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Spring Weekend Kicks Off

Johnson Games Rejoin Festivities

By Efren Gutierrez


This year’s Spring Weekend features the return of Johnson Games to MIT. Festivities began last night with the 12th annual Alpha Chi Omega Lip Sync.

Today’s events include the International Fair and a concert featuring They Might Be Giants and Reel Big Fish at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Johnson Athletic Center. Johnson Games will be held on Saturday, and the weekend will conclude that evening with an dance event called Studio 84.

Johnson Games featured event

The Johnson Games, which kick off at 2 p.m. tomorrow, will be the third in MIT history. The event was previously held in 1988 to celebrate the dedication of the Johnson Athletics Center and in 1991 to commemorate President Vest’s inauguration.

Events in past Johnson Games have ranged from traditional activities as a balloon toss and volleyball to more outlandish activities such as the lambada contest, a race in which team members danced together and supported blocks of foam using their bodies without using their hands.

The Johnson Games organizers feel that the return of the games will help to unify MIT students and faculty. “Spring Weekend’s goal is to unite the MIT community in a weekend of fun, socializing, games, and camaraderie,” said Spring Weekend committee member Bryan D. Schmid ’03.

The Johnson Games opening ceremonies will include the debut of “TIM,” an MIT mascot redesigned by Solar C. Olugebefola G and Jessica Wu ’99, the winners of last year’s Beaver Design Contest.

In the case of inclement weather, the games will be held in Johnson Athletic Center and Rockwell Cage. As the maximum capacity of Johnson is 2,700 people, there will be a limit of only 29 teams with 25 to 40 members each.

Lip Sync Contest Successful

AXO’s Lip Sync, held at Johnson Athletic Center, featured seven competing lip syncs, three on-the-spot lip syncs, three bands, and the Logarythms. A raffle with cash prizes was also held.

Phi Sigma Kappa won the prize for the best overall act with their parody of MIT’s relationship with the media, while an act from Sigma Nu took the award for most original act with “The Hurricane.” ZBT claimed the honor of first runner up with their rendition of The Bloodhound Gang’s “The Bad Touch.”

An interesting twist to this year’s competition was the addition of an impromptu lip sync competition. Audience members from several FSILG’s competed in this event, including members of Alpha Phi, Sigma Chi, and a group calling itself “Phi Delts and This Guy,” who won the competition.

“This Guy,” whose actual name is Daniel D. Lowrey ’02, said that he received his nickname because the brothers from Phi Delta Theta “knew each other but they didn't know me.”

He became a popular presence for the remainder of the show, and was persuaded by the crowd to return to the stage to do impressions of a chicken lady from “Kids in the Hall” and to dance with the AXO freshman class.

“If you go up on stage in the first place, you kind of know that the whole point is to embarrass yourself,” Lowrey said.

Studio 84 Saturday

Saturday’s dance, Studio 84 will differ from last year’s MIT Unplugged. Alpha Tau Omega’s Mr. MIT competition was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but complications caused Studio 84 to be chosen as the replacement.

“The event is a way to end the weekend on a high note, with some dancing, and fun,” said Douglas E. Heimburger ’00, Spring Weekend Committee Chairman.

Other Events Complete Weekend

The I-Fair, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kresge Oval, will include about 35 international groups with various performances and activities. Various games and international food will be sold, and a fashion show will exhibit traditional costumes from various countries.

Although recent Spring Weekends have included dormitory events such as Steer Roast, this year the only such event will be Bexley’s Beast Roast. “Spring Weekend has been going on for many years. The Residential Life and Student Life Programs office has posters on the wall going back to the 80s,” said Matthew S. Cain ’02, another committee member.

They Might Be Giants are playing at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Athletics Center tonight, with Reel Big Fish as the opening act.

Tickets are available at the Source, and will be $7 for MIT students and $10 for other college students with ID. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door. Related stories:

They Might Be Giants to Open April Spring Weekend Concert
February 25, 2000
Reel Big Fish Named as Opening Band for Spring Weekend Concert
March 26, 2000
Let the Games Begin: Spring Weekend Event Lets Faculty, Students Interact
April 4, 2000
Past Spring Weekend Bands
March 26, 2000