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The Pioneer. (Rochester, N.Y.) 1951-2001, February 01, 1979, Image 4

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Page 4 PIONEER February 1,1979 Febri E D I T O R I A L S A r s o n I s n ’ t H u m o r o u s : B u r n s H u r t , P e o p l e D i e In the era o f N a tio n a l Lampoon's Animal House, some things are just n o t fu n n y. Starting fires in a dormitory is at the top o f the list. Burns h u rt. Roasting flesh stinks worse th a n any m e a t you've ever smelled burning in an oven. U g ly? Yes, b u t this is n o t a laugh­ ing m atter. Read on. The hallways in Fisher's d ormitories are a b o u t the same w idth as th e hallways in the H oliday Inn in Greece. W h e n the H o liday Inn burned in November, six o f the10 p eople killed were w ithin 15 feet of th e fire exit. They died o f smoke inhalation a fter one person fell, blocking the hallway. T h e bodies w e re foiind on to p of each other. Burning plastic produces an a c rid black smoke th a t can kill. W h ile a fire in a trash can probably w on't do much structural damage, it can produce enough sm o ke to k ill. In a smokey fire in Fisher's dormitories, it w ould only ta k e one person to fall in the corridor to cause a repeat o f the H o liday Inn tragedy. The H o lid a y Inn fire, like the tw o recent fires at Fisher, was deliberately set. It is a w onder the arsonist can sleep a t night. So far,-Fisher's arsonist has b een extremely lucky n o t to have killed someone. The potential is there. W h o e ve r is setting th e fires is reminded th a t killing someone s tic ks on y o u r conscience fo r a Iqng, long tim e . L a y O f f s H u r t S t u d e n t s The la y o ffs in the work-study program raise some questions. W hy d id n 't the college manage the flow o f the money better? If m o st o f the m oney has been used and the academic year is only half over, it seems th a t there has b een less than careful manage­ ment o f th e m oney. If, however, they planned to d e p le te the money, as Rudolph Koletic said, th e n careful management should have at le a st kept the program a float until the supplemental m oney was received. W hy w e re n 't the students n o tified sooner? They are the peo­ ple w h o w ill be h u rt by this situation. Some students w orking for th e physical plant department were told M o n d a y they were being laid off, M onday was a lso the last day to w ithdraw from the college w ith an 8 0 percent tu ition re­ fund. The c u rrent refund is only 60 percent. A fter M onday, it w ill be 40 percent. Students depend o n the w ork-study income, and som e may now be forced to w ithdraw from school. By announcing the lay offs this late, a student w ill lose n o t only his o r her wages, b u t a sizeable p o rtion o f the tuition refund if they w ithdraw. Whether mistakes have been made is n o w water o v e r the dam. Students deserve more careful management of th e money the financial a id office has told them they are eligible to receive. E l v i s C o s t e l l o ’ s A l b u m A C o n v e n t i o n a l S o u n d By Randy Nash In fifte e n m o n th s, Elvis Costello has released three albums. N o small feat w h e n you consider the tw o years i t takes bands like Boston and Foreigner to come up w ith an a lb u m that sounds ju st like the one before i t In these days o f performers who are more concerned w ith the technology and hype th a t goes into a record th a n w ith the quali­ ty 'a n d im m e d ia c y o f the material, Elvis C ostello is a rare and refreshing artist. Armed Forces, Costello's latest album, is d ifferent from his last record, This Year's Model, in much the same w ay that album was d ifferent from his debut, M y Aim Is True. The raw freshness o f the first album and the stream­ lined punch o f the second have given w ay to a deeper a n d more conventional sound. There is much more instrumentation on Armed Forces, most notably the use o f a concert piano on several of th e tracks. The piercing organ o f Steve Naive, the throbbing yet m elodic bass o f Bruce Thomas, and the energetic drumming o f Pete Thomas a ll stand o u t from the dense mix of producer Nick Lowe, b u t it is Costello's voice that j umps o u t and grabs g)e Jim Spina looks dignified while Scott Knox and Angela Uttaro ham it up a t a recent Glee Club practice. photo by John CaHard L E T T E R S B a n d A g e n t D o e s B e s t F o r F i s h e r To the editor: I w o u ld like to take this tim e to express m y feelings to the article in y o u r December paper. I, Debbie Sills, agent fo r G reat Lakes Booking, have been w o rk­ ing w ith Joe R ogliano and Carol Cooley in providing musical groups for the Campus Club throughout the year. It was one intention to provide the Campus Club w ith as many, groups as possible fo r as little as possible. W e have succeeded in doing so fo r St. John Fisher, not only by doubling the groups to appear, but also giving a financial boost to school funds. The agencies to provide St. John Fisher w ith music have been: Valex, Music Star, Sky High, D.M.R. and Great Lakes Booking. Joe, Carol, and myself would have liked to have provided you w ith Duke Jupiter b u t Peter Mortice Ili, a g ent for the group refused thie dates w e o ffered him. In the article, Larry R and was quoted as saying that exclusive booking With one agent just wasn't done and was unethical. Since the article, M r. Rand has ex­ tended his apologies to me, which I, accept; and he realizes th a t we haven't been unethical,- although he does not like this practice. As for Peter M o rticelli, whose agency is located across the street from the campus there is no reason in the world w h y he couldn't h a v e provided his ex­ clusive services toSt. J o h n Fisher. A s I previously m entioned, Peter M o rticelli refused u s dates on D u k e jupiter. In the future we w ill still be calling o n Peter M o rticelli fo r the exclusive bands he represents. I f they do n o t appear a t St. john F isher it on­ ly means th a t P e terMorticellidid n o t accept th e dates. I fe e l I have given 100 percent t o S t john Fisher and I have b e e n getting th a t in return. My in te n tio n s are honorable a n d I will continue to give myall t o St. john Fisher this yea r and w henever I c a n be o f service. Debbie Sills Agent Great Lakes Booking R o g l i a n o S e e k s C l e a r P r o s p e c t i v e listener's attention. T h e vocals are strong and distinctive, but Costello doesn't seem to have th e same menacing edge th a t he did on the other albums. The slightly commercial production m a y have robbed Elvis o f some o f his im p a c t W hatever the reason, he just isn't as threaten­ ing o n the new album when he cries In \Senior Service,\ 'I w ant you dead/l w a n t to chop o ff your “head- and watch it roll into the basket' as he is on This Year's Model's \Lipstick V o g u e \ ('You wanna throw me away/Well, I'm n o t broken'). Lyrically, Costello's finest moments o n Armed Forces occur in \Oliver's A rm y \ and \T w o Lit­ tle Hitlers.\ The former is a stab a t the conditions in S o u th Africa ('If you're o u t o f luck o r o u t o f work/W e can send y o u to Johan­ nesburg' and 'Only takes one itchy trigger/One m ore little one less white nigger'). \T w o Little H itlers\ is the album's most humorous track. Against a subtle reggae guitar lick, C o stello spits o u t one-liners about w anting to jo in the p a rty but n o t being in­ vited. When discussing his 'new Valentine', he says th e situation is 'all so calculated/She's got a calculator.' To the editor: When the a rticle about Social Affairs came o u t last December, I did n o t react b y calling up the agents w h o spewed o u t their fe e l­ ings. I thought there was already enough p ity in th e article. To be honest, no matter w h a t agency was used, and how many bands were represented by this or that agent, I don't think the article was even w orth printing. It came o ff like an a ttem p t to stir up some dirt, rather than inform, which it did inadequately. In response to a few things concerning the a rticle from last December and also Debbie Sills' letter, I w ould like to clear a fe w things up: — Both Carol C ooley's and m y responsibilities to you, the stu­ dents, was to provide w eekly live entertainment w ithin one given budget. This w as done, and w e hope w e have pleased you. —.The fact that Mr. Morticelli's bands w ere n o t used in no w a y cheated anyone. I do n ot ap­ preciate his n o t willing to give Great Lakes any commissions fo r his groups. I d o n o t appreciate his accusations though, as I guess no one likes to b e talked a b o u t in a negative sense. I was o f the opi­ nion that I explained m y position to Peter, b u t I imagine he just wasn't satisfied. I also realize th a t Pelican Productions has lost som e expected commissions from Fisher— b ut to throw in some cheap quotes because he didn't get our business w a s a very small tactic t o resort to . — I have learned a lo t a b o u t the competitiveness of the band business. I have also learned that D.M.R. agency, w ho q u o te d our actions as unethical because we did the m a jo rity o f o u r business w ith G reat Lakes, (Mr. L a rry Rand is the agent I refer to), have ex­ clusive booking, w ith Alfred. W ho's unethical now, M r. Rand? W a s there a n y sense to place your talent as an agent in to such a tight corner by p ulling a cheap shot—that backfired. C iv e me a break. The Pioneer failed to. m ention th a t D.M.R. w ill have bands this term playing a t Fisher. So' much fo r exclusive booking, huh? — O u r hopes were t o bring in som e bands th a t have n o t played Fisher before, but th a t we felt w o u ld please those w h o take advantage; o f hearing th e bands in the club. I t s sick h o w things g o t warped and out o f context, /b u t I hope th a t this te r m we can hold your confidence in booking bands for th e students that you can enjoy. Aslsaid, Ididnotw a n ttow rite in response t o the a rticle, but the inaccuracies contained in itwere to o hard a n d many t o forget. I respect the Pioneer a n d its staff; have worked with them and en­ joyed it—and I hope t o work again with them this te rm , but I wanted things clear so that m a ybe fu tu re prospective ar­ ticles will be thought a b o u ttwice before they g e t printed. Joe Rogliano Co-chairman Social A ffairs P.S. A sincere thank- you to everyone w h o gave th e ir support la s t Friday w ith \New Breed\. $ PIONEER ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE 3690 EAST A V E N U E , ROCHESTER, NEW Y O R K 14618 716/385-4740 - I f no answer, call 586-4140, e x t . 242 T h e P io n e e r i s p u b lis h e d e v e r y T h u r g d a y Editor-in-chief.................................................................................................................................................- ................ 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