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Concert Tickets Sell Quickly on First Day

By Kristen Landino

First day sales for this year’s Spring Weekend Concert featuring rap artist Busta Rhymes totalled 850, eclipsing all of last year’s ticket sales for the annual event.

“Judging from the campus response, this looks to be one of the most successful Spring Weekend concerts in a long time. Busta Rhymes seems to have been a good choice for a performer,” said Kartik M. Mani ’00, one of the principal organizers for MIT’s Spring Weekend.

Peak ticket sales occurred during the lunch hour, when students formed long queues at The Source in the Student Center waiting for tickets.

“I like his music. Busta Rhymes is the best musician we have had perform on campus since I have been here. For ten dollars, it is definitely worth it,” said Fritz Pierre ’00.

“I think he’s kind of cool. I don’t even like rap music, but I’ll show up to see Busta. He’s crazy,” said Peter A. Jenkins ’01.

Tickets are on sale at The Source in the Student Center for $10 with the presentation of an MIT student ID card. Students are limited to the purchase of four tickets at a time.

Students from other colleges are allowed to purchase tickets, however they must pay $15 for each ticket.

“The Busta Rhymes Concert has not yet been publicized to other colleges in the area. We expect to do so in the coming weeks,” Mani said.

Promotion for ticket sales included Busta Rhymes music played outside the Student Center, as well as a booth distributing information about the upcoming spring weekend activities.

Spring Weekend is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 22 and end on Saturday, April 24.

Other weekend activities

Aside from the Busta Rhymes concert on Friday, the weekend is also set to include a spring carnival on Saturday. The carnival will include rides and games in Kresge oval and will incorporate many student groups.

The Alpha Phi sorority will hold an Alpha Phlea Market and the Order of Omega, a leadership honor society, will help promote their community service project SCORE which helps MIT students to get involved with Boston area service projects.

Spring Weekend will conclude with MIT Unplugged, a series of activities to be held in the student center, as well as a party organized by MIT’s Dance Mix Coalition.

Busta Rhymes cost $30,000 to hire for his performance. The primary funding for the concert came from the large event fund allocation which is part of the $300,000 administration grant given to the Undergraduate Association last spring to promote student activities at MIT.

Funding for spring weekend activities including the Busta Rhymes concert has been made possible through grants from the UA, the Campus Activities Complex, Dormitory Council, and the Chinese Students Club.

The chairs for the spring concert are Rita H. Lin ’00, Anish S. Parikh ’01, and Mani S. Mahjouri ’00. Spring Weekend co-chairs are Mani, Michelle Hardiman ’00, and Pubudu Wariyapola G.