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Spring Weekend Planning Begins

Committee Set to Choose Band

By Karen Robinson
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Planning is currently underway for this year’s Spring Weekend, and the committee has compiled a short list of possible bands for the Spring Weekend Concert.

“It’s pretty competitive, getting bands,” said Undergraduate Association President Matthew L. McGann ’00. McGann said the committee could not be sure they would secure the first choice band, They Might Be Giants.

Securing the band is an uncertain proposition, however, due to competition with similar concerts. Most of MIT’s peer institutions have similar events, and most want to get the same few bands, McGann said. Many schools have already bid on bands.

Last year, Busta Rhymes was the Spring Weekend Committee’s fifth choice band, but this year with more money and a slightly earlier start the committee hopes to get their first choice or second choice.

Committee members sought

The planning committee includes representatives from several student groups, including DormCon, the Graduate Student Council, Graduate Dormitory Council, the Interfraternity Council, International Students Association, Lecture Series Committee, The Tech, and the UA. In addition, there will be either two or three student-at-large positions.

Students can apply to these positions through the application at <http://web.mit.edu/spring/www>. The application deadline is today, but questions do not have to be answered in a great deal of detail, McGann said.

There will be one graduate and one undergraduate chair of the committee. Chairs have not been chosen at either of the Spring Weekend Committee meetings yet. The committee may wait until student members-at-large have been chosen, depending on the length of the selection process.

Douglas E. Heimburger ’00, UA representative to the committee, has been acting as an interim process manager until chairs are elected, McGann said.

Chairs may be chosen at the next meeting, McGann said. “We wanted the positions to be open to all members of the undergraduate community,” McGann said. Heimburger has told The Tech on earlier occasions that he intends to seek chairmanship, to provide continuity in leadership for the Spring Weekend Committee.