Sundry, October 26, 1975
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, October 26, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five
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The New England Literature Program:
Bringing mountains and poets to class
By BRUCE WEBER
er's company and did not know Under the sunset;
if we were ever goinc to. We: far into Vermont."
Women's Studies: The struggle.
toward position and leimaCy
1 VV G U u ulg . G I U 11 U V L1V1.
WE CLIMBED Chocorua the were homesick for Michigan.
second week in May, at There were too many unfam- When you move to a place,
the heart of the spring thaw. iliar hills there, too many glib you're not really there untill
At the base of the mountain, the natives. There were too many you're satisfied with the reason'
forest was just greening. Icy, sights to see and we had an you're there. After Chocorua, I
new rivers dug gulleys in the impatience that just made us was in New Hampshire, and it
trail beds. About halfway up we want to go home. We weren't was okay with me.
ducked under a natural door- reading enough. v e weren't be- * * *
way and into a chapel of fresh ing academic enough, and we Ostensibly, the goals of the
pines. The pines were full and weren't having enough fun. New England Literature Pro-
kept the sun from the ground BUT AT THE top of Chocorua, gram were to match the sur-
and it was here that the snow everything began. We ate roundings with the writers whoI
staned. haetnyewthakththen-something, cheese and crackers, wrote in and about them, the
tain had a stony peak, but the and sat in a cluster, our boots novelists Melville and Haw-
pines extended upwards far and socks off drying in the thorne, the essayists Emerson f
enough so that we could not see wind. We were incredulous to- and Thoreau, the poets Frost,
where they ended and the rocks gether at some other tourists! Dickinson and Robinson. If the'
began. The snow was thigh deep there at the top who had some- results did not match the ex-
and all about to melt at once. how lugged a cooler up the pectations, then I can only say
it made climbing hard. We took mountain and who sat around they exceeded them. The sense'
off tu he rtay ndwn the ow }drinking Pepsi from cans. I felt of place that a work of litera-
t then, the first shred of some- ture evokes is most important
You reach the ridge tsoonaf- thing shared, the first sense of insofar as the author's percep-
egot our rs iew from hne accomplishment. And I felt it tion of the place. And so be-
We ot ur irs viw fom ereagain looking out over the White ing in New Hampshire did not
of what New England looked like Mountains, to the north at Mount help us in figuring out what ap-
from above. We were looking to Washington in a shroud of fog peared to Hawthorne to be there
the west and to the north where and snow. And at last I felt that was artistically provoca-
the mountains are taller. We it looking to the west, at the that w a aly povoca-
oversaw great chunks of space silhouettes of mountains against of theBut we did awaken to some
and it did not seem far to the sihutelfmunan gis of th ways in which environ-
f mountains, remembering the ment has been and can be im-
other peaks, but they were ar lines by Robert Frost: ortant to literature. And to the,
enough away so that the trees por
on them did not have their right "And from there those that ways in which New Hampshire I
color. The trees lined the val- lifted eyes could count can be important to people,
leys and the mountains with a Five mountain ranges (Frost: "Because I wrote my
grey-brown hue, a grassy ef- one behind the other novels in New Hampshire / Is
fect. We turned to the right _____________________________
and climbed the wet rocks.ght
The New England Literature THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Program, on its first legs then, PROFESSIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM
was wobbling. Twenty of us had PRESENTS:
been in New Hampshire for a
week. It was an unsteady week
and we did not enjoy each oth-
Walter Clark, the Universit with the details of their plans,
Waltr Cark th Unverityand they are anxious for people
English department professor to share them with. Frost will
who devised and supervised the: be there again. He had his own
academics of the program, hasgodransfroigtNe
said that next year the empha- goodsresn. o oigt e
no proof I aimed them at New [ EST THE WRONG impres-
Hampshire.") sion be created, let me say
FORTSimmediately that leisure time
F THIS PURPOSE, we were was rampant. We swam a lot,
perfectly situated. Our home ' canoed, drank some. And we
base was a stretch of wooded hiked in the Presidentials, fell
lakefront some seven miles into swift running streams and
north of main street in Wolfe- bushwhacked up steep snowy
boro known as Camp Belknap. slopes, body skiied at five thou-
It was just far enough from sand feet, lost the trail, found
town so we could observe it ac- it, and played the blues around
curately, could learn about it - the fire. The best parts of New
without being a part of it. And: Hampshire happened because
if I may stick out my neck just we were adamant about our fun.
this once, this kind of unbiased
knowledge is the best kind for Professors Walter Clark and
a writer, The best kind of writ- Alan Howes are looking to im-
ing comes from the head and prove on something that is al-
not from the heart. ready fine. They are generous
(Continued from Page 3) mal. And then there are those
auto mechanics at Washtenaw who have made contact but
Community College. But to push never really had time to sortl
students beyond limitations out the issues. In this context1
built into a midwestern com- Women's Studies exists as just;
munity setting, "I am hoping, a couple of credit at first butI
that courses on minority wo- time and again it inevitably be-t
men and third world women comes something more and thec
will soon become part of our women see themselves chang-
regular fare." says Tilly. ing.
TN SPITE OF the increasing "Many of the women whoj
sophistication of women de- take this course are not femin-
manding such courses leaders ists," emphasizes Sable who
of other programs within wo- teaches a 200 section. "It's not
men's studies as well as wom- dry and it's not academic but
en's sports explain just where there's a whole lot of personal:
those rising consciousnesses growth. They talk about deci-
have become caught in the ceil- sions they could make and the
OMEN WHO HAVE tackled nes they would have to make."
the broadest and brawn- For some this means decid-
iest academic issues around ing whether men, the all im-
still are hard put to exert the portant component in many of
physical energy necessary to their lives are worth the sacri-
run across a football field. And fice some demand, of youth and
far from reaching epidemic education.
proportions within the athletic "The greatest changes take
department's d o o r s, the place, in the area of sexuality,
lag of interest and high level and lesbianism," says Laurie
money commitments is ample Levinger coordinator for all the
proof that the women's move- courses. I can remember talk-
ments in sports, has yet to ing about masturbation and be-'
achieve its ends. Why does ing told "we never discussed_
feminism flow so naturally into anything like this in a group
programs like women's studies before."
while in sports it traverses a
much rockier channel? Sim- WT/HILE BOTH PERSONAL
ply conditioning anwer women political and academic in-
in the athletic department. terests have maintained a high
Right now the whole 'I can't of student interest level in the
do it' is still a very big part of two programs, increasing eco-
some women's attitude towards nomic concerns on the part of
sports." adds Janet Sable a future students need also be
sports enthusiast and facilitator considered.
for a women's studies 200 level However Women's Studies is
course. not really any worse off in that
"Sports can be used for wo- regard than any other liberal
men to develop more assertive arts major, Tilly reminds us.
personalities, personalities not "And it's possible even to go to
only expressed by ,writing term med school from here-provid-
papers." continues Carney. ed you take those other little
Due to the tremendous in- courses like organic chemis-
equalities still facing women try."
in sports and the just budding But irregardless of interest in
interest in such physical ac-
tivity on campus Sable finds it, will academia require a Wo-
itmen's Studies curriculum if wo-
demonstrated so far in wom- men are ever fully studied and
en's p-rograms of any sort, a considered within the more tra-
fad. ditional disciplines?
"YES," SAYS LOUISE TIL-
LY, "Even after the revo-
lution, there's always going to
have to be research in areas
such as social psychology, an-
thropology, and thus, courses
that address themselves spe-
cifically to women."
And says yet another,
"There's always going to be
that division, men and women,
so it seems like there will al-
ways be room for feminism for
that kind of understanding and
supportiveness between women.
sis win ie more on writing. All
of us kept journals, but I think
we all knew that they were uin-
substantial. It was our only ma-
jor disappointment, perhaps the
only way we did not take full
advantage of our opportunities
there. But that the discipline did
not match our environmental
inspiration is an easy problem
Thenre hone 668-6 416
"For all her mountains
fall a little short
Her people not quite
short enough for Art
She's still New Hampshire,
a most restful state."
Bruce Weber is a senior ma-
joring in English.
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Sable continues, "If the Billy
Jean King syndrome says that
it's 0. K. for young liberated
women to be involved in an int-
ermural program then maybe
that'll develop from a fad into a
value that says it's O. K. to
use your body like that."
FN ANOTHER OVER-!
ESTIMATION of the wom-
en's movement's far reaching
effects some also forget the
groups of students, perhaps
from small towns or just new I
to Ann Aror, whose contact
with feminism has been mini-
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