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There are several different reasons
why Black students join pre-
dominantly white greek organiza-
tions. One Black student in a pre-
dominantly white fraternity said he
feels that belonging to a white or-
ganization would be more beneficial
to him when he enters the business
world and would provide him with
more connections than a Black fra-
Troy Johnson, an LSA sopho-
more and member of Tau Kappa
Epsilon - a predominantly white
organization - said he considered
joining both Black and white orga-
nizations and, instead of joining ei-

Cher, he decided to help found Tau
Kappa Epsilon, which at one time
had as many as eight Black mem-
bers. Johnson said that the white
community affords more social op-
portunities. "There's four bars on
this campus - Rick's, Charley's,
Dooley's, and the Nectarine. The
Black community goes to the Nec-
tarine when they have designated'
'Black' nights or to Dooley's on a
given night, but as far as visiting
them on a regular basis, the white
community takes advantage but the
Black community ignores it."
Johnson cited differences in music
and social habits as probable rea-
sons Blacks don't frequent certain
Black greeks, however, don't feel
they are missing anything. "The
ideals, to me, of white greeks are
not the same as Black greeks,"

Chin said.
Many Black greek organizations
are in a "catch 22" when, it comes
to affiliating themselves with pre-
dominantly white greek regulating
organizations such as the Pan-
hellinic Association or the Interfra-
ternity Council. Many Black greeks
feel that to join IFC or Panhell
would be beneficial but are reluctant
to join because they would have to
give up their traditions - primarily
the rush functions. There is also a
feeling among some Black greek
leaders that to join IFC or Panhell
would "take away from the BGA."
BGA stands for Black Greek Asso-
ciation, an organization that works
to unite and coordinate Black greek
activities on campus.
Laura Michaelson, an LSA senior
and president of Delta Delta Delta
- a predominantly white sorority
- said the Panhellinic Association
regulates and organizes their rush
functions. Joseph Hart, vice presi-
dent and IFC representative of Beta
Theta Pi - a predominantly white
fraternity - said that the IFC
"organizes and coordinates" rush
functions. The Black greek organi-
zations have different rush traditions
and feel they would have to give up
some of them by joining the IFC
or Panhellinic Association.
"They seem to be really confused
about our pledge process," Chin
said. Referring to the Black pledge
process, Heckstall said, "We don't
usually speak to [other] people

when we pledge." Heckstall also
said that many whites may think it
unusual to see several people "all
dressed alike out in public."
One Black fraternity - Alpha Pi
Alpha - has an affiliation with the
IFC, and Hart said, "We would en-
courage any Greek house to come
to the meetings."
Members of both Black and white
greek organizations agreed that nat-
ural separation may not be deliber-
ate but rather a reflection of how
different types of people, not just
greeks, interact with each other.
"It's a sad situation, but I think it
does have to do a lot with racism
on campus. Maybe it also has to do
with the fact that they feel as a
group stronger separately," said
Laura Peters, an LSA sophomore
and a member of Chi Sigma - a-
predominantly white sorority.
"It's not like we don't like them
and they don't like us - we each
just do our own thing. It's reflec-
tive of the institution and society
we live in, in particular, the envi-
ronment of Ann Arbor and U of
M," Taylor said. "It's more like an
institutional sort of thing."
Both sides agree that a better un-
derstanding of the customs and tra-
ditions of the other is necessary. "I
know a little bit which is helpful
for my house... but there definitely
needs to be much more across-
sorority awareness of what each
does. We don't have enough under-
standing of what they do and there
needs to be more," Michaelson said.

Two years ago LSA seniors Re-
becca Blumenstein and Jeff Ruther-
ford recognized the natural segrega-
tion among Black and white greeks
and decided to work with Black
Greeks to strengthen levels of
interaction. Several Black and white
greeks organizations got together
and formed PASS, the pepper and
salt shakers.
PASS members decided against
throwing a dance but found com-
mon ground in work and service.
The group organized a car wash in-
volving support from several
members of the University and Ann
Arbor community. "We emerged
with a respect for each other," Blu-
menstein said. PASS participants
still retain ties with each other, she
said. "People remember the car
wash and they remember that day."
PASS is now defunct, partici-
pants said, because individual
members got busy or turned their
priorities to something else.

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Lt. Frank Drebin is "an L.A. cop
so hardboiled that he's a bit
cracked." But that's OK - so are
the makers of the film, The Naked
G u n . The partnership of
Zucker/Abrams/Zucker (ZAZ) has
already given us Airplane! and Top
Secret!, so you know that these
guys are a little poached them-
Some of you might remember
Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Drebin in the
short-lived 1982 TV series "Police
Squad!" In fact, The Naked Gun is
subtitled From The Files Of Police
Squad. Unfortunately, there were
only six episodes completed, of
which just four made it on the air.
ZAZ has "a theory that the Nielsen
box families somehow became
convinced that Leslie Nielsen was
related to the Nielsen ratings peo-
ple. So they felt it would be a con-
flict of interest to write in their di-
aries that they had actually watched
the show."
Anthony Thermopolous, who
was head of ABC at the time, felt
that "Police Squad didn't work be-
cause you have to watch it." With
logic that scrambled, Thermopolous
should be writing comedy.
Still, there may be a strand of ra-
tionality hidden in that muddled
statement. Police Squad is filled
with parody, puns, and double en-
tendres that have to be understood
before they can be laughed at. This
wasn't the usual mindless enter-
tainment that TV usually provides,
and thus wasn't appreciated.
But this same type of humor had
already worked quite well in the
movie Airplane!, so ZAZ realized
that they just needed to extend Po-
lice Squad into a feature film. It
took them, along with writer Pat
Proft, a full year to get the script
exactly the way they wanted it, but
it was worth the wait. The result is
at least as funny as their parody of
1970s airplane disaster films.
This time, though, the story re-
volves around a police unit and
primarily one cop, Lt. Drebin.
Leslie Nielsen was asked to star in
the film because as director David
Zucker said, "He had already played
the role on Police Squad, and, be-
sides, he was cheap." Fortunately,
cost and quality have little relation-
ship in this case. Nielsen, who also
played the doctor in Airplane!,
keeps a straight face even while
opposing crooked criminals. His
Drebin is a mix of James Bond, In-
spector Clouseau, and Maxwell
Smart; and like the latter two he
never realizes his bumblings.
In the movie, Nielsen deals with
an evil Ricardo Montalban in a role
more dastardly than his Khan in
Star Trek IILMontalban described
the part of Vincent Ludwig as "one
of those preposterous roles they've

It's more
than just
Leslie Ni rdn
a phallw

Robert Weiss (left), Jim Abrahams (center), and David Zuckeer
(right) - the team who gave us "Airplane!" -get their heads
out of the clouds and onto the streets of L.A.for this spoof of
the cops.

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been handing me," but, he contin-
ued, "I couldn't turn it down be-
cause with the money they are pay-
ing me I can make a down payment
on a new Chrysler." A leading
businessperson in the L.A. com-
munity, Ludwig is also a hired as-
sassin, and his. next target is the
Queen of England who is on her
way to town for a visit.

Drebin has been banned from the
security team for a previous indis-
cretion and instead is investigating
of the shooting of a fellow officer.
Naturally the two cases turn out to
be one in the same. Thus Drebin is
twice the hero while being only
half a wit.
And while Nielsen is the only
major name in the film - if he is

even that - there are plenty of
cameos that replace the need for
stars. Priscilla Presley (yes, the
wife of Elvis) makes her feature
film debut as Ludwig's secretary
who literally falls head-over-heals
for Drebin.
Reggie Jackson makes his acting
debut as what else, a baseball
player, but his character is also an


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