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he Michigan Daiiy Thursday, February 2, 1984 Page 5

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Friday, Feb. 3, 1984:
Director, Michigan ACLU:
"Civil Liberties in Reagan's America"


Confidence a major
step for min orities

'Hill Street' sings the blues

E VERYBODY NEEDS a hand some-
times. You get thrust into an un-
familiar situation, and you want to
ease your, way in (or out) without
coming to grief. You want a place to
go, where the welcome is uncon-
ditonal and the eyes are understan-
ABENG is such a place.
Elsetimes, you wanna spill out a lit-
tle, strut your stuff, and have a
general cheezy dip with your friends
and various stringers.
The Minority Arts and 'Cultural
Festival is such a time.
In Jamaican culture, "Abeng"
refers to a horn which is blown to
sulm*mon all peoples within aural
range. In East Quaddie culture,
ABENG refers to a gathering of
minority peoples throughout the dorm
and beyond.
Located on East Quad's 2nd floor'
Greene, ABENG serves a little-
publicized but important function for

Movement which precipitated a two-
week all-student strike back in 1970.
The volunteer peer counseling service
was formed by three Residential
College students; ABENG has since
expanded into formal peer counseling
as well as. academic services. The
organization is supported by MSA, the
East Quad Representative Assembly,
RHA, Vice President for Student Af-
fairs Henry Johnson's office, and
Housing special programs, according
to coordinator Daniels.
In addition to assistance from the
above groups, ABENG holds periodic
raffles and dances to make money. "I
don't think we're hindered by a lack of
funds," Daniels says.
Fun, Games, and Culture
The highlight of the ABENG calen-
der is the annual .Minority Arts and
Cultural Festival, which ap-
propriately takes place during
February, black history month.
The four-day event, which begins
this evening, "Is kind of educational
and cultural exchange," says Daniels.
"The festival is for everyone, and not
directed toward just minorities; it's
for everyone to learn from and ex-
The festival, which is celebrating its

By Richard Campbell
WITH THE DEATH of Michael Con-
rad, who played the role of the
fatherly Sgt. Phil Esterhaus on "Hill
Street Blues," commercial television's
most acclaimed continuing drama finds
itself struggling in the world of prime
time TV.
Tonight's episode will be the first to
deal with Conrad's death. In doing so,
those talents in front of and behind the
camera will'have to come to grips with
the show's sagging quality.
"~M*A*S*H" proved that it could over-
come the loss of major characters,
changing styles successfully - though
not to all tastes.
The series started out as the best
show on the air and then got better, at
times rivaling Oscar-winning movies in
excellence. Complex plotting and
subtle direction , combined to give the
drama a gritty sense of realism. The
production looked messy in a medium
that strived for glitter and artifice. And
always, there was the rush of events,
people moving in the background, ex-
tras interrupting the main characters,
stray sounds drowning out the dialogue,
that made "Hill Street Blues" appear to
be a documentary rather than a cop
show/soap opera.
But more than merely looking good,
the show introduced us to over a dozen
main characters, each one a fully-
developed personality trying to survive
working in a quasi-ghetto of some
anonymous northern metropolitan city.
Nobody was perfect, and during the
first two seasons we saw each person
fail and succeed in a variety of
situations, each one coming to grips
with his or her own contradictions. And
amid all the deep drama, "Hill Street"

never lost its sense of humor, never,
going for the cheap laugh, but willing to,
be funny even during the most wren-
ching scenes. It was a show that cap-
tured the absurdities of real life.
Ever since the show went on the air it,
started the same way. The title card
read, "Roll Call, 6:55 a.m." A few
minutes of uncontrolled cinema verite
followed as Sgt. Esterhaus read off
items of caution from his agenda. And
then, as the day shift broke up and left
for their beats, the sargeant offered a
stern, heartfelt admonition, "Hey, let's
be careful out there." That blessing, a
totem used to ward off the cruelties of
police life, set the tone for the show.
It was probably unfair to expect such
quality to continue, yet it was disap-
pointing to see the show grow less in- -
teresting since the departure of one of
its creators at the end of the '82-'83
To be sure, the series is still the best
thing on TV, but the plots are more
straightforward, characters less
clearly defined, and the production
doesn't look as messy.
More importantly, the show has been
shifting attention away from
established secondary characters.
We're seeing less of assistant Ray
Calletano, Leo the desk sargeant,
Henry Goldblum, and Fay, concen-
trating rather on Frank and Joyce.
Happily, even with the gradual in-
crease in mediocre shows, "Hill Street"
manages to come through in the clutch.
This past season has seen a number of
outstanding episodes in between the
average ones.
But the last three shows have lamely
opened with Lieut. Goldblum reading
roll-call, advising the troops to "be

careful out there." The world just
doesn't feel as safe without Sgt.
Esterhaus. With a bit of luck, though,
"Hill Street Blues" will discover within
itself the ability to survive this real-life

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those individuals who find themselves 10th anniversary, opens tonight with a
iu 'various shades of the predominan- speech by Vice President Johnson en-
tly white University student titled "We Still Have a Dream."
background. Kick-off at 7 p.m. in East Quad's
"For minorities (at the University) room 126.
there's always an element of Following Johnson's talk will be the
struggle," says ABENG coordinator sweet sounds of Marcus Belgrave's
Naveena Daniels. "There aren't very Jazz Development Workshop in a
many (other minority) students or program dubbed "The Children Cry."
role models out there." The title song, written by George
The sheer number imbalance facing Mollis and Johnny Griffin, features
minority students can cause problems Belgrave on solo trumpet, affording
in itself, Daniels suggests. "Often- an excellent showcase for his circular
times, there's a feeling of isolation breathing technique.
and lack of self-confidence - and Belgrave, a frequent and popular
those are the kind of problems that Ann Arbor visitor, blows first at 8
ABENG triesto address," she says. p.m. in the Residential College
ABENG serves a number of fun- Auditorium.
ctions - both social and academic - SStuff strut
for its membership, which varies The unquestioned high spot of the
between 60 to 80 students. Besides entire festival takes place on Satur-
providing a place to meet people, day night: The Fashion and Perofr-
A ENG .ordi1tes ,st gra inwng-Ars show. The.program calls
fo mation, i'efers studentsto CUES"' for an evening of music and dance,
(Center for the Ue eo Learning {spread around three seperate fashion
Skills), and keeps two minority peer acts.
advisors on hand to offer advice and Twenty-one models will parade on-
support. stage in casual and formal clothing
Last year the organization spon- from such stores as Webster's,
sored several workshops in East Quad Bivouac, Brother's Formalwear,,
on: racial tension and awareness. Bride's Showcase, and the Limited.
These meetings addressed such One of those models is Maitray Patel.
questions as "Why do black people Patel appears in each of the three
tend to sit at the black table?" accor- acts, including a wedding scene in
ding to ABENG member Maitray which he will sport a full tuxedo. But
Patel. the East Quad doesn't feel self-
"A lot of students went to high conscious - yet. You have to look
schools in Detroit that were all confident in the way you walk, Patel
black," says Patel, a third year Inter- says.
flex student. "If you're not used to "I've done it so many times in prac-
(Uhiversity conditions ), it can be tise; I catch myself 'walking' down
kind of a shock." the halls sometimes," he says.
ABENG was founded as a All festival events are free and open
byproduct of the Black Action to the entire groovy public. Walk on.
Festival festivities

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Position Available August 1, 1984
Undergraduate Female House
Application Forms Available
in the Housing Office, 1500 S.A.B.
A bachelor's degree or the equivalent is desirable.
Henderson House offers a co-operative living arrangement.
The 30 undergraduate women residents share the responsi-
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working five hours per week. The Resident Director super-
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building maintenance and acts as a liaison between student
residents, Housing Division and University supporting or-
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Deadline For Application is
4:00 p.m. February 16, 1984

Philliarmonia succeeds

By Andrew Porter
G 0 HOME Lenny and the Vienna,
you've been outdone already.
Tuesday night the University Philhor-
monia put on a show you're sure not to
The evening commenced with
Telemann's Suite in A Minor for Flute
and Orchestra, a small concerto in
eight movements that was performed
by soloists Keith Bryan and a small
chamber of fine, young musicians.
At the start of the overture Bryan
seemed somewhat nervous and the or-
chestra was a bit tense, but before the
movement ended everybody became
more relaxed, and the fast moving,
delightful piece had the audience hyp-
Each successive movement was a
series of themes tossed back and forth
from the flute to the orchestra. '
Next on the program was the famous'
Fifth Symnphony which began power-
fully on its famous four-note rhythmic
motive and from then until the final C
Minor chord of the coda it held the
audience hostage to an amazingly well-
done performance.
In the first movement conductor Carl
St. Clair changed tempos efficiently
and controlled the orchestra quite well.
The mini-oboe solo in the development
section sounded elegant and the coda
was marvelous.
The slower, more lyrical movement
was well handled and the orchestra
traded the themes very smoothly. The
Russian-like melody in the middle was
treated beautifully by the woodwinds
and the basses crepts in to end the
movement with a crafty, pungent

In the final two movements the or-
chestra shined. Carl St. Clair's inter-
pretation was as original and interesting
as any von Karajan or Bernstein has
ever offered and the violin section was
more outstanding than anybody could
previously have fathomed.
And although Brian Prechtl's absen-
ce is_ conspicuous, the budding
youngsters in the percussion section
still played quite powerfully. The only
drawback, and a minor one to boot, was
that the singing flutes that scream out,
their octaves in the coda of the fourth
movement were drowned out by the or-
chestra . . . A minor detail, but an in-
teresting piece of polyphony to which
experienced Beethoven lovers look
In short, the evening was enjoyable
and hopefully successful in giving the
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