Again Resurrected, Spring Concert to Lead Off Spring Weekend EventsBy Zareena Hussain
This year's Spring Weekend marks the resurrection of the once-annual spring concert. The last time a large spring concert was held at the Institute was three years ago, when Sonic Youth came to play in Johnson Athletics Center. Two years ago, Soul Coughing played to a smaller audience in La Sala de Puerto Rico.
The concert is being dubbed the Funk Music Festival and features Fishbone, opening act Five Fingers of Funk, and jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker.
Fishbone, a funk-band which will play second, should appeal to a college-aged audience, said Alicia H. Tan '99, who is organizing the concert. "I think we chose a band that appeals to a large portion of the MITcommunity."
"They're a little rowdy," said Christine M. Hartmann '98, co-organizer of Spring Weekend. "They are definitely full of funk."
Maceo Parker, a jazz saxophonist, who has played with the likes of James Brown and the group PFunk, will round out the list of performers.
"We are really excited about being able to bring back big bands this year to MIT," Hartmann said.
The spring concert is being underwritten with a $30,000 allocation from the Office of the Dean for Students and Undergraduate Education, although other sources of funding from within the Institute, as well as ticket sales, are hoped to offset the cost, Hartmann said.
Last year, a total of just under $5,000 was invested in Spring Weekend, Hartmann said.
The rise in this year's funding is due to a variety of factors, including the tenacity of Spring Weekend organizers in obtaining funds from various offices around the Institute.
"A lot of our effort was put in to getting the money," Hartmann said.
Hartmann added that she hoped that some of the $300,000 allocated for student activities funding next year will be used to help promote Spring Weekend in the coming years.
Students may attend the concert free-of-charge by volunteering to help usher for the concert, Tan said.
A wide variety of events to be held
Spring Weekend, which will be held from April 23 through April 25, boasts a wide variety events in addition to the spring concert.
Next Thursday, the Undergraduate Association will sponsor a study break in Lobdell.
The always popular International Fair will be held on Friday in Kresge Oval. The event, hosted by the International Students Association, "will be the biggest one so far," said Loreto P. Ansaldo '00, who is lead organizer for I-Fair. Over 45 international groups will be participating. Each group will have a booth on Kresge Oval where they will sell food, play native music, or provide information about their respective countries. Other events include a noontime fashion show, and cultural performances. There will also be performances by various ethnic and international groups on the Student Center steps throughout the day.
On Saturday, Share a Vital Earth is sponsoring a speech by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). The topic of the speech is entitled Government, Technology and Global Warming, said Eleanor S. Kane '00, president of SAVE.
Kerry will speak about his experience as a Senate representative to the International Conference on Global Warming in Kyoto held last fall. There will also be a question-and-answer session after his speech, Kane said.
"We are hoping it will reach the MIT community... the Cambridge community... we are hoping students from other universities will come as well," Kane said. Kerry's speech is the culmination of Earth Week Activities sponsored by SAVE, Kane said.
In addition to Kerry's speech, there will also be a variety of events held on Kresge Oval. The Amherst Alley Rally, which is to include events sponsored by various dormitories, was to be held along Amherst street but has been moved to Kresge Oval because of fire hazards and security considerations, Hartmann said. Carnival Games, sponsored by the President's Office, will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. In addition, Aramark is sponsoring a Whopper-eating Contest.
Alpha Phi will be holding its annual Alpha Phlea Market. Proceeds from the event will go to cardiac research.
Mr. Spring Weekend, which benefits the Boston Area Women's Rape Crisis Center, will also return this year. Mr. Spring Weekend, a spoof on a male beauty pageant, will be held in Walker Memorial.
Another addition to this year's spring weekend events is the Alpha Tau Omega Bachelor Auction and Dance Party to be held in Lobdell.
Spring Weekend is sponsored by the Campus Activities Complex Program Board and the Undergraduate Association. Funding for the spring concert also comes from CAC, ODSUE, the Provost's Office, the Office of the Associate Provost for the Arts, the UA, the School of Humanities and Social Science, and the departments of Biology, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering.