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hero as a gunfighter or knight, though
he's far more the lover than the fighter.
Keith Carradine fills the role like it
o was tailor made, and in fact Rudolph
says he wrote the role specifically with
Carradine in mind. Carradine waltzes
through the role, in touch with every lit-
tle detail and nuance of his character,
ch o ice and surmounts the difficult task of
taking what at first appears to be a
distant, unapproachable character and
Choose Me eventually evolves him into quite a
Directed by Alan Rudolph simple, uncluttered one. It's
Starring Genevieve Bujold, Keith Carradine's presence that binds the
Carradinev and Leslie Ann film together, that lets the fable unfold,
r so that it can be both absurdly farfet-
Warren ched, and touchingly honest.
By Byron L. Bull As writer and director, Rudolph has
created an amazingly well detailed,
consistently surprising film. He
IVEN Alan Rudolph's fashions a movie that is a technical
inauspicious track record of films wonder for all its intricate plot con-
like Roadie and Welcome to L.A., one is volutions, yet still squeezes in a wealth
inclined to write his latest, Choose Me, of character details.
off even before seeing it. That just He choreographs his sequences like a
makes the surprise that this film is so dance, cutting back and forth between
bright and uniquely funny all that much characters as they convey a wide
more surprising. Though a self- variety of feelings with just one or two
confessed contemporary adult comedy, subtle gestures. He pulls his cast
Choose Me's smart script, sharp cast, together, and creates a chemistry
and wonderfully convuluted, twisting Warren and Carradine: Stellar performances amongst them so strong that they move
script show roots that clearly run back real character who's so starved for The third point on the triad is Mickey, around and react toward each other so
to George Cukor's delightful screw-ball warmth that she'll even settle for who walks out of a mental institution at closely and precisely that you can
comedies of the late thirties and early whatever she can pull out of a one night the films outset and sets out on what almost see the wires connecting them.
forties. stand. essentially amounts to a mythic Choose Me is by no means a classic,
though seldom well handled terrain of who's known as Dr. Nancy Love over a odyssey for a wife. He has a habit of but it is a very well made, affec-
romatic comedy by capturing pointed radio call-in show called The Loveline. asking every woman he kisses to marry tionately crafted little film. For it's
human observations in a refreshingly, Though Eve has conferred with Nancy him (though he insists he only kisses pure, simple pleasures, it's one of the
witty slant. The film opens amidst the on the show before, they don't realize women hed marry, and is oddly quite year's best films and should by all
tacky seediness of Los Angeles, with an they're living together because Nancy woman. He's been married twice, and
assortment of oddball characters who, has been going by another
in the midst of searching for the same name since she moved in. says that either marriage would have
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thing, love, in their own weird ways, Compassionate, and capable of hadn't ruined them. SS1ES
run into one another in the most ex- dispensing sound, common sense ad-
traordinary ways. They're all long past vice to her rabid following of listeners, talking to her, and in short time is put-
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oncoming later years with no small starved and lonely she's on the verge of to marry him. Though a bit put off by
amount of trepidation. neurosis. She can only deal with her Mickey, Eve can't quite seem to get
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By Lisa Oram
"If you forget your home, your coun-
try, you can become like the
Americans and fit right in. If you stick
strongly to your identity you must
sometimes sacrifice in your social
life." So said Kwon Seok Woo, a fresh-
person from South Korea, and one of
our 2,000 foreign students at the
"There is a lot of good here in a
material sense and if you give up your
identity because you are getting
material benefits, you are betraying the
expectations of your country to study
hard in America and then contribute to
your home. You must at least never
forget where you came from," Kwon
Kwon said he feels very strongly
about his identity but emphasizes "I
really love Americans!" He is a tran-
sfer student from University of
Southern California where he studies
for two semesters before coming to the
University of Michigan.
He said he wanted to study in
America because of the "fresh insight"
he hopes to acquire and return to his
home country with.
"America," he said, "is a model of
industrialization for the in-
dustrialization of my own country".
He claims to have chosen the Univer-
sity because of its high academic
reputation, hoping to study sociology
and how it relates to political behavior.
Pointing out one simple difference
between himself and many American
students, he said, "I stand in the
cafeteria line at my dormitory with
everyone else and make the choices for
my meal. We all eat together and after
dinner, take our trays to the garbage. I
see whole meals, untouched, being
thrown away. I think of the starving
people in my and so many other coun-
tries. Americans don't really under-
stand a foreign student who has ex-
perienced this kind of hardship and
poverty because they have never ex-
perienced it. They end up with an
exaggerated optimism. They always
see the bright side but don't really ap-
preciate the other side."
About the University, Kwon said, "In
America everything is institutionalized
to provide help and is very convenient.
But, in the bureaucracy of an in-
stitution, you don't always find the best
way out of a problem. You may have to
wander around but there is always
somewhere to go.
"For example," he added, "foreign
students are required to take a
language proficiency exam. Un-
dergraduates must also take the
required composition text. In these
tests, we are expected to express our-
selves in limited English about
culturally bounded subjects such as

politics or abortion rights. We are given
the same amount of time as the
American students. As a result of the
tests Kwon was placed in a tutorial
English Composition class. At the end
of the session, he retook the test and
was placed in a tutorial class for the
second time, but is appealing the
"I can't get past freshman com-
position but I got the best grade in my
honors political science course," Kwon
said laughing.
A t the University there is an inter-
national community of students
from over 100 different countries. They
along with the foreign faculty, visitors,
and their families bring international
diversity to Ann Arbor. Many of them
say they are attracted to the University
by its high academic reputation and the
many programs that aren't available in
their own countries.
International students, dressed in
American blue jeans, buying books at
University Cellar, studying at the
UGLI, and doing "the Wave" at football
games, are in a constant process of in-
terpreting American culture.
The most mundane occurance in the
life of an American student can take on
great significance for a foreign student.
Halloween parties, Ready Teller
machines, and happy hours are all
telling a cultural story being ready dif-
ferently from east national perspective.
Each foreign student's experience is
shaped by what he is accustomed to in
his own country. A Chinese student
might find large dorm parties most
shocking, a French student may be
most surprised by American eating
habits, an Israeli may be most im-
pressed by the expansive library
There is a strain, however, to being a
foreigner entering a foreign country.
The difficulties of becoming ac-
customed to a foreign language and
functioning in a competitive university
can be frustrating.
Many foreign students are im-
mediately involved in research or
teaching positions and have spouses or
children to worry about
The University responds to the needs
of foreign students mostly through
programs and counseling at the Inter-
national Center. In the past couple
years, however, foreign student
leaders have complained that this help
is not sufficient.
Kwami Wampah, from the Republic
of Togo in West Africa and current
president of the International Student
Affairs Committee (ISAC), is con-
tinuing the work started by last year's
committee in confronting the Univer-
sity administration with the concerns
and problems of international students.
"International students do not feel
the University gives their needs
adequate attention." Wampah claims.
The International Center, a quiet
narrow corridor between Michigan
Union and West Quad Dormitory, was
first established in 1936 as a service for
use by international students and
faculty as well as Americans interested
in overseas travel and education or
domestic international experiences.
The 1982-83 International Center
Report commented about the delicacy
of working with newly arrived foreign
students. "Although most foreign

students are mature professional
people who can well manage their own
lives without external assistance, some
circumstances indicate the ap-
propriateness of University aid. Much
effort is put into helping newly arrived
foreign people quickly and successfully
get settled into the Ann Arbor com-
munity and into the University.
Assistance is provided for foreign
student organizations and for in-
dividuals who request help."
One of the primary programs run by
the International Center is a 3-week
orientation for foreign students upon
arrival in August. The orientation is
designed to acquaint them with the
culture and the university" said Aman-
da Gordon, program director at the In-
ternational Center.
"We then try to mainstream the
students and offer individual culture
specific advising during the year," she
There is, however, no organized
followup, which according to Wampah
is much needed. Upon arrival, he said,
the main preoccuption is with program
requirements and regiaration. He
claimed a more gradual unfolding of in-
formation would be more useful.
Who can really concentrate on how to
reserve a raquetball court at the CCRB
when the most immediate concerns are
language proficiency tests and CRISP?
There is also a need for more com-
plete and detailed pre-departure infor-
mation, about clothes, and weather,
etc." said Wampah.
This year, current foreign students
served as leaders in the orientation, a
change which both Wampah and Gor-
don hailed as an improvement.

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