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MICHELLANY
Mudbowl is good, clean fun
Tomorrow morning I will be them for the "sacrifices" they are
where I always am on Homecoming JOHN making. Of course, the people
morning - at the corner of South LOG involved don't appear to be
y ' t LOG University and Washtenaw, watch- sacrificing much of anything. They
ing the Mud Bowl. The Mud Bowl are with their friends, in public,
is unique among events staged by fooling around. Like usual.
the Greek community. Unlike other If these people were serious
events it is free, and more fun for in any way. On the contrary, they about service they could spend eight
non-Greek spectators than it is for blockade me, and force me to bump hours raking elderly people's leaves,
Greeks. into revelling people who would be sorting clothes for the Salvation
" l<Typical Greek system events are disturbed if I, or any other outsider Army, or volunteering at the
highly suspect. I have often joined the "fun." veteran's hospital. Then they could
wondered why people who have But this is a minor offense. The party for another eight hours. Then
. ..joined together to have fun find it events that really irk me are the they could sleep, or study, or do
a necessary to have their fun publicly. bucket drives for charity. There is a whatever Greeks do.
WEEKEND/KAREN HANDELMAN The Greek system is exclusive, qualitative difference between the And everyone would be happier.
much as country clubs are exclu- activities of the Greeks, and those The recipients of this real charity
sive. But country clubs have the of real service organizations. The would be delighted to meet young
P re x y N e s b itt good sense to secret themselves Salvation Army staffs and operates people who were willing to give of
away, behind fences, in nice parts of thrift stores, providing poor people themselves. I and my fellow non-
town. Country Clubs have their fun and students an opportunity to buy Greek students would be happier, as
Civil rights activist talks about racism in private, leaving outsiders to clothing, furniture, and appliances we no longer would have to put up
'U' d ta t th t speculate jealously about what's at bargain-basement rates. The with wealthy-looking students
at thea tactics or estrugge going on inside. proceeds from the stores are used to asking us for our money. We give
But Greeks treat the Diag, and feed and clothe people. only grudgingly, even when the
INT ERVIEWTappan street as their club, blud- Greeks, however, bounce basket- charity is deserving, because we
geoning non-members with stagy balls, or play Twister, or see-saw in don t like seeing our personal
displays of more fun than we've the middle of the Diag for charity presented as the product of
Prexy Nesbitt is currently a consultant to the government of ever known, or ever will know. needlessly long periods of time. Alpha Beta Kappa's labors.
Mozambique and travels throughout the United States lecturing about More often than not, these displays These activities are accompanied by Finally, I believe that Greeks
the current situation in South Africa. He is also intimately involved are not intended to educate me, or members of the houses involved themselves would be happier if they
with the anti-racism, anti-aparteid struggle in the United States. He has entertain me, or make my life better demanding money to compensate Logie, Page 9
lived in Tanzania and Mozambique while teaching and studying African
history. As an expert on politics and Southern Africa, he has also F*?A£ INN
worked for he World Council of Churches. As a student leader, he
contributed to the takeover of Columbia University in 1968. He came OFF THE WALL
to the University this week to talk to a class about liberation struggles
in South Africa. Opinion Staffer Eric L. Holt spoke to him about this One has few ideas after 20, and no
impression of racism at the University. idhsiealsaatrer025.d*nd p L AT
Daily: What do you feel the University's responsibility is towardso N T?
the incident involving Mary Clark, the building service worker involved (in response)
on the recent incident in East Engineering? THAT'S A GREAT ATTITUDE.
Nesbitt: I think the University has a resonsibility to guarantee a YOUR WRISTSYO JUIT
person who is an active union member, and a person who is concerned -AgeBHata
about her collegues and fellow enployees the right to engage in Angell Hall
organizing free from harassment and free form intimidation. It sounds to
me like a classic case of intimidation, and really the repression of You can erase people from oura
people's trade union rights and of the right of people to be engaged in streets but they will not be so easy
trade union activity free from being punished because of that activity. It to evict from our minds
sounds like South Africa, frankly. WCBNetilsadiop e statio on
It seems to me that the administration has a resonsibility to go after We reptiles say protect the mother-t
the people that are responsible. I understand, she was a steward and you earth. Jail the terrorist developers.
know she is a Black women and I think this University is getting a Nobody for President
reputation across this country - far from being a citidel of liberalism NCBe
as its been reputed to be. It is turning out to be really a haven of WCBN IF YoU MUST
activities against Black people, activities against union people and I'm What's the difference between lust
sure gays here are harassed as well. The administration is at best slow and love? DRANK, T14I
to respond to these incidents and when its responds, it responds in an (In reply)
quite ineffectual way. I'M SO CONFUSED WITH THIS 1AW
D: Is this a racial, as well as a union busting incident? EXISTENTIAL BULLSHIT. THIS
N: Absolutely, there's no question that they would not be doing that IS THE '80'S DAMN IT. WHAT'S
to a white male steward. To move against a, Black women who is also LOVE. WHAT'S LUST?
an activist in union activity is classic. It is a classic kind of instance, (In reply)
and I think it makes you wonder if you are in Ann Arbor or in Tugaloo, Let's just get into ourselves. D o o
Mississippi. drugs and liquors and have a lust for
D: How should the administration deal with this incident? life.
N: Well, first of all, they should move to anounce unequivocally (In reply) -
that this is a University environment where people are totally free to be JUST SAY NO.
associated with unions - as is a constitutional right. They should WCBN
secondly, set up a task force made up of workers and students to make a No problem is too big or 'I
thorough investigation. complicated it can't be run away M YOUR OWN
See INTERVIEW, Page 9 from.
PAGE 8 WEEKEND/OCTOBER 30, 1987

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FILM
'Prince of Darkness' Carpenter fails in latest f

By John Shea
Oooh. The Scaring Season is
upon us.
Halloween is tommorrow, and
Hollywood is celebrating the
occasion by releasing several horror
films with the sole intent of scaring
audiences to death. How thoughtful.
Now, there is a notion in many
film circles that "horror" is merely a
synonym for "shit." Well. Okay.
Maybe such an assertion is not so
inaccurate, given the slew of hack-
and-slash flicks Hollywood cranks
out: Prom Night, Humongous, and

Halloween and has sustained it -
in spite of cheap rip-offs from other
filmmakers - with efforts such as
The Thing and Escape from New
York. Carpenter has become to film
what Stephen King is to literature:
high-class horror.
Even so, nobody hits a home run
every time at bat, and Carpenter's
latest film, Prince of Darkness, is a
disappointing miss.
Darkness centers around an
abandoned church in the middle of
downtown Los Angeles, where a
Catholic priest (Donald Pleasence)
hastily calls together a handful of
graduate students and scientists to
analyze a canister of evil-looking
liquid. The canister, it is said, is
seven million years old. Ancient
scripture says an A n t i- G o d
entombed his son Satan in there,
and that "one day" he would emerge
and take over the world.
Well, before you can say "Dear
God, Satan lives!", the graduate
students begin to disappear one by

one. Satan, in the form of the green
liquid, sprays itself on its victim
and inhabits the body. And much
like in The Thing, the victim
comes back to life, with an evil
force dwelling from within, to
attack other students and people
around them.
Catherine (Lisa Blount) and her
lover Brian (Jameson Parker, co-star
of television's "Simon and Simon")
are the two graduate students left
standing towards the end, and they
join forces with Pleasence for a
final confrontation with this
meanace. But if dealing with Satan
wasn't enough, they also must deal
with their Satan-infested collegues.
Graduate school shouldn't be so
tough.
The three things that separate
Carpenter from the pack is a
creative imagination, his innovative
special effects, and a generous
budget to carry these visions out.
All three are absent here. Universal
studios handcuffed Carpenter with a

shoestring budget, and while the
director has proven he can get a lot
out of a little (see Halloween), he is
not a miracle worker. The script, by
Martin Quatermass, lacks energy
and life. The dialogue is flat, the
characters are strictly cardboard, and
centering the acting in an abandoned
church comes off as passe. The
special effects are reduced to people
spitting green liquid into the
mouths of others. Oh, boy.
This is not good Carpenter. In his
past work, he has effectively mixed

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