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COVER
STORY
Continued from Page 11
Indeed, some people never find
their "norms" in mainstream
Western religions.
LSA senior Marcus Koenen is a
member of the Ann Arbor Zen
Buddhist temple, located on Packard
road. He joined six months ago, after
taking a beginner's meditation
course. Meditation is the central
practice of Zen. Koenen is attracted
to the practical, earthy nature of the
religion.
"I take what I learn at the Temple
and try to bring it to my everyday

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life," Koenen said. "That's really
what Buddhism is - certainly with
Zen- taking it to the world."
"Buddha learned that you must
take what you do at the temple and
incorporate it into your life."
Sukha Linda Murray, dharma
teacher at the temple, stressed
Buddha's mortality.
"Buddha was a human being who
perfected himself," Sukha said. "He
was not a god and we bow to his
accomplishments and strive to
improve ourselves."
"I practice Buddhism to help me
gain peace with the environment,"

Koenen said.
"Many people try to,

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improve the world without having
peace with themselves. We think
you have to have peace with yourself
first," Sukha said.
The Religious Society of Friends
(Quakers) take a more active stance
towards bettering the environment.
"We have a strong background in
peace and social issues," Meeting
Worker Lonnie Harvey said.
Many Quakers have joined after
leaving other religions. The Society
holds silent worship meetings where
people speak when they are moved
to do so and there is no minister
leading or dictating the service..
"Quite a few people are from
other religions and it can be difficult
to get used to Friends meeting but
the lack of hierarchy appeals to a lot
of people," Harvey said.
Whether representatives of
mainstream or alternative faiths,
many religious leaders feel that their
voice has been lost in a pattern of
University decision-making that
fails to address ethical issues.
"We try to continually probe and
make sure that ethical questions are
raised at the University. There's a
tendency for them not to (come up),"
Peacock said.
Last spring more than 75
religious leaders from throughout the
state formed a coalition to petition
the Regents to extend the ban on
classified research, and denouncing
See COVER STORY, Page 17

W 1W
m sicbum. Aztec Camera has always tried
for a smooth sound, but this album
Continued from Page 4 is just too slick. Where Knife was
well produced by Dire Straits' Mark
sometimes hinting at dramatic Irish Knopfler, Love suffers from over-
themes, flop in their efforts to match production sounding like white soul
the profundity promised by its title. with little life. Songs 1 i k e
Still, O'Connor's voice is unlike "Everybody is No. 1" and "Paradise"
anything heard a decade ago, and this are overloaded with studio tricks,
work displays the talent needed to
surmount her influences and enjoy a n
future in pop. Let's just hope it's in
the mainstream. .

-Michael Fischer
Aztec Camera
Love
Sire Records
It's been four years since the pre-
cocious 19 year-old singer/songwriter
Roddy Frame and his band Aztec
Camera released their stunning debut
LP High Land, Hard Rain, and three
years since the equally great LP
Knife.. From the sound of their lat-
est effor, Love, Aztec Camera (or
Roddy Frame, who is for all intents
and purposes the group) have been
spending the last three years since
Knife fiddling with synthesizers and
auditioning female back-up singers.
It probably took them three years to
program the Fairlight keyboard for
this album.
Love is a truly dissapointing al-

ocasionally for a brief solo. Most of
the time his guitar sounds like an
imitation of George Benson - not
quite what you would expect. It's
really sad to hear a song like "One
and One" on an Aztec Camera LP -
a song which sounds like the next
song from Debbi Gibson or Tiffany.
Actually, the first side isn't that
bad. Although it's really slick, some
of the songs are very likeable. The
first single, "Deep, Wide, and Tall"
has a great slow, flowing chorus
which is sweet but not too sacharine.
"How Men Are" is the best slow
song, and "Somewhere in My Heart"
is the album's winner, an instantly
appealing song probably because it
sounds like it belongs on Knife
rather than Love.
Lyrically, the album is as good as
any previous Aztec Camera albums.
Here, as before, Frame sings about
- what else - love. Frame stills
shows an ability for writing
poignant lyrics about finding and
losing love.
So, there are a couple decent tunes
mixed with some real losers. Aztec
Camera should have just released an
EP and given the other tunes to Boy
George.
Oh yeah, the album cover sucks,
too.
-Fred Leighton

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synthesizers, and female backup
singers. Where Frame's excellent
guitar work used to dominate, it now
takes a back seat only to pop up

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