WCBN: Is anybody
out there even
By PAMELA KRAMER
T HERE YOU ARE, thumbing
through your albums, trying to
decide just exactly what it is you're in
the mood to hear. You're tired of
everything in your collection. You want
something new, something different.
So you turn to WCBN (88.3 FM),
eagerly anticipating the sound of some
unfamiliar artist, or perhaps some ob-
scure music from one of your favorites.
Suddenly, a host of crickets begins to
chirp soothingly from your speakers.
"Well, that's interesting," you think as
you settle back for some reading.
"You'd never hear anything like that on
Twenty minutes later, however, the
crickets have lost a good deal of their
charm, and CBN has lost a listener. The
crickets will continue to chirp for
another 2 hours.
"When something like that happens,
if the disc jockey has a reasonable ex-
planation of why he did it, then we talk
about it," says Charlie Saxe, CBN's
program director. "In this case, he was
trying to provide ambience. And really,
I'd rather1hear three hours of crickets
than three hours of Muzak."
Crickets are not typical fare at the
student-operated station by a long shot.
But that memorable show is one of the
best examples of why most people who
have heard CBN either love it or hate
it: It has a freedom that allows spon-
taneity, unpredictability, and diversity
that can be annoying, unnerving,
or-when it works-some of the most-
impressive radio you'll ever hear.
Take the day after Reagan's
presidential victory, for instance. Now,
that was a proud moment in CBN
history. Ken Freedman, program
director at the time, suggested that the
station pump out Leslie Gore's "It's My
Party, And I'll Cry If I Want To" for 24
hours . . . that's right-all day, non-
Most of the disc jockeys on the air
that day shared Freedman's sentimen-
ts about the election. Their shows were
played at varying speeds to avoid
CBN's dreaded foe, Monotony.
"Being an alternative station means
you can do a lot of things," Freedman
explains. The 23-year-old dj has been at
CBN for four years, working on
everything from comedy to news to
music. Last year as program director,
he had the opportunity to help shape the
station's overall personality. When he
talks about CBN, Freedman sounds like
an overworked parent-now frustrated,
now elated. In fact, the time and energy
he devoted to the station as program
director cost him a great deal
academically-his grades were too low
for him to stay in school.
"For once, people down here are con-
cerned (about CBN's quality),"
Freedman says. Agrees General
Manager Eugene Lisansky: "We're not
just throwing shit against the wall and
seeing what sticks. We're pushing
CBN just isn't the hippie station it
used to be, and Freedman says he sees
the change to "radio art" as a vast im-
provement that provides a necessary
alternative for listeners in the area.
See WCBN, Page 8
EUGENE LISANSKY, WCBN general manager, selects the next album for the station's freeform broadcast.
Light rain tonight with a
high in the low 50s.
Vol. XCII, No. 67
Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, December 1, 1981
win LSA elections
By BETH ALLEN
Incumbent Vice President
Margaret Talmers and her running
mate Will Hathaway won the presiden-
tial and vice-presidential seats by a
large margin in last week's LSA
Student Government elections.
Talmers and Hathaway, of the
Students for Academic and In-
stitutional Development party,
received nearly 600 more votes than the
second-place slate, presidential can-
didate Mark Klein and his running
mate Monmeta Wilson of the Experien-
ced Students in Politics party.
APPROXIMATELY 1,500 students
voted in the election, which was a "low
turnout," according to election director
Goldman attributed the poor turnout
to student apathy and a lack of can-
didate campaigning as well as to the
scheduling of the election right before
the Thanksgiving break.
SAID candidates won 10 of the 15
LSA-SG representative seats. The five
seats not filled by SAID membes went
to three independent candidates and
two ESP party members.
TALMERS SAID the winners from
the SAID slate were "very excited" and
eager to begin their new duties. The
new LSA-SG council will assume office
The new council will meet twice
before the end of the term, Talmers
said, but probably will begin the bulk of
its work next term..
Talmers has indicated that she hopes
SAID will increase student input into
administrative decision making, create
a TA training program, and help the
University attain its affirmative action
goals of better minority recruitment
Results also were tabulated on two
ballot proposals. Students voted 771
"yes" to 662 "no" on Proposal A, which
asked students if the University should
place a 50-cent tax on all tickets sold
through University offices for enter-
tainment on sports events. The tax
would go to the University's General
Fund to ease the current financial
Students voted 1,217 "no" to 189 "yes"
on Proposial , which asked if the
University shold be allowed to continue
its "smaller but better" policies
without direct student representation
in the decisions.
The ballot proposals do not bind LSA7
SG to any action, but will help them
determine how students feel about the
two issues, Talmers said.
"We can use them (the proposals) as
a tool," Talmers added.
Candidates winning representative
seats are Tracey Easthope (SAID);
Stacy Fleisher (ESP); Keith Green
(SAID); Vince Ho (SAID); Michael
Jones (Independent); Benna Kushlev-
sky (SAID); Jodie Levey (SAID); Judy
Levey (ESP); Leslie Rock (indepen-
dent); Peter Ross (SAID); David
Surovell (SAID); Todd Walker
(SAID); Mark Waters (independent);
Mark Weissman (SAID); and David
Ar .A P oto
FANS GATHER in anticipation of last night's Rolling Stones concert at the Pontiac Silverdome. More than 75,000 heard
the band's distinctive rock'n'roll at the first of their two shows at the stadium.
Ston"es, and their fans,
all arrived to lay
By LORENZO BENE'
AND MICHAEL HUGE
PONTIAC - Eight, barrel
half-empty beer bottles never
into the Silverdome yesterd
75,000 Rolling Stones fans di
were treated to about two hou
Stones' distinctive rock 'n' rol
A crowd began descendin
concert site around 10 a.m. y
and the fans partied in park
Howard Witt goes toa
Arbor Stones concer
wasn't, on the OpinionI
until gates opened at 2:2
Security was tight and at le
guards searched each person
ties and cans of liquor.
THE STONES had the cro
merized from- the opening
the classic "Under My Ti
Lead singer Mick Jagger, ou
a yellow blazer and tight whi
with kneepads, sounded
T strong as ever as he strutted around
ET the stage.
s full of During the third song, "Let's
made it Spend the Night Together," a female
fan jumped Jagger from behind and
d - and But kissed him as he roamed off into the
d nd wings. Security officials quickly
ir f h ushered her from the stage and
n. Jagger continued without missing a
g on the note.
esterday The crowd was quite orderly, ac-
king lots cording to security officials. No
arrests were reported before the start
an Ann of the Stones' concert.
rt that "Things were better than expec-
Page. ted," said Pontiac police Sgt. Robert
0 p.m. THE ONLY unusual occurrence
east four was that scalpers were selling tickets
n for bot- for below the $15 face value.
"I bought four tickets two months
wd mes- ago as an investment," said Richard
number, Margos, a junior at Wayne State
humb." University in Detroit. "But I'm
tfitted in selling them under face value because
te slacks of the second show. I put ads in the
vocally school paper and couldn't get rid of
Due to heavy demand, Brass Ring
Productions added a second show a
week after tickets went on sale for the
first concert. Tonight's concert is set
to begin at 6 p.m. The Stones are ex-
pected to take the stage at 10 p.m.
INSIDE THE Silverdome, con-
cessionaires and drug dealers were
doing a brisk business. Fans wanting
Rolling Stones T-shirts had to pay up
"Want to buy some acid?" asked a
blond-haired man in a black leather
jacket. Before two reporters could
ask him any questions, however, he
slipped into the crowd.
Nurses in the first aid station,
meanwhile, refused to say how much
business they had had during the day,
but nurses did note a few cases of
"fainting and vomiting."r
Twenty-five-year-old Mark Pinis,
an Ann Arbor resident, said he was
somewhat apprehensive about atten-
See STONES, Page 5
Coroner says Wood's
death was accidental
LOS ANGELES (AP)-- Natalie
Wood, slightly intoxicated and angry
over an argument between her
husband, Robert Wagner, and another
actor, apparently fell off the Wagners'
yacht and drowned while trying to
board a dinghy, County Coroner
Thomas Noguchi said yesterday.
Wood, 43, wearing a blue nightgown,
knee-high socks and a red down jacket,
disappeared about midnight Saturday
from the 60-foot power cruiser Splen-
dour while it was anchored in Isthrus
Cove in a remote northern area of Santa
NOGUCHI SAID Wood apparently
fell into the water and drowned before
she could get into the dinghy, and her
body and the dinghy then drifted away
from the yacht.
"The cause of death has been cer-
tified as accidental drowning,"
Noguchi told a news conference. His of-
fice also released a written statement
that there was "no evidence of foul
Wood's body was found Sunday mor-
ning a half-mile from the yacht. It was
just beneath the surface of the water off
Blue Cavern Point and about 200 yards
from the dinghy. The Coast Guard said
her clothing could have made it hard
for her to swim.
NOGUCHI SAID, "Apparently there
was a non-violent argument between
Mr. Wagner and the other actor
(Christopher Walken). Apparently this
was the reason she (Wood) separated
herself from the group."
On board the yacht at the time were
Wood, Wagner, 51, Walken, 38, and the
... drowned in Pacific
F YOU ATE TURKEY in Livonia instead of studying
these past few days, don't despair. The Undergraduate
Library is extending its hours to help bleary-eyed
students make it through the next three weeks. Next
Sunday, Dec. 6, the UGLi will open at 10 a.m.-two hours
earlier than usual. As an added bonus, the UGLi will be
open from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday Dec. 13 through Monday,
left without most of his staff. President Reagan, in a veto
confrontation with Congress over government spending
authority, ordered thousands of federal workers deemed
"non-essential" sent home for the day on Nov. 23. That in-
cluded most of the employees in Buch's office. A planned
Bush trip to New York for a speech also was scrubbed.
What did Bush do? He came to his office in the Capitol. Sin-
ce he is presiding officer of the Senate under the Con-
stitution and Congress had approved a money bill for its
own operations, Bush has a small staff on Capitol Hill that
was not affected by the shutdown. "He really wasn't needed
iyn orn h~f n h rs n vrh r on1- n " 1 A ^ ^ +^ C,,-+
Bonaventure Hotel to browse through films, records,
trinkets, and collected stuff about the former British rock
group. Singer-songwriter Nilsson, known for "Without
You" and "Everybody's Talkin," sold kisses and
autographs to raise money for anti-handgun crusaders who
contend that the shooting death of ex-Beatle John Lennon'
might have been prevented by gun control laws. Nilsson
was a close friend of Lennon. At the fair, which ended Sun-
day, posters for the "Magical Mystery Tour" movie's Los
Angeles debut in 1973 brought in $10. Little "Apple" labels
were $5 apiece. Also available were coffee mugs, bumper
,.inkes hnth a ht hnh nprwuad
Conte (R-Mass.) then rose to defend the Italian trip, which
he helped set up. At the State Department's request, a
bipartisan delegation would visit earthquake-ravaged
areas and sign various relief contracts, Conte said, so "it is
not a junket. If you want to fault anyone, Mr. Solomon, fault
me," Conte said, turning on his GOP colleague. At that
point, Rep. Millicent Fenwick (R-N.J.) joined the fray, of-
fering to address colleagues "in pure Italian, if anybody
wants to hear it." She defended the trip as "an excellent
expression of the concern that this country feels for our
Italian friends." Solomon took his seat and dropped the