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Variety, Humor Star In Voo Doo Telethon

By Sanjay Basu

Ending prefrosh weekend with humor, members of Voo Doo Magazine ran a 24-hour live telethon on MIT Cable last weekend. The telethon, which lasted from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday, raised approximately $300 for the publication--enough, said Voo Doo Editor Geeta Dayal ’01, to fund several improvements to the magazine this term.

Variety the keynote of telethon

Voo Doo, self-proclaimed as “MIT’s only intentionally humorous publication”, used the airtime to televise everything from its own band to clips from adult films. The magazine’s staff members even created their own mobile television crew to tape students from Baker House, Burton-Conner House, and Senior House.

“We put on lots of random stuff,” Dayal said. “People would call in and say, ‘We want you to do this.’ And we’d do it.”

To raise the money needed for their publication, Voo Doo staff arranged several acts and exhibitions to entertain viewers.

“But a good part of it was just different people from the staff sitting and taking calls,” said editor Lex Nemzer ’00.

Much of the airtime consisted of a feud between two groups when members of the fifth floor of East Campus attempted to “take over” the telethon. Voo Doo staff then toilet-papered the fifth floor of the dormitory in retaliation.

“I think it was after that that a certain one of those 5th east kids posted, both to an Internet porn group and some other place on the net for the same purpose, the Voo Doo telethon call in number, with instructions to ‘ask for Whitney’,” said Whitney Boesel ’02. “So for the majority of the night there were all these freaky people calling up and asking for me.”

“The whole thing was full of random stuff and practical jokes,” Dayal said.

Members of the fraternity Theta Xi joined Voo Doo during one act, during which brothers drank as much milk as they could before vomiting.

Money to fund a larger issue

“We did this because we didn’t have enough money to publish the kind of issue we wanted to,” Dayal said. “And we thought we could raise a lot of money this way.”

The group will be using the funds they raised, approximately $300, to pay for a larger and more developed issue of Voo Doo, which will circulate this May.

“We want to make it really nice and bring it up to par with humor magazines at other colleges,” Dayal said.

Prefrosh included in telethon

Voo Doo also taped some prefrosh and asked them to join the group at the telethon.

“One kid said we were the coolest people he'd ever met at MIT,” Dayal said. “He’s definitely coming here next year.”