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12B - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, October 8, 1998





'Shomari & Sean' set for another hard-hitting season

'U' Website one of
nation's most visited
cyberspace locations

pair back on
WOLV this fall.
By Quan Williams
Daily Arts Writer
Last year, "The Shomari & Sean
O'Neil Show" was one the most-
w'atched University-produced shows
on campus - but not everyone
watching was what we can call a
Much of the time over the last two
terms the show sparked more than
its fair share of controversy -
receiving almost as much criticism
as it has support. Now, the dynamic
duo of Shomari and Sean O'Neil
plans to build on last year's success
and turmoil with another season of
off-the-beaten path comedy.
The show's hosts, Shomari
Terrelonge-Stone and Sean O' Neil,
said they are planning to offer a
total of fewer shows this year, but
they promise that the shows will
sport higher quality entertainment
than last year's productions - the
first year in which they produced
the show. Already scheduled for this
year's line-up are interviews with
Outkast, the Goodie Mob, and
Marcus Ray - which Terrelonge-
Stone and O'Neil have already com-
pleted. The two are also planning to
speak with Fat Joe, Twista,
Maxwell, and Will Smith for future
In addition to the interviews,also

plan to bring more in-depth cover- for the 1998-99 season of the show,
age of things that happen around but the two believe they put more
campus, such as doing an investiga- pressure on themselves to make the
live report on the different party best show they can make, than any-
scenes, and what affect the presence one can put on them.
of Ann Arbor and Department of "Not to sound arrogant, but we
Public Safety police officers have really don't care what others think.
had on them. We don't have to do this. We didn't
"We want to show that there's not start this show for popularity or
much difference between black par- recognition," O'Neil said. "We're
ties and white parties," O'Neil said. doing this for our enrichment, and
"We're not trying to expose any par- we expect to put out something
ticular group, but we want to show that's better than anything else in
the similarities our field."
between them, and start Both
address what role ewe didn t Terrelonge-
the police has in - Stone and
the party scene." tI S5IOW For O'Neil believe
O' Neil said the their show has
way police handle populariy or had a positive
noise violations c n i effect on stu-
and other party- re * dents and the
related incidents - Sean O'Neil U n i v e r s i t y
is not consistent. Co-host of 'The Shomari &Sean community,
The show's dis- O'Neil Show because their
cussion should success has
help bring some of those issues to inspired others to start similar
light. endeavors (i.e. Devious Enterprises
We've seen instances where the "The Hype", and "The Project" hip-
police would come in and break up hop Magazine).
a black party that may have gotten They have built a following, as
too loud, while at the same time O'Neil has said he's had people he
ignoring a white party down the didn't even know asking him who
street that was just as loud, if not would be featured on their next
louder," he said. "Also, with there show.
being such few black events on To their detractors, Terrelonge-
campus, with that one party being Stone and O'Neil admit that their
shut down, everybody attending show isn't exactly MTV-caliber, but
would have nothing else to do for they do the best they can with what
the night." they have, in a way that doesn't
O'Neil and Terrelonge-Stone say pigeonhole them into stereotypes ...
they understand a lot of their fans and they dare any of their nay-say-
and critics have high expectations ers to do it better.

L rBy Marela Flambury
For the Daily
Since the explosion of the Internet
less than five years ago, it has become
possible to do most of life's more rou-
tine tasks without ever leaving your liv-
ing room.
Shopping, banking,job searching, end-
less amounts of research - and finding
out everything you'd ever want to know
about institutions of higher learning. In
today's cyberspace-fueled age, schools
without sufficient information available
at the beck and call of Web users can lose
thousands of would-be applicants who
may simply point and click their way to a
college that does provide the information
they are looking for
Officials at the University's
Information and Technology Division
say that is not a problem they worry
about - now other national Internet
authorities have begun to agree.
The University's family of
Websites, known simply as Gateway
(http://wsw.untich.eds,) was
and Sean ONeil recently recognized by the national-
dlebrties such as ly circulated Chronicle of Higher
t year. This sea Education as the most frequently
y completedinter- visited collegiate-level Webpage
yhe Goodie Mob, group in the nation. The Gateway is
they are planning the computerized informational and
Twista, p g advertising nervous center for the
itt for future University. It connects visitors to
everything the University has to
offer online - from application and
nge-Stone and registration materials to statistics
tore of "The from last week's football game and
Neil Show," the skinny on on- and off-campus
around campus housing.
ffbeat comedy. Carol Kamm, Manager of ITD's
w, a unique pro- Web Services explained the main
ve effect on the purpose of the University's Gateway
is ito make it easy for a wide variety
of audiences to find out what the
MARGARET MEERS/Daly University of Michigan has to offer.
This purpose is apparent through a
glance at the Gateway, which lists
various university topics. With just a
click of the mouse, visitors can read

up on the University's academic pro-
grams and courses, the University's
Greek system and other essentials
and extras.
One common use for the Gateway
is to reach Wolverine Access, the site
that allows University students to
handle their student business, get
answers to their questions and view
other information resources. Faculty
and staff are also provided with links
to services relevant to their universi-
ty duties.
Any returning LSA student could
tell you that Wolverine Access was a
definite asset last April, when the site
was the only source for the LSA
Course Guide.
Kamau Peters, an LSA senior,
recalls "spending a lot of time glued
to my computer, trying to figure out
what the hell was going to happen
with my classes."
Officials say the Gateway has played
an important role in attracting would-be
students as it often is the first contact
they have with the University. Kamm
reports that the admissions segment of
the gateway, along with athletics, is the
most popular with visitors.
"The Gateway was definitely a
contributor in my decision to transfer
to U of M," said LSA sophomore
Lauren Buck. "It provided me with
some very impressive facts about the
school, socially and academically."
Similarly, Rochelle Ramos, a Nursing
sophomore, used the Gateway to look
up the University's Nursing School and
see what kind of program it offered.
Kamm said that because of the
positive response it has received
from within the University and espe-
cially from the outside community in
regards to the site's structure, plans
for the future of the Gateway are
being considered at the moment. The
possibilities for new features will
most likely be based on the feedback
received from the site's visitors.

Above: "The Shomari
Show" interviewed ce
the Wu-Tang Clan las
son, they have alread
views with Outkast, t
and Marcus Ray, and
to speak with Fat Joe
Maxwell, and Will Sm
Left: Shomari Terrelot
Sean O'Neil, the creai
Shomari and Sean 0'
sparked controversy
last year with their o
The pair say the shor
ject, has had a positi

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works sown together and"E.AT.,"ajazz-
infused elegy to the chewing Cabbage
Patch Doll of ill repute.
Poetry Outreach Center director and
City College of New York Prof. Barry
Wallenstein is no novice in terms of
interesting combinations. For 26 years,
he has coordinated the Annual Spring
Poetry Festival at City College, which
includes poets as young as 6 years old.
"Wallenstein's Orbiting poetry is sub-
stance milled or ground from the wall
stone of this realest of all possible
worlds," said Amiri Baraka. "The urban
muddle of street and inspiration, of will
and desire all lashed together as material
Wallenstein will be accompanied by
Fender Rhodes player Pat Farrell, gui-
tarist Toby Summerfield and tenor saxo-
phonist Matt Bauder

M.L. Liebler, the Magic Poetry Band
and a sitaristconclude the festival with an
exercise in political-social commentary.
Nominated for two Governor's Awards,
he echoes Carl Sandburg's populism and
mingles it with hard-bitten, John
Lennonistic, vigorous (but non-didactic)
verse. Magic Poetry Band provides
melodic enhancement through rock pul-
sations and gnarled, elegant world music.
Liebler will render both original old
poetry and stuff from his new book,
"Brooding the Heartlands," ending the
festival with an electrified blender beat.
Border Crossings tries to sever the
boundaries between lyric and music,
between those who enjoy poetry and
those .yho shrink from it. It seeks to
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people from divergent backgrounds,
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that these performers practice with and
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