The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 5, 1982-Page 5
Anachronism society dons armor
to bring medieval
SPECTATORS were en
BY SHARON MORIOKA try their hands at sword fi
Swords clashed in the hot sun Sunday swords are actually hea
as heavily armored knights battled for reeds and are not dangerou
their honor on the Diag. David Hoornstra,
Sleepy students on their way to the (president) of the Ann ai
UGLI were not seeing the ghosts of said that fighters must tr
King Arthur and his Round Table, but to become skilled enough
the Society for Creative Anachronism seriously.
staging a display of medieval dancing Hoornstra said the 17-yea
and fighting. ;has an international mer
The society is dedicated to the study about 7,000 people. The
of medieval culture. Instead of merely chapters, or "cantons," inD
reading literature, members try to The Ann Arbor group, c
recreate the period through swor- nabar," meets twice wee
dfights, dances, cooking, crafts and practice fighting and danc
general "reveling." to "revel," or, to have a
EACH MEMBER creates a ficticious "That's the whole point, t
persona complete with name and in- Hoornstra said.
terests from a time between 650 and THE FIGHTS are ama
1650 A.D. violent. I've been fightin
The member then acts out whatever years," Hoornstra said. "
his persona would have done, anything one injury."
from calligraphy and music to juggling One audience participant
and swordfights. Morris, said, "I don't knov
The knights in the Diag Sunday wore they're striving for realisr
about 80 pounds of armor. Curious, fun."
passerbys gathered to watch the fights, ;,
some looking perplexed by the whole
Junior Tim Moshier was puzzled by
the knights' antics at first, but 'I do 0
play 'Dungeons and Dragons', and it
reminds me of that." Moshier con- -\I
sidered the fights a means of escape J
from everyday life. "If they can do it
this way, I think it's great," he said. Ln d
SSue Harrington, also a junior, said, LJ iG C
"It's a typical Ann Arbor event, but it's
kind of interesting."
couraged to The soc
ighting. The as much a
vily padded have adde
as. sexual eq
seneschal Women ar
rbor society, may becor
ain for years ability.
to compete Men are
ar-old society poetry, do c
mbership of enough to k
re are nine nstra.
called "Cyn- the group"
kly, once to to be creat
ing and once Ionia cant
good time. because "i1
o have fun," the crowd.'
azingly non- -
ng for three S b
and I've had Subs
t, Junior Dan A/I MIc
w how much
m, but it was
iety does strive for realism
s possible, but the members
d such modern aspects as
*ualtiy, Hoornstra said.
e allowed to be fighters and
me knights if they have the
encouraged to participate in
"A knight can dance, write
calligraphy, and cook. It's not
be a sword jock," said Hoor-.
Ellen Radding said she likes
because it encouraes people
ive." Phillip Greggo of the
on said he likes the fights
t's fun, you can show off for
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Dissident tells of Sovet control
By DAN GRANTHAM
Russian authors and publishers are of-
ten forced to add statements to their
works to appease the government and
clear the way for printing, according to a
Russian dissident who visited campus
The Soviet government has a large
degree of control over the publishing
industry and can make demands of
ublishers and authors, Raisa Orlova
aid to 50 people at a conference spon-
sored by the Center for Russian East
European Studies and the Slavic
ORLOVA, WHO is a specialist in
Armerican literature and culture, gave
several examples of writers and
publishers who were forced to appease
the government and clear the way to
One author whose science fiction
work was published only after he added
a preface to please the Soviet gover-
nment, Orlova said. The preface
labeled America as warlovers while
calling the Soviets a peaceful people.
A writer who wrote a preface for a
translation of J.D. Salinger's Catcher in
The Rye, had to include a statement
about the bourgeois decadence of the
language in the novel.; After the
statement was included, the translation
was published, Orlova said.
ORLOVA ALSO told of an author who
wrote of the difficulty involved in get-
ting even the smallest thing from the
Soviet government. The government
demanded that he add an afterword
stating that these difficulties were
found only in previous Soviet gover-
nments and not in the present system.
Some authors such as Leta Tchaikov-
ski, refuse to make these compromises,
Orlova said. Tchaikovski would not let
anyone delete even one line from any of
Orlova said that she appeased the
government because she thought
Russian culture was more important
than her "clean hands."
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YPSILANTI police are currently
searching for possible suspects, said
Deputy Chief Dan Heliker. One suspect,
David Brown, was previously senten-
ed to Jackson State Prison for sexual
assault robberies involving elderly
women in Grand Rapids.
He eluded security officials in Oc-
tober 1981 when he was taken to
University Hospital for treatment for a
neurological disorder. He has not yet
been apprehended, Heliker said. "We'd
like to locate and talk to him. He had a
history that may implicate him," he
Washtenaw County Prosecutor
illiam Delhey said that his office is
"looking at other homicides in the
state" in an attempt to locate possible
Ann Arbor police are investigating "a
usual group of suspects who have this
(sexual assault robberies),in their past;
history," Corbett said.
THE ANN Arbor and Ypsilanti police
departments are working closely with
the prosecutor's office, the medical
examiner s office, as well as other local
and out-of-state police agencies and
private agencies in the current in-
vestigations, Corbett said.
Florence Bell, 91, of Ypsilanti died of
stab wounds January 8, Margorie Up-
son, 85, also of Ypsilanti, was found
strangled to death last Wednesday. The
body of the latest victim, Louise' Kob-
nick, 84, of 621 W. Jefferson in Ann Ar-
bor, was found Friday.
Heliker said the Ypsilanti police
Department is attempting to locate all
elderly white women in town in an at-
tempt-to watch the residences.
Ann Arbor police are currently
thinking of conducting a similar census
procedure, Corbett said.
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