The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 26, 1998 - 5A
Class polls music tastes
problem at CR
By Jason Stoffer "I've never known of anyone who
Daily Staff Reporter (has) gotten something stolen, but I'm
} Some students routinely walk into the sure it happens," Pine said. "If I leave
gym at the Central Campus Recreation my things sitting around, I might forget
Building, throw their bags against a wall something and leave it (at the CCRB).
and step onto the basketball court. When you put your stuff in a locker, at
These students never suspect their least you know it's safe."
wallets and personal possessions may But lockers are not a foolproof
be stolen while they are playing basket- option. Mathematics Prof. Robert
ball only a few feet away, said Debrah Griess said a new pair of running shoes
Webb, associate director of the CCRB. was stolen from his locker a few years
At least four thefts have occurred in ago. He said theft inside the locker
the CCRB in the past two weeks. Webb rooms remains a problem.
said most thefts take place when people "I guess I didn't turn the knob
klo not use the facility's lockers. enough, and the locker didn't click
"People leave their stuff at the end of shut," Griess said. "I've observed peo-
the basketball court or outside the vol- ple perusing the locker room looking up
leyball courts," Webb said. "They think and down the aisles.
they can watch their stuff while they're The high volume of people passing
playing, but once things get going, their through the CCRB every day is why it
focus turns to the game." has more petty theft problems than other
Engineering junior Brian Pine said he campus recreational facilities, said Jan
puts his bag and coat in a coin locker Wells, director of the North Campus
before exercising. Recreation Building.
By Christopher Tkaczyk
Associae \eekendctc. Editor
As part of Music Prof. Mark Clague's L1SA
class on music and culture, students from di feirent
concentrations are attempting to understand the
ways contemporary music contributes to daily
"Music is not just entertainment ( ,aiue said. "It
plays a fimetional role in our lives."
Through his course, Music. Politics, and Popular
Culture in the United States, Claguc w iants stu-
dents to learn how to question the ways in hich
they value music.
"Certain students find a connection or comfort
within a certain type of music,' Clagdue said. "I want
them to question low does music work in my liftI"'
Instead of a mid-term examination, Clague
assigned research projects that explored an aspect of
music in relation to culture. Students were encour-
aged to base their studies on topics such as music
knowledge and spending habits.
The students chose topics, divided into groups and
composed a questionnaire that they distributed to
They presented their findings this past Tuesday.
LSA junior Michael Laiken studied the role of the
National Anthem within the University community
Students also \were asked to name a specific moment
that they associated with hearing the tune.
"I was appalled at the amount of people we found
that didn't know the history of the National Anthem;'
Laiken said. "Other that the title, people knew very
little, I mean, conc on, it's our National Anthen
liwelve percent of the people questioned thought of a
A\nother group studied the influence of Ann
Arbor's local band scene on students.
"People \ould say they were up on the local
scene. but e asked those same people what their
favorite bands were, and we got no response," said
1.SA sophomore Todd Stanley.
Among other topics studied was the amount of
time students spend watching music television shows.
"We wanted to see if what they were showing on
MTV, BET and V H I was influencing students' buy-
inT habits." said Cassandra Rosser, an Art senior.
Seventy-four percent of those questioned said they
weren't intfluenced by television.
"Of those we questioned, half were from the Art
School. I was surprised at (their) responses because
I thought they would have been more influenced,"
R osser said.
SA senior Melissa Campbehl attempted to see if
students from a certain region of the country listened
to a particular genre of music.
"We discovered that no certain area held specific
interests!' Campbell said. "What we did find out,
though, was that music tastes were influenced by
social circles. The Greek system is one area where
li-fends share their tastes with others."
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LSA junior Phillip Walker opens a locker at the Central
Campus Recreational Building.
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