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By Richard Campbell
Y OU SAY YOU can't see a movie
tonight because your term paper
is due tomorrow? Don't be a fool. Get
your priorities straight. You're in Ann
Arbor, the midwestern movie mecca.
Except for such small towns as New
York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and
perhaps Boston, this sleepy college
berg will show you more films from
more directors and more countries than
humans should be allowed to see. But,
you argue, I came to this town for an
education? - right you are, a film
While the area boasts a number of

but true
By Larry Dean
THE FRENCH people have a saying:
c'est bien, or it's good. We all know
the perennial off-the-cuffer, c'est la vie
-that's life-which is in the same
philosophical category, but the former
remains more rooted in generality,
begging for an object of its goodness.
Let's attach one.
Radio: No longer the big draw it once
was, when Fibber McGee 'and Molly
toasted the marshmallow hearts of
millions of listeners the country over,
gathering 'round the radio like a
wagon train fighting off irate injuns.
Radio: Technologized to the point of
Stanley Kubrickian entropy. Radio:
Some stations of which provide the
calmness not yet found in elevators and
doctors' offices.
Radio: Like WCBN. C'est bien.
If you spin the dial way to the left, in
the vicinity of 88.3 FM, you come across
strange transmissions. These utteran-
ces originate from the basement of the
Student Activities Building, an apt
locale. Just think ... while you patien-
tly wait in that nutty Financial Aid line,
radio wave voodoo is infiltrating the air
'neath your feet. Feel it. In your soles.
The "it's good" in WCBN stands for
Campus Broadcasting Network, an
organization with their own musical
cabala. They're also affiliated with
WJJX, the carrier-current AM station
that's the darling of the dorms, where
many 'CBN jocks cut their turntable-
Boasting the claim to fame of being

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Campus favorites: Lillian Gish, Donald Duck, Henry Fonda, and Jack Lemmon.

commerical theaters for first- and
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l suburbs contain dozens more, it is the
college community's own campus film
groupsthat deserve a special Oscar for
screening the oldies, the obscure,.the
strange, and the hard-to-believe.
On any given night, you may have to
choose between The Maltese Falcon
and Casablanca, The Adventures of
Robin Hood and Star Trek II, Singing in
the Rain and Cabaret, Eraserhead and
Gone With the Wind, Fantasia or Fritz
the Cat. For autuer theorists, we've got
Truffaut, Goddard, Bunuel, Welles,
Allen, Huston, Hawks, Kubrick, Cukor,
Hitchcock, Lang, and, of course,
Bergman by the barrel.
Granddaddy of the campus cinema
guilds is Cinema Guild. This group has
been showing flicks practically every
day of the school year for the past 30
years. Concentrating on the classics of
cinema, the Guild holds screenings in
the historical but somewhat uncomfor-
table Lorch Hall (below CRISP).
Many years ago, Cinema Guild began
the Ann Arbor Film Festival, one of the
country's first festivals for 16mm films.
Now held in the Michigan Theatre, the
festival draws films of every possible
style and subject matter from all over
the country.
The Ann Arbor Film Co-op tends to
show slightly more commercial films, a
lot of third-run, year-old releases, as
well as perennial crowd-pleasing
favorites. The co-op screens movies in
most campus auditoriums as well as
the venerable Michigan Theatre, but
most are seen in the comfortable, large
auditoriums of the Modern Languages
Not to be outdone by Cinema Guild,
the co-op started an 8mm film festival a
few years ago. Just like the big boys,
the festival gets entrants from all over
in styles ranging from dull and abstract
to witty and poignant. Definitely a cut
above dad's home movies.
Showing films exclusively on the big
screen at the Michigan Theatre, Classic
Film Theatre gives us the chance to
view our favorite flicks the way they
were supposed to be seen - larger than
life, no commercials, and with popcorn.
As an added bonus, silent films are
shown accompanied by the theater's
organ, one of the last surviving of its
type in the country.
Mediatrics is a front for the Univer-
sity Activities Center and shows any
film likely to draw a crowd. Movies are

presented on Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday nights to get the big box-office.
However, the group has some showings
in the Natural Sciences auditorium - a
tortuous and uncomfortably hot place.
Alternative Action and Cinema Two
balance the more well-known fare from
the other groups with films that don't
get regular screenings in the area. If
your choices are between an old War-
ner Bros. musical and some unknown
Bulgarian political satire,,check out the
unknown pic. Both groups show their
offerings in most campus auditoriums,
with Cinema Two preferring the
coziness of Auditorium A.
Hill Street Cinema puts on shows at
the Hillel Foundation on Hill Street.
Their menu includes both crowd-
pleasers to raise money and once-in-a-
lifetime obscure films to raise one's
For many years it was up to the in-
dividual moviegoer to collect each
group's schedules and then to sort
through them every evening to find the
best film. But now, every two months,
the bible for Ann Arbor cinemaniacs is
published - Michigan Cinema Guide.
Every movie screened by a campus
film society is listed day-by-day with
original movie blurbs. You can pick up
this handy-dandy index almost
anywhere on campus, but be careful,
they are notoriously difficult to hold on
to, so great is the demand for them.
With the Guide's help, there is no
reason for you to skip even one evening
of motion picture entertainment.
Remember, the best way to start an all-
nighter is with a screening of Casablan-

WCBN: Free format gone wild.
"Radio Free Ann Arbor" WCBN is the
ultimate plateau upon which music
lovers elucidate. Staffed and run by
students, it is as much a learning ex-
perience as it is an ego booster; they
tell you there thatthe 'go has no place,
but each and every personality gets a
rush from controlling some air space
for a while (admit it, guys). Nothing's
more gratifying than needing a soapbox
and finding it.
For your pleasure, WCBN offers a
wide variety of listening experiences.
Doubtlessly, the champion of their
megastructure is the freeform format,
wherein the disc jocky structures their
own program. During a freeform slot,
you can hear everything from Earl
Scruggs to the Toiling Midgets - which
leaves a mightly large hole in the
panorama to be filled in. Freeform: No
boundaries, open fire, if it's on record
or tape, or shoelaces, we'll play it.
This freedom of choice gives both
listeners and DJs the chance to explore

the musical jungle. Given the machetes
of experimentation, who knows what
could be discovered? Thus the over-
whelming applause for freeform.
WCBN also offers a host of
alternativesprogramming. The
public affairs staff works to bring the
latest newsworthy and community af-
fairs-type stuff to waiting ears; Jazz
'Til Noon is a popular showcase, five
days per-week, for the biz that bought
Bob James a Hollywood bungalo;
specialty programming provides a
wide spectrum of shows, each focusing
on a chosen theme - blues, dance
music, classical, reggae, synthesized,
hardcore, and so on; and when the
gelatin thickens, news has been known
to air.
It's pretty difficult to dwell in Ann
Arbor and never get to know the joyful
noise of WCBN. It's not just a student-
run radio station, but a town tradition.
While students comprise the creative
embodiment of the station, its signal
can be heard from our city limits to
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Other FM radio stations
WCBN-88.3 (Ann Arbor) ............................. Free Form
WEMU-89.0 (Ypsilanti) .................................... Jazz
WUOM-91.7 (Ann Arbor) .............................. Classical
WXCI-92.3 (Detroit) .............................Country
WDRQ-93.0 (Detroit) ................... Urban Contemporary
WMJC-95.0 (Detroit) ....................................... Pop
WJLB-97.9 (Detroit) ....................... Urban Contemporary
WLIZ-98.7 (Detroit) ..................................AOR Rock
WCLS-99.5 (Detroit) ....................... Adult Contemporary
WNIC-100.3 (Detroit) ......................... ........Pop
WRIF-101.5 (Detroit) . ... .. . ... .. . ... . .. . ..... .. .. . .. AOR Rock
WDET-101.9 (Detroit) ............................. Public Radio
WIQB-102.9 (Ann Arbor) ............................. AOR Rock
WJZZ --105.9 (Detroit) ..................................... Jazz
WWWW-106.7 (Detroit) ................................Country
WPAG-107.1 (Ann Arbor) ............................... ... Pop


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