University Reporter - Intelligencer, Volume 1, Number 7


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Description: Major stories:
Racial Incidents
Darius Peyton
Out and About
MSU Greeks: Separate but equal OK
Entertainment - "Killshot", The Hannibals, The Wayouts
Date: November 8, 1989
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uR-1 examines race relations on campus
uR-4 Cotrespondenls
Oe&pt\e constant guarantees
of equality by the admlnlstrarJon,
many students continue to feel thal
racism stlll plagues MSU.
And nw.ny studenm haVe
expetfenced radal¥-mattactcs ,,. fuel the ,,,. of their
lmran Wadood, an engineering
graduale student, said he.has
repeatedly been a victim of lnstltutlonal
racism In trying to get an
asslstanceshlp. Wadmd said he has
pass8d his preliminary examinations
and his English fluency teat, ya he
stJn has been denied an asalstanceshlp.
He also said he has an F-1 visa
which permits him to work tor an 18-
month period In the ~lted St818a.
Wadcod said Amer:lcans wtlh lower
GPAs haveobtalnedasalstanc88hlps
aver him.
Lethal literature
Etnore ,__,,.rd'•
latNL p.12
• The Provoc rave• °"-· 1 p.7
8 Sniff Dog Boy._ p.8
Volume I
' Nurilber7 e Claaslfleds ••• p.8
MSU's alternative . 8 Out & about .. p. I
uR-1 artwork/RANDY DESLER
, know this thing Is happening
but I don1 know how to &ra'Jlcate
II.• Wmcod said.
According to Wadcod,
/ndep9ndent e Xtra new• .- p.10
anolherp18SSureon lntematlonal
students Is the lnablllty to sign up tor
job placamerC Interviews.
Paul Burke, assistant director
for lnlemallonal Job Placement I said
minority students are treated no
Wedoni screen International
students any more or leas th8n
we would American studenlll,• he
said, adding that the agency tm.
poHcy thar Is open to quellfted people
regardla&s of their color, creed, or
Wadcod said he stlU does nOt
know whal he Is lacking, or how to
tackle to problem.
Tm deserving enough for
assistanceship but I doni know how
to raise a voice about 11.· Wadcod
However, some students feel
not only Is there dllcrln'dnallon In
acmemk:s. but that mlnorllel -.
actmlly have the upper hand.
11 anything while people are
getting the shoft end of the ltld<,.
saJd Jeff Brandt,. sophomore.
'White kids need a 2. 75 to get Into
the business achoof while blacks only
needa2.5.· ·
Ernest Betts, dlredor of
mlnortty education programs tor the
college of business, said that Is.
completely falle.
-W.don, hawdlfferant
crtter1a forwha or blacks; BMta
saJd. "Students can enterwtlh a2.5 If
they haw 56 cradlll from the time of
. the last spring term, but no more than
84. Everyone else must have a 2.75.
'Unorlla8 mne to par like
everybody e1se.·Ba1s mded.
concern over,..,...ed lnddenls
wtth the aimpus pobdepartment.
TimothyJohnsOn, a gtaiuate
student , said he once was driving on
campus, keeping with the tow of
traffic on a-.... und a DPS
offtcer llopped .. car.
Si8 FElRI p. 2
Peyton chooses to focus
attent·ion on race issues
Darius Peyton Is a modest man.
He refuses to answer questions
about himself, yet he Is anything but
Peyton•• name became 10mewhat
of a houaehold word• the
main spokesperson during last year's
black lludent sit-In at the MSU .
admlnistradon bulldlng. Peyton's
refuctance to grant lntervi8ws eboul
himself lndk:alee,. dedlcSlon to a
cause he f8els Wll'f strongly about.
Peyton wants you to know this-he
Is not In this for~ glortflc8llon.
It la sullable thal one would meet
Peyton 81 the East Complex Leadership
Workshop. He Is Chairperson of
theASMSU Programming Board,
and Is looked upon by m~ as the
most Important student leaier on
Payton, however, thinks of
himself as an everyman of MSU.
1 place myself as grass roots (In
the MSU community),• he said.
N. the worta 30-mlnute keynoee address, Peyton
stressed leadership as an adlon
WOid. He saJd that a leaier must
"lncorporalemotlvatlon, communication,
dal8gallon, organlztlon, and
contict NICJlution•to be succeaful
Throughout an lntervlewwlth the
uR-1 tollowlng his speech.~
straued a need tor MSlls admlnlstrarlon
to Hstan to the lludents, and
to act on lhese recommendations,
and not their awn inltlndL
Peyton speiaks SabldaJ afternoon
"The goad buslralman tcnowa
how to 181 his product to hll aJBtom-.
era,· Peyton sald,,"nat say 'We have
a product. take• or 1laYe I:•
Peyton tm sertcu doubCI as to
thesinc8rtly of the .tmlnlstndlon.
uR-1 photol8AIAN KACH
"If thfl¥ werellnclr9, • lw aid,
"lhat posllon (Senior AIMlorto the
Prowst)wouldt..been Al ....
See PEYTON, p. 11
2 ·Re orter-lntelli encer a November, 1989
From FEAR..P. 1
JCitnlliin l8id th8 bPS OllC. .
Interrogated him 8nd hll pwanger
pastttMp ~which Johnloncaneider
"Theonly rational~ .
why I was chosen II beall• rm
black.. JDhnlon said.
Accofdlng to Tracy Mabry, a
senior, pollc8 ofllan hanlss blacks
1>ollc8 ofllc8ra pUft tNfll
blacks beall• 'f04/re black.· w
. saki.
DPS DlredorBruce Benson
Hid a lack of communication usually
11 to blame tor lluadonl lllce M.
•Any time eomeone II pulled
tNfll, you"re subject to whar's on the
mind of the per'IOn belrig pulled over,•
Benson said • .,.. might say he was
9Sunt. I could hlppen. b&f to Mle tot-. the c:holCe of the type ot Keith 8Mdwa, a..-, Mid
lllYgennllythll pabtwwa magmae1-..1o ..m.· only• "*'°'lyofwtlllll .. ~
l*tlcullrcategory of saudentl 11 raat/ Parllj ......... ·~ diced. The mlnortilsthemlllv•UC>
out of h. •Benson said. rnor8, laundaracllt rn.sage may haV8 negadve flalngs predpl-
. The~ ta lnldaled scrawted In chllkon 1he m11sage tided by lhe 111181 MIGUnll ot whltel
......,cannunlly prognuns to boald outside his door In Holmes Hiit who are prejudiced.
lmprovalslmageandacca•lblllly In The nasage ..-:'Whydo Redd offered mi example of
the last few yen. and,_ adecld- _ you have an 8CClllt? Why don't you covert racism.
edly equal opportunly hiring poffcy he move home? (lndlll) You'N not from "When a m~student
l8i1 . I • Eastlanslng.• ...... ~.themeptlyofthe
· "In the last three years, wflwl Students on his floor nick- students backlJNlflt/, •a said.
hlraid dwomen and minorities torlhe named him Punjab, al8'V8nl c:harac- SophomoreClllig Sanders
•Ix po&llons that have been open.• f• played In Liale Orphm Annie. 1 ._ rnenytlmel CCMirt .radsm can be
Benson said. ref era to someone tom a region In Just• pelnU •
The problem must be m- India and the tat • denat• a aervarc Ya not whal ttMPt ear r1
dr881ed from two perapec:tfvee - the In lllelf Is~ he..... what they don"t say,. Sanda laid.
ltudenta' and the pobdepartmenr1. &rtierflll tMn there WM a ~Park. ajunlor, reltended
Sludenla, Benlonuld, t.. dlnnarforthe Blmck Ceua• In Holrnel SancW1oplnlon.
to learn that pollc8 .. humans and do Hd. Signs were put on theblble to TYe probably been Citied
not Inland to be 8dvarsartaf. But• tt., Indicate that d18'f ware Nl8rV9d tor names behind my back. Just got to
18m81ine, he md8d th8I poUce the Black Caua• lludlra. live with I. trs a hald to take but you
only pulled over because he was a
student, or some other raaeon.
Nobody Hkes to haw authortly pushed
on them. This reaction Is WK'/ normal
and we just haYe to deal wllh a. Bli
oflc:era muat b8 more lenlltlve to the Donna Redd,.,. MSU senior just have to tm I 81rfWllll,• Park
. diverse student popu1a11on. and Holmes Jial m1nor1y aid, said said. .
Racism does not always mme lewnl itudents were oflended by this Karan 8rtnldey, a frl&hmM,
horn an authority figure down, how- and wrote on the llgns: "'R8lerwld tor said covert racllm Is the predomtnant W•. Many times II original es from any race, color, or creed.• form of racilm-a fonn minorftles
It's not what this department Is al peers-other students and room- 'We not trying todllafml- don"t encouter rec know II st• there.
abolA.· mat& nate. •Redd said. 'We're just blaQl 9Racial remartcs are not
While the department Is
committed to being sensitive to the
diverse radal, ethnic and cullund
malc&-up of the campus, Benion said .
that Individual Incidents Hke those desalbed
by some black stud8nts
actually could mmertaHze, but only ·
very rarely.
In a racanr Wiison Hall people trying to get together and have usually mate In front of them,• she
ga.wnmenr meeting agroup-orlented a good time.· · said. .
rada.lquestlon surfaced. Students Other people belleve lhe - 'We're dlscrfmlnaled tJY belnQ
were discussing wheCher or not to Issue of racism Is expk>lled. claselfted • mlnorltJee. •said Deirdre
have a black magazine available• "The definition of the word has Sizemore, a senior. "'Nothing Is going
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the University Reporter-Intelligencer
Page Three
The Second Front Pa e
Racism afflicts other minorities W818 S8IYad lmmadlady,.., though
she was there ftnt.
"ll raeJly hurt her,. Maribel
published In 1h11 State Nl1ws c:oncem- S11:f Ir's wrong, you should get up
t,,SHANNON DRAYSON Ing the hiring of Dr. lee .line as senior theret and help them nx ... Maldonmto
uR-1 Coneepondenl advisor to the provast tor multlcultural said.
While blacks are the largaat
minority group ar MSU, other minorities
such• Hspanics, Nallve Americans.
Aalanl, and forelQn students
comprillngdozere of natk>nelttles
also feel the etfeda of racial deecrtmf..
A Hiap8nlc minority aide, Lisa
Garcia, saJd the changes Hspanlcs
want today are the same ones they
have wanted tor years.
"The CHSPA president from eight
years ago said these are the same
things they wanted,· Garcia said.
-every year our needs are discussed
with the administration and nothing
gets done:
She said they will not be
overtookad on the minority agenda.
nor will they tolerate another school
year of unfu1111Jad promises made by
the administration. Among other
things, Garcia feel& that Hspanlcs do
not receive «tequme representmlon In
the administration that they deserve.
Thts ts one of the main concerns
of the minority gl'OUps on
caml>'J'. Garcia sakS CHlSPA. Pre&ldent
Eiieen Aoral' recent comment
and ethnic affairs was taken out of
context. Aa a rmull, several black
groups were angered by the mlslntarpreted
meaa9 .
But tlOCOldlng to Garcia,
Floras ws pointing our the tact that
the unlwnlty usually Ills mlnortly
posltlonl with bladquailfled Asians, Hspanlcs, and Native
· The statement was not aimed
at the black mlnortty, but rather at the
administration, she said.
'We doni want to take awtq
the aadlt from (blacks),· Garcia said.
•Advances forthemaregood, but we
need advances for ourselves.·
To obtain further adYancas
such as these wtll require minority
gl'OUps to work with the administration,
faculty and staff. Ralph Maldonado,
CHISPA Y1ca president, argued that an
uncooperarlwt attitude belwendlfferent
minority groups will deflnltefy not aca>
mpllsh anything.
It ts not enough to point out
what Is wrong with the system without
meeting the administration half-way,
he said.
,, you've got balls enough to
copy special
(8112z 11)
Molt studenls Ill/ r.:1111
tension betweeri nmHJlack mlnortllea .
and whites II not neertr • lnl ... •
I ls between blacks end whites. Hawaver,
d18crtmlnatlon II~ In
Subtle lormL Words and adlonl with
underlying meanings and lmplcmlonl
are barely noticed by mOll.
Trang But, an Allan mlnorlly
aide, said thal most Asians Id MSU
need help In Identifying prejudldll
1f someone calls you a model
minority, that Is a subtle torm of
rac&m, •she saJd.
Asians are not dllcrlmlnaled
against as much as other non-black
mlnorttles because of their
emphasis In education, and past
achievements by other Asians, she
Bui said Asians usually tend
to be passive In "8dlng to torm1 of
discrimination because they are not
hurt physically. She said they t~ to
talk amongst themselvee fnstemj of
making waves.
However, "It will hurt them In
the long run,• Bui warned.
Many foreign students also do
not want to call attention to themselvel.
Matfbel Garcia wll be returning
to the Phllllplnes after tall term.
lktfof1unately, lhe and other friends
have been dlscriminaled against on
more than one Instance.
One such lnddenl Flvolved a
frtend of hers going to a local Ice
c:rMm eaiery. ,__.-.the only
customer there when she mrtvad, ya
wu not S.-untll a U ten minutes
llder. A group of whft• came In and
Garde. said.
People also tend to 8lk foreigners
questions that-. unconsciously
offensiYe. Foreigners-studyIng
here are well \Wsed In Amerfcan
history and polltlca. An aYen great•
percentage are bllngual. What people
do not realize II that th8y have many
Of the modemconwnlencel present
-People ask H we know who
CokJmbul IL .. ordo we have styrofoam
In the Phllllplnel, things Ike
thal,. Garcia said.
Blnod Sundararajan has been
a MSU student tor two years. He Is
famlllarwlth d1scrtmination because of
the caste system he grew up with In
lndla. In the stalel, the racial prejudices
are aimed not only towards
himself but also toward his American
1f there was ever a marriage
between us. I would be mocked and
she would also feel the etrec11, • he
Sundararaja'1 said prejudiced
people make generallzallonl about a
cettain race and ovettook the personallty
of an lndlvldual. The couple has
concluded that dl&crimfnatlon began In
ancient tlmel.
"It's a tenttorial, prtmlltwa
thing. Someone has come to Invade
the territory and they feel they need to
,.otec:t 1t,• he said.
Forwhatwerreeson people
are prejudiced, they we wearing
blinders. To OY8l'COIT18 such discrimination,
SUndarantjan said people
need to be aware of each other.
"Ooni turn flWfll just because
you doni want to know or we afraid of
asking~· he said. 'find out what
people are Ilka.•
These are the final words on racism:
WAKE 111111 I
There are many ugly things In
the wortd. Some things are more
sinister and uglier than others.
Perched righteously atop the
heap of ugly things In the world Is
We're talking about:
But whatever word you choose,
lrs eYfl and we don't need It.
And, untortunately, It would be
sheer naivete to say prejudice
doesn't exist and thrive here at
Michigan State.
In some places It Is as obvious
as a slur sprayed across a wall. In
other places It Is buried In the W8!f
we look at and treat each other.
·However, over the past year
students have developed a heightened
awareness of the existence of
the problem at MSU, as an organized
student effort has arisen to
notify us that we tlve In a poor state
of race relations at Michigan State
Unlversly-an Institution created
to offer opportunity to all people
regardless of their waJk of life, skin
color, religion, sexual preference or
It Is at such an Institution filled
with supposedly enlightened people
that we find the pernicious practice
of dlscrtmlnatlon and the problems
that revOlve around race and the
groups and Individuals who cannot
exist In harmony with someone who
ls different from t~.
It is disappointing, but not surprising;
no one seems Immune from
the ravages of racial bias.
Not the whites. Not the blacks.
Not the Hispanics. Not the Asians.
Not the Native Americans. Not
Alfiona. ,
We are all guilty of racism In
one form or another.
Whether a Is In the telling of a
joke, choice of sear In a class or a
bus, or the blank or dirty loolci we
shoot each other with while strofllng
across campus and through town,
we altcontrtbllte to the problem.
And that may very well be the
most dangerous aspect of prejudice;
no one Is Immune.
Uilke a virus or disease, survtvlng
prejudice does not make us 1818
Dkely to fall Yldim to It again. Rather, •
gives us rationalization tor our own
personal hatred.
Last yeafs sit-In forced many
students to faCe the facts: Not all ls
Uitortunately' the sit-In failed to
come up with real solutions to the
problem. • Is apparent that there Is no
quick tlx. No one knoWs how to solve
the problem, and students live on,
frustrated and bitter.
Mnortty students feel little or
nothing Is being done to Im prow their
plight. That Is probably true, given the
size and slowness of this bureaucratic
. untver&ly.
· Non-minority students feel they
can justify their prejudices by pointing
If the sit-In and.saying how, once
again, minorities are causing trouble
and whining. .
We an must scrutinize the situation
and re assess the position.
There are no Immediate solutions
to the problem minority students face,
but the Unes of communication must
be kept open by de-polltlclzlng the
problem and deallng with. person-toperson
with open minds mid swift
To mlnortty leaders: We caution
that grandstanding and melaphorflled
speeches tor the televflion
cameras wtn solve nothing, and only
widen the alresfy c:onslderablechaam
between where we stand today and
where we want to be tomonow.
Continue to c:hal*9t the m:lmlnlstratlon
as you have been, but doni fall
victim to the trap of rejecting 8Yety
proposal by the administralion. Al
skjes must be wtmng to listen with
open minds In or$rto bridge th8
gaps that currently exist
To non-minorities: We are disgusted
and saddened, and urge you
to abandOn excusing your hang-ups
with paper-thin rallonallzallons for
utter prajtidlce and stupidity. While.we
recognize that radsm is a two-way
street, the bOttom llne Is this: most of
the time non-mlnorttles (white males)
are behind It. Hundreds of protound
changes by the university admlnlst,..
tlon wlll mean nothing unl86a the
attitudes of the studenl body start to
colndde with oursuppoaed1y educated
lntellec1s. This Is not only aimed
at those of you who choose to paint
graftltl on dorm rooms. It means
uR-l 8f'lWOO(ISteve Jablonakl
everyone who wer has ma a racial
remark, and that means moat of us.
To untverslly mnd Qofflcals: We urge you to buck the
status quo and be lmagfnttlve and
daring In your eftorts to help Im prow
the situation, whll8 warning you to quit
hiding behind 1HE SYSTEM and
using Its slowness• an excuse for
1 the lack of progl'8IS we haY8 seen.
The addition of Dr. Lee .line Is a step
In the right diradlon (though we don't
want to get tied up In the semantics of
his tide). And while MSU Idea looks
fine, that only looks llk81p· seMc:e to
us. trs time to put your noses to the
grindstone and Initiate some tangible
changes al this unMnlly.
To 8Yeryon& (since we are all
llYlng In the same world) we ask you
to reconsider the next time you want
to laugh at an off.color joke. seard1 tor
a seat surrounded by empty Hall, or
stare straight ahem as you walk
through life.
Cal It cHche, but we are an .
brothers and sisters and this Is our
world. Lat's make II a better one.
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8 November, 1989 Reporter-Intelligencer• 5
Ask and ye shall receive
Just •you asked, trst the pralsa,
then the crttlcllm.
_ I just ft_nllhed the Nov. 1st Issue of
the paper. There was a lot more to Ilka
than there was ln the Od. 25th Issue.
You are Improving. I reserve my .
gtaalest applause for your stories on
Des Pennington and the Adolescent
Diversion Project. 1lMrf were Insightful
and well done. Please keep giving us
stories Ilka these two.
Another feature that I think Is very
wel done Is your "Out and About•
ledlon. You oft• a good mix of
activities and alert your r..sers to
happenings they would odlerwlse not
be aware of. Keep It up.
Now for the attlc:lam.
First a word about the layout.
to the brave ltafterl of the uR-1 who I'm lure the 11tUlllion would have been
.. unfunded, unsponsored and.,.. handled muchdlfferant¥.
the truly ~Ive campus vok:8 (II By no means am I 1ry~ to make
sap ao rtghl on the front page). We exaJleS for the way polce handled
get the m•sage. The only thlng·you elthersltuatlon. TIMPf wn both
.. accomplishing by bashing Th• handled poor1ly. I am merely trying to
SUltfl Ntlws Is giving them tree suggest an aJtemare way of looking ar
publlclty. n The State Nflf/tlS Is truly In the two Incidents wlthcU making such
the wrong, as they were In the case of strong accusations as to the mrrela-
Oes Pennington, they need to be tion belween race and the· way the
called on It. There Is, how8Y8r, no _ police reacted. The soene Is much
need for lilurs on their editorial policy, broader than that.
Integrity or staff. Thar's free publtdty Gook luck, ..... Pennington, and
and you doni see them giving you any thank you for not being afraid to stand
space in their paper. up tor what you believe In. Your
All in all you seem to be on your slence ls exactly what your CXJW&ldly
way to having a good publication. callers are trying to achieve.
Please keep working at It.
~Kristine Shreve
-Dawn Piper
Poly Science Sophorno,.
Police misunderstood Urbania where are you?
Must aH the ads bear the bottom of
the page? They are no longer as
bunchy as In the past, bul fMKY page
thar contains atvertlslng ~has ads
al the bottom and print ar the top. I am writing In response to your
Experiment a little, see whal you can front page story ("letter Gamers
I saw the best band In East
Lansing ar a Halloween party l8st
Friday Oct. 27th. Thay usaj to be
called Leuona In Theory. Now I
think they are called Urmnla. How
come no one talks about them? They
make every band I've seen In this
town look ridiculous. Yes, even bop
do. Also, why Is It that stories start on Deadly Response1 In the Nov. 11989
one page, and then make readers tum Issue. I strongly support and admire
back to a page they have previously - Des Pennington for standing up for
read to find the rest of the artlde? what he believes In, and tor protecting
lnckJded breaking lnlo sot drink
machines and apertmeiitl, •well as
university buildings. The DPS was
onto hkn and his aonles, end when
they caught them, they would bring
them home to their parents. I tried
seYeral times to get someone to bring
charges against my son, 0r lock him
up, or some way to ltop him. but It all I
got was that It was my reeponstbillty. I
could not handle him, and a>uld get no
help. Some of the oftlcers were
sympathetic, but .nc>fl8 would do
My son la an ·alcoholic. He
dropped out of high school. and
though a brilliant and talenled compUter
hacker, he Is working off a long,
poor track record as a teenage delinquent.
I did not raise him in a Y&CUUm.
Parents who raise teens in the East
Lansing area all have thJI scenario to
look forward to. I belleYe If the OPS
had dealt with him, and wlh other
chiklren early on, this would l18Y9r
have happened. The problem of
underage drinking Is magnHled when
the parents get no help from the
Thank you tor your Indulgence,
- Nancy L Spenc.r
Most people read the paper starting at his freedom of speech. However, I
page one and working through to the thlrik the lssuedlsaJssed In his letter - Fred Chapman, Con- Stear·n(s) criticism
back. The constant fllpplng of pages In to The State NBWS should be looked
order to find the end of an Interesting Into a little deeper be1ore such strong cemed Chap · I am writing In _response to David
artlde tends to be lrrttatlng. Though I accusations are made. While It Is true Don "f ralse ,,1.ds he,r~ Steams' artlde, i-tats off to Derby
would never ask that uR-1 staff that the two Incidents were treated A 1
• v Days? No wayr (1 Nov., uR-1 No. 6)
members become conventional, this Is differently and probably In neither DNr Edlor, and I am not even Greek.
9'l8 convention It might be useful to case correctly, the situations t&I First of all, In his attempt at making
observe. SO please, try doing page difference ciraJmstances that are not The Nov. 1st Issue of your paper a justifiable argument of why traternlfayout
with stories stattlng ar the front exduslve to the CX>lor of skin, Is the first rve seen. I was thrilled to ties can get a'li8!f with serving beer to
and being continued on later pages. Arrt time there Is a large gather- see Lash in print agaJn. Keep up the underage students, while the re&t of us
Another problem I have with the Ing of people, regardless of race, color good wor1d GOl's are slapped In the face with a
uR-1 Is thB ab6MJCB ot articles about or aeed, It's bound to make the I have my own commentary on the felOny charge, he made some very
any of the arts except music, and H authorities n8rvous and probably a Cedarfe&t business. I am an adult · clos&-mlnded generaJlzaltons along
the 61\\de deat& w\\h music k Is little over-anxious. The sltuarlon also student. I first came to M&J In 1980 the Wf!l!f. (I.e. "haw you ever seen a
generally rock and roll. Now I have tends to be more YOlatlle when the with my youngest son, then 12-years- Greek that can dance?" "pink and
nothing agaln8t rock music, but don1 group of people are bound together by old. I was given an apartment in green LL Bean outtfts, • "alle bomber
publicize It ar the expense of all the a common element, whether that Spartan Village, and my son went to jackets,• etc. .. ). Let's face ll, there ts a
other local art. There are plays, element be color of skJn, special Hannah Middle School. We came high percentage of students lnwlved
classical conoarts, musk:als, art Interest, common rellglon or national- from a fann, and had not lived so In the Greek system at MSU, but the
shows and dance presentarlons that lty. When a large group of people with close to so many people before. uR~ Is already qulcJdy heading t~
also deserve newspaper space. the same goals and values are united It took about two years for my son walds llmftlng Its audienca.
Widen your horizons a bft. Try attend- tog81her, emotions tend to run high. to start changing. He would come For your lnformarlon, since this
Ing a play or writing about a local . The authorities probably sensed that home later and later -=t'I day. By the iruly lndependenr paper Is a so-called
theatre group. on the night of the picnic. This, - tme he was 15, the OPS knew my local music supporter, the bands
. My last and perhaps slightly picky together with the fact that they had voice well, for I called them many whose names ..... Steams did not
critldsm deals with The Slate Nsws forewarning of the event probably tmes on the whereabouts of my boy. know were Skor, The Hold, Second .
bashing that goes on In your publlca- caused them to CMM' react to the He would walk honie, stopping at Self, and HunlUnea. There Is nothing
tion. In every Issue I have seen, you sltuelion. each party he saw along the Wf!J!f tor a contormlng with trying to gain a Hiiie
have, at some point, gone Into greal The Incident at Cedar VIiiage Is . drink or two, and there were several expO&ure In E. lanslng, Whether ll's at
detaJI about how The State Nsws ts a not to be exaJSed or to be made light tmes when he was found In a gutter Rick's, Jn a basement, or at a fraternity
conservative newspaper, paid tor by of. The actions of the students were or on a lawn passed out by an officer. house. In my opinion, the uR~ should
university funds and quite probably deplorable. However, that authorities My son also Indulged In oither have recognized Derby ~s beca• .ise
under the thumb of the MSU admlnl- had no forewarning, they had no way drugs, and developed methods of of the talented musicians tnwlved,
stratlon. This Is of course In contrast of preparing themselves. If they had, obtaining "'.IOl'l8Y tor these drugs that Instead of Ignoring their presenc8
r[}={]---~---w----~---~i-oD-~--n----~--------------,:J:.:::::.."::.':8..::- • · · V I resulted In ya another act of sens.
I a I ress stereotyping. There 1s no room tor
I It's 1 neit-o reader response card I I arrt kind of prejudice 111 MSU, whether
I So are we headed In the right track? . · 1 It be aimed at blacks, yellows, or- 1 Pl " · · I anges, purples or Greeks. Prejudice Is
I ease let us know, send this card to our offices at 142 Gunson St. with any criticisms, com· 1 prejudice no mart•whlch mtnortty 1s
ments or suggestions or other things you believe will enhance our ablllty to serve the llSU 1 ~= = ~~~s> I community. Remember, this Is your paper, too. I newspaperd1&cr1mtna1•?
II II -AmyM.H~
I I Adv.u.tng)M11or
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• eporter-lntelligencer · a November 1989
Cowardly roommates spread racial plague
-Go home, you liberal bemHater. •
The words weresaawled sloppily
on a piece of ripped-out notebook
paper and taped to my y0ung8r
brother's Wonders Hall dorm room.
It was the ftrst evidence of OYert
prejudice that I had ever experienced
at MSU. To be honest I wesni
surprised. I krlew It wa's there. It just
hadn't slapped me In the face.
Last year my brother was a
freshman here, llvfng a freshman's
nightmare: he was tripled with two
football players. . .
They seemed nice enough when I
first met them as I was helping my
brother move In to his cramped around. but when the untwnlty uni He probably dldn, leev• behind
accomodatlons. It was bad enough 1111 three of them a latt9r laying the racllm or blgoety. 1·1 a pervas1va
that he was tripled. another room had opened up In Ak8r9 stain on our IOClety thel woni dlsar>-
h was even worse that the two Hal. my brother was nOt quick to pear by moYlng acrta the Ital• nne.
lunkhems he had tor roomatas had respond. . You cani run from lgncn1 a.
beian living there for two months Ha just dldni Mllll 10 Ive In.Akers. This could be construed• ·a very
already and were bast frtends since Ha had visited me when I lived ttwn. sett-serYlng-column, with me aylng
elementary school. They want to high but he just dldni IDw •· It was his lfe and bellyaching about my poor little
school together at one of suburban and ~yparents ~.so why should brotherand the big, bed goons he had
Oetrolrs supposedly prestigious. all- he? to live wtlh.
bop. private football powerhouses. Of course. the uniYerslty dldni · But H ambarralmert wtn quell just
Birmingham BrotherRk:e. realize the sltuallon, they just knew a little bit of this Idiocy, then eo be 1.
That they were too dumb to even that a room on the sixth floor of So often, Incidents Rke this happen
get a racial slur correct Is beside the Wonders Hall was tripled and they that get reported and then are torgot.
point. You probably can tell from my could alleYlatethe uncombtable ten Just as qulddy . .Mt ask Shelly
plctre that ·my fainlly Is not Hspanlc, Hvlng situation by mcwtng a body. Washington, or Jenrvy Robinson or
although my brother does wear a Of course. In this case. that meant dozens of otherl. ,
Mexlcan-etyle cloth poncho that he my brother. Well this 11me, you got caught with
bought on a summer vacation 1n The threats started when he dldni your pants down. boys. rm going to
C&lltomla. Jump to take the Akers room. He · abuse my joumaJlstlc prtvllege 'tHI rm
Well. we shOuld give them some started getting notes from his oh-IC>- blue In ~face.
credit. Ha Is liberal. whateYerthal understanding roomatGSsaylngttings For the Rte of me, I cani rememmeans.
If you take It to mean some- Hice. "take the Akers room or we'll beat ber the wide receiver's name. Mke or
one who Ilk• change, they were right. the llvlng shit out of you.• Mark or something.
At least my brother changed his Real challenge, guys.· My brother The quarterback? He just got cut
underwear once a week. weighs jusl OYfK 100 lbs., and two from the travet squad as the third-
They figured out he was Jewish football players feel It's necessary to stringer because he had to .undergo
several weeks later. 1 don1 know how, threaten him with physlcal violence. arthroscopk: knee surgery. John
because neither of us are devoutly Whars next. a nunnery? Hannah Geiselman. Sony.HI spelled your
rellglous. MddleSchool? My grandmother? name wrong.
Maybe It was the horns growing Getting on with the stOfY, my You know what you are.
out of my brother"s head that only brother ended up taking a room In
reveal themselves at night. Landon Hall and having a very
Ive got a pair, too. successful year. He goes to sdlool In
Not that he wanted to stick New Yori< now.
Step right up! Bozo ·Bono str-uts his stuff for Bud
· Bozo preaches a sermon about self-
Has the earth reversed Its axis?
U2 only captured two Grammies
this year. while their Ratl/8 & Him
epic neither rattled nor hummed the
box office. Instead, hungry CD players
embrace Tr8Cf Chapman's slowmotion
manifestos of talkln' rEM>lutlon,
whle Bono appears more like Bozoleadlng
a Grand March that only.
strains our Indigent patience, swinging
his pigtail while we linger near the bar.
Would Cookie fast ten days while
denlal between pizza orders? I doubt
Even U2's answer to Colonel Tom
Parker, Paul McGulnness, s8ems
confused by the attlcal turnabout.
Leng used to open-mouthed devotion
m the tip of a shamrock and a pound
f!Qte, Mr. McGulnness actually prsis8d
!1uns 'n' Roses at this year's New
Yori< Music Seminar. "Nothing can
stop a good song,• quoth the man
named aftflf an alcoholic beverage, In
which case his proteges need not
fear .•. unless Bono wraps his squeals
around Steve Wlnwood's ageless -
casslc, -OOO't You Know (What
MlchelobCan Do):
Even so, the whole i-WearJeans-
l'm-Sincere-And-1 Wlll-NeYerSkrt-
movement bores me. Haven1
we had enough seriousness In the
walpaperblah-blah-blah, alias the
1980's? Mr. McGulness, and U2's
adoring legions, seem to forget _why
those of us around In the Seventies
regard them as special, even tnN1SUl8d.
Bring back rock 'n' rolls bottom-of.
the-guttflfthrtft shop
How can today's pampered
transvestites like Motley Crue and
. Poison hold a candle to Bonzo
choking on his vomit. and leaving
behind a massively-selling Led
How can Bono. or even Trect, or
even Slnead 1t's-Sc>-Cool-To-SayFuck
·O'eonnor, possibly compare
wtth Guns 'n' Roses cok&-soaked
charisma? r11 stand behind the bralnfr1ed
ticket youths overseflln' Guns 'n'
Roses tickets, because $35 to hear
Slash's one-note guitar school lasts
longer In my wax-than Bono's Collected Commandments
evflfwould. And forthose who
Ignore my admonitions, let me remind
Geek of the Week ·
you of that zinger In "Death or Glory.·
(the Clash):
1 believe In this, and It's been
tested by research/He who fuctcs nuns
will later.join the church.•
Judging by that couplet, Mick
Jagger's ready tor a comeback solo
tour of Catholic convents q day
Sorry, Mark Grebner. You're hlpple-dlpple antics. earn you geek of the week honors for this half of a
. fortnight. While we enjoyed reading your analysis of the candidates for East Lansing's recent
election, (especially the one on Bobby Mitchell), you'r otherwise antiquated behavior Is really passe
Would-be hippie? Just coma out of the closet, Grebner, or Is It Grubby? Take a bath wlll ya fella? ·
The only would-be hippie elements you share are bell-bottomed jeans and long greasy hair
All kidding aside. We appreciate your dogged efforts aimed at responsible government altho~gh
your political stances actually are much more libertarian than most people raall~a.
Now about t~at grading the profs thing.
a November, 1989 - Reporter-Intelligencer • 7
Bush's drug
war: Another
It's been a weak since the sarge
m the martne c:Orps raavlllng offtce
gave me~ bum's rush when I
showed up to enlist for Bush's drug
war, so I figure It's time for another
He wasni Impressed last week
when I appeared ln my old 'INlll
combat jacket with my medals pinned
to It, so this time rm wearln' ciwles. .
· He remembers me 8lf'fWllfl/. .
"Back agaJri. Pops.,. he chuckles
. when 1. breeze on In. "You're still too
old to enlist; but rve got time on my
hands right now If you want to pursue
the conversation we were .having.last .
week about how the U.S. oughta be
fighting the war·agaJnst drugs.'.' _
to CUI your laaMa and pul cu of an
unwtnnable mllltary lltuatlon,. he says
wllh a tlraway look. I tlgure he's .
thinking of NlllTI or Beirut, so I doni
lrta?14ll .
•And,when Prohibition ..
'8p881ed. •he says after a moment.
-.he government wasni saying booze
II good for you. h was merely rec:ognlzhg
thal. when you can1 stop people
flom buying It, .,, better to regulate Its
ule. That's the Wf11 111 with tobacco,
too. Quallty.controt ellmlnate lflegal
1.agellzlng druga atll seems Ilka a
moral weakn8ll to me.· 1 objecll.
-There's gotta be another way.•
-Yoo look like an educated man to
me, Popa.• he says. "Maybe I can
convince you HI show you the economics
of legaffzatlon. Trytng to
enforce the present drug poHcy Is
costing the nation bllllonl. right? And
nobody thinks the Ylctory'1 In sight, do
"Thafs what rm here for, sarge •• , ... .
says. "You convinced me last week
Bush alni winning the war by tryln' to
dry up the supply.
'We could save those bllllons In
law entorcement CXJSts If drugs were
decriminalized. Break the logjams In
the courts, too. And think of the
blHlons In tax reyenues the government
could be taking In on sales of
marijuana and oocaJne. •
"Yoo may have something there,
sarge,· 1 says cautiously. 1f you're
right, revenue-wise, we could use
those extra monies to help our friends
In Central America hold back the
commies without having to worry
about breaking the deficit barrier, too,
"But just when you were gonna let
me In on the strategy you'd use to win
II. you decided It was time to dose the
· office and go home, so you told me
come back next week.
"So whal's you're strategy?" I
asks. .
-r=trst off, let's talk about what we
can agree on, OKr he says. "for
starters, we shoukfve leamad from
our experience with Prohibition you
cani stop people from getting something
they're determined to have by
passing a law. No matter how many
. people you put In jall or how tough you
get on the folks who supply It, right?"
TH have to agree with that,· 1 says
sheepishly. 1 was In high school
during the tall end of Prohibition, and I
took my first drink when one of my
schoolmates got some home brew
from a blind pig. Real powerful stuff,
"Did you eyer try hard liquor
during Prohibition?" he asks c:urlousty.
W•mnw ont» apln to my
HouN of Dl«laln, Klltfldom ol Crank-.., LMrd ol Contuslon; or
.- .,.,,..•.b .u,t,lMllfiWd, w,,f,l_o d.kf,l,'.*,,_. .,
might..,: Good day,,..,,.,,,.,
b,,u_gg.M.,'f.H .ll, B.u,.t n ,,o,,t, -,,,., ,.,. ,,. . ,t,o,..,,. ,
tilt my JOUnl. "'11,,._ tJhftt...
Anotherw881'8nd, another case of
studentlal malfeasancet Jusl lasl
SUnday (on my Wf11 to get som.e of
those cheap tacos that drive my
pediatrician Cl'IJZY- now maybe he'll
"Nagadve sarge; I says. -Yoo Ilka the .drug lofdl today: a>Uldniwe?"
many stories were going around about 1>lJt Al C8pone on the map,· 1 1 wss thinking we could use It to
people who'd gone blind from drinking · agrees Impatiently. "But what's all that treat addicts, and for drug education,·
bathtub gin or their net'YOUS system got to do with how to fight the drug he says dlsapprovlngly. "for lmprovwas
paralyzed when they drank what war?" 1ng the schools and making jobs
was sold as Jamaican rum but was "Isn't It obvious, Pops?" he says. available for kids growing up In the -
actually mm& In an oll drum In · 1f we legalize marijuana and cocaine Inner cities so they wouldni get on
somebody's back yard. the way we did bear and hard liquor drugs In desperation or push 'em
'We used to see 'em oomln' down when Prohibition was repealed. we'd •cause they don't see any alternative
the sidewalk like they NKj St. Vltua'1 stand a chance of wtnnlng becal.U as a way of making a llvtng. •
Dance or somethln'. I never knew the · we'd be wor1ntechnlcal
name for II.· 1 mids. 'We kids . The present-day countei'patts of the vlnced, • 1 says reluctantly. 1'd feel
called It •Jake Step'. When they'd get boot~ wouldni have Bl?/ better, though, If the U.S. didn1 have
to the comer, It seemed like It took businesa. • to be the first country to experiment
'em five minutes to get across •cause 1 don't know, sarge,· 1 says with legaJlzatlon. Whal H It dldni
they oouidn't controt their feet to get doubtfolly. 'Wouldn't legallzlngdrugs · work?"
down off on curb and l.!P the other.• be an admission we'.w lost the war? "Y~ can relax. old-timer,· he
. "Prohibition gave.a big shoe In the And wouldn"t It put the government's says. "They've already triad legalized ·
~ to organized crine and the Mafia - stamp of approval on the use of drugs In the Netherlands, and the
when they moved In to supply bootleg drugsr number of users ls going down, and It
booze, didn't It?" he says grimly. •Just 9There ai'e times when you have looks like drug lords are In tun retreat:
·Same. ole crap, but there is a silver filling, er, lining
take.my temperature orally, the coldhandad
bastard) I chanced upon two
fi'e trucks 8nd a police car In front of a
residence on Gunson Street. No
report of what ·was going on, but
rumor has It there was a blind pig
roast that got out of hand.
Also this weekend, MSU NKj a
~note as Prezldent John "The-
. Pr8xy-Nne-Out-of-Ten-Oentlsts
OiBiaggk> received the Fauchard Gold
Medal at the American Dental Aase>
ciatlon Annual Session~ which wais
held In Honolulu. (I wonder H he
spends enough time at MSU to have
Seems Q\Jr esteemed leaderwho
has an extensive dental background
(besides having teach, snappertiead)
__;was honored tor his
achievements In the adYOC8Cf of
flossing AFTER you brush, and not
before as was commonly presupposed.
Nloa going 01811 And nice.
A quick note to the bubbleheiided
couple (a Chi Omega and Pl Lambda
Phi-guy) who were making party
C$1118 ln and was assigned a oomputer
that a lab assistant was dorklng
around on. The assistant got an
pissed off that he was going to have to
move and end his game, so he
bitched at the guy to go and get
lnvlaUons In the Union oomputer lab
Saturday night. Get a room, wouldya?
The next guy Who used your computer
had a hard time standing up when he
tried to leave, the seat was so sticky.
·You two nlmrods swapped more spit
than a dodortaklng a throat culture. I
know Apples are an aphrodisiac. but
that was one slc:kenlngly disgusting
public display of affection.
. another computer.
Speaking of the computer lab, ye
olde PrcM>C would Hke to know when
the lab assistants are going to stop
playing those computer games and
start helping tho&e of us who need
help. I know, I know, the assistants
areni there as technical mMsors or
as tutors. Bui what the hell else are
they therflfor? To get paid to play
What a byte In the ass.
Now trs time tor a new feature In
the Prowc Column: Rappin' with M. C .
ProYoc and the Gerber Crew Go
Provoct Go Provoct Go Provocl
A long time ago, In a faraway land
Lived a crabby little boy who you
could never reprimand
He always had a aabby look
stuck on his crabby lace ·
The def young boy looked Ilka
someone had cold sprayed him with
Fak:on? rnm:e.
PuH upl Pull Up! (Maybe It should No matter where he went. no
have been puff out, pun out. In refer- matter what he saJd
encetothepreYiou&lovebirds.) TheotherM.C. rug ralaalways hit
The em·p1oyees always are very him In the head. ·
strict In making sure thal people with · So now It's time for The Provoc to
·.their own software still. sign up to use get some,freah revenge .
computers. When someone Is as- Give I up for M.C.P •• the kid who
signed one that somebody else.ls · has the bandit
using, they kick them off. And well (My apology to Sir &Ix-A-Lot tor
they should. One time, howeYer, a guy ths mact1 /ins}.
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1 O • Reporter-lntel_ligencer 8 November, 1989
MSU Greeks: Separate but equal OK
uR-1 Correspondenls
Ever since the Supreme Court
ruled that segregation was Illegal In
1954, the United States has attempted
to. integrate our multl-radal society on
every level. But, within MSU, fraternal
organizations mostly have remained
These fraternities and sororities
are composed of three governing
bodies: the National Panhellenic
Council (NPHC-predomfnantly
black), the Inter-fraternity Council
(IFC - predominantly white fraternities),
and the Pan-Hellenic Council
(PanHel- predominantly white sororities).
These organizations stress
that they. although separate, stand on
equal ground, pertorrnlng slmllar
campus and ex>mmunlty set'Vices and
having slmllarsocial fundlons.
1t Is not Intentional that they
are segregated,· said Tyler W.
Bressie, a senior and Vice President
From ANSWERS, p. 3
to accept the challenge of learning
about different peOpla .•
As a hall manager, Griggs sees
many of the problems between
minority and non-mlnortty students.
Griggs said she's had parents caJI and
complain about their son or daughter
having to share a room with a person
- of &OO(her race.
Griggs '6 strongly against pre}udlal
In these Issues.
'1f I see any prejudice Involved, I
won't go,• she said. 1 just want to be
An economics professor, Dr.
Edward Montgc>mery. also has noticed
the racial tension between students.
He said that the university must
· provide more role models for students.
'We need to Increase some of the
diversity, soUm minority students feel
of Internal Affairs at IFC. •Anyone can
rush a fraternity, regardless of their
Although anyone can rush a
fraternity, Brassle estimated that there
no more than 15 black members In
IFC fraternities.
"It depends on the Individual,•
said Russell Ford, of Delta Upsilon.
Tm black myself. I love It for the
diversity. This house appealed to me.•
But not all fraternity members
feel the same way.
1t would be Intimidating tor a
black to rush and white frlllemlly ,•
said Charles Proctor, a senior and a
Alpha Tau Omega member. -for
Instance, I would feel out of ptapt In a
black fraternity.·
Fraternities origlnallywere
established for whites only In the mld-
1800's In the deeip South. Black
fraternities were tounded later to offer
black students the advantages of
being In a fraternity. Up until the
1960's, many fraternities would not
admit black members. Since there
were fraternities tor both races, they
more at home In the community and
majority students see competent, '!ellquallfled
professors from aJI races and
Dr. Lee.June, recently appointed
senior advi;or to the provost on
mu11cultural and echnlc Issues and
long-time counseling centerdlredor,
He said MSU needs to recruit
more aggressively, pertlcularty In
terms of faculty.
But June said students are the
ones who have to work the most to
change things.
"Both minority and non-minority
people must aeere an environment
where racial Incidents will not be
tolerated,• June said.
Billy Dexter, assistant dlredor of
the career development and placement
office, said most problems arise
from students' lack of underslandlng
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does not make the same effort.· Brassie offered a possible reason.
But Carswell said the M>HC -People go where they feel
has a different view on the problem. most comfortable. There's a place for
"The National Penhellenic everyone (In a fraternity). if you look
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'We need a dialogue, to talk about
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Dexter said. "That hasni happened tor
years. Racism problems are nothing
new to MSU- they were here betore
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They're getting more attention now.·
As Harry Carswell said, "It's 1989.
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From PEYTON, p.-1
ProYOet or Vlce-Provoit. •
Peyton thinks that the position
of Senior Advisor to the ProvOlt II
powerlese. Thus, Dr.LaeJune,
who was appointed to It, cannot
be effective. Spe8.king metaphortcally.
Peyton efaboraled.
"You can have the best carpenter
In the wond, •Peyton
explained, "but with no tools, he
cani bulld a house:
Peyton feels the number one
problem facing minority students
Is gradu&llon and retention. ·
When asked If he had 8l'ff
mvice to a student who was
thinking of leaving MSU before
graduating, Peyton responded:
"Knowledge II king. so In Older to
be king. get the knowledge. Not
just the texts and dasses, but all
that Is there.
1.aam about the things that
Influence you,• Peyton continued.
"learn It In a university sealng. a place
made tor '-ming .•
Peyton said he feels there 11 an
extreme lack of leadership among
appointed otndall.
-nwre 8 no leadership In acdon. •
Peyton explained. "There Is a need tor
them to moblllze on the Issues, and
Peyton said he feels the highest
offtclals should be held accountable
for thiS lack of action on the part of the
administration. ·
· "8y title, you have to look to the
President,• PtPJ!on stated, "and If you
say he's just for public relallon& and
fund raising, you look to the Prowst.
Peyton thinks the progress In race
relations the university officials dalm
"The administration thinks hiring
the Senior Advisor to the Provost and
&tatting the MSU Idea Is progre&8, n9t
the students: Peyton continued. ·
"They say they're 'keeping late hours'
on things the students know woni
"(The mmJnlstradon) lc88pl
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"They know It's not just the ethnic
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KILLSHOT Mafia. Blackbird is cool, composed and finally their relationship with
• By Elmore Leonard a~ level headed. ':'Ix is an Impulsive, Donna, a woman who houses the
tngger-happy, punk1sh ex-con' with a criminals, the amorality on the part of
287 pages New York: -Arbor record six feet long. Blackbird and Nix is unmistakable.
Hot.ise His_li fe long goal is to rob a bank But although these men are amoral
in every state. and seem to have no redeeming '
••. The plot twists and
tums, winding from
Algonac ~as far as Cape
Giradeau, Missouri ...
uR-1 Literature Critic
Detroit-area author Elmore
Leonard has written another first-rate
crim.e story with his latest novel,
KILLSHOT. Once again Leonard
Indulges our fascination with the
deranged, and produces a wickedly
entertaining tale.
Killshot centers around the
Colson's; Wayne and Carmen and a
pair of criminals; Armand Degas and
Richie Nix. The Colson's are a happily
married couple who live in Algonac,
Michigan. Wayne is an impatient and
quick tempered ironworker. Carmen
is an ambitious real estate agent. She
is more patient than her husband, and
has a strong dislike for violence.
Degas, otherwise known as ·
Blackbird, is a half Ojibway, half
French-Canadian from Montreal. He
is a 50-year-old hit man for the Toronto
Hammer of Rain falls short
of nailing down excellence
The Hannibals: Hammer of
Rain ·
·A Wish For Distance" may
be the best song on the new
tape by The Hannibals, Hammer
of Rain. But, fans of this
local band won't want to stay
away from this new release.
Although Hammer of Rain
lacks the quality production and
polished sound of professional
tapes, the music, reminiscient
-of REM with a hint of U2 should
help the group gain the exposure
necessary to expedite their
journey on the road to stardom.
The band's performance is
very impressive. ·cluttered
Again," with ifs abrupt time
changes, and the melodic bas5~
lines of "Naiobi You" are
highpoints on Hammer. These
songs as well as the previously
mentioned •A Wish For Dista
nee" prove the tightness and
talent between the group's
The guitar parts fall short of
adequacy, often sounding
lackadaisical. On parts of "Littleheads"
and "Elsewhere," the
guitars have a tendency to
sound off key. This is the only
major disappointment on this
Despite its one downfall,
Hammer contains a fine collection
of quality music. This release
posesses diversity and
originality with many subtle
intracacies thre>Wn in. Fans of ·
The Hannibals will definitely ·
want to pick this one up. Those
who have never heard the band
should definitely take the time
to listen.
- DAN FRIEDMAN, a fre.
quent uR-1 music critic, has
worked with rock and jazz
musicians for the past three
years In his home state of
Florida. His musical tastes
run from Mozart to Metallics.
After meeting in a unique way, value, their is a certain ingenuity even
Blackbird and Nix Become partners in if it is warped, that these men ~-
a crime Nix has devised. However, sess. Whatever steps the Colsons
the crime is thwarted by Wayne as take to avoid them, Blackbird and Nix
Carmen looks on. Thus, Blackbird catch on.
and Nix feel they must eliminate the A final Interesting point concern-
Colsons to avoid being incriminated. ing these criminals is the tension
From this point the novel takes off. between them. This tension stems
Murder, theft and suspenseful mo- ·from their differing personalities, and
ments seem to appear on every page. grows throughout the novel.
. However, Leonard does not stray . In the end, the tension between
into monotony or boredom. The plot Blackbird and Nix is ended, thou_gh
twists and turns, winding from Algonac not by a change of attitude or tolerto
as far as Cape Girardeau, Missouri. ance towards each other. Also
And while there is a twisting, turning Carmen overcomes her dislike~
plot, Leonard does not lose or confuse fear of violence while being held
the reader. captive, and saves herself and
Leonard displays his ability to Wayne.
create malevolent characters that leonatd's ability to create characfascintate
and take hold of the reader ters and an adventure that grab the
in creating Blackbird and Nix. The . reader is once again in top form. .
amorality of these two is vividly While writing crime fiction Is a heavily
presented throughout the novel. From· traveled path, Leonatd opens new
the stories of their pasts, to their avenues with Killshot, another in his
actions while in pursuit of the Colsons list of fine novels.
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