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The Daily Tar HeelFriday, April 17, 19875
By KELLY RHODES
Dance and music from the Renais
sance and earlier periods will be
featured in the program "Dance
ryes," to be performed in Playmakers
Theatre Sunday. The event, pro
nounced "Danceries," meaning
dance music, is sponsored by the
UNC Music Department.
Director Yvonne Kendall trans
lated the directions, words and music
Asa Bell, a UNC senior, said he
normally interacts more with other
members of his fraternity than other
black fraternities, but he also inter
acts with black Greeks more than
other blacks, simply because they
share a common ground.
But the more the blacks are drawn
together by the system, the more
members distance themselves from
others in the University community.
"It does sort of divide the black
community," said Stewart Harland,
a sophomore. ". . . These fraternities
and sororities splinter the common
effort, whereas maybe the commun
ity of black Greeks should try to
unify, try to enrich the community
rather than try to divide it."
Others see it differently. "We all
have a common goal, it's just that
we're going about it in different ways
by pledging different organizations,"
said junior George Scott.
"But yes, us being Greek, it does
set us apart," Scott said. "And, yes,
we do have other black friends who
are completely independent, but
these people shy away from us
because they don't want to be put
in the stereotypical position to say,
'Well, you're hanging out with them,
so you must want to pledge with
"They set themselves apart. It's not
so much the Greek people doing it
to them," he said.
But the black Greek system does
operate differently than the white
system, and some blacks think that
is at least partially because UNC
administrators view black Greeks
"Every now and then, one black
group organization or another
makes the headlines by hazing," Phil
Graham said. "And that's the image
people get and keep."
White fraternities and sororities
have the same types of hazing, but
people don't remember them for
that, Graham said, adding that the
hazing image widens the gap between
whites and blacks.
. "I think there's a problem of not
understanding, and I don't think a
lot of whites try to understand (the
black Greek system)," he said. "They
don't ask, they make a lot of
While breaking down those
assumptions will take time, there
does seem to be some hope. Survey
data suggests that the times, as well
as the attitudes that go with them,
are changing. The following on
campus figures were taken from a
poll conducted by The Daily Tar
B The percentage of UNC stu
dents who have six or more friends
of the other race has more than
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for the program from an Italian
Renaissance treatise on dance. She
is at UNC on a two-year minority
postdoctorate fellowship program..
"(There has been) minimal 15th
century dance here before, but as far
as a group that is continuous, this
is the first time it has been done to
this extent," she said.
The treatise, a translation of which
made up her doctoral dissertation,
also contained pictures of costumes
doubled since 1 979, from 25 to 57
B The percentage of students who
don't think roommates should neces
sarily be of the same race has more
than doubled, from 26 percent in
1979 to 53 percent in 1987.
Percentages are changing
nationally as well. The following
statistics were drawn from the U.S.
General Social Survey, which is
B About 92 percent of the U.S.
population said whites and blacks
should go to the same schools, up
four percentage points since 1982.
B From 1972 through 1985, about
47 percent of the population thought
opportunities for blacks had
improved in the last five years, and
two-thirds of them thought condi
tions would either get better or stay
And things are looking up for the
University's enrollment effort, with
black applications up 20 percent this
year. A Student Government pro
gram pioneered by Sibby Anderson,
former BSM president, and UNC
senior Asa Bell, has supplemented
efforts by the Admissions office.
Springing up from a summer
minority concerns committee, the
program involves over 80 students
who either visit schools or write
letters to blacks ready to enter
college, Anderson said.
And Bell said that an emphasis was
put on UNC, but the program
focuses mainly on getting blacks to
But only two University officials,
Lillian Dawson and Herb Davis,
were assigned to visit each school in
the state. That, Anderson said, is one
of the program's weak points.
"There's only so much two people
can do," Anderson said. "I blame
(Dawson's and Davis supervisors.
They should recognize that two
people can't get the number of
students who would do well at
But Davis, assistant director of
Undergraduate Admissions and
coordinator of the University's
minority recruitment efforts, said he
thought the UNC was doing ever
ything possible to increase black
He blamed the national decline in
the number of black students gra
duating from high schools for UNC's
troubles. "Black applications to
colleges nationwide have been de
clining at about 4.7 percent each year
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that dancers wore in the time period.
Kendall said the drama department
had generously let her choose
appropriate clothes from its
"Dance history is a very new
discipline in and of itself," Kendall
added. "However, dance had always
been a part of education from the
ancient Greeks." Much dance
research is done in music depart
ments because of the strong depend-
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since they peaked in 1975," he said.
"There's one school of thought
that thinks those numbers are going
to go down no matter what you do,"
Davis said. "The Baby Boom is
Davis said that the decline is
natural, since many high schools lack
the necessary college preparatory
courses. Comprehensive courses that
would educate blacks to the same
level as whites when they leave high
school would help, he said.
"If programs do not make black
students more qualified when they
leave high school, the demographics
will change (for the worse)," he said.
"College prep courses have to start
earlier. There's no way I could go
- in during someone's junior year (in
high school) and change their
But he said he believed black
enrollment can be increased; it's just
a matter of attitudes. If students,
faculty, the administration and the
academic departments work toward
an integrated social environment,
change will occur.
UNC Chancellor Christopher
Fordham agreed, saying a unified
effort would be needed to truly
change the campus. "I think there
will be a time when the campus will
fully be diversified," Fordham said.
"But that will take time. I'm impa
tient, but it cant happen overnight.
It's a long-term, long-haul situation."
But some black students seem to
have a different view. "You cant
erase (racism) that quickly, just like
that," said Phil Graham. "The only
black students that the University
will recruit to get here are the athletes
"And the only time that's going
to erase is when they get the racism
down," he said. ". . . that's a deep
issue. It's not going to go away
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ence between the two disciplines,
especially during the Renaissance.
"Much oi the music in the 16th
century was influenced by dance and
characteristic dance rhythms," she
During the first half of the pro
gram Sunday, six dancers will
perform Morris dances, which are
traced back to 14th-century Eng
land. Kendall said the origin of the
lame is not known, but probably is
a derivative of the word "Moorish."
"1 think (the Morris dances) are
a British person's imagination of
what a savage would dance like," she
said. The dancers wear leather
costumes with strings of bells on the
legs. The dancers swirl handkerchiefs
By JAMES BURRUS
When local rock bands and musi
cians take the Cat's Cradle stage
Sunday, they will be playing for the
people of Chapel Hill, but the money
they raise will go to people in
The Carolina Committee on Cen
tral America is sponsoring a benefit
concert Sunday to help raise funds
for an independent development
project in Nicaragua. The bands
donating their services are Other
Bright Colors, Rogue, Southern
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of Pink. Dexter Romweber, for
merly of the Flat Duo Jets, will also
The Carolina Committee on Cen
tral America hopes to raise $3,000
through different fund raisers for the
development project in San Marcos,
"It's a development project that
would include a day-care center,
health care facility and a sewing
cooperative from which they could
gain some economic independence,
as well as providing care for the
surrounding area," said Karl
Tameler, organizer of the concert.
The idea for the project began
when Tameler and Catherine
McCleod went to Nicaragua in the
summer of 1985 with a program
sponsored by the Presbyterian
Peace-making Center in Raleigh. As
part of their internship, they were
placed in the homes of Nicaraguan
families. McCleod stayed with a
family in San Marcos. Last summer
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t through the air and use sticks in
mock combat positions, Kendall
said. The singers will perform Eng
lish and French songs.
Morris dancing is still popular in
areas of England and the United
States. "Groups in Virginia still get
together to perform it," she said.
The rest of the program will be
in the genre of Kendall's specialty
Italian works. The third dance
program she has directed, "Dance
ryes" is her first in North Carolina.
The others were in California, where
she eceived her doctorate in early
music from Stanford University in
In translating the Italian manu
script that she found at the Univer
hold benefit concert
people in Nicaragua
McCleod proposed her project to
the Carolina Committee on Central
America, and they adopted it.
McCleod and the Committee have
been trying to raise money ever since.
So far the group has raised about
$800, McCleod said.
The Committee has already
received money from a Latin Amer
ican dance held last Friday and a
nationwide fast for peace.
The Committee-and McCleod are
also organizing other fund-raising
efforts. McCleod is selling some of
the pictures she took while in
Nicaragua at the Ninth Street Bakery
in Durham. The Committee is
sponsoring a bluegrass concert on
June 6 at the Community Church
of Chapel Hill. Jim Watson of the
Red Clay Ramblers has already
agreed to perform, McCleod said.
Even though the benefit rock
concert is on Easter Sunday,
Tameler and McCleod think they
- will draw a large audience.
"We're hoping that the support
that we have in the community for
the project as well as the good lineup
of music will overcome some of that
(bad timing),'" Tameler said.
McCleod said she is hoping to
bring in the people who are staying
around town this weekend and don't
have much to do. People will also
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dall said she has to learn the language
from that specific century and be
able to understand the musical
notations that were completely
different from modern notations.
"You have to have more than a
passing interest in music," she said.
"I have quite an archaic vocabulary."
She plans to spend this summer
researching in Italy.
"Much of the research into Euro
pean dance is done in the United
States," Kendall sid. "I'd rather
research in Italy."
"Danceryes " will be performed at
4 p.m. Sunday in Playmakers Thea
tre. Admission is free.
be able to stay out later than usual
because they won't have to go to
work Monday, she said.
When the Committee raises all of
the money, McCleod will deliver the
money to Nicaragua herself, she said.
"I think that's the best way to
account for the money and see that
the money gets spent the way I want
it to be spent," she said.
McCleod said she hopes to have
the money by the middle of this
While the main purpose of the
conceit is to raise money, the group
also hopes to raise community
"As part of the fundraising effort,
we're also doing some community
education and community out
reach," Tameler said.
The Carolina Committee on Cen
tral America will have a literature
table set up at the Cradle, McCleod
"This is not so much a political
statement as it is a solidarity among
people," Tameler said. "This is an
outreach to the people of
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