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Today in University history: Feb. 28

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Senior Staff Writers
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feb. 28, 1963

The Interfraternity Council fined the Brown chapter of Psi Upsilon $200 for serving alcohol to freshman pledges. The president of the IFC, James Seed ’63 P’02, told The Herald the fraternity had committed a “flagrant violation of rushing rules.”

If the fraternity denied the claim that liquor had been served, they would have had to go in front of the Council and plead their case.

The president of the Council had issued an IFC Rushing Program to freshmen, urging them to pay attention to the rules and avoid “dirty rushing” or getting involved with any fraternities that practiced rushing traditions violating the IFC rules.

 

Feb. 28, 1973

The spring housing lottery system currently in use was approved 40 years ago yesterday by the Residential Council. It has not changed much since it passed — in the system, students were randomly assigned numbers within each class to be allotted a room on campus.

The numbers were to be assigned in March, but the Residential Council was waiting on a computer program to be created at the time the article was released.

Robert Hill, director of housing, told The Herald at the time that overcrowding of rooms was a concern, and some students may be disappointed by their lottery results.

But he remained confident that the lottery system would be effective.

“People won’t be able to say that John McConnell (associate director of housing) gives the Irish kids a break but has something against the Swedes,” Hill said.

 

Feb. 28, 2003

The Herald reported 10 years ago today that The Wallflowers, performers of the hit song “Bringing Down The House,” would be headlining the 2003 Brown Concert Agency Spring Weekend Concert.

The concert was split into a Thursday and a Saturday show. Tickets to the Thursday, April 10 show were slated to cost $12. The show took place in Meehan Auditorium and featured Joan Jett, The Donnas and Luna, The Herald reported.

Tickets to Saturday’s Wallflowers show, which was held on the Main Green, cost $15.

“Spring Weekend bands are selected to please as many of the musical tastes Brown students have as possible,” BCA wrote in an email to The Herald at the time.

The festival did not conflict with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2003 as it has for the past three years — The Donnas performed at both Coachella and Spring Weekend that year.