1978-09-11; Central Michigan Life
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-CM UFE PHOTO BY MICHAEL C. MEYERS Carl Martin playing mandolin for the group Martin, Bogen and Armstrong flashes an infectious grin Saturday for approximately 10,000 fans at the weekend's Wheatland. Bluegrass Festival in Remus. This group from Chicago was welcomed by the crowd with a standing ovation. Diverse crowd enjoys Wheat/and rass lovers unite by JACKSON TELFER LIFE Copy Editor It was very hard not to enjoy yourself this weekend out in Remus country. The weather was excellent, and the music provided at the Fifth Annual Wheatland Old Time and Bluegrass Festival continually brought persons to their feet dancing. There were young mothers with babies slung around their backs, elderly couples sitting in lounge chairs and frisbee fanatics. But the bulk of the crowd consisted of persons in their 20s who spent much of the weekend drinking beer and screaming their lungs out. It was a wonderful scene. Bruce Bauman, a member of the Wheatland Music Organization which sponsored the fest, said, "Everything was lovely, just lovely." Bauman estimated the size of the crowd Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10,000 persons. License plates on cars from as far away as Florida and Missouri to neighboring Ohio could be seen. And persons attending the festival had many different perceptions of the event. Terry Baker, Heart sophomore, said, "I've never enjoyed myself more in my whole life. I can take a break from reality and become part of my own little Wheatland world." Paul Audette, Weidman senior, who was attending his fburth festival, said he has noticed some changes during the last four years. "There's been quite a bit of change," he said. "They didn't even have a real stage when it first started. All they had was a thrown together plywood stage. "The music wasn't as good either," he added. Audette said he liked the diversity of the crowd and age groups. "There's no particular minority. Like last year, there were four nuns out here and I think that's pretty neat," he said, One female, who wished only to be called Sandy, said, "The festival is everything I expected and more." Sandy, who was attending her first bluegrass festival, said, "I love it. The music's fantastic; it's a nice quiet serene atmosphere; the weather's great. What more can I say? It's just great." An elderly man who didn't want his name published; said, "It's not quite what I expected. I've been here ever since it began, but it's sure different this year. They seem to be moving away from bluegrass music and coming in with more big-name bands. But I'm still enjoying myself." Cindy Austin, St. Clair Shores senior, said of the festival, "I just wanted to see what it was like and I'm very satisfied. The music's nice and they couldn't have picked a nicer spot for the show." Becky Whipple, from Lansing, summed up the festival with these words: "There's good friends, good beer and a good time." Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 Monday, Sept. 11,1978, Competency test raises objections by PETE ENGARDIO LIFE Ass't News Editor At least one major point in a set ofrecommended competency requirements is likely to be contested when the long- awaited policy goes before Academic Senate Tuesday. Apparently, a summer task force which drafted the proposed system and several Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts faculty still sharply disagree on what a student needs to be competent in oral English. In a special meeting in Pearce 138 beginning 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Senate will consider and act on ways which freshmen this year may satisfy competency in mathematics and written and oral English suggested by a summer task force. The meeting is open to the public. A proposed way for students to test out of the oral English requirement has aroused objections from some SDA faculty, who say the procedure inadequately tests speech proficiency. The option is one of four that students may take to exhibit proficiency. The others would be to pass SDA 101 with at least a C, pass a four-stage test through the speech department or to get a C or better in other specified speech courses. Jim Walling, assistant professor of speech, said two major concerns of SDA faculty probably will be voiced Tuesday. One problem is speech faculty .., speech faculty had been under the impression the competency was to test "oral communication," rather than "oral English"... had been under the impression the competency was to test "oral communication," according to Walling, rather than "oral English," which the task force addressed in its policy. "Senate originally had interpreted this as oral communication. Somewhere between then and the time it went through the task force, this was changed to oral English," he said, Oral communication is a much broader skill, as Walling explained it, which along with being able to express one's self effectively, means the person has no speaking or hearing impediments. A particularly controversial provision in the task force's recommendations allows a student to test out of the requirement by developing a detailed outline on a speech and presenting it in front of a class and faculty in any department. The faculty judging the presentation would use a form to grade the student on 18 separate points. Jean Mayhew, speech professor, said this option would make consistency and quality of the tests difficult to control. "We think this is a pretty poor option," Mayhew said. "It presupposes an instructor has expertise in speech. Maybe those instructors have speech impediments themselves or may never have taken a speech course." Elaine Daniels, chairperson of the task force, said this provision was included as a means of spreading out the responsibility for administering the tests. "This way the burden of evaluating oral English could be shared by the University," said Daniels, assistant professor of business and administration. "It would take the pressure off the speech department." Also, the task force's stipulation that the tests be judged by a three-member faculty panel, with the members appointed by their respective departments, would ease the potential problem, Daniels added. Walling also said the standards for acknowledging speech proficiency as outlined by the task force are too low for what a graduate will need in today's increasingly "technological society." SA hotline to offer briefs on happenings Starting Sept. 25, the Student Association's Department of Communications will offer a campus information hotline called "What's Line 3000." "Anyone will be able to find out when and where a club meets, as well as any special events sponsored by student organizations by calling 774-3000," said Bob Parsons, SA communications director. Information concerning meetings and events will be gathered by the SA and student volunteers from all of the student organizations listed with the University. After all of the organizations have been contacted, the information will be separated .into two file systems. One file will list each organization, when and where their meetings are conducted and any special events sponsored. The other file will be a calendar of events, as well as meeting dates. "We feel this service is essential, because if more students know when and where an organization meets, student involvement will increase," Parsons said. Inside Ginsburg's collection large Rock music librarian's forte Vondell Robertson, (24), Highland Park senior; Robert Jackson, Allendale sophomore; and Rick Waters, Traverse City junior, view the action Saturday during Central's victory over Kent State. See story on page 10, —Competency proposals subject to Academic Senate hod, page 3 —CMU's Greek organizations gain support, page 8 —Women's golf team sixth in tournament, by JERRY MORLOCK LIFE Staff Writer David Ginsburg just doesn't look like your average librarian. His untrimmed black hair and full beard make him more than conspicuous among the generally clean-cut CMU population. Besides, how may librarians do you know wear T-shirts emblazoned with "The Doors" or "Velvet Underground," or have four-foot color posters of Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello on their apartment walls? To Ginsburg, rock and roll is more than just music. It is his love, his hobby and his pastime. But, perhaps most importantly, it is a subject of earnest research and study. In addition to his alphabetically categorized collection of more than 2,000 records, Ginsburg has a personal library of innumerable books on jazz and rock music. Neatly stacked in separate cardboard file boxes in Gin- sburg's hall and library are hundreds of back issues of rock and roll magazines and newsletters known as "fanzines." Ginsburg is using the collection of rock and roll literature to write a series of articles to be used in libraries as a reference guide for rock and roll information - "sort of a Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature for rock and roll," as Ginsburg described it, Ginsburg decided to become a librarian while doing research for his doctoral thesis in geology. "I found I liked digging up the literature better than the subject itself," he said. His association with rock and roll, however, began much earlier. "Like • everybody, I became interested in the Rolling Stones by listening to them on the radio and then on records," he said. Ginsburg referred to Springsteen, Costello and Nick Lowe as examples of artists who have injected new life into the rock scene. Rock and roll performers in the 1960s "were extremely David Ginsburg important. They were more like leaders," Ginsburg said. "Music was much more important - it changed our lives. "I mean, since seeing the Stones for the first time, I have never willingly gotten a hair- ti cut," Ginsburg said. "1960s rock and roll groups changed a lot of attitudes and not just superficial styles like hair," he said. "They changed our ways of thinking." Ginsburg keeps in touch with other rock and roll historians and researchers through the fanzines, "There are a lot of people like myself who don't gives a s— about the Bee Gees," Ginsburg said. "We are a relatively small but close-knit group-in invisible college. Fandom is the invisible college of rock and roll except it's really invisible." ____>, it.», .„ _y V* . t*_* l_*_2~_^_^___^_____s;^*_:s_^_^-_21_^^ Jt*_._J_.J_ta.:i .. ... _._ .. ar.
|Title||1978-09-11; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, September 11, 1978 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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