Springfest, CHEEBA to share resources

By Jakob Wartman

The upcoming weekend of April 21 may be the most memorable in years.Macalester is preparing to host its most famous alum, Kofi Annan ƒ?TM69, the 24th annual Springfest, a day of music revelry and fun, and Earth Day celebrations.

These events will come a day after the campus celebrates the second annual CHEEBADANZA, Macalesterƒ?TMs marijuana re-legalization and social justice festival put on by the student organization Creating a Harmless Environment to Enjoy Buds Appropriately (CHEEBA).

ƒ?oeCHEEBADANZA is partially a rally and partially a celebration,ƒ?? Springfest coordinator Spencer Edelman ƒ?TM06 said.

Springfest, which finds itself $20,000 short after a budgeting error, is exploring options for running events concurrently with CHEEBADANZA, including a shared rain site, the same sound equipment and possibly a stage, Edelman said.

ƒ?oePlans are still pretty unformulated, but in addition to stage and sound systems weƒ?TMd like to get novelties like a blow-up obstacle course or a bouncy pit, which would suit CHEEBADANZAƒ?TMs needs,ƒ?? CHEEBA founder Reid Lustig ƒ?TM06 said.

But with the ambiguity and needed security for Annanƒ?TMs visit, Springfest and CHEEBADANZA are unsure of what equipment they will be allowed to have during their festivals.

ƒ?oeNothing is yet set in stone, we are just helping each other out, but we wonƒ?TMt know what we can have or share for about a month,ƒ?? Edelman said.

Besides Springfest and CHEEBADANZA sharing equipment and possibly cross-promoting, the events will be separate and dependent on their respective budgets, Edelman said.

ƒ?oeThe budget for CHEEBADANZA is very small and we wouldnƒ?TMt really be able to help Springfest out of their budget problems,ƒ?? Lustig said.

The Springfest committee is currently in the process of finding performers. ƒ?oeWe have people, but we donƒ?TMt have anyone inked, no commitments yet,ƒ?? Springfest committee member Eric Casanova ƒ?TM08 said.

With their limited budget the committee is looking at local bands to cut costs. Planners are currently pursuing Project 13, a local hip-hop group, which will be backed up by MCs Desdamona, Hecatomb, and Capaciti, along with local rock group The Hopefuls (formerly The Olympic Hopefuls).

CHEEBADANZA is also exploring bands to head its April 20 celebration. CHEEBA is hoping to sign Scholax and BoXHead along with some jug bands, Lustig said.

Organizers have proposed labeling the events under a broad theme: ƒ?oeA weekend to rememberƒ?Ýor forget, 2006.ƒ??

ƒ?oeI think itƒ?TMs pretty funny,ƒ?? Lustig said. ƒ?oeI could definitely roll with it.ƒ??