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4TTie Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, October 7, 1987
General College9 a daytime drama of life at
By HANNAH DRUM
Forget skipping class to catch
up on the latest episodes of
"All My Children" or
The season premiere of "General
College," the soap opera created by
Student Television (STV), will air
tonight on Village Cable Channel
"General College" is a drama set
on the UNC campus that deals with
the problems a college student might
face every day, said producer Adam
Reist, a junior RTVMP major who
created the soap opera.
"I heard all the gossip and stories
about what people are doing, and I
said, 'This is a perfect idea for a -soap
opera, " Reist said. "I just
took an idea that a friend gave me
and made it a lot more steamy."
Reist began working on "General
College" last fall, but it did not run
as a special part of STV program
ming until last semester.
This semester, STV will air a new
15-minute soap segment every Mon
day night with repeat shows on
There are four major story lines
to the soap this semester that
include plots centered around love
triangles, drugs, homosexuality, pre
marital sex, rape and racial issues,
Assistant Producer Rob Vander
berry said the producers and the
seven writers on the crew try to treat
the subjects in a way that would not
offend the viewers.
"I don't think we're writing a doc
umentary," Vanderberry said. "We
treat the sensitive subjects the way
people would treat them in real life."
Assistant producer Jason Lyon
said many of the soap themes this
season may seem more serious than
the ones presented last semester. The
writers are trying to reach the stu
dents by presenting situations sim
ilar to those happening on the UNC
campus, he said.
Each "General College" scene is
filmed in classrooms, dormitories,
fraternity houses and other locations
around campus, emphasizing that
the soap is UNC-oriented, Reist
One 15-minute episode may take
more than 60 hours to write,
rehearse, film and edit, but Vander
berry said the effort results in "a
very well-made show."
STV may enter "General College"
in the National Students' Program
ming Competition, a contest for stu
dent television organizations, Van
Reist said he hoped his creation
would attract more attention to
STV and make it a more effective
media source at UNC.
"General College" is the first STV
production to encourage involve
ment from the University's drama
department, Reist said.
More than 60 people, including
many drama students, auditioned
for the soap's 10 acting parts, which
gave the the producers a very
talented group to work with this sea
son, Reist said.
Since STV productions can only
be seen on cable TV, many students
may not have the opportunity to see
"General College." Reist said he
hoped the University would allow
cable service in the dormitory rooms
within four years so students can
have access to STV.
Pizza Hut on Franklin Street
shows STV programming on Mon
day nights, and Theodore's shows
"General College" repeats on Wed
nesdays at 1 1 p.m.
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UNC's Student Television crew films its soap opera, "General College," at the Union desk
'Fat Girl' explores dilemma of conformity
By JAMES BURRUS
Andre Dubus'"The Fat Girl" is not
abouj weight loss, but deals with love
and relationships, said Betsy Martin,
who is directing the piece of literature
for Readers Theatre.
"It deals with the life of an ado
lescent obese girl," Martin said. "(It)
traces her life from her childhood up
to her adulthood, looks at her
intimate relationships and how they
affect her weight condition."
Three actresses play different
aspects of the personality of the title
character Louise. Allison Stanley
plays the fat Louise, Lesley Duggins
plays the thin Louise, and Cindy
Kistenberg plays the Louise who must
decide whether to be fat or thin.
Stanley, a senior communications
major from Charlotte, said her aspect
of Louise is "the non-conformist to
society." Stanley said, "(My aspect)
didn't realize I had a weight problem
until outsiders persuaded me to lose
Duggins, a sophomore drama and
speech major from Morristown,
Tenn., said her role as Louise centers
on the drive to lose weight.
"By losing this weight, she (Louise)
has gained all these materialistic
things, all the praise from her family,"
Duggins said. "In some ways (I play)
a more superficial side of her char
acter, more conforming to society."
Stanley said, "When the other girl
(Duggins) takes over, she conforms
to society, where I was content the
way I was."
Kistenberg, a second year graduate
student in speech commmunications
from Greensboro, plays the analytical
side of Louise.
"I play the present part of Louise
looking back to decide whether to be
thin or fat or how I'd like the rest
of my life to go," Kistenberg said.
Duggins said, "The whole play is
about the struggle between Allison
and my character for Cindy's soul."
Readers Theatre, which started in
the 1950s, is the performance of any
kind of literature, not just dramatic
works, Martin said.
"It's a way of staging any kind of
literature that exists and putting it in
a presentational form," Martin said.
"The goal of Readers Theatre is to
illuminate the text in the reader's
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Members of the Readers Theatre act out a "cinema" scene
This form of theatre is different
from traditional theatre, Martin said.
"Readers Theatre features the text
as opposed to traditional theatre that
The participants in Readers Thea- be performed Nov. 1 1 and 12.
tre come from two speech classes
141 and 245. Students are required "The Fat Girl" will be performed
Youirig Mack voters
census study shows
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON For the
first time, the share of young
blacks who voted surged signifi
cantly ahead of the percentage of
young whites who went to the
polls, the Census Bureau reported
Tuesday in a study of turnout for
the 1 986 election.
Turnout of people aged 18 to
24 has grown steadily among
blacks in recent years, with
increasing numbers of blacks
seeking public office and cam
paigns being conducted to get
blacks to register in larger
"The result of the recent
increases for black youth and the
1986 drop for white youth was that
for the first time . . . turnout
among young blacks in 1986
exceeded that of young whites,"
the Census Bureau's report said.
Black registration and voting
has grown significantly in the
South, the study added, and it is
in that region that politicians agree
that blacks have had a significant
Black voters are credited with
helping to return Democrats to
power in the U.S. Senate in the
1986 election, unseating incum
bents in such states as Alabama,
Georgia and North Carolina and
fending off the GOP in Louisiana.
As black turnout was growing,
voting by young whites slipped
somewhat, the Census Bureau
found in its study, titled "Voting
and Registration in the Election
of November 1986."
The report compared turnout
among people aged 18 to 24 in
non-presidential elections in
It found that in 1974 whites in
this age group outvoted blacks 24 -percent
to 20 percent, but that by
1982 the two groups were virtually
tied, with turnout at about 25
In 1986, turnout for both groups
edged down slightly, still round
ing off to 25 percent for young
blacks while falling to 22 percent
for their white counterparts, the
By comparison, whites 18 to 24
outvoted blacks 42 percent to 41
percent in the 1984 presidential
campaign, a year that showed
black participation rising sharply
at a time when the campaign of
Jesse Jackson drew considerable
attention to the black community.
Four years earlier, in 1980,
young whites outvoted young
blacks 42 percent to 30 percent.
Historically, voter turnout by
this age group has been the lowest
of all ages, the bureau noted.
For all voters aged 18 to 24,
turnout was about 22 percent in
1986, the report said, compared
with 41 percent of those aged 25
to 44, 59 percent of those aged 45
to 64, and 61 percent for people
65 or over. All of those figures
were down from 1982 except those
for the oldest group, which
increased its turnout by 1 percen
On a national basis for all age
groups, whites turned out in larger
shares than blacks 47 percent
to 43 percent y in 1986. Four
years earlier, whites had led 50
percent to 43 percent.
Overall, the study said 64.8
million Americans voted in the
election of November 1986, down
from 67.6 million four years
earlier, according to ballot counts.
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That's when he shook it off and went
back to being great."
Theismann joked that he doesn't
"really follow Taylor around every
where, no matter what you think."
Taylor was in Chapel Hill Monday
night to promote his new book
of telling me how important I was,
he didn't even show up.
"Believe me, actions speak louder
After the speech, Theismann an
swered several questions from stu-
Theismann also spoke at length dents. He had a decisive response to
about obtaining personal happiness
"Don't let money be the only factor
that motivates you," he said. "Can
you buy real happiness with money?
"The little things in life make the
difference. On the night I broke my
leg, (Redskins Coach) Joe Gibbs
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returning to a football career.
"Very simply, I cannot play the
game of football any more," he said.
"Ill never play again."
He also rejected the possibility of
having a career in coaching or
politics. He said he thought about
coaching once "But then I woke
up." ' :
The standing-room-only crowd
responded loudly when Theismann
stressed the importance of fan sup
port at Saturday's homecoming game
against the Deacons.
"If you make a lot of noise, then
Wake Forest won't be able to com
municate," he said. "If Wake can't
communicate, Carolina wins. And if
Carolina wins, that means the parties
are going to be awesome Saturday