University Reporter - Intelligencer, Volume 1, Number 6


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Description: Major stories:
DesPennington Death Threats
Adolescent Diversion Project
Out and About
Reviews- Gone Dog,Nice Strong Arm
Entertainment- The Muse Brothers, The B'Zar
Date: November 1, 1989
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Letter garners· deadly response
Pennington rails · SN, police
next few days.
~:::t~ ::~~~~ •(The caller) said he thought my
article was Ignorant and said he was ·
uR-1 Comtapondent• coming to kill me,• Pennington said
The rest of the day was more of
On the surface, Des Pennington the same, with people telling Penninglooks
to be an ordinary MSU student. ton he was an •ignorant nigger.·
He works hard, and Is an active Pennington received slmllarcalls
member in the MSU community. He Is throughout the day from several
the president of the Wilson Hall Black different people. The calls stopped on
Caucus and he frequently attends Saturday night, when the last caller
meetings and speeches on campus. said he was coming to get Penning- · ·
Pennington has taken up a new hobby t on.
recently - he writes. Pennington Immediately phoned
In fact, one of Pennington's recent DPS after the first calls. They said
works was met with some strong , that they would try and trace the call,
criticism -death threats. but it was deemed infeasible. The
Pennington said he has written Wilson-Hall manager and resident
letters to The State News wf'len he felt director also were alerted.
strongly enough about a particular DPS Inspector Andrew Mcentee
Issue In the Od. 19 edition of The declined to comment on the ongoing·
Stateof these letters was published. The eport had been filed by p ingt
letter dealt with recent student rowdl- r: · Although the residenceen hna ll on.
ness at Cedar Village, and how It was officials at Wilson Hall know about
treated both by MSlls Department of Pennington's plight, higher ranking
Public Safety and The State News. , · officials In the university hierarchy
' PenningtOl') contrasted the"party- were unaware of the situation.
Ing• at Cedar Village with a picnic for When questioned, neither Chuck
the Holden Hall Black Caucus last Gagliano, University Housing manyear,
when DPS ticketed cars, and ager, nor Dr ; Moses Tu rner, Vice •
arrested some of the guests. Penning- · President for Student Affairs and
ton wrote that he felt . this smaJI, non- Services, had been informed of the
violent party received undue coverage Incident.
by DPS and The State News that, to Gagllanodeclinedcomment.
Pennington, was far more severe than or. Turner said: 8ff the matter has
the treatment given to the Cedar . _been reported, 1 feel very confident
Village incident. . . that our sta~ is doing everything
·1 felt they (DPS and The State possible.• ·
News) weren't being fair: Pennington Fortunately for Pennington, he
said. •(The letter) wasn't really talking has many friends who have trted to
about the police or the people, It was hel hi with the th eat
directed towards DPS and The State P m cope r: s.
News.· One of these friends Is Jeffrey
Robinson, President of the MSU
The next day. at about 8 a.m., . chapter of the National Association for
Pennington's phone rang. . the Advancement f Colored P pie
h,was the first of S8Y8l"8I threaten- . 0 80
Robinson encouraged Pennington
Ing calls he woukl r8cetve over the to travel In numbers and keep report-
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Pei ringlon holds I CC!p'f of Ile lellr whidt
altlclzed polce hllldhgof 118 Ced•Vlllage
Ing to DPS. He also urged Pennington
to keep writing his letters, and to
•keep standing up for what he feels.•
Robinson also condemned the
callers, calling them ·cowards·.
Pennington has heeded these
words, but he has not let fear becoi'ne
a monkey on his back. He still ls
attending meetings and speeches on
campus, and he makes sure he gets
to class everyday .. His study habits
. have not been altered dramatically
since the phone calls began.
The death threats are not the
most Important things In his mind, .
uR-1 photo/BETH CARTER
though. He is extremely upset at The
State News for editing his letter, ••
more than he was scared about the
81 expected feedback, not death
threats, but feedback. •Pennington
said. 8But what really gets me upset
Is that they edited my letter.•
The State News reserv• the right
to edit all letters they receive, but the
deleted portion of Pennington's letter
was a critique directed at the paper.
Bob Helbig, the oplnloli editor at
The Slat• Nm, Mi' tbat his lob ts to ·
See THREAT, p. 2
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From THREAT, p. 1
cut down letters to provide room for
other letters while preserving meaning.
He says he •has an obligation to
get the point across while using as
little space as possible.·
. The part of t~e letter which was
omitted contained the following
"To The State News: Why Is it,
that you made it as though (the
Cedar Village participants) were
partying but, In the above (picnic),
portrayed the picnic as though the
black students were rioting and their . .
friends from Detroit were up here
selling drugs?"
However, upon viewing some
back copies of The State News, there
have been some letters that evaded
Helblg's scissors.
The most glaring example was
printed on Oct. 16. Helbig printed a
letter that was a mammoth 321
. It Is Interesting to note that
Andrea Hunter's letter In the _"Women
Should Have a Choice• section
directly supported and commented
on Helblg's article "I'm Glad I Wasn't
Aborted• (printed on Oct. 2).
Pennington's letter was printed at
129 words, the original was 198
Death threats and State News
edlt,ng policy will not deter Des
Pennington, however.
When asked If he would write the
letter all over again, knowing that he
would receive threats, and his letter
would be edited, Pennington simply
said, •yes, because it's my right to
voice my opinion.•
From ADP, p.3
need the Intense attention that
ADP offers,• she said. "We just
referthe ones we think can
Although Venn thinks the
project Is Important, she said tl:lat
the court's philosophies about
delinquent youth differ In some
ways from those held by ADP.
9The only negative thing I
feel towards the program Is that a
lot of children don't gain a sense
of responsibility for their actions.·
Venn said. •Some do, but some
don't take the program seriously
and those are the ones we see
back here. Ifs a risk all programs
take. Advocates sometimes
don't look at the negative
aspects of the child who recidlvates.
We have to. I don't really
see how they can do that when
they know the child has been in
trouble again. We're have a
totally different viewpoint than the
project is and that sometimes
causes problems.·
McCrohan said she understands
Venn's criticism, but
disagreed with her argument.
"I feel that the kids do take
responsibility for their crimes,·
she said. 9They put In about 144
hours with the advocates and
even more time working on the
behavioral contracts alone with
their parents. That's a lot more
time than many other programs
require. Behavioral contracting
teaches responsibility for actions.·
Marc Wilkerson, an MSU .
psychology senior said that he got
involved In the program for a variety
of reasons. He needs nine more 300-
level credits to graduate, something
Important to put on his resume. But
mainly, he said he wanted to help
·1 think It's a good program,•
Wilkerson said. "Other social systems
aren't very effective. There
needs to be a better way of handling
delinquency without strict programs.
The advocacy approach is really
Amy Hopman, an MSU psychology
junior, said she got involved In
· the program because It sounded like
a really good experience and a good
class for her major's emphasis -
Child Psychology.
"I think the program Is something
that needs to be spread throughout
the U.S. , • Hopman said. ·1 think
other colleges should get Involved
because It's great for the students,
youth and community. A lot of
people can benefit from tt:
Hopman also~ that differences
· in economic status won't
surprise or Intimidate her because
she has had experience with all sorts
of people through other volunteer
programs. But she said that she is a ·
bit nervous about the interaction with
her youth.
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1'm kind of nervous about
how good of a job rn do,· she
said. 1 don't want to disappoint ... 1.
my youth:
The training dasses meet
once a week and consist of
verbal and written quizzes,
group discussion and roleplaylng.
Advocates are taught
how to assess needs and
strengths of the youth and how
to set up a program to fill or
develop those as~s.
The program may involve
teacl'!ing the youth how to find
resources in their community.
modeling positive behavior and
setting up behavioral cont rads
between the youth and their
famil'f members.
· For example, If Dave takes
out the trash then his parents
give him free use of the car on
weekends. This also can consist
of teaching parents or teachers
how to use positive reinforcement.
The youth that are Involved
In ADP are ages 7-17 and have
had cases heard In the Ingham
County Probate Court for
committing crimes that range
from stealing a candy bar to
stealing a car.
No youth who has committed
a violent crime is referred to
the project.
All of the adolescents
volunteer for the program and ·
have the consent of their
parents. AH information about
them Is kept In strict confidence.
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e niversity Reporter-Intelligencer
Page Three
The Second Front Pa e
Program evidence of positive student involvement
MSU's Adolescent Diversion
Project Is one glowing example of how
violence is not the only thing MSU
students are involved in nowadays.
Not every student on campus
spends their time building bonfires In
the middle of city streets.
ADP was established ln1976 by
Dr. William Davidson In the Ecological
Psychology DeParlment. The program
was designed after a similar program
at the University of llllnols, Champaign/
Urbana, and was Intended to
give adolescents an alternative to the
formal court system.
The program Is intended to give
the youths individualized strategies for
creating change in their own environ- ·
ments and to teach them to focus on
and develop their personal strengths
and assets.
The program's effectiveness Is, In
part, is due to It's informality with the
kids Involved. No professionals are
\nstead, ADP trains vo\unteers
from MSU to act as advocates for the
youth in their own setting.
The main thrust behind the
program is that this approach to
adolescent delinquency will have a
lasting positive effect on the youth and
result in a low rate of recidivism.·
Nancy McCrohan, director of
ADP, was an advocate herself at one
time and says she thinks the program
Is extremely Important and worthwhile
for both the youth and the advocate.
·1 think this project is really .
yaluable because both the youth and
the advocate learn important things,•
Mccrohan said. •My favorite aspect
about the project Is that It's based on
strengths and a5sets. It's very p<>Sitive.
•1t•s a really good experience for
any Individual because ·the practical
experience they get and the philosophies
they learn can be used In later
careers,• she continued. -Tue ADP
philosophies can also Impact their
personal lives. For me, It's a constant
reminder to focus on the positive. I'm
a much more positive person because
of my Involvement·
The program uses 100 students
4~ .
copy s~cial
(8112z 11)
per year from various disciplines (the
majority of students are psycholgy,
sociology and criminal jμstlce majors,
but anyone is welcome to participate).
Each student must commit to the
project for three consecutive terms
and agree to spend six to eight hours
per week working with their youth for
an 18-week period.
McCl'Qhan said that the project Is
an excellent way to get Involved in
social change.
·in creating social change you
have some options, you can become
part o~ the system, go to the other end
and become a terrorist, or you can join
an organization like ADP; McCrohan
The positive resuits and techniques
used in the program are the
main reason McCrohan gotlnvolved In.
ADP. She says that other adolescent
programs may not be as compassionate
in dealing with youth.
•1t•s frustrating and disappointing
when you see the new stricter laws for
kids. I agree that kids should be
accountable fortheir actions, but that
some programs may not be working in
their best Interests.•
McCrohan said that the volunteers
for ADP pick themselves.
•Students learn about our program
In various ways and then sign up
to get Involved,• MCCrohan Said. We
lose some people during orientation
when they find out What is involved In
the program -but that's OK because
It shows who's really interested.•
Although the project usually is a
positive experience, McCrohan says It
can be frustrating at times.
·-every case is different In It's own
way,• she said. "There are a bunch of
factors Involved. The kids or parents
may be resistant and It makes the
experience more dlffiaJlt. We try to
keep the advocates motivated through
brainstorming Ideas about how to
overcome any dilemmas and sharing
the facts of the cases with each other.
We also give the advocates credit for
every step of what they're doing.·
Cerrie Slade, a program supervtsor,
said she 8lso thinks ADP is
rewarding and e~clting because of the
attitude the program has toward the ·
'We don't blame the youth or label
them as delinquents,• Slade said. 'We
sincerely care about the youth and
their situation. We let therri learn h~
to take care of themselves Instead of
taking an authorltlve position. The
youth and the advocate are not in a
power struggle.•
Two years ago, Slade was an
advo<:ate for a 10-year-old boy and
really enjoyed working with him.
'When I was assigned my youth I
was a little nervous and very excited •
she said. ·Besides completing all th~
goals we set up, we established a
really good relationship.•
Slade also said that being nervous
and scared at first is only natural.
·1 think students are probably
more nervous to work with the parents
than with the youth because of the
age difference. Actually, we know
more than we think.•
The program Interacts with about
100 youths year, and Slade says she
feels that ~umber Is large enough.
·rd rather see this program
disseminated Into other cc;>untles and
states,• she said. •ft's hard to get
other programs going. Our program
Niies on MSU for student manpower
so other programs would have to ha~e
a similar setting. Besides, the bigger a
. program gets, the more bureaucratic It
becomes.· ·
SandY Venn, an Ingham County
Probate Court intake referee, is one
of the people who refers the youth to
ADP. She said she thinks the program
Is a positive one and very
important for some kids. ·
1 think It's an excellent program
for the majority of the kids referred to
them,• Venn said.
She also said that not every
youth needs a project like ADP.
•A lot of kids need to go through
formal probation and some kids don't
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This is free speech?
We'd like to know when It's Involved.
going to stop. Number one Is tbls: Pennington's
We'd like to know when people letter probably Is, unfortunately, right
are finally going to wake up from on the mark. We hate to be cynical,
their ignorant slumber. but It probably would have happened
MSU student Des Pennington just that way.
recently wrote a letter to the opinion Is that saying local police officials
page of The Stats News that ad- are racist? Well, no, but just Imagine
dressed the recent violence In how the press would respond to a
Cedar Village. The letter asserted, group of 3,000 blacks who had a few
more or less, that If 3,000 black too many beers at a party and went
students were the ones burning crazy in the streets.
furniture and mopeds In the apart- Would the media portray It as outment
complex that night, the local of-a>ntrol partying by blacks? Or
police would have handled the would they blow It up Into some huge
situation much differently, and the race riot? We think the latter.
campus paper would have given the For political reasons, local police
issue different coverage. have cracked down on student parties
As an example, P~nnlngton for the last two weeks to quell public
recalled a picnic sponsored by the criticism of their mishandling of the
Holden Hall Black Caucus last year original Incident.
-a decidedly non-violent and Well, if blacks were doing the
positive student event. Pennington partying, you can bet the shirt off of
wrote-about how the police checked your back that some heads would've
cars for alcohol and ticketed s9"eral been busted. Quite a different repicnic-
goers. sponse than sitting back two blocks
Since the letter (or at least the away and letting Cedar Village bum to
portlontha! TheStsteNewsdeclded theground.
was worthy of print) appeared, Pen- Good point, Des.
nlngton has been the victim of nu- Now, for the other gripe we have
meri>us death threats of a racial with this entire fiasco. ,
neture. Interesting, Isn't it, that The Stats
We don't even need to write News opted to omit practically the
about what our stance on that most Insightful portion of Pennington's
malarkey is. The chllllng effect that letter. Not to mention the section of his
death threats pose to the adequate letter that ripped apart the only lndedissemlnatlon
of diverse opinions on pendent (?I) paper on this campus
this campus is profound. They need that receives more than a quarterto
be dealt with with utmost urgency mlllion lnstudent tax dollars from the
and heeded as a real threat to those university each year.
Involved. To paraphrase some old Ameri-
Lastyear's suspicious burning can revolutionary, isn't this supposed
of an outspoken gay student's to be the paper by the students, for
residence hall room and then the the students? In paying his_ta x dollars
subsequent torching of a friend's car each term, Pennington deserves tO
are evidence of the types of lndi- · · have all of his comments published.
vidualswearedeallng with. · You know, no taxation without
MSU's Department of Public representation?
Safety should do everything pos- C'mon SN, you've got to take the
slble (without trampling on any one's good commentS with the bad ones.
Individual rights, of course) to deter- We can't believe that a 300-plus word
mine who it Is making these heinous letter (a poignant letter, we admit),
threats. about aspeciflc State Newser's
And then the university should column deserved more play than a
· throw the bum out. Plaln and simple, letter dealing with one of the biggest
no questions asked. That's not to news stories at this university In
mention the legal action the state several years.
should take against the perpetrator. We'd hate to think that you've
But we do feel compelled to sHpped that far.
post our feelings on the other Issues ·
orders 1"o SHOOT FIRST
Che,k I. D. LATER!
While we hate to admit it, this anonymous
artist may have hit upon the
problem in East Lansing ... there just .
aren't enough marksmen at parties
to shoot the drinks out of the hands
of the underage drinkers. Instead, a
solid wall ofbulle1s -which often
· maim or kill innocent revellers -
must be loosed by 1he dull-eyed
police whO have neither the time nor
, skill to ckeck for ID.
But seriously, folks, the police are
just trying to do their jobs like you're
trying to destroy your liver.
If the two ·objectives clash, then you
better be wearing a nice vest!
Oh well, best ·of luek to both parties.
Ah, and kids?
This time don't wear So much florescent
orange when you mosey over to
Gunson or Spartan ...
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1November,1989 Reporter-Intelligencer· 5
Elrick exorcizes belief
I used to think newswriters/
reporters researched before they
wrote, but "M.L Elrick• dispelled my
belief. His article "Cedar Village again
earns scurrilous reputation· (uR-1, 18
Oct), was ignorant. Didn't he SH the
fires? Didn't he sssCedar VIiiage
residents watching from their balconiss?
Didn't he realize ws were the
ones who called 911 In fear of our
property? Try printing facts - not
generalizations. ·
- one of the "six people in
Cedar Village who don't have puke
241 Cedar St. (apartment
number withheld)
P.S. Females live in Cedar
· Village, too, Mr. Elrick.
Judge Jordan Janus?
Dear Editor,
student relationships. He fails to
consider the land lords who take
advantage of students with overpriced,
under-maintained housing.
This is beside tne point.
The main point that we should
consider as voters is that Jordan Is
violating judicial ethics by providing
his opinions on Issues that may come
before him. He Is attempting to win the
vote for a candidate that Is providing a 7 false feeling of security. Do we as
students want to vote fora candidate
that Is providing false and conflicting,
not to mention unethical promises? Or
should we pick the candidate with the
best legal experience and ethical
-Craig Danker,
Senior, Business Finance
Many students this fall have been I
reporting a familiar phenomena The
scenario: It's about 7 p.m. and you
have finally worked up the notion to go
to the library and study for a big test.
Suddenly you here a rap at your dorm
room door. You open the door to find
a talf, -balding gentleman local before
·you. Your first notion Is that it Is an
unemployed local looking for returnables.
After he introduces himself
you realize you were only partially .
correct. liis name Is Dave Jordan and
he Is one of the local candidates for
East Lansing District Judge. He has
one thing on his mind. Getting student
voters to go to the poll and vote for
him on Nov.7.
At first you are Impressed at his
attempt to solicit the apathetic vote of
the student. You become more
impressed when he begins to tell you
that he Intends to represent the
students In every way possible. A
student can't help but be moved to
hear that there are people In East
Lansing's legal system that are not out
to banish the violent students from the
streets of the city. ··
Well, students, that District Judge
candidate, Dave Jordon, told a
meeting of .reaitors that he'd provide
swift process to evict students for
back rent. As a local voter and renter I
find it interesting that Jordon has a
preconceived opinion on landlord-
From BRAT, p. 7 ·
about how 8the pigs were tearing the flesh• from his friend's
Now, the Provoc understands the animosity everyone
around here has toward the law lately. But this-was absolutely
ludicrous and a great example of how some people In this town
really do need babysitters.
On to weightier things (and we're not going tQ put down
Perles this week, brudder).
I was going to have a big party for all my friends with free
beer, lots of food, live entertainment, dancing, games, and lnvtte
all of East Lansing and MSU. I had flyers printed for all over
campus. It was going to be a big happening. Everyone is welcome.
What do you mean, you didn't get an Invitation, Big Brother?
What t~e hell was that I just wrote! Bring the paddy wagon and
let's do it up right.
The Provoc likes a good bash as much as the next guy -
and I know this is getting a bit old - but to Invite all those police!
I mean, there's lots of urinators and improper land changers they
could be out nabbing. · ·
Damn public disservice to have ail those officers at one
location with all that beer.
Speaking of beer, how 'bout those now not so new Stroh
cans? Suck, don't they.
Just in case you think the Provoc has been a bit tame so far
this week: YOUR MOTHERI
I guess DiBiaggio (of Dr. John fame) decided not to perse-,
cute, er, prosecute any of the students nailed in the· big Cedarfest
crunch. '
Seems the papers have to be filed during the day, and he
just isn't real keen on sunlight. Too bad you can't Count on him
in this batty situation.
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Street: · .
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ah, ah, ah, ah!
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He was the one dressed up like the pumpkin.
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6 • Reporter-Intelligencer 1 November, 1989
The uR-1 is like a fine -wine -just give us some time
Yeah, you on the toilet out there
In readertand with this column and my
grinning mug In your face.
Ignore Lash for a minute and pay
This effort comes to you live from
the sixth edition of the uR-1, a paper I
am very proud to work for and be
associated with.
However, this Is not quite the
paper we want yet and It's time to talk
about that.
You deserve that.
Our correspondents deserve that.
Even our critics deserve that.
So here It Is, as Monty Python
mlghtsay: TheShowSoFar. _
_ Last week we printed two letters
crttlcizlng us rather harshly forthe
product we have subjected you to
every Wednesday since 27 September
1989: Of course they were not the
kind of letters we like to receive or
print, but they were fair comment and
at least one of them was unfortunately
close to the mark. The honeymoon is
And while It Is not our policy to
address Individual letters In this forum, _
we are the paper based on exceptions,
so I'm making one here.
This paper has not been a thoroughly
honest alternative so far. That
Is undeniable, and to such charges I
begrudgingly ~ulesce. It hasn't been
for lack of effort, though. Despite
making some Inroads, there Is still a
lot of ground we have to cover.
And we know that.
There are stories we have budgeted
and are working on that will make
you look twice, make you think and
make you wonder why hasn't anyone
else on campus taken the time to get
out and do them.
This week Is a good start, but we
have a lot more up our sleeve.
The way I see It, we can spot
where we want to be on the horizon -
but as of yet It Is a small and distant
mite marker we're pulling for.
But we'll get there.
And If at the end of the year (yes,
we11 be here all year and in subsequent
years wtth your help and
support) you don't agree th~ we've
provided a fresh and alternative voice
for MSU, I'll eat one of each Issue In
the restaurant chosen by a majority of -
those dissatisfied.
Back to the critics, though, since
they don't often go away (which Is the
way It shoulq be). .
, Most of the charges.leveled
against us~ from needing copy
editing to spacing advertising out to
hitting th~ facts harder, faster and
more often -are fair and_somewhat
And we know that, too.
Our problem Is, there are only 24 -
hours In a day. In addition, we are
doing most of the things we are
criticized for notdoing, but other
factors obscure these efforts.
And, certainly, we are a cocky -
bunch of people. The staff working on
this paper Is the only group at MSU
• who eould produce this kind of paper
consistently and adequately. The
talent level here Is extraordinary, and
when I see my colleagues working
and the things they have produced
·and will produce I feel great about
myself and what's happening _before
all our eyes. Most people are writing ·
for a newspaper forthe first time, and
and turning In damn high-calibre copy.
_ But to the charge that we are
entertaining the old Stats NBWS ciique,
I must respond that we were never
part of that clique, and It just Isn't
worth our time or strenuous efforts to
tltllate a bunch of boobs.
As for a true alternative being a
conservative paper, we believe The
State NBWS is a moderate paper;
revelling in the status quo. We are
easily an alternative to that!
The problem with conservative
papers Is that oftentimes the effort has
·to be made by conservative students,
who far too often are busy in the
college of business or another field
learning about earning that first BMW
or how they can funnel Instant cash to
the Contras. ·
Unfortunately, they just don't care
enough to back a rlght.;.wing effort. I
guess holding the White House is
enough for them.
That barb hurled, we come to the
bottom line: Keep writing, praising,
In that order, if you would be so •
oust why is It the praise comes
anonymously, but the critics sign their
names?). ·
And above all, this is your voice,
You write for It and you read It.
There Is no hired staff to get us
through the week, no wire service to
fHI up holes. -
Keep hollering -because we are
listening. How many campus papers
can say that?
Bring the noise.
Hats -off to Derby Days? No way!· just give up parties and move Into a
monastery. Maybe I'll do the unthinkable
and graduate.
whose name I don't know.
The beer flowed, the people ·
danced, the people pee'd, hell, I'd be
willing to bet some people fornicated
on the lawn. (What a horrible visual
distortion of pink arld green LL Bean
outfits.) ·
Practically the only thing that
didn't happen Is the cops never
And all this time I'm here thinking
that huge parties that offered alcoholic David - beverages were taboo in East Lansing
St Just what was different about the earn S Sigma Chi party that It didn't merit
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A steady stream of beer and urine
flowed down the alley behind the
Sigma Chi house Saturday night.
Hundreds of drunken fraternity
and sorority members tripped the
night away (have you ever seen a
Greek that can dance?) to• band
Worse, It had the horrible stench
of dead co'ws eminating from all of
those cute brown bomber jackets.
h had all the ingredients of a, dare
we say It , blind pig.
Oink, squeal.
The next time I have a party, I'm
going to put little Greek letters on my
front door so the police will leave me
BUt the last I heard, Justices
and my good buddies alone. And they Scalia and Rehnquist haven't commitall
are really good guys, really. ted Judldal hei'esy and the master
And I'll make sure we have T-shirts race still ls subject to the $8me laws
printed up so we can advertise for It , that 1 am.
annually, like a real entrepreneurial Sollsten up, E.LP.D., enforce the
alcohol vendor would. And advertising laws equally or don't enforce them at
Is what those "annual bash. shirts all. -
really are doing. _ -When Beta Days and that house's
You know. Instead of Derby Days, mega-keg bash rolls around, I expect
we'll call It something different like to see some officers there. You know,
"Our Chance To Sell Lots Of Beer And bust some under age drinker&, pull
Pay For All Of Our Book Money.· some people over who are endangerparty
· _ Ing others lives by driving drunk.
Now that's really a blind pig. Definitely get the ones working the
I guess the bottom line is that a kegs and arrest them on felony
little consistency in law enforcement charges for dispensing alcohol without
would be nice. Hell, It's the law, isn't a state liquor license. And don't forget
' 1t? I never knew police officers were the drugs. No definitely don't forget
allowed to interpret the constitution to those.
their own discretion. Just bust those guys. If that's what
Now, If the Supreme Court rules their party consists of, the deserve It.
that members of Greek houses are· Equal treatment Is the rule here.
allowed to have huge beer bashes Just apply the law to those .
and the rest of us peons can't, I'll live parties like you did to those on
by It. I'm a law-abiding Citizen, just like Gunson and Spartan Streets.
the next guy~ Just like you rarely, if ever, do to
I can adapt. I'll join a house, or those guys with the funny letters on
their boxers.
Geek of the Week ·
sorry Richard Nixon (portrayed her• by LANE SMITH), but no matter how much
time paw or how much tape aound qualtty ls Improved, you wtll always be the
- ultimate Geek o• the Week.
There rally Isn't much to say, Tricky ~•Iner; you w .. Just a rat.
Att~ugh every dog ha his day, you 191 a wHk- be happy you didn't get 10-20.
By the way, our toilet ·ts btlcked up, could you suggest a good plumber?
Nevermlnd ...
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1 November, 1989 Reporter- lntellligencer • 7
Larr owe
Bush: Take no
prisoners in the
'drug !liar
President Bush got me fifed
up back in September when I heard
,him on TV declaring war on drugs,
and I was all set to enlist for the
duration. Until the next day, when I
done my arithmetic.
Oh, I know your Democrats
carped and said Bush was tryin' to
fight the war on the cheap when he
only proposed to spend $7.8 billion on
It; but that seemed like real money to
me. When I done the arithmetic,
though, I found out almost all of the
$7 .8 billion had already been allocated
for existing drug-related programs, so ,
he was only talking $717 million In
new money.
We spent more than that, I
says to myself, to stamp out communism
in Grenada, and you can't call a
skirmish against a dinky little Third
World island with a population of less
than 100,000 no war. It's more like a
.dry-run field excerlseyoudo In boot
Then I find out Bush is also
using creative accounting In his
calailatlon of the cost of the "War" .
when William Bennett, the commanding
general in the campaign, tells the
Congress that the states are gonna
have to match the new federal funds ·
with far more money of their own
because Bush is cutting back $7 .1
billion of other federal programs to
finance his dn.ig war.
That way, the president can say
he's fighting the war without going
back on his promise not to raise taxes,
sure. But when the states have to put
up a lot of the money, they're gonna
have to get It somewheres, so we
hafta pay more state taxes, right.? _
I'm as patriotic as the next person,
but all In all, I figure this Is one war I'm
gonna sit out. Then 1. read about a
battle won by our drug warriors In
Vermont, and I get fired up all over
again. The story's In The New York
This patriot's hiking along a
country road when he spots the
enemy In a field owned by a coup~
who're supporting thelrselves and
. their five kids on this 49-acre farm.
The citizen calls the Vermont
State Police, who raid the farm and
confiscate a dozen marijuana plants.
The owner pleads guilty to raising the
stuff for his own consumption, OK?
That's a felony In Vermont, and he
does 50 hours of community service
as his punishment, building bookshelves
for the county library.
If that's all there'd been It, I
wouldn't have gotten fired up again for
Bush's drug war, that:s for darn sure.
In the wars I fought In, we didn't bring
the enemy to his knees by slappln'
their wrist and tumln' 'em loose to fight
us another day, noslrsl
I should of known President
Bush'd have a better strategy to win
his war than that, and sure eflOugh,
when the state coi>s pass the word to
the Drug Enforcement Agency, the
DEA boys moved In, seize the farm
from the owner.
Readln' about that convinced me
Bush's In the drug war to win, so I get
out my WW II combat jacket with my
medals on It and march on down to
the marine corps office to enlist.
There's a gray-haired master sergeant
In there reading The New York Times,
and he looks at me like he's seeln' a
'What can I do for you, Pops?" he
•rm here to sign up for the drug
war, sarge,· 1 pipes up. •1 see by the
papers the president's sending military
advisers to Colombia to help·'em
stamp out cocaine production, and I
figure they can use my combat
experience, OK?" .
-Tuars real ~riotic of you, old
timer,• he says not unkindly. •eut
you'd never pass the obstacle course,
dad, not at your age. Anyway, the real
war against drugs Isn't In Colombla. , -
Ifs right here at home.·
•How do you figure that?" I asks.
-Tue coke that's Imported Into this
country Is grown In.South America,
lsni It?"
-On this job, I get to do a lot of
reading,· he tells me. •Economists say
that when there's a demand for
something, you can count on somebody
to provide It. That's why the real
war's right here. Wipe out the demand
and the supply of drugs'll dry up.
·old you see what the president of
Colombia told the UN?" he asks,
pointing to the Times on the table:
··every tactic and every weapon In
the war against narcotics pales Into
insignificance comi>ared with the need
to reduoe demand. Those who
consume cocaine are contributing to
the assassination of my people by the
criminal drug cartel.••
-sounds to me like your president
there figures since them drug lords
had his govemtnent on the run he's
try In' to pin the blame on. the U.S.,· 1
says caustically.
· "That wasn't all he said,• the sarge
goes on. "listen to this:
'We need tighter controls on the
manufacture and sale of chemicals
used In cocaine production, which
come mainly from North America and
Europe, and ~erthe laundering of
drug money through U.S. and European
banks. .
•our.sense of justice Is warped
when a poor farmer who feeds his
family by growing coca Is seen as the
greater villain than the wealthy
International banker who Illegally
transfers millions of drug money that
finances terrorist acts against our
•He might have a pont there,· 1
says grudlngly~ •You got any Ideas
how we should be,dolng what he
asks?" ·
·1 haven't got time to ~alk about
that now,• he answers as he gathers
up his papers and prepares to close
the office. -Come back next week and
we can continue this discussion, OK?"
My attitude? My undies? They both stink
datlon and .aorn.-
I get around, I see the signs, I
read the want ads, but I can't figure ·
out why all these fast diarrhea dives
are looking for people to join their
"teams.• (They call them teams, by the
way, because the food they handle
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Gl'Htlng•, •pltt•f8 of dl8colol'ff
phl.,,ml Hold out yourd10ol
cupe and g•t l'Hdy to tlllc• anoth•r
11W/g otourm•~outhMJ lnwlt•.
Aw, to•t thllt crap and ~t l»hlnd
•o,,,.thlng sold, b«:au• ,,.,.
comn anotMrweM of tM dtlgradraw
'em In like It used to?
And about those polyester/rayon/
daaof1/plastlcduds ••• sroPWEARING
Have a little pride.
Sheeshl ,.
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. The Provoc hit a party on M.A.C. . aTrhm and that his muscle was exposed .
Saturday night that resulted In some Is was gett ng too s us.
poor slob being thrown through a · Anyway• his moronic friends tried
wtndoworsomethlng. The ensuing ··several times, unsuocesfully, to pick
f hi friends al him up and get him Into an awaiting
Idiocy on the part 0 s most · car full of equally annihllated partyquallfles
them for "Geek '0 The Week• . goers. This was a disaster waiting ,to
honors, but I just couldn't find their
pictures. ' happen.
Getting on with the story, the guy Being a nice little kid, I went to a
who got Intimate. with the window was house next dOOS: and called 911 -
bleeding profusely from his arm and and an ambulance was on the scene
having a hard time standing up. This In no time. In the mean time, this poor
probably was the result of the amount . slobs friends stood behind the police
h and paramedics on the scene and
of blood he was losing...:..... although Is yelled about the lndlgn1t1y· being
state of Intoxication from whatever
chemicals he had Imbibed probably perpetrated by the bacon patrol~
didn't help matters much. One completely boneheaded guy
One of my friends who went over kept ranting and raving and aying
to the Injured guy described ,that the
cut went through to the bone of his See BRAT, p. 5
A DAV lATE but not a dollar lhort. Yo,
M.L Happy &-Doy and 1honka for 1hoae
Plxlea tickets (by 1he WO/. have you
bou~ 1hoee ~)Justklddng. ·
Artywoy, my~ to you hos nothing to
do with stae LL Bean jokes, believe It
·or not. And I'm not going to toke you
arid Tiffer to Deja Vu. Just be forewaned.
I wouktl't want you to lllp a
dac or anything.
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1 O • Reporter-Intelligencer 1 November, 1989
Bow WOW!
Gone Dog good
Gone Dog?
What's that you might ask. Well,
it's a band - and one of the better
ones in East Lansing.
It's less than likely that you'll
.see them playing at Rick'• or
Sensations, though Not-the
original Incarnation of Gone Dog
played at Rick's once last year).
You're more likely to hear them
playing In a house, at a party, In a
basement, or In a living room.
Gone Dog played a gig Saturday
night at a house on Albert
Street (we won't print the address
so they can have another one next
weekend without the cops showing
up), and did two sets.
. VocallsVguitarlst Kirk Reedy,
guitarist Brian Shaw, drummer Kim
Ford and new bass player John
Howard also played several new
cuts including ·competition· and
already opened for Tar
(from Chicago-who've played
dates with the Laughing Hyenas
and, methinks, shall be signed to
Touch-and-Go records soon) and
. FAQ, those lald back dudes from
With numerous personnel
changes behind, Gone Dog, along
with Just Say No (another local
band), look to be the mainstays on
the E.L scene. Look for a tape
release from these guys by
While Not was basically
· speed-enhanced pop thrash, the
new band Incorporates a lot more
diversity Into their style. They play
covers ranging from The James
Gang to The Go-Go's and an
entirely new set strengthened by
old Not standbys that aowds sing
along to. A smoothing out of some
rough edges has occured along
with all the new songs and even
included now Is a wah-wah sound
on some songs, a la Ted Nugent.
Just watch the Grand River
area for flyers, and support your
local bands; for the same price It
costs just to get Jols2 a bar, you
could be hearing r98J-new" music,
meeting new people and even -
If you're real nice and say the
magic word - meet the band.
From FARUK, p.12
and lnterdisclpllnary studies
major, Abbott says she enjoys
creating ·her performance art.
She began performance art over
a year ago at B'zar, where she
perfonned in the window,
coming up with different concepts
each week. Over the
summer, she began to perform
at the Faruk Art Gallery, using
friends to act in her skits.
The skit at B'zar featured a
dancing ghost, a man In plaid
and two •guan:ts•who led three
other people onto the dance
A man and a woman were
covered In a black shroud at
one end of the floor while the
· . third woman was covered alone.
When uncovered, the woman
was playing with tin foil-covered
shapes while the couple mimicked
sex when they were uncover~.
The whole group then
gathered by the.ghost, on their
knees, stood and left the stage.
The man in the plaid jacket, who
was observing the whole ttiing·
whHe smoking a cigarette, then
left the stage.
-Tue art is very visual,·
Abbott said. She never intends
a meaning behind the pieces,
she said.
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1 November, 1989 Reporter - Intelligencer• 11
Muse Brothers
jazz up the
From MUSE, p. 12
emphasize that the style of music
doesn't matter, as long as people can
see musicians dishing It out.
The band Is proud of their musical
they still have a long road to travel.
They most cordially Invite everyone to
hear the more cultured and rarelfled
sounds currently making the local
area by catching their act.
Tim Burke
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New York's Nice Strong Arm is one of the many out-of-state bands stopping in
E.L. to make a buck in the ultrahip basements of MSU students.
This recent gig lasted about an hour, with the three-man band pounding their way
through a furiously-paced show and some lukewarm quarts of a mid-grade American
In addition to this session, 208 Bailey has hosted other happening bands in their
basement- putting them close to the pinnacle of basement lore that venues like
Ed's Lounge and Norm's Place on Sunset have enjoyed.
Bands have come from all over, NYC and Chicago for example, to play in these
joints, giving local ears an unusual treat
While Rick's continues to fill its calender with rover bands, East Lansing basements
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uR·I PAJslc Correspondent
Picture a dark, rainy night .
You're sitting In a small restaurant
and lounge sipping a Perrier with ·
You hear a band artfully playing
old-style jazz songs.
Normally, you would picture
yourself sitting alone reflecting on the
triumphs and traumas of dally life. But,
In reality, you're not alone. You're just
one of-the many people who pack
themselves Into the Small Planet
every Wednesday night to hear the
Top, Tim Burke and Matt Hughes jam at the Small Planet. Top
right, Muse Brother Matt Huges pumps the stand up bass. Bottom
right, keyboardist Jeff Hopwood tickles the electronic ivorhythmic
jazz sound of The MuH January, then known as the MSU
Brothera.. Rhythm BebopCombo,thegroup
· The Brothers play an equal mix of took top honors In the Southern
non..standard cover tunes and their Comfort/National Association of Jazz
own originals. They describe It as a Educators All That Jazz competition.
•mixed bag• of musical styles lnclud- They placed among the top 25
Ing swing, latln fusion, blues, funk and · jazz ensembles In the country. - _
bebop. And the band's credits do not end ·
'We all do a lot of listenlng and In school. Besides their regular shows
research,• said bassist Matt Hughes. at the Small Planet, the band per-
- This allows them to play songs formed at Montreux this summer,
few people have ever heard before, which they recall as their best show as
but those who have heard them - hundreds,.possiblythousands,
Including a 1989 Montreaux Detroit listened.
Jazz Festival audience and jazz Bassist Hughes Is the only full _
critics- like their sound. time musician within the group. The
All MSUstudents, (percussionist other members, Tim BurtJim M.mltzkl graduated In 1986) the . saxaphone; Jeff Hopwood, piano;
MuSEt Brotthers began by participating and Muratzkl perform primarily as a
In collegiate ensemble competition. In hobby.
Burke mused, uNot many people
spend this much time on a hobby:
However, they do not plan to
continue as a group when they ,
graduate-- though they all agree this
will be not be the end of their music
Frequently trying to Incorporate as
many as seven players In the band at
any given opportunity, all The Muse
Brothers have played with many top
notch musicians. They have especially
enjoyed the opportunity to swing with
local singer Patty Richards, who they
cite as a major influence.
Individually~ they list Charlie
Parker, Bill Evans, Ray Brown, and
Kenneth Nash. ·
. V.ughn Schnelder, owner of the
Small Planet, was the first to give
them a chance to break Into the club
scene. The Muse Brothers have since
packed the.house on several occasslons.
But, (surprise!), Tile MuSEt Brothers
are very critical of the local music
They even go so far• to say •1t
sucks,· and are most disappointed
with th~ lack of live entertainment.
The combo fears ·this trend will,
unfortunately, continue because of a
·possible tax on live playing. They .
See MUSE, p. 11
Performance On~E!w~l~n s·~~~ln~~~.wT~l~ic night
by BILL FRISCHLING the Middle,· by Marty Koenig. blue buildings and an outside street One of the stranger paintings.was
uR-I Correspondent This painting featured a street scene. It was painted on a venetian •Produkt Mensch,. by· Stephen Duda ..
The usual Tuesday-night new
music dance crowd at The B'Zar had
to stop their gyrating for a few moments
last week.
It wasn't because a record
The B'zar hosted a night of
· student paintings and a performance .
art routine to raise money for the
Faruk Ar1 Gallery. The Oct. 24
benefit also included a raffte.
Ann Allen, the owner of the
gallery, said she was trying to raise
$200 that night in order to pay the
The Faruk Art Gallery displays
and sells paintings, prints, and sculptures
created by local artists. Ann
Allen said she believes it is Important
for these local artists to nave a place
to display their work. .
"A lot of good people pass through
East Lansing unnoticed,· she said.
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It had a cr<>Ss on a diagonal, splitting
the painting, with black and off-black
paint smeared on the canvas. It featured,
among other things, Chinese
characters and a picture of Christ.
- Texture was added with the use of
spackling on the canvas.
The other works on display were
"The Skull; by Nathaniel Allen and ·1
~rrowed Your Shovel,• by Susan
Fortuna. .
The works on display were all,
what Allen calls, •on the cutting edge
of art.•
Also featured at B'zar was performance
art, a style where actors and
a set take the place of canvas and
paint. Directing the performance art
was Amy Abbott; a recent MSU
Although she was a Humanities
See FARUK, p. 10
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