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Event Regulations Force ‘Bad Taste’ to Start Early

By Marissa Vogt


MIT regulations regarding events on campus will force the Chorallaries’ annual Concert in Bad Taste to change its traditional midnight start time and will limit when people can begin lining the halls outside 10-250 to reserve a spot for the show.

Chorallaries President Ross I. Runnion ’04 said that the major change this year is moving from the traditional 11:59:59 p.m. start to 9:59:59 p.m. to accommodate an MIT regulation that registered events on campus conclude by 1 a.m.

MIT event guidelines (available at state that events must conclude by 1 a.m. and that organizers should “should schedule the music or performance to conclude by 12:45 a.m.”

Additionally, students will not be allowed to line up to wait for the concert until the close of business on Friday. “In the past, people have begun to line up anywhere from a day to four days ahead of time,” Runnion said. Last year, he said, people began lining up on Wednesday afternoon.

“This year ... they’re not going to let people camp out in the hallway because of the proximity [to offices],” Runnion said, “namely President Vest and the people who work in that area.”

President Charles M. Vest said that he had “not been involved in any discussion” about the enforcement of regulations surrounding the concert.

Runnion said that the group received word that complaints about last year’s concert had been filed with the MIT Police through a “very anonymous chain of information.” They were only told that complaints had come from “within the administration” about fire codes and the “mess in the hallway.” The group was encouraged to contact the administration when they registered a concert in the fall semester, he said.

Runnion and Emily C. Vincent ’04, director of the Chorallaries, then met with administrators and MIT Police throughout the past few months to work out details of the show.

“As far back as November we began to discuss ... what kind of changes would need to be made to ... accommodate the concerns,” Runnion said.

Vincent said that the MIT Police had “been an incredible help” in organizing the show.

Location change considered

The concert will still be held in 10-250, though fire codes regarding seating capacity limits will be strictly enforced at this year’s concert. Runnion said that the Chorallaries chose to keep the event in 10-250, rather than move the concert to Kresge Auditorium or 26-100.

“We considered a whole variety of other venues on campus such as Kresge, 6-120, and 26-100,” Runnion said. Kresge is “very hard to get,” and poor acoustics make 26-100 a “not very practical” option for the concert.

Despite the changes, Runnion said that the Chorallaries hope that the show will be able to maintain the spirit that has made it so popular. “Our basic goal this year is to keep with regulations while keeping with as much of the spirit and tradition of the show as possible,” Runnion said. “We’re very optimistic.”