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'Dead' disc crisp, well produced;
Trower resting on his laurels
Surprise! The Grateful Dead have been
taking Pink Floyd lessons. Pink Floyd types
will be pleased, but traditional Deadheads
may well raise the biggest ruckus since Dylan
Side One of Terrapin Station is fairly
conventional, but it reflects a new tightness
and attention to detail previously unheard in '
the Dead. "Estimated Prophet" kicks the
album off to a good start, with Tom Scott
sitting in on saxophone. A bright, funky
version of the old Martha and the Vandellas
classic "Dancin' in the Streets" follows. On
the first side, the vocals, especially those of
Donna Godchaux, stand out. The whole side
has a crisp, full, well-produced sound a
pleasant change in itself. But for a real shock,
flip the record over.
Side Two consists of a side-long work
called "Terrapin Part One." The first
segment, "Lady With a Fan," is the closest
thing to the old Dead on the album. Then,
with a subtle transition, we are suddenly off
into the realms of space rock. Imagine if you
will the Dead backed up by a symphony
orchestra and chorus. The music is
sophisticated, intricate and challenging.
Again, the closest analogy here is Pink
Floyd. "Terrapin." in the choral parts
especially, sounds a great deal like Pink
Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother."
Terrapin Station is sure to be
controversial. Some will call it a disastrous
reversal, others will call it an innovative new
direction for the Dead.
Few would dispute that Robin Trower is
one of rock's finest guitarists. Unfortunately,
talent and ability do not necessarily equal
good music. Trower's first few albums,
especially Twice Removed from Yesterday
and Bridge of Sighs, were sharp, cutting,
blues-oriented rock and roll. Only in the last
couple of years has he outgrown the
accusation that he was a blatant imitator of
Jimi Hendrix. True or not, the similarity
(and the publicity surrounding it) gave him a
calling card, a gimmick. As a result he
amassed a suprisingly sizeable following.
With In City Dreams, Trower has a new
problem to confront, this one much more
serious and by no means unique. Trower has
by ERNIE HOOD
In City Dreams
fallen into the age-old trap of resting on his
musical laurels. In City Dreams is
entertaining enough. It has its moments, but
it smacks of complacency. The words
lackadaisical, uninspired, and even boring
come to mind.
The Durham Art Guild urges all black
artists, student and professional, to enter the
Durham Art Guild's First Juried Show for
North Carolina Black Artists. Entries are
due Friday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at
the Arts Council, 810 W. Proctor St. Prizes
will be awarded at the Opening Reception.
Sunday, Oct. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. The
brochure containing requirements can be
requested from the Arts Council. Phone 682-5519.
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'Papa Collier to students
Chem prof poet, too
By AMY COLGAN
"A chicken is an egg's way of producing another egg."
"Insanity is the inability to fake sanity."
The walls of Francis Nash Collier's office are plastered with quotations and
poems taken from Omar Khayyam, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Rudyard Kipling, Sir
Isaac Newton and others.
Dr. Collier is the chemistry lab professor who deals with the 1500 fear-stricken
freshmen daring to attempt Chemistry II. "Papa" Collier is also the author of a
collection of 150 poems, entitled "A Flight of Birds."
"1 would be getting along fine except Reality is so hard to cope with," is the
only one of Papa's own comments appearing on his wall. It seems a fitting
inspiration for a man of his style. His faraway eyes are hidden behind glasses under a
shock ol tousled silvery gray hair. One feels sure some highly dangerous concoction
is being formulated somewhere in his Venable Hall laboratory.
But his time in the "dungeons" of Venable has not been spent with test tubes and
chemicals alone. Sometimes it seems he spends more time with students that with
"It's fun when you got a house full of kids," he said. His kids may be the source of
his nickname "Papa." Joan Tcmplcton, a junior Chemistry student, called him a
"father away from home." because of the genuine friendship he extends to his
The first assignment he gives his lab students is contained on a wallet size card
reading: "Papa Collier says. Speak to a stranger today." The flip side of the card
shows the Periodic Table of Elements.
His philosophy toward students makes Collier a popular professor, especially
among freshmen. When he appears before the YM-YWCA freshman campers each
year, Papa does not pattern his presentation after his colleagues in other academic
departments. Instead of talking about chemistry, his topic is "Falling in Love in the
Registration Line," a tragic story of two lovestruck freshmen, interjected with
selections of his original poetry, such as: By the pound or by the toiflfor me you
arethe only one. Or, Because of your excess blubber 1 1 remain your constant lover.
"1 don't like to be a catalog," Collier said. "A lot ol entering Chem 1 1 students
have more important problems than academics, and one of them is being swept off
their feet in the first week's romance. They must filter their feelings down."
Collier seems to enjoy the newness of students right out of high school.
"Freshmen are strongly trying to extend themselves to other people; they haven't
formed cliques or established lifestyles, so they reach out. And after the freshmen
grow up. there's a new group coming in all hungry again."
Collier works with the really hungry specimens: the pre-med and pre-dent
hopefuls. He said that they are often over-anxious, and he tries to encourage a more
relaxed attitude in the lab. "Papa" wants all his students to feel at home.
Silver Broome, a freshman in his lab, described him as "the ice cream man to a 5-year-old
kid." After missing a lab, she was expecting the worst, and instead got
understanding. She said "he emphasizes come see me, we'll talk things out, where
most professors make you feel like visits to their offices should be a last resort."
Collier keeps his door open to anyone who wants to come. "I really enjoy more
complex problems; people come with everything from boyfriend-girlfriend
relationships to acute depression problems. 1 think when I retire I'll get into
personal emotional counseling." Presently he is doing extensive counseling with
three or lour students.
'Papa' Collier is not your average chemistry professor, his students say. Besides
writing poetry and counseling students, he entertains freshmen with his tales of
falling in love in the registration line. He seems to enjoy his fatherly role almost as
much as the students who dubbed him "papa."
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quickly draws the connection between a
badge and police.
"Robber," he says, drawing an
imaginary mustache and mask on his
face. The class follows suit, smiling all
"Finger spell 'chase'," he says, and the
smiles go away, replaced by frowns as
beginners struggle to form the letters,
bewildered by Holmes' flying fingers.
Holmes explains that there are two
main sign languages: American sign.
which evolved through the deaf and
involves little finger spelling, and signed
English, which was developed to teach
the deaf to read and write standard
Deaf children have a learning
disadvantage because American sign
does not mesh exactly with English
grammar and syntax. Holmes says.
Learning to read and write and compete
with hearing children in academics is
difficult for the deaf.
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The Trinidad Tripoli Steel. Band is a popular, hig-lime band which does not utilie
screaming guitars or giant amplifiers to present ja, pop and hard rock and roll. 1 his
band, which plays only on oil drums, will perform in the f orest Theater tomorrow at 4
p.m. in a concert sponsored by the Carolina l;mon. General admission is $1.50.
These natives of Trinidad hae appeared in eight World f airs and also in the White
House. They discovered oil drums' musical properties first after World War II, when it
was impossible to get money or instruments to play their beloved Calypso music.
The current group is the outgrowth of the original band, and has played such pockets of
sophistication as the Rockefeller Plaza, Central Park and Lincoln Center in New York;
the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C.;and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
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