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Don't miss Basement Arts' production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot In
the Park." The play follows a newlywed couple during their first few
weeks of marriage. Within that time, they learn the true meaning of
"eternal bliss." The play shows tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and
11 in the Arena Theater (ground floor of Frieze Building). Admission
is free.

Friday
November 21, 1997

8

Doomsday
alumni Steiners storm Palace

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By Steve Paruszklewicz
and Gabriel Smith
Daily Arts Writers
Imagine coming out of the locker room, the
screams of thousands of fans assailing your ears. You
walk a narrow aisle toward a wrestling ring in the
midst of the chaos. As you climb
the apron, you see a human rock
standing on the other side, with a
coal-black mustache, biceps like w
tree trunks and a ferocious growl.
Sweat drips down your face as LivE
fear grips you.L
Welcome to the Dog Pound.
This situation is not uncommon
for wrestlers facing Rick Steiner, "The Dogfaced
Gremlin." Ever since he arrived on the scene of World
Championship Wrestling in 1990, Steiner has been
decimating his opponents on his way to the top with
his technically sound style and raw power.
As he noted in a recent interview, Steiner has main-
tained this style since his high-school wrestling days
with his brother and current tag-team partner, Scott, in
Bay City. He further honed his skills while attending
the University of Michigan, where he placed fourth in
the NCAA championships and graduated with a
degree in education. His brother fared equally well -
he was honored twice as an All-American wrestler.
Steiner said sometimes he could go on and on about
his fondest memories at the University.
"The football Saturdays were great" he said. "The
Mud Bowl was fun when it rolled around. Also the frat
parties, the floats, the summer camps. There is just so
much."
And so much changed in his life after camp.
"It was actually during a football training camp run
by Coach Bo Schembechler that I was introduced to
(wrestling) by George 'The Animal' Steele" he said.
Wrestling took Steiner, without his brother, across
the states as he bounced from circuit to circuit, mak-
ing stops in Minneapolis, Montreal, Alexandria,
Dallas and Charlotte. After stops in Toledo and

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Memphis in 1990, Rick ended up in the fledgling
WCW. A year later, after many singles matches, he
was finally paired with his younger brother and they
haven't wrestled apart since.
The jump to the big time came in 1992, when Rick
and Scott entered the greatness that is the World
Wrestling Federation.
"The WWF was a learning
E V I E W experience for us,"he said, noting
W: World how astounded he was to be a part
War3 of it. "To be associated with Hulk
on Pay-Per-View Hogan, Randy Savage ... to be a
iunday, 7 p.m., Palace part of 'Wrestlemania' in Caesar's
Palace in front of sold out crowds
... Boy, I thought, 'this was
great."'

"However, we left with a bitter taste in our mouth,"
Steiner said. (WWF Owner) Vince McMahon said a
lot of things, but never followed through with them."
A year later, in 1993, the Steiner Brothers
moved on to the Japanese professional circuit,
which allowed them to relax a bit, as their contract
only obligated them to
wrestle 10 days out of
the year for a substan-
tial amount of money.
In between the match-
es, promoters from
E x t r e m e
Championship
Wrestling offered them
a chance for more
work, which they hap-
pily accepted.
Through their world
travels, the Steiner
brothers didn't forget
their roots - they've
now returned to stay at the WCW They currently hold
the World Tag Team Championship belts, which they
won on a recent WCW Monday Nitro event in
October.

Despite the rumors circulating that WCW head Eric
Bischoff plans to dismantle the league's tag teams,
Rick assured his fans that he and his brother are insep-
arable.
"If there is a chance that my brother can go for the
World Heavyweight Title, or if I can go for the
Heavyweight Title, we will certainly do so, but there
will always be tag team wrestling," he said.
This Sunday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills,
the Steiners will have an opportunity to go for the
Heavyweight Title as both will be participating in
"World War 3," a 60-man over-the-top battle
royale.
The wrestlers will duke it out in three rings with the
final man getting a chance to wrestle for the heavy-
weight title in February. Elimination only occurs when
the wrestler is thrown over the top rope and onto the
floor. a
Before the main event, there will be numerous
smaller matches, including Rick and Scott defending
their Tag Team Belts against the British duo of Steve
Regal and Dave Taylor. But Steiner said he isn't wor-
ried about the match.
"We don't perceive
them as much of a
threat," he said. "We
aren't looking ahead,
but we are more wor-
ried about Hall and
Nash." Hall and Nash,
the duo better known
as "the Outsiders," are
...^ the same wrestlers who
surrendered their belts
to the Steiners last
month.
With his trademark
moustache, dog-collar
and barking at his opponents, Rick Steiner and his
brother will be pulverizing opponents for a long time.
On Sunday night, look to the Palace for a regal night
when they will surely "Steinerize.'

The Steiner Brothers plan to pulverize their opponents on Sunday at the Palace.

Battle of voice: Men's Glee Club takes on Ohio State

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The University of Michigan
School of MusicE
Friday - Sunday, November 21- 23
Theatre and Drama Production
Ladyhouse Blues by Kevin O'Morrison
Directed by Darryl V. Jones
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
Tickets: $14; $7 students (313) 764-0450
Friday, November 21
Symphony and Concert Band
H. Robert Reynolds and Kevin Sedatole, conductors
" music by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Tull and Massenet
Hill Auditorium, 8p.m.
BDA/BFA I Concert
Students of the Dance Department perform repertory
Betty Pease Studio Theatre, Dance Bldg., 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 22
Men's Glee Club
Jerry Blackstone, conductor
A joint concert with The Ohio State University
Men's Glee Club, James Gallagher, conductor
Hill Auditorium, 8p.m.
[Admission $12, $10, $7; students $5 (313) 764-1448]
Faculty Recital: Logan Skelton, pianist
* Music by Haydn, Bartok, Wagner, Liszt and Bolcom
Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg., 8 p.m.
BDAIBFA I Concert
Students of the Dance Department perform repertory
Betty Pease Studio Theatre, Dance Bldg., 8 p.m
Monday, November 24
Michigan Youth Ensembles
Hill Auditorium, 7 p.m.
University Chamber Orchestra
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By Anitha Chalam
Daily Arts Writer
For those wanting to savor the
University of Michigan-Ohio State
rivalry long after Saturday's game is
over, there is an event slightly different
from the down-and-dirty happenings
inside Michigan __
Stadium - the D I
down-and-dirty
Men's Glee Club nMel
Fall Concert. With
the friendliest pos-
sible competitive Tickets are $
spirit, the
University's own Glee Club has chal-
lenged the Buckeyes to a battle of a dif-
ferent sort, the battle of the voice.
The University of Michigan Men's
Glee Club was founded in 1859, and is
the second oldest collegiate chorus in
the United States, as well as the oldest
continually run student organization on
the University campus. Considered to
be one of the world's best male chorus-
es, the Glee Club has achieved this sta-
tus by maintaining the traditions that
have been established during its 138-
year history.
Among the traditions honored by the
Glee Club is that of winning prizes and
that of touring the world. The Glee Club
was honored in 1959 to be the first
American male chorus to win first
place at the International Musical
Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, and
has since won three more first prizes at
the same competition. The Club per-

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forms regularly within the state of
Michigan, and each year tours a region
of the United States or goes abroad.
Among the places to which the mem-
bers have travelled are the Far East,
Russia, Central Europe and South
America. Within the country, the Men's
Glee Club has
made appearances
EVI EWat Avery Fisher
S Glee Club Hall in New York,
irday night at 6 and 9 the World Series,
Hill Auditorium the Intercollegiate
$12 at Hill Box Office Men's Choruses
National Seminar
at Harvard University, and the Central
Division and National Convention of
the American Choral Directors
Association. Next stop for the
Wolverines: the Pacific Northwest.
Rob Aylesworth, an LSA sophomore,
spoke recently about his Glee Club
experience. "We have a really solid
group this year,"he said, "and I am real-
ly amazed at the levels of concentration
and our ability to focus."
The Glee Club is led to one victo-
ry after, another by its conductor,
Jerry Blackstone, who said that the
Michigan-Ohio State Glee Club con-
cert is "a long-standing tradition" for
both teams, and is always held in the
same town as the football game that
year. "It's always a very exciting con-
cert, but especially if we win the
football game." With respect to Ohio
State's Glee Club, Blackstone
remarked that the Ohio State Glee

Club is "a wonderful group, one of
the finest collegiate singing groups
in the world. They are very much an
inspiration to us," a respect that is
undoubtedly shared by every Glee
Club member. Of course, in the spir-
it of competition that is innate in
every Wolverine, he concludes his
interview with an emphatic, "Go
Blue!"
This is Blackstone's 10-year anniver-
sary conducting the Men's Glee Club.
"Dr. Blackstone is an amazing
conductor, and the Glee Club would-
n't be as good without him. He has
the ability to make learning the
music fun, but also focused,"
Aylesworth said.
The Wolverine Glee Club has
become renowned for its wide reper-
toire of music that incorporates selec-

tions from different musical styles and
periods including Renaissance motets,
Romantic anthems, opera choruses,
spirituals, contemporary works and the
Club's specialty, Michigan songs.
Tomorrow's game plan includes a vari-
ety of these, from folk songs to fight
songs, in English and beyond. In addi-
tion to the 117-member performance,
the Friars, an eight-member a cappella
subset of the Glee Club, will perform
few numbers. To keep things fair, the
Friars' counterpart, the Ohio State
Statemen, will also be performing a few -
selections.
Both Glee Clubs have been working
hard and are hoping for a good turnout.
Victory or no victory on the football
field, there is sure to be cheering heard
at Hill tomorrow night.

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