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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 17, 1986 - Page 7

Hornback to read Yeats

Hughes' latest film disappoints

By Joseph Kraus
n the turning pages and isolation
of images that takes place in
most English classes, it is easy to
forget that poetry is meant to be
read aloud.
Aware of that frequent oversight
and in celebration of St. Patrick's
Day, English Prof. Bert Hornback
will be reading selections form
William Butler Yeats' poetry this
evening at the University Club.
Hornback, well known around
campus and Michigan for his an-
nual Christmas reading of Charles
Dickens' A Christmas Carol, has
been reading Yeats this time of
year for several seasons. With
some experience as an amateur
actor and a firm grasp on Yeats'
poetry, Hornback is well-qualified
for such a reading.

On Saturday, he gave a similar
performance at the Kerrytown
Concert House where he sprinkled
biographical anecdotes throughout
the reading so that those with no
experience with the poet could
follow his various stages of
development, and those familiar
with him could get fresh insight in-
to the poems.
Yeats is, of course, the obvious
choice for a St. Patrick's Day
reading. He is,perhaps, the
greatest poet Ireland has ever
produced, and he is the most
recent poethto be generally accep-
ted into that highest echelon of
poets writing in English which in-
cludes Chaucer, Shakespeare,
Milton, and the great Romantics.
As a young man, Yeats took the
themes of Gaelic Ireland and spun

them into some of the most
musical verse ever written in
English. As he grew older, he
began to write more philosophical
poems. Yet almost miraculously,
he maintained his distinct sense of
lyricism.
Hornback's reading fleshes out
that vital lyricism in ways that
silent reading can never do. As a
good way of avoiding such perver-
sions of Irish culture as green beer
and images of drunken
leprechauns, come hear Hor-
nback's reading. With the general
commercialization of Irish culture
that inevitably occurs at t his time
of year, Yeats stand out as Ireland
at its finest.
Hornback's reading begins this
evening at 8 p.m. at the University
Club. Admission is free, and there
will be Irish music during the in-
termissions.

(Continued from Page 5)
arrange to have a computer print
some _f his lines: "You can love
somebody, but that doesn't mean
they'll love you back."
Regrettably, the social realism in
Pretty in Pink is not nearly as credib-
le as in The Breakfast Club. The
stereotypes are exaggerated to keep
the conflicts obvious; as obvious as
an Amtrak train rumbling through
the middle of the film. The characters
are multi-dimensional enough that we
think we know them, but their
behavior, their speech, their ex-
pressions, are oftentimes too predic-
table, too plastic, (too pink?).

If any character escapes this
plague, it is Duckie, Andie's non-
conformist, brotherly friend. His
secret love for her frequently keeps
the plot from stagnating beneath too
much lipgloss. In fact, I wondered if
any of the major plot occurrences
would have happened at all without
Duckie's open, honest speeches and
prodding. It can be exciting when a
supporting character steals the show.
However, the script or the other ac-
tor's performances must be lacking
when that same character turns out to
be the saving grace, literally saving
our red-headed protagonist's love
relationship at the end of the film.

Pretty in Pink follows the teen film
success formula too perfectly. Hot
teen actors, hot teen director, up to
the minute soundtrack, (with INXS,
The Psychedelic Furs, and more),
and a few new fashions the kids can
imitate at school for a few weeks.
Combine these with a rather shallow
story of teen romance, and you have
the whole package. The only thing;
lacking is purpose. But maybe not.
Maybe, as one character put it, "life
is just a stupid situation", then these
movies are a part of the stupid"
tradition of teen life. I had hoped John
Hughes would argue.
with style

A birthday celebrated

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Test classes grow in popularity

(Continued from Page 1)
they're about understanding and ap-
plying knowledge to unusual
situations."
Kathy Amrhein, the Ann Arbor
branch manager oftKaplan'srtest
preparation service, believes class
preparation offers benefits not found
in other methods. Instructors at
Kaplan have already taken the course
and are in graduate school. "The in-
structors can tell you what the test
demands from you," she said.
AMRHEIN added that students who
rely on test manuals miss the advan-
tages of live instruction. "The student
can't receive an explanation for why
one answer is correct and another is
not," Amrhein said.
Both students and counselors,
however, question the necessity of a
test preparation course.
Naomi Tschoegal, who is the ad-
missions director for the business
school's graduate program, said that
the school takes a 'neutral' stance on
the value of preparation classes.
"IF a student comes in and asks,
'Should I take the course?' we say
that we dont know if it helps," she
said. "We don't know if an inflated
score is a function of repetition or if
it's a function of the program."
Allan Stillwagon, assistant dean
and admissions officers for the
University's law school, urges
students to prepare on their own.
"I do see a number of people who
think that they might have been bet-
ter off had they not taken the course,
including a substantial number who
say they were made more anxious,
not less," he said. "In the absence of
carefully controled studies, of which I
have seen none, my opinion is that
practicing on your own is the best
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the student, then a case can be made
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practicing taking the exam, having it
graded by a third party, and getting
feedback on his or her performance is
good for some students," he said.
"But there are many students who
are capable of setting up their own
review schedule," Rice continued. "A
student certainly doesn't have to
spend $400 to prepare for a test."
Nancy Thomas, a first-year law
student, thinks the biggest advantage
offered by preparation classes is the
practice. "While the classes were
kind of a waste of time- it was faster
to go through the materials on your
own - the course familiarized me

with what would be on the test and
gave me an opportunity to get my
timing down."
Bob Silagi, a graduate student in
business used both self-study and
preparation classes to study for the
two admissions tests he has taken. "I
didn't get much out of Kaplan," he
said. "Too much time was spent get-
ting to the center and going through
the tapes to find answers and ex-
planations."
Joanna Heirich, an LSA senior
planning to attend graduate school in
psychology, decided to prepare on her
own. "I don't think I need to spend
hundreds of dollars taking a course
when I can get much of the same
prepartory experience with a
schedule of my own," she said.

(Continued from Page 5)
lives!
Tommy offered the audience more
than a little local history. Introducing
the first of three Thad Jones pieces
that he played that night Flanagan
told us how 'Elusive' was written for
Thad's trumpet and Billy Mitchell's
sax when the cats played at Detroit's
old Bluebird club. Now George Mraz
had reworked the thing for piano and
bass! The trio had no trouble finding
the heart of this strange song with the
quirky stops. The first set closed with
a Joe Henderson composition called
'Recorda Me' which served as a
vehicle for Al Foster's amazing
drumming. Great interplay and hot
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highlight of an evening of highlights.
It was a lengthy tribute., to my
favorite composer, Thelonious Monk
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