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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 18, 1990 - Page 9

Community Access offers
opportunity, entertainment
by Susan Uselmann
Ann Arbor has long been known for its belief in freedom of speech and
opinion. This is exemplified by the 17-year-old institution of
Community Access Television. Since its debut in 1973, CATV has
expanded to a network of three stations available with the basic cable
package from Columbia Cable. All three of the channels (eight, nine, and
10) are pathways to the community, following the motto "By Ann
Arbor, For Ann Arbor." Educational programming and governmental
actions occupy channels eight and 10 and channel nine is reserved for
Public Access.
Established for the people of the city, CATV is not funded by tax
dollars. Instead, Columbia Cable is obligated to donate five percent of its
gross revenue to Ann Arbor. Characteristically supporting the first
amendment right of its citizens, the city chose to service the community
by using the five percent to create CATV. Available to any student,
resident or Ann Arbor-based non-profit organization, the program not
only provides "the opportunity to share opinions and ideas with
neighbors," as their pamphlet explains, but also the chance to attain and
learn about experience in a small television studio.
After attending an initial orientation of the scenes behind Community
Access, training for specific areas of interest are available. Options
include workshops on production, studio and camcorder experience. Upon
completion of one of these, it is also possible to pursue certification in
editing or control room. As it is a service to the community, there is no
charge except for a videotape, which will be returned after a master copy
is made. Although the minimum age for the workshops is 16,
internships are available and encouraged from the age of 14. Designed for
anyone from junior high to university students, the program focuses on
gaining experience in a small television station.
Lauren Bird, an LSA junior and second semester intern at CATV
called it a "valuable experience." Her work at the station compliments her
major in communications, allowing her hands-on experience. She is in
the process of producing a program which focuses on non-profit
organizations. Nonetheless, Community Access involvement is not
limited to students interested in television or film production. Acting
coordinator Lucy Visovatti explains, "All ideas from art and philosophy
to psychology are welcome." Even those only interested in camera
operation are able to come in on a volunteer basis when someone else is
producing a show.
As a part of the community, Public Access will air anything from
individual ideas and events to public rallies or speeches. Affectionately
titling it "You Do It TV," Visovatti stresses the importance of citizen
involvement: "In the past, we have stressed the content of the programs,
but have recently started to focus on community outreach to let everyone
know we're here."

Continued from page 8
case, a serial killer known as the
Sandman who, ironically enough,
screams "Welcome to Hell" right be-
fore Van Damme kicks him into a
blast furnace.
This may still sound a bit too
tame for the many Van Damme
purists out there, but there is still
time for a return to the Van Damme
of the past. Lucky for us, it sounds
like the guy who got his big break
as an alien in Predator and then went
on to win our hearts in films like
Bloodsport and Cyborg will be
around for a long time to come. And
those tempted to make the obvious
comparisons to Olivier should al-
ways keep in mind that Van Damme
could have whipped his ass at kick-
DEATH WARRANT is playing at
the Showcase.

Soul Asylum
And the Horse They Rode in On
Huisker DUi broke up. The Re-
placements went pop. Bob Mould's
solo stuff is good, but the last bas-
tion of the Minneapolis sound that
still remains as a unit is those lov-
able boys with an affinity for flan-
nel, Soul Asylum.
After the release of Hang Time,
the group's first major-label venture,
it seemed that these Twin/Tone fa-
vorites were on the same route as the
'Mats, but And the Horse They
Rode in On shows that this was just
a momentary lapse of reason. Hang
Time wasn't bad but it sure as hell
wasn't raw. And the Horse... is.
This may spell trauma for fans of a:
slick sound, but it's a major
epiphany for fans of the real Soul
Asylum - the Soul Asylum with
There are mellow cuts on the al-
bum - "Grounded" is even some-
what reminiscent of Game Theory
- but tunes like "Something out of
Nothing" and "Veil of Tears" prove
that countless hours on the road and
an overdose of clam dip have not
slowed these guys down.

Soul Asylum show off their flannel and way cool long hair.

Dave Pirner's midwest-twinged
vocals come through hoarse and
forceful, rising above the beautifully
muddled guitar din. It's this simplic-
ity that makes Soul Asylum such a
great kick-back-grab-a-Bud-crank-

some-tunes band. On a scale of one
to 12 (as in .12-pack) And the
Horse.. earns an 11. And if you
must play the album twice before
you down the cold case minus one,
so be it.
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