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MICH.ELLANY
Enough circuses. Vote Shea
The long and arduous process of tell you you're nothing without a
determining who will be our next good campaign poster. I'm quite
president kicked off last Monday with JOHN pleased with this poster, because I
the Iowa caucuses. Hthink it captures the spirit of my
And round one went to Dick A campaign: T WAY,
Gephardt. The Missouri repre- K_ _ _ _ _ SHEA ALL THE WAY!
sentatiye emerged from the quagmire SHEA ALL THE WAY!
of the donkey party with approx- over, reforms. Make way for the ad
imately 20 delegates. people. Two years of hard
What did he do to get them? Well, campaigning and how do we decide It's short. It's catchy. It's got
he spent a cool million in an all-out who it'll be in the end? More likely some heart.
media blitz and no less than 142 days than not, on who has the best (2) THE STAFF:
shaking hands with every farmer who commercials. Anyone will also tell you that
would let him. Is this the way we want to go? you are nothing without a solid,
Think about that. One million Hell no. supporting staff. I have the best
dollars and 142 days. In Iowa. I know what the American people staffers surrounding me at all times.
God knows what he'll do to win want. They want someone with a "The posters came back from the
an important state, like Wyoming. vision. Someone who can take printing press," one staffer tells me,
The sad part about all this is you can America to heights it has never handing me a poster.
L aC ro osalmost picture Gephardt limping into reached before. Education reforms. "Hey. You've got me picking my
L isa o o m sAtlanta and the Democratic National An increase in defense spending and a nose."
Convention with a majority of the tax cut for everyone across the board. "I'm sorry, Mr. Shea. All your
Apartheid fighter talks about experi- delegates to clinch the nomination, World peace and a new Disneyland, pictures are like that."
only to die of a heart attack as he's too - all in six months. Enough of Oh, never mind. Hey, Bobby.
enCes in South Africa, divestment giving his acceptance speech. image triumphing over substance; How much money do we have left?"
What a setback that would be. we've had it for eight years and eight Five bucks."
INTERVIEW But let's stop here for a moment is more than enough. Surely you jest.
and give this election process some The time has come for something "No, sir, I do not. And your
Lisa Crooms is the research director fr the American Committee on serious thought. I believe that if we new. And I owe it to the American parents have informed me that they
Africa. She is an expert on Southern Africa and has been involved in were to take a vote, we would find people to give it to them... aren't sending you any more money."
the anti-Apartheid movement for many years. She recently visited that the American public is fed up Getting tothe White House in "Where does that leave us in the
South Africa and will be speaking about recent political developments with the never-ending circus show seven easy steps: broad picture?"
in South Africa today at noon at the West Lecture Hall, the Medical that determines who our next leader (1) THE CAMPAIGN POSTER: "Somewhere outside the frame."
Science II building. She recently spoke with Daily opinion staffer Eric will be. Step aside, issues. Move Any good campaign manager will See SHEA, Page 11
Holt.
Daily: The Michigan Supreme Court recently decided that the KETC I Ab E ZIN NW
University does not have to divest its holding in companies that do OFF THE WALL
business in South Africa. Will it be beneficial to the anti-apartheid
forces in South Africa if the University voluntarily divests? YOUSEMHE ES
Crooms: Ultimately it needs to be stated that divestment, as well Write things on walls . II D W1115.. SOON 14&aWIMF.
as sanctions aren't going to bring the South African government nor (in response)
the corporations that continue to operate there to their knees... it's THINGS ON WALLS IA ING WT AT T'UILCOM tRaCO NUS
ultimately in the hands of the South African people. People in South (in response) G IptJThR D$STRS. 0 1 Ift MT SYST
Africa like to know that their are people in the international community Cute \ \
that are struggling to help them ultimately realize their liberation and - Ugli -
their independence. The very limited sanctions legislation that passed in
1986, wasn't passed, because Congress cared any more about the Black_
people in South Africa then they had in the past. It had a lot to do with U.S. out of America
the ground swell of activity and the bulk of that activity was happening -Gradouteofibmeryc
on campuses, and that activity was focused on divestment.
The court case is a setback, definitely, but there is a way out. The
sense that I get from people in Michigan is if, in fact, the studentsV T " N
begin to bridge the gap between the community and the students and Life is a waste of time.T
start working with people that are trying to get a state divestment bill Time is a waste of life. .
passed, that's a way to nullify the decision. If in fact it doesn't So get wasted, and have the time of,
automatically nullify the decision, then you are in a much better your life
position to appeal the decision. - Angell Hall -_-_-_
D: Can you comment on the program being hosted by the medical
school which centers around issues of Southern Africa?
C: I think that it's probably much needed. It's important because the P
whole concept of education around Southern Africa issues is necessary
for trying to sustain and/or build a anti-Apartheid movement. Also, I
know that the folks who are organizing it are definitely making they
links between what's going on in Southern Africa and what's going on
here. That's key to Southern Africa work in the late '80s to try and get
people involved, so that people don't necessarily say that, well, South
Africa is so many thousands of miles away, what does that have to do
with me. -7
The other thing that's nice is that it's not undergrads. The fact that
you have medical students that are interested and concerned about what
is going .o in Southern Africa. Medical students, and other professional Pp $S, M 1w M £U WED
students are in training to provide some sort of service to the ,L A TQ04f AWT Cow en,0
community. Hopefully there is a certain level of consciousness among
these people who will eventually be the doctors and lawyers and
See INTERVIEW, Page 11
PAGE10 WEEKEND/FEBRUARY 12, 1988

SCHOOL
continued from Page 6'
but the rest of the film doesn't.
Pleasant and elaborately choreo-
graphed musical numbers (some
penned by Bill Lee, the director's
father) land on the screen with a dull
thud, interrupt the narrative long
enough to inspire marvel at their
expense, and then scurry back up
into the rafters, never to be heard
from again. What is School Daze ,
besides a disappointing follow-up to
Lee's breezy She's Gotta Have It ? Is
it a jheri curl Grease ? A.-krush
groove West Side Story ?
While they're not properly
introduced, the musical numbers are
the film's best sequences. In one
effective scene reminiscent of the old
Broadway musicals, Lee dramatizes
the racial tensions in the black
community. The two groups of
women, clad in bright spandex, dance
to "Straight and Nappy," a peppy
musical metaphor about the different
coiffures of light and dark skinned

blacks. While Lee strives for cultural
unity, the film leaves no doubt that
his sympathies lie with the latter
group.
If the film is about racism, it is
also about sadism - specifically,
fraternity hazing. Half-Pint (Lee
himself) will suffer any humiliation
to make the cut at Gamma Phi
Gamma, lorded over by Big Brother
Almighty (Giancarlo Esposito).
That includes joining the other
pledges as, blindfolded, they crouch
in front of toilets and grimace as
they're forced to squeeze what they
think are turds (actually bananas).
Amusing, yes, but here again Lee
softpedals the message so we don't
quite know what to make of it all
(except for one fantastically engross-
ing misogynistic encounter between
Big Brother and his girlfriend near
the end, which suggests that sadism
inspires more of the same).
Lee disdains critics who charge
that his film has no resolution for
the apartheid issue; since the prob-
lem is not solved in South Africa,
Lee doesn't feel compelled to offer a

Spike Lee as Half Pint
tidy wrap-up in his film. A prag-
matic approach, surely, but need he
be so obscure about it? "Wake up!"
Dap shouts on Sunday morning, as
his friends and former foes dutifully
congregate in harmonious assembly.
But Lee waits too long to disturb our
slumber, and so all the tearful con-
trition looks as if it were tacked on
by a director looking for a speedy
finale.

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