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Spring Concert, I-Fair Highlights of Weekend

By Eun J. Lee


Spring Weekend kicked off to a rocking start last night as hundreds flocked into Johnson Athletic Center to witness the annual spectacle of the Alpha Chi Omega Lip Sync.

The most publicized event of the upcoming weekend festival is the Sugar Ray concert, tonight in Johnson, also featuring the Spin Doctors.

“This is one of the most prominent bands that MIT’s Spring Concert has ever seen since REM played in 1985,” said Spring Weekend Concert Co-chair Devdoot Majumdar ’04.

Other events scheduled for this weekend include the International Fair, the Panhellenic Carnival, the rebirth of Class Wars, and the “Get Sprung” and Lingerie parties at MacGregor House and Next House, respectively. There will also be a “Rock for Peace” concert by Junoon on Sunday.

Concert open to local colleges

The organizers expect this year’s concert to sell out. The concert is open to the entire MIT community, as well as to students from other Boston-area colleges.

Majumdar estimated several hundred non-MIT students will attend Friday’s concert.

“We’re fully expecting to sell out the show,” said Spring Weekend Concert Co-chair Daniel B. Jonas ’02. “You have two multi-platinum artists here, both of which put on a good show.”

“It’s certainly a huge event and lots of people participate,” said Linda D. Noel, program coordinator for student activities.

Profits go to next year’s concert

“The budget for the concert and ticket prices were planned for us to break even,” Jonas said. “Any revenue we make in excess of our budget will go towards seed money for next year’s concert.”

The doors of Johnson will open at 7 p.m., and the Spin Doctors will begin a 60-minute set starting at 8 p.m. After an intermission to change the stage setup, Sugar Ray will play at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Security for the event will be controlled by the Campus Police and a group of student volunteers. Attendees will have to pass through a metal detector before entering Johnson. Due to construction of the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, spectators must enter Johnson directly across from the turf.

“The production this year is going to be amazing, and I can assure you people will be impressed,” Jonas said. “If it’s any reflection, the amount of power required to feed the lighting for Sugar Ray is twice that from previous years.”

Class Wars make a big comeback

On Saturday afternoon, MIT will witness its first Class Wars since 1968. The event, sponsored by the class councils, will take place behind Kresge Auditorium and will involve a series of competitions among the four undergraduate classes and a team of graduate students. There will also be a free barbeque following the competitions.

“Everyone is encouraged to come and watch even if they haven’t signed up,” said event organizer Reuben L. Cummings ’04. “Not all the spots for the competitions have filled up, so we’ll probably draw on people from the audience to participate.”

The competition events include a pie-eating contest, a tug-of-war, jousting, a relay race, and a “chubby bunny” marshmallow-eating contest. The winning class will get a trophy.

Cummings said he hopes that this will become an annual Spring Weekend event. “This is something I did in high school,” Cummings said. “I wanted to bring it to MIT.”

So far, around 100 people have signed up to participate in the event, and Cummings expects to see about 100 or so from each class. “I’m hoping that the free food will draw a lot of people to come,” he said. “Everyone should come and have fun watching their fellow classmates embarrass themselves.”

Lip Sync raises funds for charities

There were 15 acts in this year’s AXO Lip Sync contest, including 12 competing groups and three acts performed by members of AXO. Prizes were given out for best overall act, best small act, most comedic act, most creative act, and best choreography.

Sigma Nu won overall with “Pulp Fiction,” a rendition of scenes from the Quentin Tarantino classic. Phi Sigma Kappa claimed the prize for the most creative act with “It’s a Small World” and Alpha Chi Sigma “and a friend” won best small act with their dance “This Guy Goes to Lab.” The cast of Next Act from Next House won most comedic with “A Secretary is Not a Toy,” a number from the play How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. A group of friends led by choreographer LeeAnn E. Hastings ’04 won best choreography with a dance entitled “Sync or Swim Part II: The Drowning.”

“We hope to raise about $2,500 for our two charities, Transition House and McDowell Colony,” said event organizer Sarah F. Funderburk ’04. “This year we were able to work very closely with the Spring Weekend Committee, which allowed us to get prizes from Sugar Ray and Spin Doctors for the audience and competing acts.”

The organizers stressed the importance of community support in making the event an annual success. “One necessary element for organizing a successful show is to provide prizes for the competing acts and gifts for volunteers,” said Kimberly Chao ’04. “We received donations from approximately 50 local area and corporate businesses for this cause.”

International Fair today

The annual International Fair is the biggest event organized by the International Students Association. This year’s I-Fair will take place on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Kresge Oval.

“The I-Fair gives most international clubs of the MIT community the chance to present a little piece of their culture,” said Sisi Liu ’05, one of the event organizers. “This is usually something to show their country, habits, and traditions.”

There will be more than 40 international clubs representing over 100 countries participating in the fair by sponsoring a booth, performing a cultural dance, or participating in the fashion show, the event’s organizers said.

“The purpose of this event is to enhance interaction among international students at MIT with one another and with their new environment,” Liu said.

The ISA provides a booth for every club to show pictures, distribute maps and guides, play music, and sell or give away food. Clubs will present traditional costumes at a fashion show. Some groups have also prepared performances, such as dances, music, and sword-fighting.

The various event organizers for Spring Weekend said they were excited about attending the other weekend festivities.

“For the rest of the Spring Weekend, I plan to just relax and enjoy myself with the music from Sugar Ray, the fun in Class War, the free food at the barbeque, and the dance at MacGregor’s ‘Get Sprung’ Party,” Liu said.

“I think getting rest on Saturday is my first priority,” Jonas said. He has been putting in 100-hour weeks organizing the Spring Concert. “I hope to observe the Class Wars, go to the barbeque, and even maybe check out the Panhel Carnival.”