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Naughty by Nature May Perform in Second Concert

By Matthew Palmer


The Class of 2002 has been in negotiations with musical band Naughty by Nature to possibly headline a spring concert in March. The concert would be in addition to MIT’s annual Spring Weekend.

“We wanted to have a large community event intended for a lot of MIT students,” President of the Class of 2002 Sudeb C. Dalai said. “It also encompasses a community service and community awareness component,” he said. Proceeds from the concert will benefit MIT’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The concert is set to be held March 3 in Rockwell Cage. Doors will open around 6:30 p.m. that evening and ticket sales will start within the next two weeks.

This concert will mark the second time this year that the junior class has held a large event to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Earlier this year, the profits from the Battle of the Bands were donated to the same cause.

Many groups help to fund concert

Funding for the concert, which Class of 2002 Vice President Sonia Garg estimates to cost a total of $35,000, came from a variety of sources, including Dean for Student Life Larry G. Benedict, Weekends@MIT, the Dormitory Council, Next House, and the 2002 Council.

“This sets a precedent to empower students,” Dalai said of his class’s ability to earn enough funds to put on such a large event.

“I think it’ll be a bang-up concert,” Benedict said. “Part of the [large event fund’s] goal is to have a lot of things going on on-campus.”

Benedict has offered $10,000 to be used for the concert. $5,000 is a direct grant while another $5,000 will be repaid with profits from the concert. Habitat for Humanity will receive the balance of the concert’s profits, up to $5,000.

Benedict said this arrangement was set up because “I didn’t want all the profits to go to Habitat.” Dalai agreed that this system would be more fair to other student groups who need the Dean’s money while still allowing the concert to be funded.

Benedict said he asked Dalai about the possibility of combining the concert with Spring Weekend. That way, Benedict wouldn’t have to help fund both events and any competition between the concerts would be eliminated.

Dalai said many other colleges have several large events in a term and felt that MIT could do the same successfully.

Timing of concert questioned

The idea of having two major concerts in the spring term has raised some questions about any possible competition.

“I don’t think it will hurt” Spring Weekend, Benedict said. He added that the bands for the two concerts will probably appeal to different audiences and that Spring Weekend will feature other activities.

“It isn’t that close to Spring Weekend,” Garg said, noting that there is an eight week separation between the events.

Spring Weekend Chair Satwiksai Seshasai ’01 declined to comment on the matter.

The date of the concert has also raised another concern: it is the same day as the sophomore class’s Ring Cruise.

“We only found out after we reserved Rockwell,” Garg said. She said they didn’t want to push the date back, because it might interfere with Spring Weekend.

Dalai said he hoped the Ring Cruise would take place in the afternoon, which would allow sophomores to attend both events.

“We can’t promise this will be an annual event,” Garg said. If they do it again next year, she said, it would probably be moved to the fall.

The popular hip-hop band Naughty by Nature, most well-known for their hit “Down with O.P.P.,” has released four albums since their formation in 1991. The group has won numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Rap Album.

Last year, Reel Big Fish and They Might Be Giants played for Spring Weekend. The event also included the Alpha Chi Omega lip sync competition, the International Fair, the “Studio 84” dance party, and the comeback of the Johnson Games.

This decision for this year’s Spring Weekend band will be made near the end of February, Seshasai said.