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MICH.ELLANY

FILM

The view from the Immoral Majority

The University Activities Cei

INTERVIEW
Frank Cianciola
Union director has presided over
controversy with U-Cellar and BAM III
Frank Cianciola, Director of the Michigan Union, is responsible for all
aspects of the programs and facilities at the Union, including Project
Community, minority student services, student organization development
center, the Major Events Ofice, the student woodshop and the theater arts
complex, as well as food service, general maintenance and building
upkeep. Cianciola was interviewed by Daily staffer Dave Webster.
Daily: Do you find that a lot of students don't know about the services
and programs the Union provides?
Cianciola: That is something that we have discussed with our board of
representatives. And I think that image is not only true for just students.
I think faculty and staff, likewise, perceive the Union from their own
perspective and they're really not aware of the breadth of program
opportunities that are available through this organizational structure. We
(the board of representatives) think that there will be more focus given to
that this upcoming year. The way we put it was, "What we really need to
do is advertise the Union as more than just the MUG."
D: You became a controversial figure when the University Cellar moved
out of the Union in 1982 and Barnes and Noble moved in. What
happened?
C: I think that is probably one of the issues that really never was
presented completely. When I was recruited in 1980, concepts for the
Union renovation were already underway. There was an ad hoc group of
students that was interested in the Union. They were the student
government types, the UAC types, residence hall types, a variety of
people including the then-current officers of the University Cellar. I
worked with that ad hoc group of students along with some staff
assistants and faculty and alumni input in the development of a master
plan for the Union renovation.
U-Cellar management and the then-chairman of the U-Cellar board
assisted in the selection of the architect, and participated fully in the
development of the plans. Through the development of those plans there
was every intention of having the University Cellar as part of the final
program.
D: What changed the plan to include the U-Cellar?
C: What happened was there was a turnover in both the staff and the
board at the University Cellar. With that turnover some commitments
and understandings got lost in the transition. So we got into heavy duty
negotiations. When their independent architect came in and met with
them independently, they began to talk about what their space looked
like, and their anticipated cost of getting in rose.
D: Is this when you started looking for another bookstore?
C: I thought we had worked out an on-going relationship (with the U- k
See INTERVIEW, Page 9

LATELY I'VE BEEN FEELING
increasingly uncomfortable about
my membership in the Immoral
Majority. I'm male, white, straight,
and from a predominantly Christian
background. In other words, I'm an
oppressor.
I have worked to destroy my
racist, sexist, and anti-gay ten-
dencies. I police my thoughts,
doing my best to purge my
hypocrisy, my unfairness, and my
prejudice. But I'm approaching ev-
ery issue from a majority per-
spective. Being left-handed and
agnostic does not provide one with
a concrete sense of what it feels like
to be a victim of discrimination.
Having an adopted Korean sister has
given me second-hand experience,
as has going out socially with
Black women. In both cases, I have
received looks which ranged from
curiousity to disgust (though my
sister has pointed out, I think
properly, that the disgust might
well stem from revulsion at the
notion that a beautiful girl like her
would waste her time with someone
like me). But this is really the
extent of my experience with
discrimination.
As a "sensitive white liberal" I
OFF THE WALL
A FIRST! Dec. 3, 1983 at 2:38
p.m., someone told us to be quiet.
-Graduate Library
Life's a bitch, but so far I'm
winning!
-School of Education
Why don't they let us LEARN?
Memorization = brain death.
-Graduate Library
Wouldn't it be terrible if someday I
didn't have money?
(in reply)
You'd better forget your English
major.
-Graduate Library
No problem is too big or too
complicated that it can't be run
away from! Even econ.
-Angell Hall
Did you know that if all the people
in China stood on a chair and
jumped off at the same time, the
earth would be thrown out of orbit?
(in reply)
That's a physics major for ya.
-Graduate Library
The devil may care!
(in reply)
NO, I REALLY DON'T.
-Angell Hall

am supportive, to a point, of all
efforts to guarantee equality to
groups which have been discrim-
inated against. I pride myself on
certain beliefs. I have and will
continue to support the Equal
Rights Amendment. I certainly
would have no qualms about
marrying the right woman were she
Black, Hispanic, or just about
anything short of Sasquatch. I am
certain that those who attempt to
screen their friends to exclude
homosexuals will not only fail,
they will miss out.
Nonetheless, in certain areas, I
feel uncomfortable about where I
stand, about my opinions, and I am
in no position to judge whether my
discomfort is the result of
unconscious discrimination on my
part, or justifiable moral concern.
For example, I am bothered by
the sex-segregation of the "Take
Back the Night" march. I try to be

sympathetic to the march organi-
zers' wishes to make a women's
statement, as it is primarily women
who must fear rape when walking
alone, but I can't help thinking that
sex-segregation in all forms is
wrong, and that a united stand
against rape, welcoming all who
wished to support the cause, would
be preferable.
Another example: The Michigan
Daily ran a photograph of a Black
student during the recent protests
holding a poster of Malcolm X
carrying a machine gun, with the
slogan "By Any Means Necessary."
This bothered me. While I suspect
violence may be necessary in South
Africa, my perception of the state
of race relations in the United
States, and at the University,
suggests that protests and non-
violent action are necessary. I found
the suggestion that violence would
be required to resolve the problem
of racial discrimination both
threatening and disturbing. It made
-me feel that if I were to join in the
protests, some people would still
regard me as part of the problem,
rather than part of the solution,
which admittedly I may be.
See GIE,Page9

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Tim Kazurinsky (with glasses), formerly of Saturday Night Live, stars with
David Graf and Leslie Easterbrook in Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.
CornTy cops series is
a hit, despite reviews

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DAILY HL PHIO
The last public refuge for women in the Michigan League opened to men
in 1962 - but not on afternoons, or evenings from 7-10 p.m. (Saturdays
excepted.) The League library went completely coed in the late '60s.
THE DAILY ALMANAC

By John Shea
PIES ARE THROWN. BALLS
are busted. Farts are blown. It's the
Police Academy series.
Somehow it sells. And sells big.
Films like this don't get
glowing reviews, and what Siskel
and Ebert say can make a tangible
difference between mere survival at
the box office and bashing success.
Thumbs down and there goes the
farm.
Yet, despite each of its first three
installments being critically lam-
basted, the Police Academy series
has survived and then some. Its
juvenile antics and low-brow humor
has made it one of the most
successful series in the history of
Hollywood, grossing over $380
million worldwide. The third
sequel, Police Academy 4: Citizen
on Patrol, was released last Friday.
The bad reviews will most likely be
inversely proportional to the box
office receipts.
The stars of Police Academy
probably don't keep scrapbooks full
of reviews, and if they do, it's only
to laugh at them. Steve Guttenberg
(Diner, The Bedroom Window) is
the star of the Police Academy
films; he is not one to put much
stock in what the critics say. In a

February 13 interview with Daily
Arts Editor Seth Flicker, Gutten-
berg defended the series.
"Not everybody is an intel-
lectual, not everybody wants to see
The Mission,"Guttenberg said.
"There is a lot of people who work
for $3.50, they work real hard and
they're not interested in becoming
educated. I respect those people and
I don't underestimate (them).
"I really feel for critics who try
to review Police Academy and talk
about it just like James Beard, the
great gourmet, was going to
critique an Oh Henry Bar. It's not
meant for that; it's just meant to
eat and go away and that's it."
There is some validity in what
Guttenberg says, and now I'm left
in the most unfortunate position of
having to critique an Oh Henry Bar.
Please bear with me.
Police Academy 4: Citizens on
Patrol is as sweet a candy bar as the
series has produced. The rating has
dropped from "R" to "PG," so the
antics of the Metropolitan Police
are now more accessible to the
younger crowd.
In this installment, Com-
mandant Lassard (George Gaynes) is
about to retire. Wanting to go out
in a blaze of glory, he implements
the C.O.P. program, or Citizens on
See FILM, Page 9

15 years ago - April 11,
1972: When two newly elected
city council members from the
Human Rights Party gave the
clenched fist salute to the audience
at their swearing in ceremony, one
well-dressed elderly gentleman
stormed out indignantly. "Too
much crap for me," he muttered.
The two new HRP represen-

tatives and a long-haired crowd of
about 300 supporters served notice
to the rest of the council that
proceedings would be more colorful
than before. The HRP represen-
tatives wore jeans and bright shirts,
and remained seated during the
invocation and pledge to the flag. A
Republican grumbled that the
council was turning into "a circus."

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