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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

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UAC
By ALISON SYMROSKI
UAC - University Activities
Center - is "student power in
a different way," believes Kar-
en Skromme, '69, executive vice-
president.
UAC is the student-run or-
ganization that is responsible
for many of the University's
social, academic and cultural
programs. "Without crying for
student power, we find that
we've ended up with as much
power as I've ever wanted -
of a different sort," Miss
Skromme explains.
"People keep calling up ask-
ing to speak to a faculty ad-
visor in charge - how do you
explain that we just don't have
one?"
UAC's activities range from
Homecoming to symposiums of
controversial speakers; from
bridgeslessons to candlelight
dinners.
Among other things it char-
ters summer flights to Europe,
organizes a "World's Fair" at
the International Center and
sponsors "Last Chance Lec-
tures" by professors in , the
MUG (Michigan Union Grill)
on what they would tell the
world if this were their last
chance to speak on earth.
It brings University and out-
side talent together in a Crea-
tive Arts Festival budgeted at
a loss - "which is an example-
of the kind of philosophy UAC
o f t e n works under," Miss
Skromme points out.

power
Some of the public figures
UAC plans to bring to the Uni-
versity this year are Judy Col-
lins, Ravi Shankar, Adam Clay-
ton Powell, Dick Gregory, Di-
onne Warwick, and Senator
William Fulbright.
Beginning its fourth year of
planning University extra-
curricular activities, UAC's his-
torical roots actually go much
deeper. Three and a half years
ago UAC, was formed out of
the merger of the Men's Union
and the Women's League.
T h e s e organizations had
worked separately, each with
its own offices - the Union
building.on State Street dating
from 1920 and the League on
North University first opening
in 1929.
Today, UAC has offices in
both of these buildings.
The organization w o r k s
through 14 standing'commit-
tees: six staff committees
which co-ordinate work with-
in UAC, and eight program
committees which directly plan
and execute the activities.
In addition to these there
are five co-ordinate activities '
of special weekends and musi-
cal productions.
Members are not confined to I
one committee, but can work'
on several at once, or switch
committees.'
Miss Skromme emphasizes l
that freshmen are welcome on
UAC committees. "We realize
that they have often had ex-
perience in such activities in

for

student

fun

MUSKET's "Entertainment U.S.A." with the U.S.O.

high school and can bring new
ideas to be put to use in UAC.
"We don't like to just give
them envelope-licking jobs."
But she notes that many
members don't join until their
sophomore or junior year.
"When a person has the time
and the desire - that's the
time for them to come."
While UAC members often
work as individuals on student
government activities, UAC it-
self remains apolitical. In this
way it can be used as a neutral
mechanism for sponsoring dis-
cussions and debates concern-
ing campus controversies. Last
year UAC organized a discus-
sion of the classified research
issue.
UAC attempts to determine
what activities students want
through a series of surveys. For
instance, the decision to con-
tinue Homecoming was made
on the basis of a survey taken
last year.
Likewise, the low response to
Winter Weekend last year has
influenced UAC to replace this
with "Michigras" to be held
closer to spring.
UAC members cite several
reasons why they joined: the
chance to meet and talk with
national figures, a place to mix
in an informal situation, an op-
portunity to learn and try out
organizing, clerical, journalis-
tic skills, and the knowledge
that with all this they are also
accomplishing things.

How Istop worrying
nd love MUSKET, Soph Show

Participating in a college
musical does not often lead to
dodging bullets along the DMZ;
but at the University, anything
can happen.
Last year MUSKET, the stu-
dent run musical open to all
classes, sent 15 members of the
1966-67 cast to perform "En-
tertainment USA" for United
States military men in the
Orient.
Black-outs, nearby battles,.
lack of stages-nothing stopped
them. In Korea the group broke
all club records and was award-
ed five standing ovations.
The Pacific area coordinator
for all entertainment in the Far
East .cited MUSKET as "the
best college group I have ever
seen."
"Entertainment USA," a pot-'
pourri of popular songs, folk,
jazz and rock, was sponsored
by the Defense Department for
a USO tour of Far Eastern mil-
itary establishments.
If there is a tradition in the
relatively young MUSKET, it
is expressed in the initiation
and organization of last year's\
Far-East .tour.
Jack Rouse, Grad., was the
director of the revue; Bruce
Fisher, Grad., was its musical,
director. They felt, in working
with the student cast of last
year's show, "Sweet. Charity,"
that "Michigan had a lot of
talent."
Their idea was' borne out by
the military's response.
In Hiroshima, thg MUSKET
team performed. for an all-
Japanese audience. "One of the

most gratifying experiences we
have had," Rouse said.
The group's tour of Korea
was a success, despite the fight-
ing that was going on in parts
of Korea since January. One
performance of the revue drew
70l sdldiers - the largest at-
tendance ever in a Korean serv-
ice club.
Students, however, had not
decided to put on the review
for applause. It was, it seems,
something they wanted to do
"because it was there." Most of
the travel expenses were paid
for by cast members.
A similar review is currently
on a tour of European cities
and military bases largely on
the students' initiative once,
again.
MUSKET, like many Univer-
sity organizations. a perverse
abbreviation, means Michigan
Union Show Koeds Too.
Among its ancestors are the
now defunct campus opera.
MUSKET made its first big
impression on the campus with
"West Side Story" three years
ago.
Stressing openness, MUSKET
chooses its script to involve -the
largest number of people pos-
sible - frequently non-drama
or speech majors.
Last year MUSKET put on
"Sweet Charity" a musical
comedy about a single girl's
search for love. Next year's
production, to be presented in
the spring, will be selected by
fall.
Although both MUSKET and
Soph Show, an analagous, pro-

duction of the sophomore class,
can fall back on University Ac-
tivities Center for financial
backing, they are self support-
ing. MUSKET sees about $10,-
000 in revenues and expendi-
tures.
Soph Show is limited to
members of the sophomore
class, but involves a lot more
than your high school's class
plays.
This November Soph Show
will put on "Carnival" a comic
love story from a book by Mi-
chael Stewart with music and
lyrics by Bob Merrill.
"The challenge," explains
Soph Show secretary Jeff Mc-
Clean, in choosing a script is
in finding one that will involve
enough people yet provide tech-
nical challenges."
Technical challenges for both
MUGIET and Soph Show in-
volve a lot more than dramatics.
Spph Show's central: commit-
tee, officers and committee
heads, has already been chos-
en. It involves committees for
everything from choreography
to tickets. Committee members
are more than welcome, Mc-
Clean commented, . b e c a u s e
many hands are needed for
jobs such as make-up and scen-
ery.
If you're willing to chance a
trip along the DMZ or the self-
consciousness of stepping up in
front of , the lights at Lydia
Mendelssohn, student produc-
tions provide the opportunity
for the heavy involvement that
students curse near finals yet
love.

The fascination of the rah-rah remains

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