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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, February 9, 1980-Page 3

18th century

alive in A2

In this age of microwave ovens, com-
puters, and nuclear power, there's
still a corner of the world where
eighteenth-century art and culture
prevail. And that place is right here
in Ann Arbor.
The Eighteenth Century
Semester, an innovative com-
bination of nine classes in eight dif-
ferent University departments, a
lecture series, museum exhibits,
films, concerts, and a theater
production, is being offered on cam-
pus this term for the first time.
THE PROGRAM is the brain-
storm of English Prof. Steven
Lavine, who wanted to provide an in-
terdisciplinary curriculum for
students interested in the eighteenth
century. According to Lavine, an
eighteenth-century scholar himself,
this period always has the most dif-
ficulty attracting students. "The
Romantics gave it a bad name, and
it never really got over it," Lavine
More than a year ago, Lavine and
English Prof. Ejner Jensen wrote up
a proposal, began contacting other
professors interested in the period,
and arranged for a $4,800 grant from
the Center for Research on Learning
and Teaching (CRLT).
Lavine said he was amazed at how
extensive the program grew with
limited funds, but he said the CRLT
grant is almost exhausted. .
THE PROGRAM includes exhibits
at the Clements Library, the
Graduate Library Rare Book Room,
and the Art Museum, as well as a
lecture series at the Clements, and
an eighteenth-century film fesitval
with the Ann Arbor Film Coop.
Several concerts will also be per-
formed by Ars Musica, the country's
only resident baroque company and
WUOM is also reading an eighteen-
th-century novel on the air this mon-
Lavine was not the first to con-
ceive of an interdisciplinary ap-
proach to the eighteenth century.
According to Paul Spurlin, professor
emeritus in the romance language
department, a similar project was
attempted 30 years ago. "But we
just didn't have the staff, so it never
came to anything," Spurlin ex-
Lavine doesn't want the program
to fizzle after the term ends. "My

(Nicholas Roeg, 1976)
The chilling performance of DAVID BOWIE as Newton, the interstellar
traveler who comes to Earth in search of water will not soon be forgotten.
problems of greed, success, and devotion in a world whose atmosphere
grows increasingly synthetic and decayed. Remarkable performances
and beautiful cinematography make for great science fiction. With RIP
TORN, CANDY CLARK, BUCK HENRY. Music by John Phillips, sound by
Stomu Yamashta. (1 18 min)
Angell Hall $1.50 7:00 & 9:00
Tomorrow: GREED (Von Stroheim) .





514 E Washington

welcomes you to
with complimentary champagne
from 11:30 to 4:00
Also, we would like to introduce our new place to you with
the same pizza recipe as Thano's Lamplighter.
From 4-11 on Sunday nights, our pizzas will be /2 price
and there will also be special beer prices.
We wait to serve you starting Sunday, Feb. 3

University Information Services Photo
ENGLISH PROF. STEVEN LAVINE, coordinator of this term's series of events and courses focusing on the 18th
Century, is pictured above with a 1715 portrait of Jean-Baptiste Oudry. The painting is part of the University Museum
of Art's exhibit in conjunction with "The 18th Century Semester."

vision is to use this as a model. I
want to go to the National En-
dowment for the Arts or the National
Endowment for the Humanities, and
ask for $100,000.
"I'VE ALREADY received unof-
ficial encouragement from a
representative at the National En-
dowment to apply for funds. We
could have a sequence for a
nineteenth-century semester, a
twentieth-century se ester and
another eighteenth-century
But if Lavine, who was recently
denied tenure, must leave the
University, his dreams for a per-
manent interdisciplinary program
may never be realized. Despite the
help of many people around campus,
Lavine is the sole coordinator of the
program. If Lavine does not receive
tenure when he is considered again
next fall, he will have to find a job

elsewhere. "Wherever I go, I'm
going to try to do the same thing," he
For Lavine, the program was per-
sonally satisfying. "I know almost
everyone at the University who is
involved in eighteenth-century
work. I've found the kind of
academic community I always wan-
ted. But if I leave, I'll lose those
relationships which I've only begun
to develop in the course of this
sity is the ideal place to develop this
kind of program, but he says that
people here tend to underestimate
the University's potential. "There's
a little bit of the attitude that the
goods are all on the East Coast. As
soon as something is here, people
assume it's not special anymore,"
Lavine, who is a Harvard graduate
himself, explained.

Now that the program is here,
however, it has met with a great
deal of enthusiasm. Phoebe Frosch,
a graduate student in the English
Department, said, "I decided to take
this course (English 393/459) this
term, even at the undergrad level,
because the program certainly ties
everything together. Since at my
level all you take is English courses,
P it's very beneficial to see what is
going on in the same period."
The program has drawn students
into departments where they might
not have ventured otherwise. Prof.
Hansjoerg Schelle of the German
Department said that most of the
students in his eighteenth-century
class are English and music majors.
And, of course, this is just what
Lavine wanted. "It's really an
eighteenth-century ideal to resist
specialization," Lavine said. "In
fact, my hero is Samuel Johnson,
and he wanted to know everything!!"

Kiwanis sale offers unique items

Typewriters, coffee pots, sofas, and shoes were
rused by a curious crowd of about 200 thrifty
shoppers yesterday during the second day of the
three-day 54th annual Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
"We have things that nobody knows what they
are," explained Gene Maybee, a past president and
former secretary of the club, "and somebody will
come in and buy them too. We have the pipes of a
wooden organ if you want the wood. It's beautiful
wood," he added.
MAYBEE EXPLAINED that the Kiwanis club
embers pick-up used goods from people in and
around Ann Arbor throughout the year.
"It's a year round operation. Everything comes
from the community. Kiwanis members, their wives

and their friends volunteer their time. This year we
made over $26,000 on the first day. That's over $6,000
better than the first day last year," Maybee said.
Over $40,000 was collected in last year's sale. The
Kiwanis Club uses the money to support more than
100 club projects, including the Hospital School at
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, a "Learn to Swim"
program for first graders in Washtenaw county, a
"Police Career Camp" for .high school juniors and
seniors, and the "Motor Meals" program which
delivers hot meals to elderly people in Ann Arbor.
THE HARD WORK required to coordinate the sale
has been punctuated by humourous incidents.
Maybee reminisced about one man who wanted to
buy a shirt. "He took his shirt off to try on one of
ours and when he looked around for his shirt again
it was gone. Somebody sold it! Fortunately he was

able to give us a good description of it and we got it
back for him."
The people who attend the sale at the Kiwanis
activities center are as varied as the items offered for
sale. "We have people come from as far away as
Alpena, because they've been here before," Maybee
"It's a great annual event," offered Elizabeth
Asbury, a fifth year student who was considering the
purchase of a pair of ice skates. "Last year I bought a
cashmere coat, but it was too big, so I gave it back. I
suppose it's on sale again this year," she added.
Alan Howes, professor of English at the University,
observed the sale and remarked, "The whole thing is
chaotic. You can find interesting things though. I
usually drop in for a few minutes once a year.'

1 is

Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Flesh Gordon, 7, 10:20 inm.; Flash Gordon-Purple
Death From Outer Space, 8:40 p.m., MLB 3; Face to Face, 7, 9:30 p.m.,
Cinema Guild-Aguirre, The Wrath of God, 7, 9:05 p.m., Old Arch. Aud.
Cinema II-The Man Who Fell To Earth, 7, 9 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
India Students Association-Golmal, noon, 3p.m., MLB 4.
Mediatrics-Frisco Kid, 7, 9:30 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
Bursley-Hall Enterprises-Slapshot, 8 p.m., W. Cafeteria, Bursley.
PTP Best of Broadway Series-"Eubie! ", 8 p.m., Power Center.
Canterbury Loft-"Fantastic Space Voyage," Multi-media, 8 p.m., 332 S.
State Street.
Department of Theater and Drama-"End of Summer," 8 p.m., Trueblood
Departmen of Dance-Le Groupe Nouville Aire, 8 p.m., Dance Depar-
tment Studio Theater.
University M usia Socety-eontyne Price 8:30pNm. Hil Aruditorium.
The Ark-jean Redpath, Scottish Ballad singer, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill St.
School of Music-masters in Music, Chorale and Orchestra-Black
History Month, 6 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall.
Minority Arts and Cultural Festival-Poetry Reading, Benzinger Library,
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If y6u see your
name and address


increasing utility bills
pose greater burden
than rising gas costs


to a
STATE 1-2-3-4
Midnight Movie'
on the weekend
Just look through today's classified ads. Five U of M. students
will find their name hidden in this section.
If your name and address appear, call at our business office,
(9 AM-5 PM), 420 Maynard, within 24 hours. Two free tickets
for State 1-2-3-4 midnight movie of your choice will be pre-
sented to you, courtesy of the Michigan Daily classified

Everyone seems to be complaining
about the skyrocketing price of gas
lately, but rising utility prices pose an
even greater hardship for poor and
fixed-income families, according to
researchers at the University's In-
stitute for Social Research (ISR)y.
Researcher Richard Coe said yester-
day the average household utility
payment more than doubled between
1971 and 1977, and the price of utilities
rose on an average of 9.8 per cent per
This increasingly heavy burden fell
hardest on low income families, 77 per
cent of whom spent one tenth or more of
their income for utilities, Coe, said.
Elderly and black homeowners are
among those hardest hit by the rising
costs, he added.
HIGHER G;ASOLINE prices, on the
other hand, are more apt to affect those
most able to pay, according to a
separate report by researcher David
Hill. The report, "The Relative Burden
of Higher Gas Prices," revealed that 75
per cent of the households that spent
more than 10 per cent of their income on
gasoline in 1973 were able to reduce this

A spokesperson from the Social
Security Office said two new programs
have been instituted tlyis year to help
alleviate the burden of rising utility
costs. One plan, the Energy Crisis
Assistance Program, funded by the
federal government, allows a one-time
payment of up to $320 for those who
demonstrate need. Another program,
which is state funded, allots a payback
of up to $800 to persons willing to win-
terize their homes.

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