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October 02, 1989 - Image 11

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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 2, 1989 - Page 11

Trip to Madison qui

by Miguel Cruz
The annual Harvest Festival was
held in Madison, Wisconsin at the
University of Wisconsin campus over
the weekend. Supposed to be a huge
pot protest, thousands of hippies,
'60s retro music, the whole deal.
Great, we figured. The ultimate col-
lege road trip.
So seven of us piled into an
Escort and a Bronco Friday around 6
p.m. and headed out. What a bunch of
Our first and biggest mistake: We
messed with the Summit, Illinois po-
lice force. Nobody in their right mind
messes with the Summit, Illinois po-
lice force. Eight of the most highly
trained criminal justice experts in the
nation, and they've got absolutely
nothing to do.
Those of you planning out your
lives of crime may be wondering just
where Summit. Illnoi i

our crime became a little clearer.
Since there is no Summit, Illinois,
the police are especially hard-pressed
to make quota around the end of the
"Hey, Ed," I overheard .an officer
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Well, we don't k ow. It's not on say to the desk sergeant, "Lemme
Wel. wedotow.htsewernot onhave the radar tomorrow. I gotta get
our map. We thought we were inseemoebSudy"unaws
Chicago. We'd stopped at this le- seven more by Sunday." Sunday was
gendary burrito place off Highway I can only imagine what Billy Dee
55. After eating a brick-sized, $2.25 said the night before.
} burrito each, we moaned and groaned "Hey Ed, lemme have the fat bald
Then,back to nohere, we're at- guy tomorrow. I gotta get three more
tacked by Billy Dee Williams and the by Satuway. the fine that night for
Skipper from Gilligan's Island. Anwy h ieta ih o
Skiperfromb G ligaks theslanw.being in Summit, Illinois happened
Wielding big black sticks, these two to total $150. Convenient, as be-
thugs pull the three of us out of the tween the seven of us we happened to
Escort. have $152.
"We heard a beer can open," the SoWE moved on. We've got no
Skipper said to us, eyeing the RC in S Emvdo.W'egtn
Marty's hand. His Chicago police money, we said to each other, but,
training evidently gave his hearing hey, we're a bunch of intelligent, re-
the acuity necessary for telling apart sourceful college students. We'll get
the sound of a pop can opening from along.
the sound of a beer can opening. Next morning, in Madison, it be-
Having sufficiently displayed came clear just how intelligent and
probable cause, Billy had at the car. resourceful we are. Bright and early,
His investigative skills managed to we hit the blood plasma collection
turn up a dusty Bud can buried under center. We'd heard about those
the garbage on the floor. Next thing places. You walk in, they stick a
we know, it's cuffs and we're in the needle in your arm, you walk away in
back of the Summit, Illinois police 10 minutes with a $50 bill.
department's handsome squad car. Wrong. It takes three hours. You
* Once at the station, the nature of get $10, IF your plasma's acceptable
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e a trip
- not likely after those burritos.
(But if you've donated before that
week, the clerk brightly pointed out,
you get a $2 bonus.) And if you don't
have a Madison address, they won't
even 1 you donate.
J k
So much for resourceful. So much
for getting back to Ann Arbor.
BUT THERE was one last card to
be played. Phil brought his guitar
along. And he's good. So we made a
sign, taped it to his guitar case, and
the six of us sat around dumbly while
he played to the massing Harvest
Festival crowds.
Boy, were they generous. But you
can't put mounds of hash brownies in
a car's gas tank (or maybe you can;
we didn't try). And most Amoco sta-
tions don't take joints or "POT
SAVES LIVES" brochures. He finally
did get about $9 once the rally was
underway . But for seven people to
eat and drive two vehicles 500 miles,
$9 isn'tia whole lot.
As it turns out, seven people can
quite easily share a $4 Wendy's
Superbar plate. Freshly energized by
two hours at the salad bar, emptying
the entire thing (what were they
thinking?), we set out again in search
of funds.
A quick collective pocket search
turned up a bank card, which Phil in-
sisted was for a closed, empty ac-
count, and was on a different network
(they don't have Magic Line every-
where, you know).
If you're ever in Madison, check
out the Mystical Magic Money
Machine. It gave him $20 without a
second thought. It's on State Street,
by the library. Try your mealcards,
your driver's license, scraps of paper.
Anyway, it ended up being a great
time, once we regained solvency.
Picture the Hash Bash from last
spring, only twice the size, and with
everyone sitting down. Amazing at-
mosphere, great live music. Check it
out next year.
But stay far away from Summit,
Illinois. Take the ferry, fly, go
through Canada, whatever. But don't
mess with the Summit, Illinois police
department. They mean business.

Continued from page 10
Proving technically secure
enough to reach abandon, the dancers
continued their full-out pitch of
dancing with two solos. "Alleluia
(For Mark)," choreographer Erin
Matthiessen's whitty comment on
religious fervor was performed by
Lommasson, and "Knock," by
Slaughter. Choreographed by Uni-
versity professor Gay Delanghe,
"Knock" powerfully explored the so-
cial problems of women and
women's anger. Giving a tremen-
dous, sustained performance, Slaugh-
ter pushed her formidable technique
into an altered state, reaching un-
matched depths of expression. At the
end, the audience felt as if they, too,
had gone through the crucible of suf-


"Personal Geography," another
premier duet by Lommasson, closed
the concert with something com-
pletely different. Without music, he
combined spoken text like "white
tights... people think what a wimp,"
and "as my four-year-old says,
'Don't get caught with boogers on
your lips'," with body rhythms and
movement at breakneck speed for hi-
larious effect.
To continue this exploration of
innovation, the Guest Artist Series

along with the King/Chavez/Parks
Visiting Artist program will bring
the Crowsfeet Dance Collective.
Based in New York City, they ex-
plore issues including apartheid,
homelessness, and racism in Amer-
ica from a woman's perspective.
They draw on their multi-cultural
backgrounds as well as Caribbean
and Africa dance, American Sign
Language and the martial arts. The
concert will be this Friday in Studio
A at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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