schaffmer G and Shana J. Sturla G.