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Thursday, September 4, 1975


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entertainmen t

Many theatrica, travel
opportun'ties offered

Concerts limited due to
numerous restrictions

Triple-initialed organizations
abound on campus and the mere
mention of SGC ICC, SCO, and
CBN often elicits bewildered ex-
pressions, but the University
Activities Center (UAC) with its
wealth of offerings rarely es-
capes recognition, even by new
The Regents-sanctioned UAC
is a 10-year-old student-run or-
ganization which provides grad-
uates and undergraduates with
various theatrical, travel, edu-
cational and entertainment op-
"UAC is mainly interested in
doing whatever activities stu-
dents want . . "that's how ev-
erything here has gotten start-
of TA 7.
Operating on a $70,000 budget
e " said Bill Powers, president
derived from student tuition, the
organization will subsidize any
activity for which there is sub-
stantial student enthusiasm and
Currently, UAC boasts 750 ac-
tive members (every University
student is considered an auto-
matic member) many of whom
participated in the "Musket"
and "Soph Show" musical com-
edy productions.
"DRAWING ON the best per-
formers the University has to
offer," according to Powers,
last year Musket featured an
original musical comedy in the
Fall as well as a Spring' presen-
tation of "Guys and Dolls."

Also, acting deletants from
the freshperson and sophomore
classes pooled *their talents in
putting together "Damn Yan-
kees" for the annual Soph Show.
"It gives students who can't
break into Musket and other 'U'
theatre groups a chance to get
experience," the UAC president
The third theatrical unit spon-
sored by UAC - caters to the
younger set in addition to those
who savor childhood fairy tales
(or relish their hidden mean-
ing). "Winnie the Pooh" graced
the stage in the Children's The-
atre show last March.
However, for individuals who
prefer movies to theatre, UAC
cannot promise film stardom
but it doesbring well-known
second-run flicks to campus
through the Mediatrics division
of the Center.
Unfortunately, what you don't
catch at Mediatrics will undoub-
tedly crop up at another film
co-op the following week. Simi-
larly, what you failed to see
first term because you were
studying for a final is bound to
appear at a more opportune
time in the next term. In other
words, at the end of four years,
you will have seen all of Holly-
wood's best . . . four times each.
Top musicians, unlike films,
are notoriously inaccessable.
Two years ago, the concert halls
on campus hosted such talents
as the Moody Blues, Joni Mitch-
ell, Bob Dilan and The Band
See UAC, Page 9

The University Activities Cen-
ter (UAC) Concert Cooperative
has been responsible for the
array of performers who have
appeared on campus since 1971,
many of whom have played in
t h e acoustically-fine, suitably-
sized Hill Auditorium.
However, since May 1973, the
executives of the University
have. restricted certain types of
music from the reverd concert
hall and as far as many rock-
music enthusiasts are concern-
ed, Hill is no longer alive with
the sound of music.
"THERE IS a whole realm of
acts that could only play Hill
and Power Center but would
never make it by the regulations
of those buildings," explained
Suzanne Young, producer and
booking agent for the co-op
series. "We just won't be able
to get the kind of groups that
draw rough crowds."
Discussing the reason for
such delayed administrative ac-
tion when rock musicians had
played Hill for years prior to
the d e c i s i o n, Young said,
"Years ago it wasn't such a
problem but since 1967 there
has probably been the greatest
change in student behavior in
campus history."
But, she also claims that the
truth often seems to be exager-
ated. "If people were boogieing
in the aisles the word went out
to the executive officers that
kids were rushing the stage."

"One piece of garbage was
more than the Musical Society
ever got."
Last year, Linda Ronstadt,
Jesse Colin Young and Jackson
Brown graced the stage 'of Hill
Auditorium because their music
was deemed acceptable by Uni-
versity executives and adminis-
trators who schedule the events,
judging by the band of followers
the acts have attracted in the
- Young, admitting that groups
like the Grateful Dead no long-
er stand a chance here unless
they can guarantee a fairly full
house in the 14,000-seat Crisler
Arena said, "I can't even de-
fine it by music types because
there are a lot of folk people
for whom you wouldn't be set
without a bottle of bourbon."
ALTHOUGH vomiting due to
ubiquitous heavy drinking at
concerts has been a major fac-
tor promoting the tighter re-
strictions, smoking, kegardless
of the nature of the plant, pre-
sents a fire hazard, especially
in Hill, a highly flamable struc-
"Hill is a fire trap because
there is no fire curtain that pro-
tects the audience from back-
stage fires," said Alfred Stuart,
the director of the University
Scheduling Office, "and stored
under the auditorium are old
organs and wooden instruments
so it is conceivable that fire
could be dropped through vents
in the main-floor seats into
.those storage rooms."
See UAC, Page 6


Jesse Colin Young

Poetry in Ann Arbor is alive
and thriving lke never before

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For those with lit
terests in iambic pen
rhyming couplets orf
ing verse, and a wish
vate that poetic inte
Arbor fortunately p
creative and highly.t
growth nedium and
climate of sustaineda
There are freque
readings by published
published p o e t s,
knowns, the lesser-kn
the unknowns.
The University has
famous poets-in-resid
distinguished p o e t i
Poet Robert Frost re
taught in Ann Arbor
1920's, and Russian p
Brodsky was in res

erary in-
free flow-'
h to culti--'
rest, Ann
rovides a'

"Poetry is fantastic in Ann
Arbor!" exclaimed Hall.'
"There's no other city of its
size where there is such an in-
terest, such vitality! Ann Arbor
is a center of poetry, although
we do not have poetry work-

productive i shops here as they d o Iowa
a healthy City, which is another poetry
public in- center."
"Yet even without a work-
nt public shop, the number of talented,
d and un- published young poets here is
well-extraordinary, continued Hall.'
the wand "Thatualso means a correspond-
iows ad ng number of untalented, un-
published poets, since the ratio
had two is about 100 to 1, good poets to
ence in its, bad ones."
c history.'
-sided and THE ENGLISH DepartmentI
in the late will again sponsor a series of
oet Joseph poetry readings during both se-
idence in mesters this year. Past fea-
'ured poet-dignitaries have in-
:luded Lewis Simpson, Tomas
also boasts Transtromer, W.D. Snodgrass,

The schedule of the Tuesday
afternoon poetry readings, held
in the Modern Language Build-
ing, has not yet been finalized,
although it has been announced
that the number of readings has
been reduced this year from
ten to seven.
In addition to the poets im-
ported for the series of read-
ings, poets Robert Bly, Seamus
Heaney, and probably James
Wright will be present in Ann
Arbor for the academic year in
an instructor or advisory ca-
"POETRY is i n c r e d i b l y
healthy in Ann Arbor," said
Professor Bert Hornback, co-
ordinator of the poetry readings
for this year. "At each of last
year's poetry readings, I wouldl
have at least three other read-!
ings during the week to an-
"I think the entire Ann Arbor
community is interested in po-
etry," said Hornback. "It is
See POETRY, Page 9

0 1974 by Street Fiction Press
d f
The Periodical Lunch: wa
out for aspiring loca wrilters

Donald Hall

an unofficial poet-in-residence Anthony Hecht, Adrienne Rich,
in Donald Hall, a prolific and Diane Wakowski, Carolyn Kizer,
well-known poet-professor in the Michard Harper, Gary Snyder,
English Department. and Wendell Barry.

Ann Arbor offers martial arts galore

Aspiring Bruce Lees about to venture into the
mysterious realm of the martial arts might just
take their first fall before their first lesson unless
they take care to join a reputable dojo with a
proven instructor.
The Ann Arbor area offers as broad and varied
a sampling of the oriental self-defense disciplines
as any locale in the Midwest. Local martial art dis-
ciplines span the spectrum of fighting styles and
philosophies, plus a wide gap in teaching compe-
tence and credibility.
Korean karate, or Tae Kwon Do, offered both
commercially and through a University club, em-
phasizes kicking and foot control over the hand
deployment usually identified with judo and Oki-
nawan and other karate forms. Though they go by
different names and take different approaches to
self-defense and training technique, the oriental
martial arts are bound by common Far Eastern
philosophical roots and emphasis on mental as well
as physical control of, conflict situations, taken as
a whole they contrast as markedly with boxing and
streetfighting as ballet does with the Bump.
Steve Harrigan, Tai Chi Chyan instructor at Art
Worlds feels a certain affinity for other martial
art devotees. "It all comes together in the end. Get
people together from different schools who've studied
a lot and they've got quite a bit to talk about." Yet
like so many other enthusiasts, he's quick to point
up what makes his discipline stand apart as far as
he's concerned.
"Tai Chi is a ubiquitous series of movements. It
started in China about two thousand years ago,
when Chinese physicians wanted to develop a :way
to keep old people limber. They decided to have
them imitate animal movements.
"A martial art enthusiast expanded it to a fighting
from subscribing to the Taoist philosophy," Harrigan

9 "Check to see that there is a good organization
behind them. If the instructor is a black belt, ask
who his master is.
" "See if the course is taught on contract. If there
is a contract, ask whether it (payment) has to be
followed up after an injury." In rare cases, she
explains, the instructor will work the student into
the ground or until he or she gets injured, and'
then continue to collect money after the student
has quit or been disabled.
Each discipline has its own standards of pro-
fiency. Belts and awards vary, and black belts are
harder to come by in some than in others.

A beginner with the University Tae Kwon Do
club, active since 1966, concentrates mainly on
stretching the muscles needed for good execution.
Kicks gradually become higher and smoother as
the student advances. In terms of technique, says
Joe, "Think of it as a language. The first thing you
learn is a basic vocabulary. Individual moves,
blocks and kicks are like words, and you put them
together in sentences called forms.j
Like Jackie Adler, Lloyd feels a qualified in-
structor is crucial to good training: "The teacher
is a compass. He doesn't take you anywhere. But
he points you in a direction."
Lloyd stresses that mental discipline plays just
as big a role in Tae Kwon Do and other martial
arts as does physical discipline or coordination.
"The more you think about it, the more you get
out of it. If you want more than exercise, you have
to invest more than your body."
The past few years have seen an abrupt upswing
in the number of people interested in self-defense
disciplines, especially women, claims Jackie Adler.
The Ann Arbor Women's Crisis Center sponsors
a self-defense course taught at Art Worlds. Though!
more programs are being oriented towards women,
Adler feels progressive attitudes concerning women
in self-defense programs aren't keeping up with
women's growing interest in the martial arts:
"Women usually make a great start; they do
well at the white belt stage. But once a woman's
been around a few years, she runs into resistance
from the top. Some men don't like being challenged
by women. A woman always has to work harder."
Adler claims the obstacles to fulfillment in most
programs are weighted against women, but those
who persist are on a par with men. "When I was
a brown belt I beat every man in the tournament
in forms. You're working within your own physical
bounds. I can't develop the same musculature as a
man, but I can develop my body.

Ann Arbor is blessed with a literary maga-
zine that is totally unique. The Periodical
Lunch, a tri-yearly publication containing
poetry, short stories, short-short stories, fan-
tasy, and feathery ink drawings, is one of
the most successful creative enterprises that
has sprouted in Ann Arbor.
"It started with local writers with the idea
of do it yourself publishing," says Warren
Hecht, editor of the Periodical Lunch.
FED UP with big business publishers and
the stiff, impersonal competition of free-
lancing, a small group of local writers linked
up with a number of like minded artists un-
der the name of Street Fiction Press, and on
a shoestring budget produced the first issue
of the Periodical Lunch.
"That'll be two years in September," says
Hecht, who is also a creative writing teach-
er in the Residential College.

receiving requests from writers all over the
country to publish their work.
However, Hecht feels that local talent is
still the focal point of Lunch publications.
Street Fiction Press also publishes Anon,
a yearly collection of short stories and
poetry written by local authors and students.
Press's local success, unusual beginnings
and unique design has attracted such nation
-al talen as Arturo Vivante, a New England
writer and author of over 50 stories pub-
lished in the New Yorker.
Street Fiction Press's first attempt at book
publishing will include English Stories by Vi-
vante, as well as Chicken Beacon by Rich-
ard McMullen, a local school teacher.
The third and final book is a joint effort
between Hecht and a University colleague,
Andrew Carrigan. Titled Babyburgers, it is
a collection of both poems and short stories.
The short story, says Hecht, is America's
only original art form. Of the following story,
part of his soon to be book, Hecht com-
mented: "Yeah, it's short. It's only a para-


rost recent issue of Lunch sold 6,800
statewide, and as a result of this suc-

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