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The Daily Tar HeelThursday, March 30, 19897
Workshop to look
By DEIRDRE FALLON
Economics, the Ku Klux Klan,
poverty and health concerns will be
addressed during the School of Social
Work's 10th annual Black Experience
"In the 1980s, Present Realities
and Future Prospects" will be held
Thursday and Friday at UNC. The
workshop will focus on important
issues to blacks in the 20th century,
said Audreye Johnson, chairman of
the Black Experience Planning Com
mittee. "The workshop will look at issues
of color significant in the 20th century
and the way we are approachng the
issue of color in the 21st century,"
; The conference begins Thursday
with a panel discussion on using
census data to learn about the
African-American community of the
future. The speakers will be Robert
Hill, director of the Institute for
Urban Research at Morgan State
Student Congress fills empty graduate seats in special election
Dy KAREN ENTRIKEN
Only 11 graduate students voted
Tuesday in a special election to fill
three Student Congress seats in
Districts 2, 5 and 7.
! Bill Brown (Dist. 2) received one
vote; Jim Taylor (Dist. 5) received
six votes; and Andrew Cohen (Dist.
7) received four votes. All three
candidates ran unopposed.
The elections in District 2 and
District 5 were re-elections because
Brown and Taylor, who won in the
Feb. 21 election, did not turn in
financial forms itemizing campaign
expenses on time, according to
Jurgen Buchenau, Student Congress
speaker pro tempore.
The District 7 election was also
Music outshines drama
in Cabaret production
While watching "Godspell" in
the Cabaret, it struck me that I
was seeing two different plays: one
a musical of sublime, extremely
well-performed songs, and the
other a mawkish, often bewilder
ing, retelling of parables.
"Godspell," which is being pre
sented by the Carolina Union
'Special Projects committee
through Apnl 1, is a reworking of
the Jesus story in which music and
story are used to evoke the teach
ings of the Christian messiah.
Songs alternate with updated
versions of the parables as Chnst s
messages of love are emphasized.
The music is the performance s
.greatest strength. The songs are
excellent and evocative, telling the
story far better than the dramatic
.sequences. Almost without excep-
Ktion, the Cabaret's production is
vocally superb. The voices are
strong, clear and energetic, well
suited to both the joy and pain
inherent in the music. Standouts
were "Day by Day" by Laura
Sturm, "Save the People" by Eric
Dishman (Jesus), "Prepare Ye" by
Patrick Emerson (Judas) and
"Turn Back O Man" by Rhetta
Wiley and Dishman. A substantia'
chorus adds well-balanced
strength to the vocal excellence.
. However, the rest of the perfor
mance is significantly weaker.
"Godspell" has no real plot or
story, just some paraoies wnicn ao
not stand up well dramatically.
Furthermore, this productions
'updating of those parables only
serves to make them seem even
more bizarre and less on par with
It does not appear that a great
deal of time was spent working on
the acting. Only Emerson and
Wiley appear to have real char
acters, and I wish they had had
more to do. Dishman lacks pas
sion throughout, and his Jesus
frequently seems lost. Energy and
.excitement seem to have been
emphasized at the expense of
character building. There is, for
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open to the public, is from 2 p.m.
to 4 p.m. in 212 Peabody Hall.
A forum on how economic con
ditions may have contributed to the
resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan is
at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall and is
also open to the public.
"Economic Political Conditions
and the Resurgance of Racism" will
be discussed by Lawrence , Gary,
director of the Institute of Urban
Affairs and Mental Health Research
and Development Center at Howard
University; Charles Hamilton, pro
fessor of, government at Columbia
University; and Jeanne Spurlock,
deputy medical director of the Amer
ican Psychiatric Association in
"The issue of resurgence of racism
is important for students in the
University community," said John
son. "Things seem to be going
backwards instead of forwards, and
necessary because the original winner
for one of the district's two seats was
disqualified and decided not to run
again. Tuesday's election filled the
last empty seat and gave the congress
a full house to begin next fall.
MWe were not concerned with the
turnout as much as we were with
filling the seats," Buchenau said.
"Usually, we don't fill seats that
remain unoccupied until October, but
we wanted to fill all seats before the
congress meets April 5."
In Student Congress elections,
seats in graduate districts usually
receive about 50 to 60 votes, Buche
nau said. Lack of publicity, spring
break and a tradition of low voter
turnout in Districts 2, 5 and 7 were
the most part, the appearance of
emotion, rather than any real,
Part of this is undeniably the
fault of the script, which is terrible
and lacks any real direction. This
is highlighted , in Judas' conflict
with Jesus. Judas is given no real
textual motivation to crucify
Jesus. Emerson (as Judas) tries
gamely, attempting to inject ten
sion between the two characters
but the almost total lack of help
in the script, plus little apparent
directorial aid, leaves us at a loss
as to why Jesus is crucified. No
one tries harder than Emerson to
rise above the material, but it's just
too difficult to make sense of, both
for the actor and the audience.
The staging is energetic and
funny but too often inappropriate.
Throughout the play, continual
movement is emphasized, even
when there is no reason for it. This,
perhaps due to a lack of trust in
the power of the music, ends up
detracting from the music. The
problem is most evident in the
finale when one of the best, most
honest and effective moments in
the play is ruined by such gratui
tous movement. Jesus has just
been crucified and awaits his death
singing beautifully and sadly. The
cast indeed the entire audience
is transfixed by the spectacle.
Suddenly the cast jumps up and
runs around, destroying the ten
sion utterly. We are abruptly
shaken out of the moment and
instead of being moved, we are left
wondering why the hell they just
ran around. There were also some
disturbing moments which can
only be described as racist.
The Cabaret's production of
"Godspell" is worth seeing for the
excellent vocal performances.
Unfortunately, it offers little else.
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at black concerns
we need to think of ways to do things
differently. This is not just for Afro
Americans but all people."
Janice Schopler, a professor in the
School of Social Work, said, "We
need to look at how all the negative
conditions affect the community of
people in the nation as a whole."
Friday's workshops will include
"Lifestyles and Relationships of
African-American Family Members:
Kinship Bonds Fictive and Real,"
"Health and Welfare Issues in the
"The Education of African
Americans in a Complex Society"
and "Evaluating Continuity and
Change for the 2 1 st Century."
A luncheon Friday will focus on
"The Education of African Ameri
cans in a Complex Society." Speakers
will be Andrew Billingsly, former
president of Morgan State Univer
sity, and Chancellor Paul Hardin.
"We are all affected when people
aren't being treated fairly," Schopler
said. "We need to be concerned with
reasons for this second election's low
turnout, he said.
But graduate districts have a
history of low voter turnout in all
Student Congress elections and of
seats being left unoccupied. Buche
nau has spent the last two years on
a personal crusade to involve his
fellow graduate students in UNC
campus life, he said.
"It is difficult to explain to grad
students why Student Congress is
important to their lives," Buchenau
said. "We need to solve the problem
by example. Some grad students need
to show that we're interested in
working with the majority group of
Many graduate students do not get
Thought-provoking plays fill Labfest slate
By JESSICA YATES
If youVe been pondering man's
existence, the components of man's
soul and the phenomenon of passing
time (or even if youVe just been trying
to make it through your political
science midterm), this weekend's
Labfest is the time to explore these
notions a bit more.
Labfest will feature two plays
performed back to back. The first,
Megan Terry's "Keep Tightly Closed
in a Cool Dry Place," tells the story
of three men in prison, their relation
ships and their struggle to accept their
realities. ' " -
Immediately 'following that show
is another play: David Mamet's "A
Life in the Theatre." This work
features an older and younger actor
coming to terms with their differences
as actors from different generations.
"Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool
Dry Place" is noted for its loose
structure and is therefore widely open
to interpretation, according to direc
tor Kasey Jones. "The whole play is
made up of improvs (improvisa
tions)," she said.
The piece focuses on the character
of Jaspers, who hired Gregory to
murder his wife through a middle
man, Michaels. The cast and director
chose to have Jaspers represent the
superego of Freudian theory, with
Michaels and Gregory representing
the ego and id, respectively.
Jones chose not to interpret the
play herself but involved the three
actors John Bland, Tommy
Dunphy and Bob Howell in the
process. "It keeps you on your toes
and you have to be concentrating the
whole time," said Bland, a junior who
plays Michaels. "I'm totally reliant
upon the character rather than the
script, and so it's new every time you
go at it."
"It has an interesting message, and
it confronts the audience with its own
humanity," said junior Tommy
Dunphy, who plays Gregory. The
theme of accepting one's own limita
tions is prevalent, especially with
Jaspers, who refuses to believe he
can't get out of jail.
The play is untraditional in that
it requires split-second character
transitions, a feature of theatrical
not just overt racism, but covert
racism because people are not aware
of it, and if they're not aware of it,
they can't do anything about it."
Other speakers Friday will include
actress and singer Etta Moten, known
for her portrayal on Broadway of
Bess in "Porgy and Bess;" Lou
Beasley, director of the School of
Social Work at the University of
Tennessee at Nashville; the Rev.
George Clements of Holy Angels
Catholic Church in Chicago; and
Carolyn Thornton, director of social
work and mental health at Lincoln
Community Health Center in
Schopler said the gaps between
blacks and whites in the areas of
education, health, income and levels
of poverty have not gotten better
since the conference started 10 years
"This is a chance for people to get
educated, to get their general con
sciousness raised and to hear learned
African scholars address the issues."
involved with campus life because of
busy schedules, involved research and
dissertations, and family responsibil
ities which force them to stay home.
"Many grad students go to campus
for a maximum of nine hours of
course work each week," Buchenau
said. "They lead very busy lives, just
not on campus."
Philosophy graduate student Jeff
Downard said: "It's difficult to get
interested when the only contact you
have with the outside world is
teaching classes, and I don't even
"It's the department that seems to
affect us, but we don't realize that
the department is affected by the
administration," Downard said.
Because they are not involved in
cubism, in contrast to the slower,
developmental character transitions
of most plays. "It's one of the reasons
I picked this play," Jones said. "It's
something that's not usually done in
the Lab. It's so different from what
weVe been taught.
"Come with an open mind and
clear head," she added.
The second play, "A Life in the
Theatre," looks at the relationship
between two actors, Robert and
"The play is sort of a look at the
cycle of life," said Todd Devries, the
play's director. "There is a constant
transition between living and dying,
where the older actor is moving out
and the younger moving in."
In contrast to other plays with a
similar theme, however, "A Life in
the Theatre" does not provoke
sympathy for either character in
particular. Rather, Devries
explained, "it's an awareness of the
gone soon. We need to protect the
Albert Monig, a graduate student
from West Germany observing the
protest, said the group should have
done more to inform people watching
the demonstrations. "It's a very good
idea. They should explain what
products are made from whales. They
should also point out that the Ice
landic whalers have done that for a
"The Daily Tar Heel gains funding
through student activities funds,"
Davis said. "The Daily Tar Heel can
stand on its own. So congress and
The Daily Tar Heel are moving in
the direction of total autonomy for
The Daily Tar Heel."
In final action, senior Jody Beasley
of Fayetteville was approved as a
member of the Audit Board. Both
Martin and Student Body President
elect Brien Lewis supported the
Martin said the position was
vacant because the person who
originally filled the appointment left
office. The appointment is not replac
ing an appointment on Lewis' board.
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The University swim test, a
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UNC, will be administered at the
Bowman Gray indoor pool on
March 31 and April 14 from 10
a.m. to 11:45 or from 1 p.m. to
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will be offered during spring
DTH Board of Directors
positions available now
The Daily Tar Heel Board of
Directors is accepting applications
through April 12 to fill its two-year
student-at-large position. The board,
which serves as publisher of the
paper, meets once a month during the
school year and is responsible for
the undergraduate college experience,
graduate students don't see the value
of spending three minutes to vote,
newly elected Cohen said.
"Grad students feel a state of
aloofness and a bit less attached to
the campus than the undergrad," he
said. "I had the misconception that
this (Student Congress) was a body
of only undergrads until I opened up
the DTH and saw grad students
running for office."
Taylor, a second-year medical
student, said he feels that graduate
students are not apathetic to campus
life, but that they just limit the focus
of what they do outside school.
"Grad students are involved," he
said. "WeVe already picked what we
want to do, so our extracurricular
process so that it can keep going
One of the play's strengths is
Mamet's style of dialogue, according
to Scott Bowman, a junior who plays
Robert. "I really like his style of
writing," Bowman said. "It's 'real'
conversation, the back and forth of
The two characters have more and
more problems with their relationship
as the play progresses, reflecting the
conflicts of old versus new and
controller versus controlled. "These
two guys, if they ever opened up their
eyes, could see more of each other,"
Bowman said. "It's unpleasant for
one to see himself in the other, what
he used to be (in Robert's case) or
what he will be (in John's case)."
This play, like "Keep Tightly
Closed in a Cool Dry Place," is very
open to interpretation. According to
Paul Dawson, a sophomore playing
long time. If they stopped, it would
cause a big economic problem."
Cathy Callahan, a freshman from
Boone, said she thought the demon
strators had good intentions. "I think
it's brought it to the attention of a
lot of students. But I don't know how
many of them will be influenced."
Pahel said he thought the demon
strations were successful. "This was
to inform people. Maybe it will
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ran for student body president in
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activities revolve around our careers.
It's not that we choose not to get
involved; we don't have the time to
be as well-rounded as undergrads."
Taylor ran for Student Congress
to get back into the undergraduate
scene, he said. He attended UNC as
He said he believes graduate
students aren't the only ones to blame
for their small campus voice. Grad
uate students, he said, lack support
"Undergrads have the tendency to
alienate grad students. That is par
tially the reason why the Yackety
Yack (had its budget cut by Congress
this year) because they didn't
represent grad students well enough."
the part of John, "In this play, more
than any other experience IVe had
acting, IVe had to build the character
from the inside out because there are
really so few obvious givens."
As this is a play about actors, the
actors themselves feel they have ;
learned a lot about acting as a career :
from their roles in it. Bowman said,
"It's a slap of reality. To those
characters, it (acting) is their life. It
hits home how safe we are here."
Dawson, stressing the character
differences, said, "These characters
represent two different outlooks on
. theater. I feel close to John in
thinking that he and I are getting the ;
Labfest will be presented April 2
and April 3 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. It '
will also be shown April 4 at 5 p.m. ',
Tickets will be distributed 45 minutes '
before each show. Admission is free.
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influence some people to stop eating
here. We had quite a few walk-ons
(people joining the demonstration
after it started). So we know we
reached some people. Hopefully, well
make a dent in the graph of Icelandic
The group did not need a permit
to demonstrate on Franklin Street,
Chapel Hill Police officer P.R.
Burns, who observed the Franklin
Street demonstration, told the group
that it must keep moving back and
forth in a single file line. "As long
as they're not doing anything violent
or encouraging confrontations, what
they're doing is legal," he said.