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Transparencies and tunes
Projectionist uses students as musical guinea pigs
Many students shuffle into lecture
halls and assemble their notes in silence.
But those lucky enough to attend lec-
tures when Pete Brown is the projec-
tionist may enter class to blaringtunes.
"I bring music here just to get a
response," Brown said.
The pre-lecture playlist is random;
he doesn't decide what he will play for
his classes ahead of time, he said.
Brown said he tests the music on stu-
dents before playing it on his weekly
WEMU radio show.
Brown has worked at the University
since September 1999 and was hired to
work full-time in May 2001. He saw an
ad in the paper and applied for the job
after spending time making deliver-
ies to the University while working for
Thelner Electronic Labs.
Projectionists typically control the
projections for five to six lectures each
day, he said.
Most film classes - and one history
class in which the professor uses many
film clips - are especially challenging
to run, he said.
For most of the professors, Brown
sets up the equipment at the beginning
of the lecture. Once the lecturers are
prepared, Brown's job consists of play-
ing sporadic video clips and adjusting
the lecturers' microphone volume.
"A few professors like to set up for
themselves," he said. "I'll just trouble-
shoot for them."
Sometimes the job requires a little
bit more. One of Brown's professors is
blind. In the classroom setting, the pro-
fessor asks Brown to be the eyes in the
"He asks me where they're sitting, if
they're in the back," Brown said. "I feel
like I'm snitching on the class."
For one instructor, Brown has to do
almost nothing. This professor uses
only two projectors, no slides and
doesn't put lecture notes online.
"I like his teaching style," he said. "I
guess that takes more concentration.
You have to pay attention. You have to
come to class."
But Brown said his true passion
lies in radio broadcasting. For the last
three years, he has hosted a show titled
"New Boogaloo Review" on WEMU
that airs Friday evenings from 10 p.m.
until 1 a.m.
Brown, an Ann Arbor native, said he
has listened to the station for years.
Before hosting at WEMU, Brown
worked at the radio stations Lansing
Power 96.5 and WGPR Detroit.
"Tune in," Brown said. "I need all the
listeners I can get."
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Projectionist Pete Brown watches a lecture
in Auditorium 3 of the Modern Languages
Building yesterday afternoon. Brown also
has a weekly radio show on WEMU.
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