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6The Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, April 18,
Love strategies at the opera
By ASHLEY CAMPBELL
The clever strategies of young
lovers will be portrayed in opera
Wednesday in an outdoor perform
ance by the UNC Opera Theatre
Workshop at 4 p.m. on the terrace
of Person Hall.
Twenty-two costumed student
singers will perform six scenes from
18th-century operas by Joseph
Haydn, Christoph Gluck and Gio
vanni Pergolesi as the group presents
an afternoon of scenes from 18th
century opera. The workshop will
also be presented at the Union
Cabaret Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.
"Although the composers are
European, the performances will be
in English and will be narrated," said
Terry Rhodes, director of the opera
workshop and assistant professor of
music. Chairs will be set up for the
audience, and the performance will
last about an hour.
The first scene the group will
perform is from Pergolesi's "The
Maid Mistress" (1733), in which a
servant girl beguiles her wealthy
master into marriage.
In Haydn's "Deceit Outwitted"
(1773), a servant girl tricks the other
characters by disguising herself to win
a dowry and her love and creates a
last-minute switch in the marriage
contract so all can be happy.
In "Songstress" (1766), also by
Haydn, a beautiful young soprano
manages to elude and fool her doting
singing professor, and in "The World
of the Moon" (1777) a young lover
uses illusion and an imaginary potion
to lure his sweetheart's over
possessive father into thinking he is
making a trip to the moon.
In a scene from Gluck's "The Cadi
Outwitted" (1761) a harem wife
entraps her roving sheik husband and
rewins his love. In the finale from
Gluck's "Orpheus and Eurydice"
(1762) a mythical god helps a
bereaved husband win back his
beloved wife from the underworld.
Admission to both performances is
free. In case of rain, the presentation
will be moved to Hill Hall.
"We're making appeals on this
basis. We had no idea the cuts were
coming on so soon."
In response to the budget cuts, the
University has sent out memos to all
departments and schools outlining
certain restrictions. These restrictions
involve travel, new equipment pur
chases and printing.
Richard Richardson, chairman of
the political science department, said
he saw the effects of the budget cuts
on Friday, when the University
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denied his department postage.
"I think the cuts are clearly freezing
our budget. The effect is extremely
bothersome and two months from
now could be detrimental."
James Govan, director of Davis
Library, said he was meeting with his
staff Tuesday to discuss certain
cutbacks the library would need to
"The cuts are going to have a great
effect on how we operate," Govan
said. "I think they are going, to be
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opera Monday afternoon
John Florin, chairman of the
geography department, agreed with
Govan, saying he hadn't seen such
severe cuts in the 20 years he has been
at the University. .
Besides cutting out all University
printing and travel, his department
has stopped ordering new supplies,
Florin said. In addition, he said the
department had eliminated certain
research that required lots of
"They (the cuts) severely clamp our
normal flow. I'm just glad that we
have a good supply of maps, since
we can't make any copies."
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Femmes gain taste,
The weirdest thing about the
Violent Femmes latest album 3 is
the album cover. Not that it's
really weird, mind you. There's a
nice black and white photo of the
band looking cool and sophisti
cated in dark clothes and soft
focus. Lead singer songwriter
Gordon Gano has his hands in his
pockets. He looks jaunty and
handsome. Nothing strange at all,
until you remember these are the
Violent Femmes, and the last time
we saw a picture of Gordon, he
had fish on his hands.
Now I'm not saying that tasteful
photography necessarily means
bad music, heavens no. But the
Violent Femmes made their name
being tasteless. They made the best
tasteless album ever, 1983's The
Violent Femmes. Sad to say, 3 is
too tasteful for its own good.
Before I explain why 3 is the
worst album the Femmes have
ever made, I should first explain
why the other three are so good.
For most of us, our initial
reaction to the Femmes was shock,
as in, "Did he really say what I
think he said?" Because 77
Violent Femmes was uncompro
mising, direct and harsh. It was
youthful angst at its most anxious.
Gordon wrote fast, angry songs
about drugs, unrequited love and
weird adolescent feelings. His
lyrics summed up the secret feel
ings of tongue-tied teenage
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UNC-Charlotte's (UNCC) plan
ning will help it survive the budget
cut, said James Wentz, UNCC's vice
chancellor for academic affairs.
"Contigency planning will make the
recision a little gentler. But the broth
is a little thinner."
Part of UNCC's plans include
withholding some faculty salaries,
Wentz said. These salaries include
money to hire graduate teaching
assistants, part-time faculty and
visiting lecturers, and money for
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UNC Provost Dennis O'Connor
said he had expressed his concern
about the cuts to administrators of
the General Assembly.
"They (the cuts) are very destruc
tive. We are hoping that the General
Assembly officials will relay our
concerns to the Office of Manage
ment and Budget."
Berryman said although he under
stood the state was in financial
difficulty, he thought it made a
mistake in cutting funds from all state
institutions and agencies.
"The state's in a jam right now, but
it's hard to take cuts from such a big
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The Femmes also created a
sound all their own with that first
album, a bare-bones acoustic
sound, with sweaty fingers squeak
ing on guitar strings and Gordon
shrieking and whining like a power
saw cutting through tin.
The Femmes then abandoned
their sound on their very next
album. Hallowed Ground and its
follow-up, The Blind Leading the
Naked, featured a more conven
tional layered sound and dozens
of session musicians. Fans and
critics alike were confused, and
both albums sank almost without
However, Hallowed Ground
and Blind both had a surprising
array of gems lurking in the
muddle, and fans missed out on
great songs like "Jesus Walking
On the Water" and "I Know It's
True But I'm Sorry to Say."
3 also has a few jewels, but it's
mostly boring by comparison.
The Femmes have made an
obvious attempt to return to their
sound. Only two extra musicians
are used, and only on two tracks.
The album was recorded with no
special summer projects, he said.
UNCC also kept reserve funds
from utilities and fringe benefits, he
UNCC was helped by a state hiring
freeze in November, said Craig
Bizzell, assistant director of financial
services. Thirty staff positions have
been kept vacant.
"Basically, the majority of our cut
will be covered by SPA (State
Personnel Act) positions that have
been frozen this year," Bizzell said.
"The remainder will be deferring
items into next fiscal year that should
be paid this year, such as utility bills.
"Back in November the state
budget office put a hiring freeze on
the state for certain kinds of state
UNCC will lose about $2 million
of its fourth-quarter allotment,
Appalachian State University
(ASU) will not be badly hurt by the
budget cut, said Ned Trivette, ASU
vice chancellor for business affairs.
"We have not seen our cut severely
affect everything. We can work
ASU will withstand its cut, which
is about $600,000, because the uni
versity encourages its professors and
"We are terrified of the things she
can accomplish," said J.T. Rogers,
drama representative to the student
If she remains until the end of the
school year, Milley will have the
opportunity to appoint a new dean
to the School of Drama, an assistant
dean to the School of Music and
decide on merit faculty pay, Rogers
Many alumni have stopped donat
ing money to the school because of
their negative feelings for Milley, said
Josh Mark, president of the student
advisory council. The community of
Winston-Salem and parents of stu
dents who attend the art school
support her resignation as well, he
Students released a press statement
Monday morning concerning their
dissatisfaction with her leadership
style, Mark said. A "performance
protest" was staged throughout the
day, where students distributed
information packets, danced, gave
mini-tours and read works of Shake
speare on campus and throughout the
city. The protest culminated in a
candlelight vigil at 1 1 p.m. Monday
Today at 1 p.m. an International
Theater Symposium will be held on
the campus, highlighting artists from
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overdubs and mostly acoustical
instruments, so the comparisons to
their debut album are unavoida
ble. And this is unfortunate,
because 3 lacks the desperate,
maniacal edge that made The
Violent Femmes work.
On 3, there are songs about fear,
jealousy, violence and revenge.
There are also some painfully
personal songs. But Gordon's
lyrics are largely uninspired, and
the music seldom fits. For
instance, the neurotic lyrics of
"World We're Living In" "I
can't go out no more I'd just
better stay at home" are made
incongruous by a xylophone and
sax accompaniment. "Night
mares," the album's first single, is
similarly strange, with quirky,
dark lyrics and an upbeat melody.
However, "Nightmares" works,
as do a few other songs, thanks
to upbeat, infectious melodies.
"Fat," a whimsically odd tune with
a country backbeat, and "Lies" are
two of these happy exceptions, but
the most memorable song on 3 is
likely to be "Outside the Palace,"
a schmaltzy mamba reminiscent of
Jonathan Richman. '
The Femmes are still the most
unconventional kids on the block,
making music that is both intense
ly personal and universal. But if
you missed any of their first three
albums, don't spend your money
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But ASU may have to delay
maintenance, repairs and payment of -utilities
until the next fiscal year,
Trivette said. Academic programs, at
ASU would probably not suffer, but
equipment purchases may be post
poned, which could cause problems
if unforeseen purchases are needed.
ASU will not use personnel vacan
cies to deal with the cuts, Trivette
said. "We keep our positions so full
we have very few positions we could
use to deal with that."
N.C. State, University NCSU) is
still determining what the impact of
the budget cut will be, said Al Lanier,
NCSU vice chancellor for university
relations. "I don't think it will affect
academic programs. We're identify
ing areas where we can compensate
Those areas' may include postage,
printing, and supply and equipment
purchases, Lanier said.
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around the world. Many of the artists
will issue statements supporting the
students' attempts to force Milley to
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The symposium will go on until
Students are also protesting Mil
ley's appointment to the School of
Music faculty. The school is
performance-oriented, and Milley
has not given a recital since 1973, said
Larry Smith, dean of the School of
Music. Our teachers are professional
performers. There's no interruption
in their musical development or
Milley has not taught a class since
1 975, he said.
Smith released a statement on
April 13 proclaiming his intention to
discuss the appointment with
No one on the campus is looking
forward to Milley's being on the
music faculty, Rogers said.
Milley will delay important univer
sity work by remaining at the school
until June 30, Mark said. "There are
many decisions that need to be made.
She is a lame-duck chancellor."
Some students foresee an early
leave of absence for the chancellor.
Michael Nance, a freshman drama
student at the school, said, "I feel that
she will be out very soon."
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