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oriented and specialized in their
interests, mindful of the economic
pressures and uncertainty that they
will face upon graduation.
Debra Orr May, director of the
Office of Carreer Planning and
Placement, feels that too often
these "interests" are not
genuine-students are taking
courses that they feel they need to,
and specializing in areas that they
feel they have to. Her office is
busier than it has ever been before,
handling approximately 10,000
client tranactions a month.
"It's very sad, but too few
students realize that education is
intended to teach you how to look
at a world of diversity," said Orr
May. "At our office we try to
encourage them to explore-but
students feel a real pressure to be
very career focused, and that often
doesn't leave time for involvement
outside of the library."
Some students already active in
campus groups say they are seeing
increases in student participa-
tion-small increases.
"Our membership picks up every
month because it is now the in
thing to be a Republican,"
according to LSA senior Mike
Davidson, former head of College
Republicans. "Younger people
appear to be more into personal
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themselves."
But conservatism's increased
presence is often misread. Despite
Reagan's popularity, a majority of
students disagree with many of his
positions, such as abortion and
prayer in schools. About half
oppose his Strategic Defense
Initiative, a plan for space-based
weapons commonly referred to as
"Star Wars," and an equal number
oppose his handling of relations
with South Africa.
Students involved in more
liberal causes say, like the
Republicans, that participation is
increasing.
"There has been an incredible
amount of student imput into the
campaign because students feel that
they can really make a difference,"
said Thea Lee, a graduate student
who is working on Dean Baker's
campaign for Congress. Baker, also
a graduate student, is running as a
Democrat.
Lee, who is also active with the
Latin American Solidarity
Committee, sees that other
concerns increasing. "The number
of students who want to do
something to prevent Latin
American from becoming another
Vietnam is increasing with every
meeting," she said. "Vietnam and
history have taught us much."
Interest in Latin America, like
concern about Vietnam in the '60s,
is greatest among students who feel
most threatened by the situation.
Similarly, increased participation in

programs like- Safewalk and rape
awareness have shown that students
are ready and willing to get
involved when concerns hit home.
Some say that even Greeks, a
group often viewed as apolitical,
have become more involved. It is.
now common to see members of
sororities and fraternities involved
in political campaigns, rallies, and
their own fundraising events.
"In my eight years as an advisor
I have never seen such involvement
in the campus and its activities
among Greeks," said Panhellenic
advisor Mary Beth Seiler.
It is clear that the vast majority
of Michigan's students, however,
remain uninvolved in politics or
causes. But that doesn't necessarily
mean they're uninterested.
Eldersveld and others don't
expect activism to come close to
the levels of the '60s and early '70s
unless students are directly
threatened. Issues will have to
become more pressing before
they're likely to provoke mass
involvement. Right now, students
are most worried about their
economic futures, and they direct
their energies accordingly.
Michigan's campus is politically
quiet. Activism is low-key.
"That's the sentiment out there,"
Eldersveld said. "You don't see it as
wildly radical, and it's not anti-
establishment like it was in the
'60s. It's more polite, more
subdued, more sophisticated-and
more potential."

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on top of the heap.
Their fifth record, simply
entitled "Government Issue," shows
GI changing their sound without
falling on their faces. They're not
screaming and thrashing away as
much as they used to, but they
remain just as powerful. "Hear The
Scream," "Even When You're
Here," and "Say Something" are
hard-edged, gritty all-out rockers
that retain GI's raw edge. No
slicked up productiontechniques on
this record. "They Know," the
album's best cut, shows GI
thrashing away like the old days,
and features singer John Stab
urgently screaming his brains out
as well as muttering away in his
gravelly, cynical voice.
The album never drags. It
contains a handful of strange and
somewhat unusual songs for a
hardcore band. "Visions And?" and
"Memories Past" are instrumentals
which open and close side one
respectively. "Visions And?" is a
loud snippet that sounds like an
intro to a song that never mater -
ializes. But it stands on its own,
thanks in part to its sitar, a very
unlikely instrument to pop up'in
the "Vision And?" wall of sound.
"Memories Past" is a spacey little
number, with backward sound for a
full psychadelic experience. The
album's final cut, "Last Forever,"
is a minimalistic sounding psych -
adelic tune featuring only sitar,
percussion loaded with reverb, and
John Stab's hoarsy drone.
Government Issue's latest is an
abrasive breath of fresh air. In fact,
the members of GI are quite
possibly the only people from
Washington, D.C. worth listening
to these days.
--Danny Plotnick
Antietam
MUSIC FROM ELBA
Homestead
Antietam is a big noise. A harsh
noise. But not a hard noise.
Antietam was actually the
bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
Despite the connotations, Antietam
the band is not from the war-
ravaged South-they're from New
Jersey. But they're ravaged and
bloodstained nonetheless. If you try
to tap along an orderly rhythm to
Sean Mulhall's drumming, you are
begging to lose your mind in the
process. Antietam is a band that
sacrifices melodyand order forsthe,
uh, feel of things.
"Music From Elba" is a
conglomeration of songs which aim
for chaos. Things start big, get
small, and get blasted again.
Through it all, Tara Key's strong
'alto (singing isn't the word for
what she does-there's too much
ferocity to keep her to the melody)
is a gut-filled, urgent power. With
the help of Tim Harris (with whom
she shares guitar duties) the result
is at times bombastic, as on "San

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Diego," which opens the record
with a nasty wail. "Camp Folk" is
a bit closer to conventional
singing, and the effect is more
immediately palatable, although
rhythmically quirky like the rest of
the album. And Antietam has
enlisted violinist Danna Pentes (of
Fetchin Bones), who ties up
"Gordion/Love Knot" with her
eerie, sustained playing over a
sparse drumtrack, and "fiddles" her
way through the swirling chaos of
the glorious "M.V. Augusta."
Antietam takes some getting
used to. On first listen they're too
harsh and raw to follow, but after a
short while, "Music From Elba"
eventually emerges as a likeable and
very unique LP.
-Beth Fertig
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