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Danzig will rip, roar, grind
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By Rob Flaggert
I saw Danzig about a month ago
in Detroit's premiere heavy metal
club, Harpo's. It was an experience
that will last a lifetime. Twenty
five-foot-tall video screens project
the latest vomitous clips by such
post-glam acts as Poison and metal's
leading lady, Lita Ford. Beer-bellied
bouncers stood twice the size of
Hercules, and there was more alcohol
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The crowd was even more inter-
esting. Peroxide blondes in spandex
mini-skirts dancing on the multi-
color disco dancefloor to Bon Jovi
favorites, beer launchers drenching
everyone within 15 feet of the stage,
and more hair and leather than any
sorority on campus.
Harpo's is an entertaining, yet
unruly, club. A friend of mine actu-
ally got roughed up in the bathroom.
Something about being stared down
by some guy with a two-foot-high
feathered hairdo. He got in a couple
good punches but said he got stuck
in the eye with somebody's spiked
mohawk. There was probably
enough gel on it to blind a cow, he
said. I don't doubt it. A night not
soon to be forgotten.
The hysteria/isolated anarchy
lasted throughout the opening band's
set, a ridiculously simplistic batch
of prepubescent hardcore, and well
into the intermission between the
sets. Suddenly the stage area was
thrown into almost complete dark-
ness.
A moment of tense and confused
silence fell over the crowd, and then,
vaguely, we could make out forms
moving across the stage now lit
only with the lights shining on the
enormous skull backdrop. An eery,
organish dirge began to flow out of
the stacked amps, and the crowd be-
gan to pulse with obvious anticipa-
tion. A fewseconds later the stage

was flooded with a fury of lights,
guitar chords, and drums, signalling
the beginning of over an hour of ex-
haustively energetic power metal.
If this weekend's perfor-
mance is anything like last
months's, get set for hys-
teria, anarchy, and beware
of spiked mohawks (they
could poke your eye out!)
Glenn Danzig, singer/song-writer,
stormed about the stage, beating the
air in time to the music with one
muscular arm while keeping the mi-
crophone virtually glued to his
mouth with the other. The tattooed
and sideburned monster dominated
the stage, roaring and belching out
the Celtically influenced lyrics for
which he is so famous.
"Burn that heart of
cold/Simmering in the samhain/Of
my soul" from "Soul on Fire"
(probably the best song on the self-
titled, debut Danzig album) and
"Blood/Like a crimson high-
way/Spreading out/From his fore-
head to the ground/Twist of Cain,"
from "Twist of Cain." His black-
clad, stocky build enhanced his
booming voice, creating a powerful
stage presense yet unequaled by any-
one short of (dare I say?) Henry
Rollins.
On either side of the stage Eerie
Von, bassist, and guitarist John
Christ (possibly the most lively and
entertaining guitar player I saw last
year) were positioned, dressed almost
identically, wielding their guitars as
mastered tools of their trade. Two
almost-maddeningly precise musi-

cians at the center of the madness
that is Danzig. Von and Christ
lurched back and forth in a musically
induced stupor, grinding out the
central tracks of each song with a
unique melodic power. Von contin-
ued to express the talent first seen in
Samhain, and Christ proved himself
worthy of playing with such a leg-
end as Glenn with countless innova-
tive intros and lacily ferocious riffs
throughout the set.
In the background sat drummer
Chuck Biscuits, formerly of Black
Flag and the Circle Jerks. He liter-
ally attacked his set, nearly toppling
it in his frenzied approach to drum-
ming. The glasses on our table
shook with the power of his pityless
hammering, and his position at the
rear of stage was overcome by his
exuberance, making him no less the
center of attention than Danzig,
Von, or Christ.
They zipped through the entire
Danzig album, turning an hour into
mere minutes, and giving the first
show I've ever seen that I wanted to
last forever. Thrown in for flavor
were a few songs Glenn originally
did with the Misfits, and a couple he
and Von did with Samhain. Old fa-
vorites like "Halloween II," "London
Dungeon," and others brought out
crowd participation in droves,
including (ugh) stage divers and
guest lyricists clawing at the micro-
phone for a once-in-a-lifetime chance
to scream along with Glenn.
A great show. The best I saw in
1988. And this will hopefully be the
best I see in 1989. I think it may
very well be.
Danzig will bring the earth to its
knees Saturday night at St. Andrew's
Hall, 431 E. Congress, in Detroit.
Doors open at 8 p.m., and the open-
ing band, Herecy, will go on at 9
p.m.. Tickets are $950 in advance,
available at Ticketmaster outlets, and
are $12 at the door.

By Adam SchragerE
With all the recent uproar con-1
cerning Proposition 48 and its latest
revisions, the argument of makingt
all first-year student/athletes ineligi-
ble has resurfaced.
Before 1972, the NCAA had a
rule that did not allow any first-year1
players to practice, play, or be asso-
ciated with the school's team in any
way. Sports Illustrated ran an edito-
rial at the time describing the change
at the January,1972 NCAA conven-
tion that read in part:t
"In sum, the freshman rule is one
more symptom of the economic
crunch. Absorbing freshmen into
varsity programs means that high-
budget athletic schools canhave the
same number of varsity players
while reducing the total number of
scholarships given. Because an ath-
lete now has four years of eligibil-
ity, instead of three, the college gets
a 33.3% greater return on the field
from its investment in each athlete.
It is good business when you can
pay less and get more, and one must
never forget that big time college
sport is very big business."
Since 1972, college athletics have
become even bigger business. The
Big Ten conference took in around
$25 million this year from televi-
sion contracts alone. And while col-
lege sports have become bigger
business, academics have been left
by the wayside.
University of Georgia professor
Jan Kemp was fired because she
would not change grades for athletes
in the school's remedial education
program. The University of Nevada
at Las Vegas basketball program
graduated two players in a span of 15
years since the rule was changed, one
of them the coach's son. Memphis
State University was no better -
not one Black basketball player was
graduated from 1972-85. And last
season's Big Ten Newcomer-of-the-
Year, Jay Edwards of Indiana, was
declared academically ineligible fol-
lowing the basketball season and
also enrolled in a chemical depen-
dency program last summer.
"Since the rule was passed back
in '72, academics have definitely
slacked off," said Grambling State
basketball coach Bob Hopkins. "I
don't feel that freshmen should be
allowed to play. I know that it
would hurt my team because I need
my freshmen to play right away, but
there are so few freshmen that can
make an impact right away that it is
not worth it.
"Too often, I see students who
have difficulty adjusting to their new

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environment as a whole. They have
problems as a basketball player be-
cause they are not team-oriented, and
they have academic and social prob-
lems like a great majority of college
students."
It is the academic problems that
have frightened academicians every-
where. It has gotten to the point
where, at the annual NCAA conven-
tion last week, a rule was passed
negating financial aid to athletes
who do not meet their standard aca-
demic requirements.
With sophomore guards Sean :E
Higgins and Demetrius Calip forced o
to miss the Big Ten season last year o
because of academic ineligibility, Y
Michigan players and coaches have
definite viewpoints on the subject.
"It's a big jump from the educa-
tion at the high school level to that
of the college level," said Calip.
"You have to give freshmen the op-;
portunity to adjust academically andt
socially as well as athletically. With
playing all the basketball I did last
year, I got my priorities mixed up."
"If you made freshmen ineligible,
it would solve all the problems,"
said Michigan basketball coach Bill
Frieder. "It's schools concerned with
filling seats that vote against this
policy, which is why I don't ever
think it will pass."
In essence, it all comes down to
money, since no one should oppose
a student/athlete receiving an educa-
tion. To keep matters down-to-earth,

the most recent Michigan study
showed that 55.7 percent of the stu-
dents who started in 1981 graduated
in four years. Only 74.3 percent of
them graduated in five years, which
is what would be guaranteed for ath-
letes if the old rule was ever reim-
posed.
Assume that the average out-of-
state tuition is $5,000 per term and
the average in-state tuition is $1,300
per term. Calculating the figures for
the football team, which consists of
57 out-of-state and 22 in-state play-
ers, the approximate amount of tu-
ition being paid by the school is
$627,200. Add to that figure one-

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Sophmore guards Sean Higgins (left) and Jay Edwards (upper
right) were named academically ineligible for their first seasons

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Scholarship
dollars paid
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quarter of it, which is a fair assump-
tion of another year's tuition, and
the University would be paying
about $784,000, or an increase of
approximately $156,800.
With their first-year ineligible,
but still on scholarship, the
women's basketball team of nine in-
state players and five out-of-state
players would cost the University, in
round figures, an extra $18,350. The
men's basketball team of seven in-
state and seven out-of state players
would run the University an addi-
tionaly $88,200.
These figures do not include room
and board or book money doled out
to each athlete. While the increase
may not amount to much money for
Michigan, as Frieder commented
earlier, it is a big deal for the smaller
school.
"You look at the Ohio States, the
Michigans, the Oklahomas, etc,
these are the schools that can afford
to do what they please," said CBS
college basketball analyst Billy
Packer. "They can schedule and re-
cruit at will because they have the
money. The smaller schools are at a
real disadvantage."
This disadvantage is not only
evident athletically, but also aca-
demically. "We cannot hire a tutor
for our players like John Thompson
did at Georgetown," said Grambling
coach Hopkins. "Our players who
are forced to play their first year
suffer an emotional strain that is
unbelieveable and that is why I think
so many undergraduates turn pro-
fessional early."
Unfortunately as Calvin Coolidge
once said: "The business of America
is business." As long as that is true,
it looks like even academics will
have to take a back seat.

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