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March 12, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ″University″ is a soap opera with a difference - the weekly drama’s producers, crew and stars are all UCLA students.

There is no name for the class at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television, although it has been dubbed ″Soap Opera 101″ by the irreverent.

The plot of the weekly 15-minute show is the typically steamy soap opera fare, including an affair between a student and professor, another character who’s trying to set up a drug ring, a lottery winner and a seductress trying to get his money.

The show is seen Sunday evenings on a local cable system’s public access channel.

The idea for the class was hatched last year by Peter Hutcheson, 30, a graduate student who serves as its executive producer, and undergrad Rusty Austin, who recruited students and formalized the plan.

Time and personnel turnover might be the only drawbacks, even though classes often run longer than the three hours, twice a week on the schedule.

″Network soaps can shoot 12 hours a day. We have three hours (theoretically) twice a week and a crew that rotates every quarter, and sometimes every day,″ said director Jeanne Slater. ″It’s tough to maintain any continuity, but we do well. We work hard.″

One of the show’s stars, Jonathan Andrews, agreed that time is of the essence.

″We get our scripts the day before, have rewrites an hour before,″ said the senior psychology major. ″You’ve got to be open to go with what’s thrown at you. That’s pretty much what soap opera acting is about, anyway.″


TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tony Owusu expects a low turnout in a special election for the state Senate on Tuesday, but he isn’t talking about voters.

Owusu owns a liquor store in the senate district where the election is being held to fill a vacancy, and under state law he must keep the store closed until the polls close at 7 p.m. Competitors across the street, outside the district, can remain open as usual.

Unfortunately for Owusu, election day also is St. Patrick’s Day, a day reserved for toasting the patron saint of Ireland.

Owusu says he’s not sure whether it’s worth opening his store between 7 p.m. and the 9 p.m. state-mandated closing time.

″When it happened last time, no one came in after we reopened,″ Owusu said.

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