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6the Daily Tar HeelThursday, November 16, 1989
Clef Hangers hone
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Mystery shrouds preregistration
By TIM LITTLE
Staff Writer "
, uRed tape entangles thousands of
UNC students every semester as they
preregister for classes in an attempt to
avoid the nightmarish lines in Woollen
Gymnasium at drop-add time.
But though many students are baffled
about exactly what happens to that blue
preregistration sheet after they turn it
in, the preregistration process isn't quite
60 mysterious as it seems.
.-University Registrar administrators
emphasize that the process is clearly
systematic. "The Directory of Informa
tion, states exactly what goes on in
registration procedure," said Joan Ward,
assistant administrator to the Univer
sity Registrar. "Everything is system
atic, and the only random factor is the
' "But a common misconception is that
Ihe random number is the determining
Factor for getting classes. Take, for
example, the junior psychology major
There is more musical talent at UNC
than most people realize, and Tuesday
night's standing-room-only concert by
the UNC Symphony Orchestra and the
Carolina Choir was proof,
i The concert in Hill Hall Auditorium
'opened with the symphony playing six
of Sir William Walton's arrangements
of J.S. Bach's music from "The Wise
Virgins, Ballet Suite" (1940). Conducted
by Tonu Kalatn, these were excellently
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whose last four digits from his social
security number are right after the
"established priority number."
lie assumed he would receive every
class he wanted, at all the right times.
But, alas, before the spring semester
begins, he finds himself again with six
hours of classes and the drop-add line
for psychology calling his name.
Actually, the priority order of proba
bly the most complex process at UNC
is div ided into several parts.
First, priority is based on classifica
tion, i.e. seniois should have piiority
over juniors, juniors over sophomores,
etc. Then, the number of course hours
passed has priority. Last and least
important in determining what classes
students get is the random number.
Problems can occur when a student
has put wrong information on his or her
preregistration sheet and has already
turned it in at Hanes Hall. But students
should not think nothing can be done if
merges brilliantly with choir
exciting, because of the quick, rhyth
mic tempo and the passion in the music.
"Sheep may safely graze" featured a
beautiful first violin solo by Andrea
Bath, whose talent and skill made it
clear why she holds the position of
"Once all forms have been turned in,
a student must inform his or her adviser
and go through the w hole process again
of filling out theclass registration sheet,"
Ward said. "To the surprise of most
students, a lot of mistakes can be taken
care of. It's just a matter of prompt
ness." The registrar's office also faces the
typical Scantron-sheet mistakes: stray
marks, slight erasures, foldings and (the
high school teacher's favorite) not
darkening the whole circle.
"There are so many complications
within the system that it seems students
should be required to take a course in
proper registration," said Leon Living
ston, a junior biology major from Dur
ham. "If you really think about it, these
are the most important Scantron sheets
Crystal Mitchell, a junior industrial
relations major from Wendell, agreed.
"I think that being misinformed is a big
problem and can be the most damaging
This group is so far from the stereo
type of the half-hearted, semi-musical
collegiate orchestra that it's difficult to
believe the musicians are for the
most part college students.
Next on the program was Heinrich
Isaac's "Regina caeli laetare," per
f ormed by the Carolina Choir conducted
by Susan Klebanow. The separate sec
tions in this a cappella work were held
together wonderfully by the choir's
concentration and crisp precision. And
the clarity of the music was both a
strong opening for the singers and a
good introduction for the Haydn Mass.
To hear Franz Joseph Haydn's
"Missa in Tempore Belli" (Mass In
Time of War), also known as the
"Paukenmesse" (tympani Mass), is an
exhilarating musical experience. That
is even more true when the perform
ance of this majestic music is as phe
nomenal as it was Tuesday night.
This is no simple work; the musical
complexities alone are demanding. The
greatest challenge for a choir in a work
such as this is maintaining such a high
level of intensity throughout the per
formance. This means singing the qui
etest sections with just as much or
more energy than the loudest ones;
concentrating on diction but singing
with expression; or soloists projecting
their voices over the orchestra and com
municating either prayers or praise to
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part of registration," Mitchell said. "It
can really cause a lot of chaos in an
already confusing situation."
While the University has taken steps
to ensure that each student will some
day have his or her day in the sun, some
students feel they have been cheated by
"I've been here three years, and I
have never come close to receiving all
the classes I preregistered for," Mitch
ell said. "It's so bad (that) I'm begin
ning to think that it's something per
sonal." Still, students said preregistration is
better than its alternative: the drop-add
lines. "I hate registration, especially
when all of my high hopes are totally
shot," said Terry Gilmore, a sopho
more business major from China Grove.
"I think the first thing they ought to
show on those introductory tapes of
UNC to high school students is a long
God, depending on the text.
The choir deftly managed all this
and, in addition, lent the performance
an indescribably musical interpretation.
Individual soloists were Kathryn
Bennett, soprano; Henry Bleattler,
tenor; Joel Fox, bass; and Jennifer
Gaydosh, alto. These four singers were
outstanding. Each had solo lines either
introducing a movement or highlight
ing a section in it, which provided a
taste of their sound, but it wasn't until
the "Benedictus" that the audience was
treated to the full quartet.
The matched voices were chosen
well. The combination of the clear,
directed sound of the soprano, the solid
support from the lyrical alto and the
powerful tenor, and the resonating bass
made each solo phrase a treat to hear.
The orchestra deserves credit also;
in this piece, they provide more than
mere accompaniment. Soloists, full
choir and orchestra take turns celebrat
ing the melodic lines, and the musi
cians shared this responsibility expertly
Tuesday night. Again, this was true
most notably in the "Benedictus," where
the blend of voice and instrument was
Glorious and triumphant are adjec
tives that appropriately describe the
performance as well as the music. The
choir and symphony deserve congratulations.
WITH A FANTASTIC
By D'ANN PLETCHER
The Clef Hangers have discovered
the secret: a song-arranging technique
that depends on the use of percussion
instruments not drums, xylophones
or maracas, but the human voice, a la
In other words, those clever choir
boys have figured out how to use their
voices to simulate drums, bass guitar
and other rhythm-oriented instruments.
Even more exciting, the 13-member
group is willing to let everyone in on
the secret at their concert Friday at 8
p.m. in Memorial Hall.
This new singing and song-arranging
technique was influenced by the
style of groups at Princeton, Brown and
Bryn Mawr universities, with whom
the group sang with on their Fall Break
tour, said member and song arranger
'The new sound we picked up is
more of an orchestral sound it's
more complex and interesting. Whereas
before we only had the four basic chords,
some of our new arrangements have six
different backgrounds going, in addi
tion to the solo," Bishop said.
The new style also has enabled the
group to perform more rock and jazz
pieces. "Before, when we just had a
simple melody going, rock tunes just
didn't sound right. You've got to feel
the beat to do rock and jazz," Bishop
Though Friday's concert will include
two acts and a total of 26 songs, Kilty
Reidy said the group won't depend on
two hours of mere singing to keep the
audience's attention. Instead, he said,
North Dakota seeks
end to most stri ngent
blue laws in nation
From Associated Press reports
FARGO, N.D. Christmas music
fills the air and ornaments decorate the
halls of North Dakota's largest mall,
but shoppers are talking more about a
court challenge to the nation's strictest
Sunday closing laws.
The Greater North Dakota Associa
tion, the state's chamber of commerce,
announced this week it will go to court
to have those laws declared unconstitu
tional. The so-called "blue laws," rooted in
religious tradition, have been on the
books since North Dakota became a
state 100 years ago. In 1889, Sunday
sales were restricted to meats and fish if
sold before 10 a.m., and to grocery
items such as medicine, milk and ci
gars. The laws have been relaxed over the
years, including a provision exempting
tourist attractions. In 1985, the state
allowed grocery stores to open under
the operation of a manager and no more
than six workers.
Bismarck lawyer Orell Schmitz said
it's time for another change.
'The constitution is not ... a docu
ment that's cast in stone. It changes,
and has to change, to reflect the times as
they change," Schmitz said Tuesday.
Mark Sinner, owner of one of the
1 14 stores and restaurants in the West
Acres Mall, North Dakota's largest,
said he was encouraged by the
"I've always thought that it's very
discriminatory for them to tell me that
I can't open on Sunday but other (stores)
can," he said.
"There's no doubt we'd fill the mall
on Sunday," added Sinner, the nephew
of Gov. George Sinner.
Some mall employees would rather
have Sunday off than make more
"I'm a student and I like to have my
skits, costumes and changing sets will
help create the atmosphere of a show,
rather than a mere choir performance.
The Clef Hangers traditionally keep
the theme and specific songs they will
perform in an upcoming event a secret,
but business manager Matt Bailey said
all the categories would be represented:
"'50s and '60s do-wop, Beach Boys,
broadway, jazz, blues, rock and top
Though member Jon Owen agrees
the group has become more musically
sophisticated and serious, he said sim
plicity was the real reason to see the
group perform: "The greatest thing
about seeing our show is that there's no
hidden theme to boggle your mind. It's
just pure entertainment, and the music
we do relates to everyone."
For those more interested in the tra
ditional aspects of a collegiate men's
choir than in innovations in style and
technique, Bishop said the old-style
ballad and barbershop pieces would
In addition to the new style, the Clef
Hangers also have seven new mem
bers: Bishop, Owen and Tim Foskey,
who make up the baritone section; Jay
Reynolds and Rob Taylor, both in the
bass section; and Eric Geil and Rodney
Leigh, both first tenors. Bailey (first
tenor), Paul Bowman (bass), Reidy
(second tenor), Jake Washburn (sec
ond tenor) and Brannon Wiles (second
tenor) are veterans of the group.
The Clef Hangers' Fall Concert will
be held at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, in
Memorial Hall. Tickets will be on sale
in the Pit through Friday.
Sundays off to study and do research,"
said Linda Perry, a part-time employee.
She acknowledged, however, that she
shops on Sundays in supermarkets and
convenience stores that remain open.
Eight states have some form of
Sunday sales laws, according to the
National Retail Merchants Association.
But most of the major ones have been
struck down by the courts.
Alabama, South Dakota, Oklahoma
and West Virginia restrict liquor sales
on Sundays and Louisiana restricts the
sale of cars. In Maine, small specialty
stores are exempt from Sunday closing
laws, and all stores are allowed to open
on Sundays between Thanksgiving and
Christmas. In Missouri, counties have
the option of restricting Sunday sales.
Patty Smith, a mother of two who
traveled the 25 miles to Fargo from
Amenia to shop on Tuesday, said Sun
day should be a day for families.
"I know they say it will generate
more business for the stores and reve
nue for the state, but that has to be
weighed against the effects on fami
lies," Smith said.
Others say that on religious grounds
Sunday should be a day of rest for retail
workers. Jeff Hickman, a restaurant
manager and president of the West
Acres Merchants Association, dis
agrees. "Opposing it on religious or moral
grounds doesn't make it as far as I'm
concerned because you can buy a Play
boy on Sunday but you can't buy a
Bible," he said.
Dale Anderson, head of the Greater
North Dakota Association, said the civil
lawsuit will ask the court to allow any
business to open on Sunday, including
liquor stores and bars.
The planned court challenge comes
as some cities have begun exploiting a
loophole that allows stores to open if a
"community festival" is declared.
Fargo was the first to declare such a
festival last month, granting stores
authority to open on Sundays between
Thanksgiving and Christmas as part of
its "Merry Prairie Christmas" celebra
tion. But Cass County State Attorney
Robert Hoy has said his office will
prosecute businesses that operate on
Vince Lindstrom, head of the Fargo
Moorhead Convention and Visitors
Bureau, said he hoped the association
would seek a court order barring au
thorities from arresting store owners
who choose to open during the festival.
Attorneys have yet to decide when
or where the civil lawsuit will be filed,
or to choose a defendant. They said
Tuesday it could be filed against an
assortment of government bodies.
Schmitz said he hoped the court
system would handle the lawsuit speed
ily, "so that we can get it resolved once
and for all, as to what is the status of
Sunday shopping in North Dakota.
"Because right now," Schmitz added,
"it's in utter chaos."