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By SHIRLEY HUNTER
Just as the harmonizing of the Clef
Hangers, UNCs all-male a cappella
group, creates a musical bond between
generations, it creates a bond of
brotherhood between Us members.
For Brent Hathaway, a senior eco
nomics major from Farmville, it opens
the door to a host of new friendships.
- "1 love music, but it's the friendships
that keep me here," he says. "1 wouldn't
have put five hours a week into it if
I didn't trust these guys. They're like
Hathaway has been a Clef Hanger
for two years. He says the memories
of singing with the group will stay with
him after graduation next month.
Td do just about anything for these
guys. I'm moving to Atlanta, but IU
take them with me."
The nine-year-old group specializes
in 40s ballads, spirituals and old
fashioned barbershop quartet numbers.
Members have traveled to places such
as Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and
Florida's Palm Beach area. The group
is known for on-stage comic routines
and humorous song introductions.
Hugh Tilsori, a senior from Raleigh,
says singing with the 13-member group
enables him to meet people because the
music creates a friendly atmosphere
where people share a common ground.
"The Dapper Dans (a professional
singing group) were singing at Disney
land. We started to talk to them, and
they heard us sing," Tilson says. 44 After
getting to know us, they asked us to
sing along with them in their program."
Tilson says the group sings wherever
it goes. Stories about the group singing
in bars is true, he says, but drinking
is not their primary reason to go out.
"It's a great feeling to sing the UNC
fight song and have a bunch of Carolina
grads come up to you," he says.
The success of the group is based on
"this kind of spontaneity, says Jay
Tillman, a senior from Durham. "Some
how the group has always been funnier
than most of our types."
Tillman adds that the Clef Hangers
have always had a reputation for trying
out impromptu humor during perfor
mances. Each member develops secret
introductions for an assigned song.
At the last UNC performance, a
mock wedding procession was used as
an opening. The shortest member
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dressed up as the groom, and the tallest
member showed up as the bride. The
opening song was "Somebody Steal My
Although most of the gags have been
taken well by audiences, some audiences
require a special tailoring. "We were in
a prep school in Atlanta where all the
students were trying to learn how to
behave in an audience. After every song
they clapped real polite-like, and they
were just quiet. It was pretty tough."
Being a Clef Hanger is pretty tough
too. Arranging 13 voices with different
pitches and ranges into one smooth
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blend of continuous sound takes ded
ication and hours of long, tedious work.
The result is a coordinated "doo-wah"
in the Beach Boys standard, "I Get
Around," or a rich, soulful hum in a
rendition of "Lean On Me."
Junior Berry Stubbs of Atlanta says
that the culmination of 1 3 voices singing
toward one .goal is what makes the hard
work worthwhile. Stubbs will be fin
ishing his second year in the group this
"It's that common bond that brings
us together," he says. "You're forced to
get close to each other and this brings
out everyone's characters."
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Sophomore Todd Carter agrees. A
music education major from Four
Oaks, Carter says the music has made
him feel a part of a whole.
"It has made me a lot closer to four
other guys," he says.
Like any other organization,
members of the Clef Hangers do have
squabbles. But the members say nothing
major disrupts them.
Presently, the group is preparing for
an April 10 concert on campus.
Members say they have lots of surprises
planned for the audience. "It gives us
pleasure to see that we make people
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during a speech sponsored by the
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is hard, then you die," Lucas said,
"Regardless of the magnitude of loss
we experience, we not only survive,
He said that regardless of the
nature of a person's loss, grief must
be addressed at some point.
"When you encounter grief your
self or another grieving, you must
remember it is a transitory process,"
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deceased (or your former lover,
etc.)," he said. "If that is too freaky,
try writing them."
, Younger people tend to experience
( their most painful losses in love, and
men handle this loss worse than
.women, he said.
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.suffering brought on by idealization
"of the lost lover, individuals should
force themselves to remember the
negative experiences of the
Those suffering from grief are
helped mostly by non-judgmental
people who listen to them, give them
hugs and ask how they can be of
help, he said. "Be there in whatever
role they feel you can play."
Lucas said normal grief often
induced promiscuity, hallucinations,
loss of sleep and appetite, impulsive
behavior and thoughts of suicide.
Psychologists do not consider
these behaviors abnormal unless
they take on exaggerated or
extended forms, he said.
Lucas said that while loss and grief
were never pleasant, they should not
keep individuals from leading a full
life. He said the books "Who Dies?"
and "Meetings at the Edge" by
Stephen Levine were helpful in
learning to cope with loss.
"Find life more fulfilled out of the
losses youVe survived," he said.
As he concluded his discussion,
Lucas took off his "Life is hard .
. . " t-shirt to reveal a shirt that read
"North Carolina" in letters made by
figures of nude women.
Lucas is a stall psychologist at the
Veterans Administration hospital in
Durham and also a clinical assistant
professor in the medical psychology
department at Duke University.
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