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Spring Weekend 2000

By Naveen Sunkavally


With four out of five winning events, Spring Weekend festivities brought together many students, faculty, and staff from all parts of the Institute.

The They Might Be Giants/Reel Big Fish concert Friday night attracted about 2,000 people, the most of any event, said Spring Weekend Committee Co-Chair Douglas E. Heimburger ’00.

Saturday afternoon’s Johnson Games, an event last run in 1991 for President Charles M. Vest’s inauguration, also did well, with 1,200 participants, said Gayle M. Gallagher, co-director of Johnson Games 2000.

Security a concern at concert

The concert lasted three hours, and members of Reel Big Fish spent an hour at Baker House after the show. Of the 1,850 tickets sold, approximately 1,300 were to MIT students, Heimburger said. The concert was not as successful as last year’s Busta Rhymes concert, which sold 2,500 tickets, but fared better than other concerts in recent years, Heimburger said.

Security was tight, and Campus Police removed any crowd surfers who made it close to the stage. The security so tight that the Giants poked fun at it. “The Giants didn’t want a barricade, but given the experience with Reel Big Fish at other concerts, it was appropriate,” Heimburger said.

Johnson Games revival a success

Twenty-nine teams participated in Johnson Games on Saturday afternoon. President Charles M. Vest, who spent the afternoon switching from team to team, explained the rationale for reviving the games this year: “Last year and this year we have begun investing more in activities that build community and provide enjoyment for large numbers of people on our campus. The Johnson Games were very successful in the past and we decided to try them again.”

Teams participated in about twelve events, including an obstacle course, Simon Says, hula-hooping, a tight rope contest, and a construction contest. The Gashlycrumb Tinies of Third East won the Games.

“I am hearing very positive comments from those who participated so I believe it was a success. We are hoping to hold the Johnson Games every other year with the Millennium Ball or a similar event in the interim year,” Gallagher said.

Vest said the Games were successful but that in the future, he “would prefer that MIT host a variety of events ... especially those recommended by students, rather than repeat one event frequently.”

Lip Sync, I-Fair successful

Spring Weekend festivities kicked off on Thursday night with Alpha Chi Omega’s Lip Sync, which attracted about 600-700 people, according to organizer Tracy C. Huang ’01. The event was successful despite complications resulting from switching the event from its traditional Kresge Auditorium to Johnson Athletics Center. Huang said that Kresge, which must be booked about a year in advance, had not been reserved. International Fair, held on Friday afternoon also did well, although the weather posed some concerns.

The weekend ended on a sour note on Saturday night. The Studio 84 dance party, competing with several semi-formals, did poorly. At any given time, only about ten people were at the party. “That’s something the committee will have to look at” when it evaluates hits and misses, Heimburger said. Related stories: