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December 4, 1 992
Voume I. Issue 3
Thornhill Gallery from Dec. 3
classes in computer graphics,
design, draw ing, sculpture,
and photography are included.
'Hie Thornhill Gallery is local-
Left — Photo bv Michelle Malone
Flight — Detail from drawing by Niki Sixta
The featured soloists said the ACSO is
"first-rate” and they felt good about the
way the orchestra played for them.
Milton, who holds a doctorate from the
Julliard School in New York City and is
from Sydney. Australia, recently per-
formed his Carnegie Hall debut.
Immediately following ACSO's last con-
cert. he llew to Vienna for a performance
with a siring quartet. Included in his
biography on the program in Vienna was
his “guest performance with the Avila
College Symphony Orchestra in Kansas
City. Missouri. USA."
Milton said of the ACSO, "1 was very
pleased. They were always together.
The orchestra did a great job ol accompa-
nying and the conductor was with me like
For additional information regarding
the ACSO call the ACSO Inloline at 042-
8400, ext. 253 or to set up an audition
contact Mark Pretzel at 942-8400. ext.
by Ludwig van Beethoven and Violin
Concerto in E Minor. Op. 64 by Felix
Most symphonies spend months in
intensive rehearsals preparing for the
day of the concert. The ACSO had 21
hours to rehearse for its October per-
formance. meeting twice a week, three
hours a sitting, for three weeks.
Some of the featured soloists
include pianist Richard Morse,
Director of Piano at the Cincinnati
College of Music in Ohio, and violinist
Freya Kirby of England, from last sea-
son and violinist Nicholas Milton who
performed in the October concert.
“I’m not saying anything about the
quality of local performers when I
push featuring guest artists from out-
side the Kansas City community,"
Pretzel said. "I’m trying to bring in
people that normally the musicians
would not get an opportunity to work
with and the audience would not get a
chance to hear perform."
the Kansas City community.
The ACSO is a community orches-
tra which recruits members from the
college (students, alumni and faculty),
musicians from other ensembles, and
residents of the south Kansas City
area. The group's talent and abilities
range from beginners to professionals.
The Concert Master. Mary Curtis
Taylor, formerly played with the
Nashville Orchestra in Tennessee.
Avila chemistry instructor, Linda
Cleveland, is a dedicated cellist. The
youngest musician is 10-year-old vio-
linist John Rogers.
"A distinguishing factor about our
group is that all its members are volun-
teers," Pretzel said. “Civic Orchestra
is the only other all-volunteer group;
all others have paid principal players.
We don't and that's pretty impressive."
The ACSO has undertaken the chal-
lenge of standard large-scale literature.
In the October concert, it performed
Symphony No. 2 in D Major. Op. 36
by Luana Maria Cumpton
The Avila College Symphony
Orchestra (ACSO) will perform its
Annual Christmas Concert with the Avila
College Choir on December 6 in Goppert
Theater tit 3 p.m.
Though still in its infancy, the ACSO
confronts challenges that symphonies
twice its size w'ould question. It has set
objectives, faced difficult circumstances,
and still achieved productive outcomes.
Three seasons ago the ACSO per-
formed its first concert in the Spring of
1991. Music Director and Conductor
Mark Pretzel felt it would be better to
start then and get a chance to publicize
what it had already done over the sum-
mer, than to follow the advice ol* those
who said to wait.
Now. Pretzel reflects on the group's
goals and accomplishments. The initial
goals were lo recruit personnel, to be able
to perform standard large-scale literature,
and to feature guest artists from outside
Avila Students can auditon
for the.plftv*. "Citation of the
WojM .u:d Other Business,”
DeecTtiber 8* 1992. at 7 p.m. in
'the Njckcoit Performance
Studio ( located m Goppert
Prepare a iwo minute mono-
T%ue und bring it resume or
It st f previous experience.
.4 his is a student directed pro-
ject and not aimed at theater
majors only. Everyone is
encouraged to audition.
For more information, con-
tact David McBee at 765-0726
Theater from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are $8: tickets
at the door at SID; tickets for
Avila students arc $6. Last
September Fr. Girzone’s lec-
ture at Avila sold out.
Fr. Girzone Speaks
JplIf§Sl selling author of
Ji-ieph F. Girzone. will speak
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af|cm|til! ! ld' answer the ques
tioi: “What would Jesus do
tc^ity ’" by presenting a, mod
ern day Jesus in his IqClurcf^,
During the cM.f AVrijf?
General Norman Schwatpypl’t
said that reading "Joshua^
gave him spiritual strength “Si
that difficult time.
The lecture, which will ben-
efit the library fund, will be
tonight (Dec 4) at Goppert
Names to Change
The Executive Committee
of Avila voted lo use the
American spelling of “center"
and "theater" on all buildings
and departments at Avila. ‘N0.’
more Goppert Theatre or
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by Herb Simon
Funny how time often passes unnoticed,
isn't it? Here it is December already, t he
end of a semester. For some, the end of
their school career and the beginning of
To you who are leaving, I wish the very-
best of luck and love, and hope that your
chosen field brings you happiness. I shall
miss you, for even if I didn't meet you, we
shared a common bond — that of being
Avila students. That, like it or no, makes us
family, and like any family there's a special
relationship between us. And that. 1 think,
is something to treasure as the years pile up.
This is supposed to be about Night
People, though — please forgive me as I
say good-bye to some friends. Actually, it
is appropriate for this column since some of
those friends who are going on are Night
People. Now, they can concentrate on their
day job (maybe even find a better one) and
reacquaint themselves with such near-myths
as beds, TV, dates — all the things we once
took for granted. We. however, must carry
on: thus I shall devote the rest of this to
Night People's concerns.
I once took a speech course, the very first
assignment of which was to expound for
five minutes on one of my pet peeves.
Although I chose crowds (I REALLY detest
them), there’s something else that irritates
me: thieving machinery. Can you put
yourself in this picture? I was in O'Reilly
one night, waiting for class. I went down to
the coffee machine, inserted my quarter,
pushed the button for cappuccino, and was
rewarded with an empty cup. Now', though
I personally am grateful to whomever put
the cappuccino there in the first place, I
work hard for what little cash I have. 1
don’t mind spending it and have been
known to do so on what my wife and others
deem foolishness: but 1 really hate getting
absolutely nothing for it (I’m sorry. I don't
consider a poker cup as something of
worth). To make matters worse, this wats
one of those nights when I'd been too lazy
to go to the bank, thus didn't have a whole
lot of quarters to spare just then — which is
about the only time that these things hap-
So, there I was wdth an empty cup.
unslaked thirst, and no more quarters. What
was I to do? I went upstairs to the evening
secretary to see if I could get a refund.
Alas, ‘twas not to be. It seems that repay-
ments of machine-swindled funds are avail-
able only from the bookstore. Naturally,
that was closed by then so I had to simply
do without (or settle for a Coke, which I
really didn't want).
What can be done about this? One school
I know, Penn Valley, has a coin-changer in
its food area. Granted, they only have the
one area, and these machines are no doubt
expensive, but that is one answer. Another,
less costly alternative might be to have a
small petty cash reserve in the
evening/weekend secretary’s office to make
small change or refunds. I know it’s really
a small thing and not worth the ink. but
sometimes it really is the small things that
count the most. Maybe it’s only a quarter,
but at times that stupid quarter can loom
What do you think? Is this worth all the
trouble? As always, your thoughts matter.
Who knows, maybe such a fund could even
benefit one of the day folk who find them-
selves forced to enter the Night domain to
get that course they need.
My final word for now is from the Lakota
(Sioux) people: Wolakota (peace). I hope
your holidays are filled with love and joy —
I'll see you next year.
Due to an error
at the printer,
tograDhs in the
last issue of
The Talon were
who snapped a
beautiful shot of
the “Love for
Face Lift in Store for
by Lee Ann Rickard
When you return in
January, the offices of
Blasco Hall will not be
where they were when you
left. In preparation for the
renovation of Blasco, a
temporary move will begin
"The complexity of the
move,” said Dr. Larry
Kramer, president of Avila,
“is to maintain computer
and phone service during
the transitional time.”
The changes will begin
with the lower offices of
Blasco moving to the first
floor of Carondelet Hall.
Then the phones and equip-
ment from lower Blasco
will be moved into lower
O’Rielly. and, after a little
construction of more office
space, upper Blasco will
move to lower O'Rielly.
"It isn't like the old days
when you could pick up a
couple of typewriters and
go.” said Dr. Kramer.
As of December 30,
when the dust has tem-
Admissions. Financial Aid.
Student Resources, and the
Academic Dean's office
will be on the first level of
Carondelet Hall. The
Registrar. Business Office,
Relations, and the
President's Office will be
housed in lower O'Rielly as
of January 30.
The actual renovation of
Blasco will begin by the
first of February 1993.
The temporary move
may be frustrating and irri-
tating at times for both stu-
dent and faculty but as Dr.
Kramer said, "What they
come back to will be better
than what they left.”
December 1-7 .
• Campus Ministry’s Food
Drive for Seton Center
December 5 .
• Adoration and Prayer at
12:30-7 pan. in the Chapel
December 6 .
• The Spirit of Umoja spon-
sored by Avila College’s
African American Mentors.
The reception is at 2 pan. and
family and friends are wel-
come, but please make reser-
vations to ensure enough
refreshments will be avail-
able by calling ext. 228.
• Christmas concert with the
Avila Symphony Orchestra
and College Choir at 3 pan.
in the Goppert Theater
December 7 .
• SUB Event: Christmas
Cheer - Hot Cider &
December 8 .
• Immaculate Conception
(Holy Day) Mass at noon in
December 1 0 .
• Reconciliation service (con-
fession) at 4 pan. in the
December I I .
• SUB Plaza Lights trip
December 12 .
• SUB movie “Pinocchio” at
2 p.m. in Marian Center
December 1 3 .
• SUB movie “Pinocchio” at
9 p.m. in Marian Center
• Finals week mass at 4 p.m.
in the Chapel
• Preparatory Student Recital
at 2 & 4 p.m. in the Goppert
December 24 .
• Christmas Eve Mass at 4
pan. in the Chapel
Christmas: Japanese Style
by Justine Dodge
When most Americans conjure up images
of Christmas, they envision a family gather-
ing with the largest meal of the year.
Although Christmas has become a big pro-
duction for most Americans, this is not the
case in other countries. In Japan,
Christmas is a small party. The Japanese
eat a simple meal with little portions of
chicken and turkey, nothing like the extrava-
gant meals in the states. The most famous
part of the Christmas dinner is a Christmas
cake. There are some similarities between
the two cultures. Parents and children
exchange gifts, and the Japanese even put
up a Christmas tree.
The Japanese consider New Year's their
big celebration. New Year’s consists of three
days of merriment. School is not in session
during those days. Television has special
New Year’s programs. The New Year’s cele-
bration in Japan is definitely much larger than
that of Christmas.
Plans for the Christmas holidays began
right after Thanksgiving for most Avila stu-
dents; many people are going home for the
holidays. Hisako Suka (Sophomore) from
Japan, is doing something different this year.
“I usually go back, but not this year," Suka
said. This year her father is coming to the
United States to celebrate Christmas with
her. They are going to Florida because he
wants to visit the beach. Her mother and old-
er brother are staying home because it is just
too expensive for the whole family to visit.
Christmas means different things to differ-
ent people all over the world. We all cele-
brate every holiday in our own special way.
by Chris Pickett
The Avila Eagles opened the
1992-93 baskethall season
with victories over two nation-
ally ranked opponents. The
NAIA Division II preseason
national poll ranked William
Jewell and Missouri Valley
third and 21st respectively.
Missouri Valley visited the
Eagles on November 1 1. while
William Jewell marched in on
The Eagles aimed for
revenge against Missouri
Valley. The Vikings had
defeated Avila in double-over-
time in the District 16 semi-
finals. That win by Missouri
Valley ended the season for
Avila, who finished with a 17-
lb record. History did not
repeat itself as Keith Harris led
the charge with 19 points. Rod
Sterling added 10. as the
Eagles won in overtime 71-65.
William Jewell came in with
the highest preseason ranking
of any District 16 team and
promised to be a strong oppo-
nent for the Eagles. After a
sluggish start, Avila picked up
the pace and went on to upset
the Cardinals 75-71. Senior
guard Eric Fisher was the lead-
ing scorer. He was followed by
Kevin Lowder (12), Jason
Weigel (II). and Harris ( 10).
Avila's next opponent was
Bethel College (KS). The
Eagles came away with a 68-
58 road victory, as Fisher (17),
Harris (13). and Jeff Bass pow-
ered the attack.
Next, the Eagles traveled to
Denver, Colorado, to partici-
pate in the Colorado Christian
tournament. They suffered
their first defeat of the season
to Sioux Falls (S.D. ) 83-70.
Avila bounced back the next
game with a victory over
Kansas Weslyn, but then lost
to the host squad, Colorado
Christian, giving them a 4-2
Bass, the senior forward
from Independence. Missouri,
stated, "We are excited about
the good start. It was very
important for us to open up the
season with wins over
Missouri Valley and William
Jewell because they are both
District 16 opponents. We
were able to start off with two
wins in the district, and since it
is our goal to win the district,
those were very big victories.”
A new club, is starting just for
you. Come to the meeting on
Dec. 7. Watch for the signs.
Lady Eagles Start Season
by Chris Pickett
The Lady Eagles began
lliei.r 1992-93 campaign
with many new faces. Third
year coach. Jamie Coliins.
has developed a competi-
tive squad for District lb
competition, and the pre-
season expectiitions were
The ladies opened their
season in Fayette. Missouri,
as they took on Central
Methodist College. Avila
could not overcome early
turnovers as Central
Methodist prevailed 68-57.
Paulette Carothers (16).
Joyce Heimsoth ( 13), and
LaTisha Scarbough led the
way for Avila.
Avila then traveled to
Branson, Missouri, to par-
ticipate in the College of
the Ozarks tournament.
Losses to Culver-Stockton
and William Woods gave
the Lady Eagles a 0-3 mark.
Carothers (14) and Avis
Williamson (12) were the
leading scorers in the latter
The Lady Eagles played
1992-93 Women’s Basketball Team — (Top row, from left)
Deidre Cason, Avis Williamson, Katrina Hartley, Ann Fahlstrom, Holly
Shelby, Paulette Carothers, Jennifer McCowcn. (Bottom row, from left) Joyce
Heimsoth, Nichole Anderson, Lisa Ross, Tammy Walker, Shelly Schubert,
their first home game
against William Jewell, but
late turnovers and foul trou-
ble hurt them again as they
lost 90-85 in overtime.
Williamson (27) and
Carothers led the way
He found a home on
by Dennis Hallblade
The college career of Jeff
Bass has been rather nomadic.
Avila is Bass's (bird college,
and he has finally found a
home on the Eagle campus.
Bass began college at Missouri
C o m in unity
to Avila his
Bass is a self-
p r o c I a i in c il
and is in his
second full year
as a varsity bas-
When Bass isn't
with his friends
in his spare
time, lie can
usually be found
watching ESPN’s Sportcenter,
reading “Sports Illustrated,” or
playing Super Tecmo Bowl,
his favorite Nintendo game.
Bass went to Fort Osage
High School, where he earned
first team all-conference and
honorable mention all-area
Profiled— Jeff Bass
honors. The small town flavor
of his high school basketball
career is probably why Jeff's
favorite movie is “Hoosiers."
At 23. Bass is in his senior
year and is pursuing a degree
in communications with an
emphasis in electronic media.
Missouri, hut he
decided to live
close to campus
phere and the
states. "I really
like the fact that
know the stu-
dents by name.”
Bass has a
couple of goals
he would like to
achieve in the coming year.
First, he wants the basketball
team to win the district and go
to the national tournament.
Second, he would like to grad-
uate and begin a career in the
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The ladies took their 0-4
record to the Hastings
College tournament in
Nebraska looking for their
first victory of the season.
Unfortunately, they came
away with three losses to
give them an 0-7 mark.
“I don't think the 0-7
record projects the team we
have.” said Carothers. "Our
defense is good for the most
part. We’ve had a few prob-
lems on offense, but we are
looking to improve "
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Kansas City, MO
Food Drive in Progress
by Luana Maria Campion
The holiday seasons are a time
for people to reflect on those
things for which they are thankful.
Some people in our community are
homeless and have no warm shel-
ter to come in from the cold. Some
will go without eating this
Student Union Board (S.U.B.).
Students in Free Enterprising
(S.I.F.E.), Campus Ministry, and
the Athletic Department are spon-
soring a food drive to help combat
the lack of supplies. Boxes are
located around campus as drop
sites, including such locations as
Whitfield Center, Hooley-Bundshy
Library, Marian Center. All stu-
dents. faculty, administration, and
staff are asked to bring non-perish-
able food items.
The women's basketball game
on December 2 kicked off the dri-
ve. Food will be collected at
tonight's (December 4) and tomor-
row night's (December 51 men’s
basketball games. The donated
items will be given to the Seton
Center on December 7. The Seton
Center, a Catholic-based organiza-
tion. is a local community agency
that serves the needy in the central
Kansas City area.
Food collected after December
7 will be donated to the needy
close to Christmas. For futher
information contact Luana
Cumpton (S.U.B.), Elizabeth
Misemer (S.I.F.E.), Fr. Mario
Mascaritolo (Campus Ministry),
Carl Clapp (Athletic Department),
and Ron Frigaull (Student Life).
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by Jason M. Buice
He was an activist with a
very short life
I think there's a lesson here.
He died without a fight.
- Amy Ray
This Spike Lee film takes us
through the life of Malcolm
Lillie, played by Denzel
Washington, better known as
Malcolm X. The movie is
fourths: 4 ^
M a I e o I m
hustling on the streets of
Boston and New York . his
life in prison, his conversion to
the Nation of Islam, also
known as the Black Muslims,
and the final years of his life as
in activist. When the movie
started immediately, without
•liowing any previews. I knew
' was in for a long sitting.
However, Lee kept me. as
well as the entire audience.
enthralled throughout the
The colors in this film are
very vivid. The background
lighting is magical and imagi-
native. The acting is superb
and enormously entertaining. 1
feel that I should not have to
encourage you to go see the
movie. This movie should be
taught in our public and pri-
L C O L M
vale schools. By the end of the
film. I had learned about a
mail that I never had the
opportunity to study in my fif-
teen years of schooling.
There were times when I
was horrified by what I saw
and heard. Still, as the movie
progressed I began to under-
stand Mr. X’s way of thinking.
Spike Lee gives truthful
answers to history's questions.
The whole story is there and it
is a very beautiful message.
I would like to close by giv-
ing you my subjective view of
“Malcolm X." This movie
taught me that no matter what
one man (or a lot of men and
women) did to break down
America’s racial walls, it only
helped a little. The very open-
ing of the movie painfully
/y of the racial
causes pain in this country and
keeps us from progressing as a
nation. Listen to the words of
"Malcolm X" and do it with ail
open mind. Don't get offend-
ed and close them out before
you hear the very last word of
the film. I believe that this
movie has a lot to leach every
person ill this nation.
Communication intesive courses are being introduced into the Avila curriculum. They will put reading, writing, listen-
ing, and speaking into some unlikely classes. Students were polled on their opinions. (Photos by Luana Maria Cumpton)
“1 think the communication
inlensives will enhance a stu-
dent's self-esteem and confi-
dence. However, in order to
obtain its full value, the work
should be offered or required
early in the semester.”
Ed Melnnis. Junior
“I feel that we need to eval-
uate students by more than just
a written lest. So. therefore. I
think that we should look into
other alternative ways of eval-
uating students. I think there
are people who can do well on
a written test but cannot actual-
ly perform a certain task."
Wendy West, Seeking
Certification to Teach
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"I definitely agree with the
communication inlensives for
myself. I think everything is
tied in together. If you excel
in one area, it will ultimately
help you in other areas. I
think, though, that it depends
on the individual. Certain
individuals can achieve with
limited requirements. Other
students have to have more
requirements to meet the stan-
dards than others.”
Nikki Morale/,. Junior Graphic
"It sounds great! A lot of
the undergraduate courses are
very theoretically based cours-
es. The communication inten-
sives would cause the courses
to have an application flair.
People will perform better in
those classes than in a dry lec-
ture course. They'll learn
more from school."
Tom Tish II. Seeking an
VLB. A. in International
Letter to the Editor
I .tin sick and tired of hearing
iliniii the trials of "miii-lradiliotiiil"
students. Don I get me wrong. I
have many friends who fall into
this college’s narrow definition of
“iion-iratlitioiial.” and I find hav-
ing age, race, religious and experi-
ential diversity on campus a plus,
first of all. who is "non-iraditiiin-
al" ami who is ''traditional"'.’ I ant
of traditional college age. hut I
don't now and have never lived on
campus or not worked while going
to school. What about my friend
and classmate who is of non-tradi-
lional college age but lives on
campus and is more involved in
school activities than I am.’
I also bridle under the assertion
implicit in almost everything writ-
ten for or about "noil-traditional"
students that they arc somehow
more hardworking or more worthy.
Why is having family responsibili-
ties more difficult than being away
from your family? Why is it never
brought up that, in addition to
extra time commitments to their
families, “nmi-traditional” students
also receive support and joys from
spouses and children that "tradi-
tional" students don't get?
I realize that there arc students
on campus who work 40 or more
hours a week and also take full-
time class loads. But I believe this
is a rather small group. Many
more students of all ages work
nearly full time or take nearly full
loads. Also, many “nim-tradition-
al" students receive its much finan-
cial support from their spouses as
"traditional" students tin from their
Finally, what about age differ-
ence'.' One of the tilings highlight-
ed when examining the Vietnam
War is that the average age of
Xmeriean soldiers was !') while in
WWII it was 26. The point made
is tiial tile soldiers in WWII were
better emotionally equipped to
handle the stress than the younger
soldiers in Vietnam . While col-
lege is not a war (except perhaps
during finals) it seems to follow
that older college students possess
more life experiences which
enable them to have an easier tran-
sition to college life. Perhaps
some of the immense amount of
time "traditional" age college stu-
dents arc stereotyped as having is
spent assimilating themselves to
the college experience.
1 do not believe that negative
feelings are perpetuated by either
“non-traditioiial" or "traditional"
students, but rather are created
when the college administration
and newspaper arbitrarily corral
students into one group or another.
Why not just have newspaper
columns and students services
available to all without intimating
that one type of student needs or
deserves them more. Please stop
trying to give us equality through
by Jenny Hale
"I don't think the communi-
cation inlensives arc very good
when you have 50 minute
classes. I think the students
would worry more about their
own speeches than the class
material being presented. The
paper writing is a good idea if
it were a lengthened form from
the usual one-to-two pages to
at least five-to-six pages."
Dave Kovicli. Sophomore
Political Science Major
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by Brian Barnhart
' here is nothing wrong with
this movie. It is funny, it has
wonderful characters, and a
great east. However, there is
nothing exactly wonderful
about this movie. I laughed a
lot and had fun. but....
"Peter's Friends" is co-writ-
ten by and starring comedienne
Rita Rudner and directed by
Kenneth 44 P E T
("Henry V." “Dead Again"). It
is being called a British "Big
Chill" for the 90s. and it is
easy to see why. A group of
college students, who reunite
ten years after graduation, go
through the ups and downs of
adjusting to who they have
The predictable story,
although witty and funny,
brought the film down.
Watching the characters and
their responses was enjoyable.
hut the ending was painfully
predictable. The con-
stant use of that all loo familiar
F-word bothered me. Now
you have to understand that I
am not one who is usually
bothered by this, but there was
something annoying about
hearing every one of these
charming characters throwing
this word around as if it were a
hookworm who has. basically,
detached herself from the out-
side world. Her best friend is
her cat. Emma leaves pictures
of herself all over the house
when she departs for the
reunion so her cal will not miss
her as much. She is addicted
to self-help books, and her
appearance does not stray far
from that of Annie Hall. I
prison movie instead of a com-
edy about friends. Let's face
it. when you have seen
Branagh and Thompson per-
form Shakespeare with such
brilliance and ease, their con-
stant use of this word rakes
across your spine.
The one unmistakably great
aspect of "Peter's Friends" are
the wonderful characters. My
favorite was Emma Thompson
("Howard's End,” “Dead
Again"). She is a frumpy
S( D S funny! The
rest of the
cast was funny also, but
Thompson outshone them all.
All in all, the film was good
for a pleasurable one hour and
forty-five minutes. If any-
thing, the soundtrack, which
recapped the 80s music scene,
was fun. I do recommend it
because It is so fun.
"Peter's Friends” is due to
be released by The Samuel
Goldwyn Company on