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MICH.ELLANY
'Protest? Sorry, I'm just too busy'
LET'S SAY THAT YOU'RE IN children too will say, "Never
college a year before the United again."
States entered World War , and IKEThe Holocaust and the atrocities
you see a sign announcing a protest that occur today are different in
against Hitler's Holocaust. Would F I SC H many ways. The Germans used gas
you go to the protest? What if you chambers. Millions of victims were
have a class that meets at the same herded like animals, branded and
time? Or you have a lot of home - exterminated-perhaps the most
w ,= work due the next day? pictures, graphic details, TV inhumane way to die.
r I probably wouldn't go to the coverage, Hollywood films. If you Today, people are being jailed,
-x protest. See, I'm really busy. I want to make me mad or guilty you beaten, tortured, exploited and
o have a full load of classes, and a have to show me. Flyers don't killed. It should not take gas
y N ~column due every week. And I can't make me grit my teeth. chamber massacres to get us
miss history class because it only What happens when, ten years thinking, to get us enraged. Yet we
Z meets twice a week. from now, ABC runs a four day have become so desensitized to
When I saw movies or read Hollywood-style miniseries on the death that beatings are common -
books about the Holocaust I plight of blacks in South Africa? It place. Jailings and disappearances
thought, "We (myself, and Amer - will be very popular like the are glanced over with the morning
icans) will never let this happen "Holocaust" and "Roots" films. coffee. Exploitation is the rule,
INTERVIEW again. It can't happen again." I felt People will get angry at the "and there's nothing we can do
rage at the Germans for their behavior of Botha and his racist about it."
bestiality, and I thought, "Never regime. They will grit their teeth "Change takes time."
again." and say, "Never again." "Protesting isn't going to do
1aBut how would I have reacted to Novels will start popping up. anything."
those atrocities if I hadn't seen Moving novels, and they will be A person who dies is a human, a
them recreated on a screen and discussed at length in English and thousand or a million are so much
movingly described in novels? political science classes. Our flotsam. We don't think about them
Confrontational Diag preacher Would I have become angry enough children will be sickened at the until we see them. Until we can see
to skip a class, having simply seen bestiality of the minority white the piles of skulls in Technicolor.
learns to deal with harrassment a flyer warning that Jews and regime. They'll learn about South Then we shudder.
Catholics were being sent to Africa in their social studies Blacks in South Africa have
Many students encounter Mike Caulk on a regular basis-"Preacher concentration camps? Probably classes. They'll draw pictures and been exploited since 1652. "Change
Mike," as some know him, uses the Diag as a stage for his often caustic not. Like most Americans, I need ask questions. And perhaps our Continued on Page 9
religious presentations. A native of Louisville, Kentucky and an ex-
Marine, Caulk studied mass communications and speech at several
Kentucky universities before coming to Ann Arbor in 1981. At 37, he is OFF THE WAL PRINT FROM THE PAST
married with three children and serves as pastor of the Cornerstone OFTE~~L RN R M TEPS
Christian Church. He was interviewed by Daily staffer Susanne Skubik.
Daily: How long have you been preaching on the Diag? The word "sex" or graffiti related to
Caulk: We're into the sixth year, so five years, two months, three days sex appears in 89% of the samples
and five minutes. on this door-A public service
D: Why do you do it? message from the School of
C: Well, I have a desire to communicate to young people that God is not Anthropology.
some religious ogre, or a kill-joy, or a party-pooper, but that he's a -Graduate Library
loving father and that serving him is fun and that it's fulfilling. I want only 3 things: 1) sex, 2)
D: Do students join your church just from hearing you preach? more sex, and 3) plenty of it
C: Well, some have. I'd stop short from saying it's just from hearing me m-Grad)l tib
preach. I think usually people come to Jesus, it's after a long series of -Graduate Library
events. Any influence I've had would be just part of that. But students I am very much in love... I pray
have come in and the contacts were made as a result of preaching. - that everyone experiences this
D: You interpret the Bible literally, you mean you belive every word is sometime in their lives! -amen
true just as it was written? (in reply)
C: Yes, yes. She's lying. Note the inclination of
D: But that doesn't make you a Fundamentalist? the sentence. More than likely
C: Well, no, I think Fundamentalist is a tag that we've created and it's a hidden religious tendencies. Note
dangerous thing because a Fundamentalist in South Carolina might be references to pray and amen. 1962: University public health researcher Theodore F. Beals explains his
expected to burn a cross in somebody's yard and I don't do that-very (in reply) work with viruses using sponge models. DAILY FILE PHOTO
often (laughs)-or, you know, in the Middle East a Fundamentalist Obviously the work of someone
blows up buildings and I don't do that either. I believe in fundamental who has been in school too long.
ideas about the Bible that we're saved and made right with God on the He/she cannot accept the fact that THE DAILY ALMANAC
basis of faith in Jesus alone and not by other things, that the Bible is the someone else is in love and
word of God. I believe that we're filled with the Holy Spirit by faith, attempts to destroy it with analy-
those types of things. You know, the Bible's not something we can alter zation. Love occurs in the mind of 20 years ago-October 5, Charles J. Baird Carillon atop the
and mess around with. So, in that sense, I'm a Fundamentalist. the individual. Only he/she knows 1966: 150 Michigan alumni were soon-to-be-dedicated Burton Mem -
D: What's your religious background? if he/she is truly in love. set to depart for San Francisco, orial Tower received its "baptismal
C: I was reared in a Christian environment. My parents were Christian, -Graduate Library where they would begin an around- sounding" by a mysterious, hit-and-
and I was introduced to the Bible early. the-world cruise to mark the run bellinger. Late workers in the
D: You call students at Michigan whoremongers and drug addicts. Do Revenue is sweet. . University's 150th birthday. Retired Chemistry Building reported
you really believe that? -Student Publications Building professors planned aboard-the-ship hearing "a round dozen of strokes in
C: Not all students at U of M are whoremongers and drug addicts. lectures and seminars covering the fairly rapid succession" on a single
Probably, youknow, a fraction of the students are really drug addicts. As (under an electrical outlet) politics, geography and history of bell at 1:05 in the morning,
far as sexual promiscuity, I think that's probably more prominent than Go ahead... I know you're the nations to be visited. concluding that it was probably a
drug addiction. So if we're going to get honest about the Scriptures and curious... play with it!! 50 years ago-October 3, prank and not the new .clock
Continued on Page 9 -Graduate Library 1936: One of 53 new bells in the malfunctioning.

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Hurt and Marlee Matlin are involved in a complicated affair at a school for the hearing impaired.
William Hurt makes an old
story worthy of a new look

By Kurt Serbus
"CHILDREN OF A LESSER
God" is a story of love,
communication and, most of all,
compromise. It is not a "great"
film-a faint aura of mediocrity
seems to hang over the whole
affair-but it's a damn good one,
full of tenderness and poignancy.
Through the tale of a hearing
teacher and a deaf girl who fall in
love, "Children" probes the deeper
issue of two people-any two
people-struggling to get on the
same level, or at least reach a
mutually satisfying middle ground.
William Hurt, like Jack
Nicholson, is one of those actors
whose name guarantees something
salvagable in any movie where he
appears. Fortunately, he doesn't
exactly have to salvage this
film-but he is responsible for a
great deal of its success. As James.
Leeds, an idealistic, wisecracking
teacher of .the deaf, Hurt adds an
element of humor and accessability
to what otherwise could have been a
rather somber film, despite some
serious problems that might have
tripped-up a less gifted actor. One
of these problems is the almost
stereotypical quality of his
role-the off-beat teacher who uses

unorthodox methods, inspiring the
love of his students and the wrath
of his superiors. Another is the fact
that he and Sarah, the film's other
protagonist, communicate almost
entirely by signing, forcing Hurt to
repeat everything the two of them
say in order to translate for the
audience. Problems like these could
have easily destroyed the film's
realism and credibility, but Hurt
manages to hurdle them without a
hitch.
Marlee Matlin plays Sarah
Norman to stony-faced perfection,
making her character almost as
impenetrable for the audience as she
is for her frustrated lover, James.
As the bitter, resentful deaf girl,
Matlin is either angry or unreadable
for much of the film, making it a
relief when she occassionally slips
out of her shell and communicates
something with her smile or her
eyes. As her character warms to
Leeds efforts, she lets her bitterness
slowly fade, allowing us glimpses
of a Sarah that we realize were there
all the time, rather than having her
character actually change. This
difficult, subtle performance
reinforces one of the film's basic
themes-that love doesn't "save"
anybody; at best, it allows us to
understand ourselves better and

gives us the courage to let that new
self-knowledge show.
"Children Of A Lesser God" is
not a ground-breaking film,
stylistically or otherwise. Director
Randa Haines has a good feel for
visual symbolism, often revealing
as much about the characters
through their placement in a
paticular shot as through what they
are saying. She also avoids the
stagey, claustrophobic effect that
infests most movies based on plays
(in bioth of these areas she gets a
whole lot of help from John Seale's
gorgeous cinematography). But
there's much to this movie that's
been done too many times before,
right down to the sappy violins that
drone on during the love scenes.
Sure, Haines makes us care about
the characters and their lives, but I
can't help thinking I would have
been more impressed with the
movie as a whole if she'd taken a
few risks.
Just because something's been
seen before, however, doesn't mean
it's not worth seeing again.
"Children Of A Lesser God" is
worth seeing. It may not carve out
any new cinematic territory, but it
works beautifully as both a love
story and a lesson. , M

7:00 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3
9:00 "STOP MAKING SENSE" (1984)
11:00 Dir. Johnathan Demme
The energetic concert film of the T
"Speaking in Tongues" tour.
7:00 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4
10:00 "AMADEUS" (1984) 158m
Dir. Milos Forman
Winner of eight Academy Awards,
Franz Josef's court composer Salieri
with the musical boy wonder Mozart.
5:00 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
"DR. NO" (1963) 111 m.
Dir. Terence Young
The first Bond film finds Jamesf
strange occurrences in Jamaica w
master-fiend Dr. No.
7:15 "GOLOFINGER" (1964) 108n
Dir. Guy Hamilton
James Bond prevents an internationa
from robbing Fort Knox.
7:45 MONDAY, OCTOBER 6
"COLONEL REDL" (1985 -I
Dir. Istvan Szabo
In the years leading up to World War
tary officer leads a life that endsw
homosexuality and spying. Stars Klau
See all these great films projected on the large s
Michigan Theater. Call 668-8397 for more inforr
films is $3.50 for a double bill or a single bill.
citizens $2.75. Tickets go on sale one-half ho

PA,,EA

. WEKENY/OCTOBER 3 1986

WEEKEND/OCTOBER 3, 1986

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