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Paradoxes abou nd i n El ki n's ' Poetics'
The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, March 23, 19885
American society is known for its
love of excess. What other nation
idolizes things like a beer-swilling
dog, a horrendously ugly clown with
a rhyming name and Twinkies, that
tasty and nutritious snack? Stanley
Elkin, author of the short story A
Poetics for Bullies," said that "all this
crap is the true American graffiti."
In keeping with Elkin's view, Paul
Ferguson, a performance studies
faculty member in speech commun
ication, has adapted the story to the
stage. Ferguson's version of "A
Poetics for Bullies," which opens
tonight, will serve as the inaugural
event of the Carolina Union's Cabaret
Elkin's story centers around Push,
who seemingly symbolizes the arche
typical bully. This villain establishes
his power over others through
"sleight of mouth," which consists
largely of "fast talk, word games and
marginal violence." But Push's
dominion over his conquered com
panions does not last for long.
Along comes John Williams
(David Csizmadia), the hero, who
holds his own against Push's word
weapons. While most stories have
clear protagonists and antagonists,
Ferguson explains that Elkin's story
blurs these roles in an attempt to
make the audience decide for itself
just who the villain really is. Ferguson
explains,Push wants to make people
face reality, while Williams gives
people illusions." This complex view
of what is traditionally a given
relationship promises to make 44 A
Poetics for Bullies" an intriguing
To portray Elkin's love of excess,
Ferguson has employed an array of
mixed media in the production. The
show features three acting areas,
computer graphics, front and back
projection screens, MTVish video,
live video, dance and both recorded
and live music. Ferguson explained
his use of these varied forms of
communication as "a way to make
the story phony, fun and believable,"
as well as to give the production a
sense of energy and excess in a
postmodern world. Sounds confus
ing? You bet. The production also
features a cast of 12 actors that play
a total of 81 roles in the course of
The paradoxes continue. Push is
played by two actors. Scott Edlein
plays the exterior part of the char
acter, who interacts with the charac
ters in the show. According to
Ferguson, the interior part of Push
"wants self definition in an insecure
world." This part of the character,
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Keith Kashiwada (left) and Scott Edlein perform in "A Poetics for Bullies"
who narrates the show, is portrayed
by Keith Kashiwada.
With the exception of Ferguson,
the production is handled by students
at both the undergraduate and
There is also an element of improv
isation in the show-. In some parts
of the production actors interact
directly with the audience. This aspect
is sure to give the play a different
look each night that it runs.
The production marks the opening
of the Cabaret Theatre. Alison Sugg,
chairwoman of the Union Perform
ing Arts Committee, noted that the
Cabaret Theatre, which is not affil
iated with The Lab Theatre, Play
Makers Repertory Company or the
drama department, will "provide
another way for students to get
involved in drama." Sugg also said
"Poetics" should be a good opening
production for the Cabaret, which
aims to provide the University with
a diverse source of entertainment.
If "Poetics" is anything, it is
diverse. The surrealistic mixed media
style will surely be a point of interest,
especially to an audience that has
grown up in the midst of a media
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Another sticking point in the
negotiation process, Brand said, is
that while most Israelis believe the
Palestinian Liberation Organization
is a terrorist group, the Palestinians
think that it is their only legitimate
representation and that all negotia
tions must go through it.
And because of the U.S. commit
ment to Israel, neither the Israeli nor
the U.S. government will set up peace
talks with the PLO, she said.
David McClintock, visiting asso
ciate professor of political science at
N.C. State University, also believes
the prognosis for the Middle East isnH
"Basically, on both sides there are
political elements that don't want
negotiations," McClintock said, "and
they have been able to scuttle
But Gissen said there is a chance
for a peaceful solution if a peace
treaty could be signed between Israel
and its Arab neighbors.
"The United States must put
appropriate diplomatic pressure on
Jordan to sign a peace treaty and also
urge Saudi Arabia to support the
treaty," he said.
But Bod man said the best solution
for Israel is to move out of the
occupied territories, have free elec
tions and turn
over sovereignty to
Kechichian said both sides have to
realize first that the violence must be
slowed down before it creates a civil
war. He believes one of the best
solutions would be a United Nations
peacekeeping force, although Israel
would probably not allow one.
The United States could help to
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lower the level of violence, Kechi
chian said, but it could not "play an
honest broker" because of its interests
in the Middle East.
Bodman said he wishes for the
return of an even-handed policy,
where the United States paid atten
tion to the needs of both sides.
"So long as the Israeli government
stonewalls and uses solely military
means of addressing a 21 -year-old
problem, the U.S. will continue to
apply pressure to the Israeli govern
ment," Bodman said. "I'm just not
sure that the pressure will be
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Donella Croslan, now assistant dean
of the office, has been asked to fill
this position, according to Cell.
The proposal also created an
assistant director position.
Perry said Tuesday at the protest
that students were not satisfied with
Cell's proposal and that she ignored
"The response that we did receive
concerning the Office of Student
Counseling was in direct conflict with
these proposals," Perry said. "We do
not want to see the Office of Student
Counseling moved under another
academic service." His words were
Other students also said it was
important that one person be selected
as head of the office, and Floyd wouldv
not be the best choice because he has
"We want the most qualified
person in there," said freshman Corey,
Cornwell. "We don't have people in
this office who can address our,
"We want the right amount of
people, the people with the right
leverage, and Dean Cell's proposals
don't do that."
After the rallv. Fordham said
followed by applause from the crowd, administrators will look at the prob
When students asked if she was lem this week and decide if further
willing to change her proposal, Cell action is necessary,
said, "No, my proposal stands." "What they (the students) Lwant is
Perry told Cell that unless students very hard to deliver," he said. "Per-
receive a response to their submitted haps we can bridge this lack of
concerns by 5 p.m. Friday, he will understanding."
hold another general body meeting In an interview Tuesday afternoon,
Monday and will take further action. Perry said Cell had made black
Fordham told the students that the students verv anerv with her refusal
University administration is not
"We all want the same thing," he
said. "We all want our students to
When pressed to respond to Cell's
proposal, however, the chancellor
stressed that he would not make an
"I am not going to publicly overrule
my dean, he said
Cell said the UNC administration
had held several meetings with
students about the Office of Student
"As a result, we see a very clear
to reconsider her proposal.
"I think she has solved the problem
of black apathy on this campus," he
Perry said the structure of the office
must not change.
"We don't want anything radical,
we don't want anything crazy, we just
want to know that the office will
remain the same as it was when Dean
I just wont do Renwick was here," Perry said.
Floyd said Tuesday that he felt
much of the problem was caused by
a misunderstanding and that the
proposals do not represent a negative
response from Cell.
"The dean has alwavs made a
need to expand the services that office commitment to retain the programs
has been providing, Cell said. "There and services provided by the Office
is no intent to reduce or destroy the of Student Counseling," Floyd said,
services being provided to minority "and I don't think there's been any
students. Our intent is to expand lessening of that commitment."
these services." Floyd said the restructuring that
Her words were followed by mur- would take place beneath him would
murs of protest from the crowd. not affect the quality of services.
"When a chancellor resigns, vou "If that is the wav it's eoine to he
replace mm witn a cnanceiior, one
student said. "We are the people that
position is going to be serving, and
we want it replaced as it was. We
it will not (affect quality)," he said.
"We will still be delivering services
at the highest level we can for all
students at the University,- and that
can't really accept anything less than includes minority students.
Croslan could not be reached for
The students said the office should
associate dean solely in charge of the " 1 1 2 1 1 TC
office, direct access would be
Cell emphasized that a job descrip
tion for the position of director has
not been written, so the duties of the
position are unclear at this time. She
did say no reduction in power is
"There's no intention to weaken
that office in any way," she said. "It
will not be reduced in
from page 1
because I am committed to no he said
student, who also asked to remain
unidentified. "He talks to students,
he's been verv accessible and he loves
Oliva takes part in many activities,
including attending all the basketball
games, the student said. He once
traveled 15 hours during a snowstorm
leverage, by bus with the team to see a game.
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11:30 a.m JG reek Week Com
mittee is sponsoring
the Loreleis and the
Four Corners in the
Noon Career Planning
Service will hold Job
Hunt 102: Resume
Writing Workshop in
306 Hanes Hall.
"Biotechnology and the
Third World: Implica
tions for Diversity and
Sustainabihty" by Cary
Fowler in 05 Mitchell
12:30 p.mDepartment of
Health Policy end
presents the CON
FORUM in the Rose
nau Hall Auditorium.
The topic for discus
sion is "Treatment Set
tings for AIDS
2 p.m. Student Taking
Action for Nuclear
sents "SDI: Lemon b
the Sky," anti-Star
Wars demonstration b
3 p.m. Career Planning
Srrvic 'vil! hoid Job
Hunt 105: Off-carrpus
job search and inter
viewing workshop in
' 210 Hanes Hall.
Clnb will hold career
planning meeting for 6 p.m.
ties for social science
majors, in 151
Hamilton. 7 p.m.
posium will offer a
program presented by
IBM entitled "Writing
to Read" a presenta
tion on the effect of
technology on improv
ing education, in the
Student Union Film
3:30 p.m. Undergraduate
Failure," a critique of
Daniel Dennit, by Seth
Holtzman, in 208 Cald
4 p.m. Industrial Rela
will meet in 226 Union.
Guest speaker is Cindy
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sentative for Blue
Last chance to sign up
Media Board will
meet in 220 Union.
licity Committee 8 p.m
will meet in 208 Union
Those interested in
working on this com
mittee are welcome.
Program will have an
in Dey Hall 301 for per
sons interested in living
with a French family in
. Chicoutimi, Quebec.
Earn six hours of
5:30 p.m. Wesley Foundation
will meet at the New
man Center at 218
Pittsboro St. for a
Center welcomes all
io the its annual all
meal. Center located at
STV's Off the Cuff will
meet in 226 Union.
AIESEC will hold a
general members meet
ing. Check Union desk
for room number. .
Service is sponsoring
a presentation by Uni
versity Directories in
210 Hanes Hall.
presents a new docu
mentary film about a
1930s inter-racial move
ment to form the first
truly integrated union.
"Our Land Too: the
Legacy of the Southern
Union" will be shown in
101 Greenlaw. On
hand to discuss the film
will be H.L. Mitchell,
co-founder of the
STFU a half century
Circle and the Carol
ina Union will show
"Broken Rainbow" in
the Union Film Audito
rium as part of Ameri
can Culture Week.
Film also shown at 9:30
sium will present a
talk by Floretta
superintendent of pub
lic schools for the Dis
trict of Columbia on
the subject, "When
The Minority Becomes
The Majority, What
Happens To Your
Schools?" in Memorial
Carolina Surf Club
will meet in upstairs
lobby of the Union.
Topics: California trip,
team jerseys, Hatteras?
All skill levels welcome.
Interested in joining,
call Eran at 968-8624.
Museum will sponsor
a free lecture in th?
Hanes Art Center aud
itorium. Curator Dean
Walker will speak on
and the Bronze Stat
uette under Louis
Greek Week Com
mittee and Carolina
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Recreation are spon
soring Team Charades
and comedian Leroy
Seabrooks in Hamilton
Hall. No admission fee
and open to
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Campus Y is now taking appli
cations for co-ch?.ir positions. Pick
up applications at the Union desk
or at the Y Building. For more
information, call the Campus Y at
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ment Service is a volunteer, free
service available to students to help
locate part-time jobs. Please stop by
217 E (Suite C) at the Union or call
The Carolina Population
Center Library will be closed the
week of March 28th because it is
moving to the third floor.
Delta Phi Epsilon and Greek
Week are sponsoring a ballon lift
off in the pit. Come out and help
a good cause!
Student Part-Time Employ
ment Service will host the
Employment Securities Commis
sion every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.
to help students locate part time
and summer jobs. Or go by 217E
(Suite C) Union or call 962-0545.
Carolina Indian Circle is
exhibiting Native American crafts
and artwork in the Union in cele
bration of Native American Culture
Industrial Relations appoint
ment sign-up sheets for summer and
fall pre-registration are posted in 230
Hamilton Hall and 3rd floor Steele
Career Planning and Place
ment Service needs all proposals
for academic credit by March 31
from SPCL 91 Internship to expe
riential learning coordinator in 221
English Department has
posted appointment sheets for pre
registering for summerfall with
your adviser on the bulletin board
opposite 212 Greenlaw.