Student Groups Hit The Road Over Break

While most undergraduates scattered to the wind this spring break, heading home to spend their scant free time lounging on the couch, a number of student groups stuck together, travelling en masse out of the city, the state or the country.

The Glee Club completed their 78th annual Spring Tour with performances in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Immediate Gratification Players (IGP) were performing improvisational comedy shows in San Francisco, and the Harvard Association Cultivating Inter-American Democracy (HACIA) was sponsoring its annual democracy conference in Panama.

"Spring break is a great opportunity to go on tour," says Glee Club President Ian K. Tzeng '98.

It is a tradition for the Glee Club to go on tour during spring break. This year they went West, performing six concerts in eight days.

This year's highlights included performances at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Occidental College outside of Los Angeles and St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego.

"We had a great time," Tzeng says. "We spent most afternoons in the city or on the beach." The 60 club members also went to Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo.

"It gets fairly complicated, trying to keep track of 60 people," Tzeng says.

"Fortunately, we didn't have any surprises on the tour this year--no forgetting people, no problems with the performance spaces or churches," he says.

While everything went smoothly for the Glee Club, IGP learned some lessons about conducting spring break trips.

"We had never been on a long trip before," says "trip czar" C. Larry Malm '00.

"Then one of our troupe members offered to have 12 members sleep on the floor and share one bathroom in a very small apartment in San Francisco," he adds. "Of course we accepted."

The members of IGP have taken weekend trips to perform in New York City and Montreal, but this was their first cross-country journey.

"Twelve of us, six days--we were expecting the worst," Malm says. "But it was a very good experience, a very bonding experience."

Malm learned about getting inexpensive airline tickets--"When you have a group of more than 10, the trick is to play a lot of airlines off of each other"--and the rest of the group learned about smoothies.