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From
The WorldArena
By Gagan Suri
Merciad
News Editor
Floods Create Havoc onthe East Coast |
I«
Many of the counties in eastern Pennsylvania and New YorkState were almost submerged under water. The Federal Emer-gency has reported at least 22 confirmed deaths, 11
in
Pennsylva-nia and 10 in New
York.
There was one death reported
in
Vermont. More than 15,000 people have been forced to leavetheir homes.The estimated cost of
damage
is about $700 million by theauthorities in Pennsylvania. Mr.
Gel be
r, New York City'scommissioner of environment flew over the affected areas andsaid that what he saw
was
very devastating.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has made a listof
26
counties which would receive federal aid for the clean-up.Mr. Tom Ridge, governor of Pennsylvania has requested federalassistance for 58 affected counties
all
but nine in the state.
Sri Lanka Helicopter
Missing
i*^
|On
Jan.
22,
a military helicopter carrying 39 soldiers wasreported missing over
the
northern coast of Sri Lanka, an islandcountry in
the
Indian Ocean.
£The
Sri
Lankan
military
intelligence claim
that the chopper wasshot
down
by the
Tamil
rebels.
The claim was based on
a
Tamilrebel radio signal picked up by the search air crafts sent by the*governmentEarlier in the year
a
Ukrainian
plane
also had vanished mysteri-
ously
carrying
33
soldiers, 2 sailors, 2 army personnel, and a 2-
man
crew.
Tanzania-Burundi:Border Closed
Tanzania finally has closed the border
to
the 17,000 RwandanHutu refugees fleeing Burundi ethnic violence, said a seniorofficial. The
Tutsi-dominated
army has been raiding the campsites in the Northeast region and killing the Hutu population.Tanzania already has more than 700,000 refugees which are aburden on the economy.
Seamus
Dune, a relief official at theNgara camp in Tanzania said that the decision of
closing
theborder
was
made after 14,000 refugees crossed the border intoTanzania.
Japanese Trade
^Surplus
on Decline
f
Vk
\\
For the first time in five years the Japanese governmentreported a decline in the giant export business volume by
11.4
percent last
year.
The difference between exports and imports
fel
to
$107.1
billion in 1995 from $120.9 billion in 1994.
;
\
The surplus with America fell
17
percent,
to $45.6 billion, from
$54.9
billion in
1994.
The vast imports of
items
from personalcomputers
 from
 America to Australian beef
has
made a vital
difference
in the balance of trade.The Clinton Administration and the Japanese government
have
created an air of tension, calling the Japanese unfair traders.American exports to Japan are fast increasing.
Norwegians Guilty ofStealing Painting
The world famous painting 'TheScream'by Edward Munch,which was stolen from the National Art Gallery in Oslo, wasfound in
the
possession of four Norwegians.The painting is estimated to be worth $55 million. The convictshave been sentenced to
several
years in prison each and alsofined for
the
felony.
$$ More to go to Hurst $$
Gagan
Suri:Merciad
News Editor
In an exclusive interview with
Tom
Lee,
Mercyhurst
Director ofFinance, it was reported that atthe December meeting, the Col-leges Board of Trustees approvedincreases in the cost of tuition/fees and room and board for the
1996-97 accademic
calender year.
"The
college is remaining veryconsistant with its master gameplan officially called the strategicvision and has been sensitive tothe ability of students to pay fortheir education when deciding theincreases,'' Lee said.According
to the
master plan theouter limit of increase in cost forthis year
was
5.5 percent and theincrease
has remained
within thisfigure. The tuition is being in-creased by $570 (5.5 percent) to$10,920; fees by
$33( 5 percent)
to $699; room by $105 (5%) to
$2,205;
and board by $108 (5percent) to $2259. The total in-crease in cost of attendance willbe $816, approximately 5.4 per-
cent,
raising the cost of being aresident student to $16,083 andfor
a
commuter to $11,619.Asked why the increasewas made, Lee said that he usedthe
igures
 first
aid down in ac-cordance with the game plan ofcollege
and then made a
compari-son to reports by the Pennsylva-nia College and Universities Re-search Center.
%
Lee said
that Mercyhurst stands9th lowest of 40 colleges in thecomparison made in the report.He did not include the high costschools
1 ike
Ursinus
with $21,170
per
yea
r.The low end of the study re-ported colleges like York, andGrove City with $9,300 and
$ 10,068 per
year respectively dueto unique endowment
The
upperend had colleges with an averageof
$18,000
per year listed.Similarly,
the price increase
last
year,
according
to
the
report,
wasan increase from 2.6 percent to
11.6
percent in the colleges un-der consideration. ThereforeMercyhurst stands
in
the middlewith
a
5.2
percent
increase and atujtion
of about $15,000.According to
Lee,
the college
endowment,
which is the
moneyused for scholarship, expansion,growth,and improvement of fa-cilities is approximatley
$5
mil-
MSG NEWS
U
By: Dan Hilfiker
Editor-in-Chief
At the Jan. 22 meeting ofMercyhurst Student
Government,
President Jessica
Cuffia
broughtup the idea of having an
MSG -
sponsored
fcourtesy
phone in-
stalled
5
in
the
Hammermill
Li-brary.[Students cannot
use the
phonebehind the library desk anymoreand
Impersonally
think that is atravesty. Now we students haveto use the pay phone and spendquarters that we normally
couldghave
used in the copier machine,"Cuffia said. The phone will bemuch like the one located in the
front*entranceway
to Zurn Halland will be labelled MSG cour-tesy phone. This phone will en-able
students to
make
calls
to any-one
on campus
 free
 of charge. All
in:attendance seemed?to
be infavor of such a measure.In other MSG news, represen-
tative George
Burich approached
the body
about
a
problem with the
^security
cameras on campus.Burich had the back window ofhis car smashed in
this
past week,and thinks that more could bedone about the security on cam-
pus.
There are
cameras out
therearound campus on certain priori-tized areas and if they are notworking
to keep
the
students
feel-ing safe, then maybe somethinghas to be done. These camerascome out of our tuition money,money that could
have been
usedfor
the
library, the computer
lab,
or
whatever,"
Cuffia said.
An ad
hoc committee
will
be set
up
to investigate the security cam-
eras and look
into
any
other
prob-
lems that
are found
with
the secu-rity of
the
campus.In SAC news, the Student Ac-tivities Committee will be spon-soring a movie excursion nighton Saturday, Jan. 27.
Students
will be able to watch any moviethey wish that is currently play-ing at the Millcreek'Mall Cin-
emas.
There will be three vansleaving school from Baldwin
Hall
at 6:45 p.m. The vans will bereturning after the movies end.The date of the Spring Formalhas also been announced. It willbe held at Sabellas of Union Sta-tion, on Friday, May
3.
Nomina-tions
for
he chairperson seat wereaccepted.MSG President Jessica Cuffiaalso announced that $62 dollarswas raised during the 50/50 raffleat the last basketball game. Thenext
 fond
aiser will be
on
Feb.
5,with penny wars. There will befour buckets, one for each class,The class with the most pennies
in
it
wins.
Dollars, and any silverchange bring each class down,and pennies bring you
up.
Com-petition between classes is en-couraged.lion. Whereas national studiesshow
that*
a college this sizeshould
have an ideal
endowmentof
$
15 million. Since Mercyhurstis not a state-funded college, itdoes not receive taxpayers'money to run the school.On being asked why the col-lege was so far
behind
in tech-nology, if the school has main-tained middle position, Lee saidthat Dr. William Garvey, Presi-dent of the College, is perhapsthe only president in the historyof the college who has main-tained a consistant control overcollege finances."He is
a
very tough man to getmoney from, thus making my
task ea
sier of keeping the budgeton track." he said.He said the college is frugal inspending themoney,
and has
kept
the
same
pricing
philosophy eversince
it
was founded. Mercyhurstpromises
to provide
quality edu-cation, thus the college has tomaintain
the facu Ity
pay, in orderto maintain a highly qualified
staff.
The budget increase of facultypay is about 4 percent for thenext year.
Rec Centre Theft
A
A
By: Dan Hilfiker
Editor-in-Chief
The Cathedral Prep baseballteam which
was
using
the
Recre-ation Center here on campus hadmany articles of equipment sto-len over the weekend. All doorsto the
Rec.
Center were properlylocked and secured before theteam entered
the
building.After the team's practice ses-sion was over, they locked upmany articles of clothing
as
wellas
many
pieces ofbaseball
equip-
ment.
AlSomeone
entered the
Rec
Cen-ter
to2play
basketball
over*the
weekend
and
stole the
items.
Theitems taken were black CathedralPrep caps and jerseys,
as
well asbaseballs and batting gloves.When
the people playing
basket-
ball left the building,
they
lockedup and secured the building asthey had found itThe person or persons
who took
the items must have had a key.There
was
no
evidence
of
a breakin at
the building. All of
the locksto the
Rec Center have since beenchanged.
 
JANUARY
25,1996
By Jennifer Lehr
Merciad
Commuter Columnist
1*4
Updates: There was
a CommuterCouncil
meeting
Tuesday,
Jan.
23,
in the Siudeiu
Government
Chambers.
The topic
for discussionwas
how to get more
commuters involved and holding
elections
forthe positions
of
4g
president and
vice
president.
If
you
have
any
ideas,contact
a
Commuter Council member or
call Kim at
2422and
we
will gladly take your suggestions into consideration.
Upcoming
Events:. January 26, the women's and men's
basket-
ball teams
will compete
against
Oakland.
The women's
game
startsat
6
p.m.
with the
men's
game
following
at
8 p.m.. Both games willbe played in the Athletic Center. Also on January 26, the hockeyteam will skate against
Alabama-Huntsville
at 7:30
infthe
Ice
Center.
I
Saturday. Jan. 27. There will
be a
movie excursion
at
6:45.
For
more information contact the SAC office
at
Ex.2463.Monday. Jan. 29. Join
the
Student Government
for its
weeklymeeting. Remember
it
helps
to
get involved
so get
involved/The
meeting is
at
8:30 p.m. in Student Government Chambers. All
are
welcome
to
join
in for
the meeting.
|
Tuesday. Jan. 30. The SAC will hold its weekly meeting
in the
Student Government Chambers at
8:30
p.m.
At
9:00
p.m.
the SACwill
host
the movie,
"Shawshank
Redemption." The
movie
will beplaying
in
the Union.
I
| .g
Wednesday.
January
31.
the Coffee House
will
be at
the
Laker Innfrom 8-11 p.m. This is karaoke
night,
so warm
up
your cords andget
involved.
To all those interested there is
a
free throw shoot-outat 8:30 in the Athletic Center.
V
Friday. Feb. 1. Dougie Simpson and Mega Fresh Possie will fillthe Union with their music starting
at
8:00
p.m.
Also
there will bea coffee house from
8-11 p.m.
Saturday.
February
2. Virtual reality will be on campus from
12
noon-6p.m.
Location
to
be announced.
"
Please
cheek
your mailboxes
on a
daily basis.Remember,
if you
have
any
questions
or
concerns regardinganything on campus, locate
a
Commuter Council member and
we
will
hftlnvououL Fornow.haoov
trails on
cami
m
|
1995
Year
t
of
success
|
Mercyhurst College recognizedthe year
1995 as the
year
for
achieving
a
record number
of
major goals. The biggest
goal
that
the
college achieved
was
collect-
ing more than $ 8 mill
ion towards
the
"Continuing the
Dream,"
fundraiser organized
by the
college.The
money
was raised to improvethe arts center, library
and
otheracademic departments.
The
stu-dent enrollment last year
was
thelargest ever,
2,504
students oinedthe college last year.The college's athletic programalso showed impressive strengthin 1995. Men's hockey, soccer,baseball and
tennis
and women'ssoccer
and
baseball played
for
national
titles
in the NCAA
play-
offs.
The
college also became
a
member of the Great
Lakes
Inter-collegiate Athletic conference.jMercyhurst! also received
an
award
for
having the most wellmaintained campus.
Dr.
William
P
Garvey,
presidentof the college served
as the
chair-
\
man
of
he
Greater Erie Bicenten-
nial
Commission,
assisted by col-lege administer Michael
Fuhrman,
who served as the director of the200th year celebration. The col-
lege*is5now
looking forward
to
the opening
of the new
concerthall which would mark
the
year
1995 in the history
of
Mercy hurs
college.
The
conceit
ha I
wa|
started
in
1995.
Car Theft
By Megan Circle
Copy Editor
On Thursday,
Jan.
18,
around
8
p.m., Leo Orelli realized that hiscar had been stolen.According
to
Orelli,
he
went tothe
top of
the
.parking
garagewhere
he had
parked]the
1983
blue Buick Regal
on
Monday,Jan.
15,
and
it was nowhere to be
found.
He
said that
he and his
friend, Dave Bragan, drovearound campus about
six
timeslooking
for
it,
but they could
not
find
it
anywhere.Orelli said that Bragan thenpro-ceeded to
drive Orelli
to the Secu-rity Office to report
the
carmiss-ing.
At
this point, Security tookdown
his
license plate numberand combed the campus as well.They, too,
came
up empty handed,Orelli
said.
Security then advisedOrelli
to
phone the Erie City Po-lice.Orelli reported
the car
stolen,and the police proceeded to searchthe impound to see if the car had
been
towed.
They found nothing.They told Orelli that his car was
the
perfect
type to a
seasoned car
thief.
Older
Buicks
are
very goodas
far
as
parts are concerned,
and
since
it's an
older model,
it was
very inconspicuous. They toldhim that there have been
a
lot ofolder Buicks stolen around
the
city lately.Later on in the day, Orelli saidthat he went over to the SecurityOffice
to
look
at the
tapes from|the
security
cameras."It was very difficult to differ-entiate between thecars,"
Orelli
said.
He
also stated
that
one of theworkers
at the
Security .Office^who did not want
his
name used,told Orelli that most
of
the
time,the cameras
are
on automatic
andno
one really
pays
much attentionto them.
If
*
The worker
did not
admit
to
saying this,
but did say
that
the
cameras
are practically
worthless.
He
said,
"At
nighttime, it's reallybad;
the
lighting
is
horrible
and
we can't see
anything."
He
went
)n
to say
that
"a
lot of
cameras
ire
broken
and
most
of
the lots
arer.'t
even
covered.
Besides that,
here
are
about
10
cameras
for
>jic
TV, so
there
is a
space
of
•bout
four minutes before
the
imera
will
pan
back
on a par-
.cular i
osition.
That leaves
a
lot
• >f time
for
something to happen.
¥
Bud
Dever,
Director
of
Secu-
rity,
did not agree. Dever
said
that
i
he cameras
are
state of
the
art and
(o
what they are supposed to do,
ou
i wc a ther
conditions along withbad lighting sometimes make
it
very difficult."Everyone only hears
about
the
times
that the cameras don't pre-vent crimes from happening;
no
one hears about
the
crimes thatare prevented
by the use of the
cameras," Dever
said.
He stated
that the
cameras along with secu-rity patrols
make
the
system
work.
Oru!i
also
spoke
to
Dever,
whofold
him
that Mercyhurst assumes
i# responsibility
for any
dam-
ages
or theft
of
a
vehicle and thatall
of
this
was stated in
the
park-
i g
manual.|
Hov
ever,,
Orelli got his
parkingpermit at
the
beginning of winter
term and
never received
any
kindof
manual.
"I
had never had
a car
on campus before,
so I was un-
aware that I was supposed
to re-
ceive one," Orelli said.
Above:
Bio
Lab in Zurn.Below:
Bio 120 class in
progress.
Biology
was given
to Dr. J.
Michael
By Gagan Suri
 News Editor
&£A
Boasts
of
Success
(The college
has
grown tremen-dously and
so has
the
Mercyhurst
Biology department. In the past,the department
has seen a
remark-
ible
increase
in the
enrollmentwith
20-students
in the
sopho-more year and 30 students in thefreshman
year,!
the total
numberof
students
in
the
departmentbe-ing about 70.At
the
same time, the drop
out
rate because
of the
challengingrigorous program
has
decreasedfrom about
5
percent
to 20
percent.The
increasing standardsof the department called
for
thehighly qualified
staff,
thus
the
department hired three new Fac-ulty
members,two
of
whom
(
work full time.
|The
Mercyhurst Biology depart-ment runs a variety
of
coopera-tive nursing programs. Most
of
these programs are on 3-2 basis;students complete three years
at
Mercyhurst
and go on to the
nursingschoolfortwoyears. Theyreceive
a
double bachelors
de-
gree,
one in
biology fromMercyhurst
and the
other innurs-ing from a cooperating school.Dr. Louis
M.
Lutton who is thedirector
of the
department saysthat
the
secret
of the
Biologydepartment's success is the teamwork involved.
He
said that
he
was
also proud of
the
fact
that last
year's
"teacher of
he year" awardKinder
and
Dr.
Dona
Id
G.'
Unville
are
the two
newly hired profes-sors in
the
department.Lutton
was
asked about
the
career prospects of the graduatesof
the
department,
to
which
he
replied that most students
go to
graduate schools
lor
medicalschool and the rest
take
up posi-tions
in
ancillary fields.
He
saidthat last year
the
departmentgraduates oined schools
like
CaseWestern Reserve, Scran
on,
Colo-
rado State
University,
Ohio
StateUniversity, and Yale.
He
said thestudent
at
Ohio
State Universityis
on a
four year fellowship
and
has already published during the
two
semesters
she has
been there.Further, Lutton said the depart-ment
is
committed
to
providingexcellent
trainning
to pursue manycareers in this challenging disci-pline. He said the graduates
are
taught J extensively fto
enhance
writing
skills
Sand
develop
all
around knowledge.
"The
numberof Science courses
does
not make
a good
doctor,
how well one
doesin the course is the deciding fac-tor." says Lutton said.On being asked how good
the
medical program
was at
Mercyhurst compared
to the ac-
celerated
premedical |program
offered at
Gannon,
he
said that hedid not
like the
idea of accelerat-ing
thelprogram
because
the
graduates
do
not have
the
matu-
rity to
handle the
responsible pro-fession
of
a
doctor. He said thatthe Mercyhurst program incorpo-rates education which helps
de-
velop fa 11
around personality
of
the graduates which may
be the
key
to a
successful doctor.
Fory
more information
on
the depart-
ment call
Luttonat
814-824-2372.
 
JANUARY
25,1996
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Nicole Ponstingle
Merciad Columnist
i_
It
seems
that
some
people havehad some problems with my ar-ticle about putting
a
bar
on cam-
pus.
I
just
wanted to mention thatI was more than aware of theimplications that this would en-
tail.
I
know the law about notbeing
able
to
build within
500
ft.of
a
church
and the
like.
I
am
alsoaware of the fact that this
Would
cost money, but did anyone stopto take the time to realize that itwould pay for itself in a shortamount of time?
All
in
all,
I
 find
t so sad
that theonly
time people take
the
time
toshow any concern for anything
on
this
campus is
when
it
affects
them personally. There is nothingwrong with wanting something
that would
raise money for
other
things
on
this
campus...things
we
need and in time this ENTER-TAINMENT facility would dothat.
*
In another note, the statementabout
the HRIM
program
and
thefact that the only experience thatthe
students
on this campus
learned
was burger flipping....etc.was not meant to demean but to
simply t
illustrate that there lis aneed for more than just workingat the Laker Inn and The Grotto(which has only been open fortwo weeks) or the Caf. for thesestudents.
If
we can have winetasting
classes
at
North
East,
why
not a bar here? The HRIM is agood program and
I
feel it justneeds to be expanded
a.
bit be-cause there
is
more
out
there than
just the
"dry"
world.I
guess
that this
is
just another acase of people only wanting to
hear
what they
want
to
hear.
Until
this
community
can open its mind
to the ideas of
others,
we are go-ing to continue to live in stagna-tion.
;
I
appreciate
the
fact that
MichaelBarnes,
one of
he
heads
of HRIM,called
me on
my
poor
word choiceto make my point. Again, it wasnot meant as
a
cheap shot, butmore of
a
defense for
the
HRIM,that
is to say,
that they
need morediverse experiences.My roommate
is
an HRIM
ma-jor and she had no problem un-derstanding
that whatl
meant was
pTtWvriE3H^W5totb*
B
fiI5fA
H
MJM
on
By
Jason
Ulery
Merciad Columnist
Another exciting edition inwhat must
be
the most widelyread column in
the
student
newspaper,
this
week
I*11
bereviewing the latest release.,from Jon Spencer's other
project,
Boss Hog.
This
band isfronted by
his
wife, CristinaMartinez, and shares many
characteristics
found in theBlues Explosions' music. Themajor difference in this band,however, is that they have moreof
a
traditional rock sound, anda much heavier
attack.
This isthe first full-length release forthis band, but many of its
^members
go way back to that
'^mid-eighties
band whose name I
j
cannot mention in
this
column.The album starts off strongwith
the
track
"Winn
Coma,"and doesn't let up the rest of
the
way. This album does havebluesy-type riffs,
as
demon-strated on the track
"Green
Shirt." Most of
the
albumpossesses that rock-out-moreattack that was mentioned
above.
The whole album is
great,
but tracks like"Skibunny" and "White
Sand"
stick out
as
extraordinary.This album will probablyremain
in the
underground,which
is
where it belongs.Bands get
mined
by success,but I would hardly expect thatto happen
to the
blue-collar'
Spencer, who is on tour in the
KU.S.
or abroad for over
two-
thirds of
the year.The two like songs on this^alburn,
"I
DigYou"and "I
rldolize
You" are a different
"lyrical
trek, and are almost
comic.
Whatever influenceSpencer has is minima] tomoderate,
as
this is
Cristina's
|baby.The first Boss Hogrelease did not even feature-Spencer as
a
member of theband
(he
was,
however,
a
"guest|musician"). Cristina is an
j
amazing vocalist
who
justamplifies the mood of themusic. She is able to go from
a
whisper in
the
ear to a raucousscream in a split second, and itjust
makes
the
music sound thatmuch better. This album is onlyrock'n'roll, but I like it.This album comes highlyrecommended from
me,
sothat's
a
good enough reason foryou to go out and buy it. If you
don't,
what do I care? There'sno accounting for
taste.
I heardSlayer is coming out with
a
newalbum, why
don't'
you
save
your
money up for that?
Whatever,
A
JR_
the above mentioned, in fact shedefended the idea that putting a
bar
here would increase the num-ber of
obs
 for
hese
students who
are
not
seniors
and
are getting leftbehind
because
their
class
stand-ing does not permit them whatthey need in
terms
of
a
co-op.I did
in
no way attempt to of-fend, rather to show that thesestudents deserve
more out
of heirmajor.
I
hope that these people
who
were offended will take thetime to go back and re-read
last
weeks article to get
a
better
sense
of
what
I was saying. It seems that
to
become so incensed about onewas appalled
at
one student'swrongful behavior. I was
called'
very late last night at home andtold that what
I
said in the article
was
horrid.
The student
then
wenton to criticize
my
major, which
is
English, by saying that
"all
youlearn is the
language
that
we
havebeen speaking since the age of
three."
Talk about
a
cheap
shot.
It
was not
only
rude,but ra
ther child-ish. If this is the way that
we,
asadults, attempt to get our pointacross, then I am frightened forour generation and our business
world.'I
think what he doesn'trealize
that
what
he was
criticiz-sentence shows what
I
have
al-
ing a re the very
people who taughtways thought about this school,
j
that
there is
no
real
outlet
for
us to
voice our comments and concernsabout what we want. Until theseneeds
are
met,
we
will continue tobe upset.I also think that it is good that
these
students
are
standing
up
for
themselves
and
what
they believein. It is about time that
we
show
 seemsto me that it
is
so infrequent thatwe
do
this.In a
 final
 note on
the
matter, Ihim
what
he needed
to even
makeit college.
He
went
on to say "En-
glish majors
do
not
live in
the
realworld," which irritated me evenmore because as English majors
we
are
prepared to enter the busi-ness world, just as much as hewill be. We are the advertisers,the novelists, and the journalists
in our
society.
We
provide
otherswith the news and entertainment
that they
so
crave.
The
aspects
of
business
that we do not
get through
our
major,
we
are taught
when
weare out
there.
This
unintellectual
gibberish does not give a very
goodiimpression
of
the*HRIM
student.
I
have^never
uttered
a
word
of
rudity
J
a gainst thesepeople, but I must say that thisintentional slander of
me
and mypeers
is
disgusting.This article was not meant tocause
a
war, but to give us
a
common goal to work for. After
all,
in the
long
run, it would betterall of
us.
A bar
on
campus is notjust for
the
sole
purpose to
go and
get
d
runk. It is
a
great deal more
than
that.
It
is
a safe place for us
togo and socialize and get to knowone another better.If I want more for what I ampaying, such as
a
bit more enter-
tainment,
there is nothing wrongwith that
As
students
who
LIVEhere
we
need
a
more
entertainingoutlet
than
the weekly movies andthat was my point. Just
like
any-
thing else
in
life,
you
demand themost for your money.
This
smallcommunity is our
"world"
for afew
years,
after all. I close thisarticle in
awe!
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Time
Movies
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in
Love him or
loathe
him, youhave to acknowledge that OliverStone has
guts.
After
taking
onthe Official Version of
the
Kennedy assassination in JFK,Stone stirs up the pot again withNixon,
a
controversial portraitof our nation's most controver-sial chief executive. One
would
expect
a
radical like Stone tocrucify
the
37th president on
a
cross
of
deleted
expletives, butStone's
 film
s surprisingly fairand even-handed, even sympa-thetic.The reason for
this
is
verysimple* There is
no way
toassassinate Nixon's characterbecause Nixon
did
it
himself.
Stone presents the how, the whythe downfall of
a
man whocould have been
a
giant.Nixon
opens
with the botchedWatergate break-in and flashesback to the events leading
up
tolit, from Nixon's stern Quakerupbringing to his Whittier days,his defeat at the
hands
of JFK to
his
triumphant '68
landslide.But Nixon the
 film
 has a strangedistancing
effect.
Rather thanfocusing on any one aspect ofNixon's career, Stone offers
a
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Notes
version of 20th
1
century history, assuming thatthe viewer is already acquaintedwith the names and faces.
If
you think
Hiss,
Checkers,Chappaquidick and Ellsberg area
I960's
folk
group,
then you'dbetter brush up on your historybefore seeingNixon.Even withthree hours to play with, Stonedoesn't bother explaining much.
I
At the center of
the
film isAnthony Hopkins' brilliantperformances in the title role.He's difficult to accept at
first,
especially with his lack of
jj
physical resemblance to Nixon,but by the end of the film,you'll forget what the realNixon looks like.
Hopkins
captures not the look,but carries the film through itssurprisingly frequent
lulls.
JoanAllen is his equal as Pat Nixon,a strong, proud woman who
sees
herself losing her husband
to the
political machine. JamesWoods is his usual creepier-
\
than-thou self
as
H.R.Haldeman, Nixon's chief
of
staff
and
eventual fall guy.The
rest
of the cast is
made up
of familiar faces, from EdHarris to
Fyvush
Finkel,whoare too numerous
to
single out.But rest assured there isn't
a
weak portrayal in the bunch.
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Jbut bione
s mm
is unimaiciy
not as exhilarating
as
JFK oreven Natural Born
Killers,
eventhough he employs
the
samekitchen sink editing that mixescolor
with
black
and
white,videotape
with
grainy film,stock footage with recreations.The problem here
is
that
he'sbitten off
more
than he canchew, trying
to
cover
too
much!of the man's
life
and
getting lost
somewhere along
the
way.That's not
to
say that Nixon isnot
a
good film. It
is,
but it'snot as great as it could bavebeen.Stone bombards
us
with
somuch information that
he
comesdangerously close
to
blowingour synapses, and by
the
end ofthe film we're simply ex-hausted. This makes
the
lasthalf-hour, which should be themost compelling,
a
mild ordeal.Like all of
Stone's
films,Nixon
has
garnered
its
share ofcontroversy. What I
 find
 mostdisturbing about
the
critics isthat they discount Stone'stalents as
a
 filmmaker.
 Stone is
a
powerful,
provocativeM
I
filmmaker, one of our best.He's
one
of
the
 few
 directorswho's not afraid to take
risks,
togo after
big
targets.
If your
politics are in conflict with his,
Gnel I
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