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fife And Art MARCH 1989

Landslide Power chords Low budget wardrobe Where's the reality?
In-depth critique of the Living Colour redefines Thrift stores provide a Today's TV follows the
Reagan Administration's the boundaries for a "metal" wealth of cheap and age-old formula of "perfect"
second term. band. unusual clothes. families.
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Michiko Murakami (left) and Tracy Gray met through Buddy-Buddy international, a new program that pairs U.S. and foreign students.

By Charles Houlton
The Minnesota Daily
U. of Minnesota, Twin Cities
W hen Tracy Gray came to
the University of Minne-
sota, one thing she
wanted to accomplish was to take the
lofty words engraved on the facade of
Northrop Auditorium beyond the dry
print of a textbook or newspaper.
The College of Liberal Arts fresh-
man wanted to give life to such words
as "the search for truth" and "under-
That goal in mind, Gray signed up
with Buddy-Buddy International, a
programjust started by the Minneso-
ta International Student Association
The program pairs American and
international university students
who have similar interests. The goal
is to create an opportunity for foreign
and U.S. students to increase their
understanding of one another.
"I've traveled a lot with my family,
and lived in places like Japan. So I
thought getting to know a Japanese
girl would help me in studying the
language and understanding the cul-

Creating ties
that bind
cultures and
together is up to them, but the prog-
ram is geared towards social activi-
ties like meals or movies, said Fridrik
Bjarnason, MISA Student Concerns
chairman. Bjarnason is from Iceland
and is studying international rela-
Carol Steinberg, student program
officer for the Minnesota Internation-
al Center (MIC), said no other cultu-
ral exchange programs are available

MIC do provide similar services.
OIE's program is a guidance outlet
for international students while
MIC's project tries to help any foreign
visitor to the city integrate with the
community at large, Steinberg said.
Julie Luk, a pharmacy student
from Hong Kong and international
coordinator for the Coffman Memo-
rial Union Program Council, said
foreign students all too often don't
socialize enough with Americans.
"Getting involved with the program
gives me the opportunity to get to
know an American student,"she said.
The Buddy-Buddy program was
started by Bjarnason and Geetha
Sivasailam, an American citizen from
India, studying sociology and
It was inspired by the YMCA's Pro-
ject Motivation, a program pairing
university students with Minneapolis
school children.
"When I got here, I didn't have any
idea where to go or what to do," Bjar-
nason said. "I think I really could
have benefited from something like
Sivasailam said that the orogram



Student dance fans shine in the Dansworx spotlight

By Leslie Laurence
The Daily Californian
U. of California, Berkeley
Despite widespread acclaim for its
educational excellence, U. of California,
Berkeley is not just a place for
academics. Adding to the rich culture of
activities on campus is Dansworx, .aj
dance company for students who want a
chance to perform.
Dansworx is a jazz/funk oriented

company that was started last year by a
group of students who wanted to choreo-
graph new dances and perform them in
a social atmosphere, which is some-
thing the university doesn't offer, said
Julie Firstenberg, the group's presi-
"People are looking for something
more than just a dance class a few hours
a week," Firstenberg said.
Dansworx member Helen Chung

said, "I've danced all my life and it's
something I wanted to continue doing in
college. Dansworx is the only company
on campus that I can be a part of."
The group is made up of both gradu-
ate and undergraduate students, Fir-
stenberg said.
"Last year we started out with only 2P
members, but since then Dansworx has
grown considerably. We now have 11
See DANSWORX, Page 12

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