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Av/la College 
Student Voice 

By the Students, For the Students 

December 4, 1 992 

Voume I. Issue 3 

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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 

Auditions Open 

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 

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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- 
pen. right? 

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, 
the pho- 
tograDhs in the 
last issue of 
The Talon were 
almost unrecog- 
nizable. Our 
apologies to 
Herb Simon, 
who snapped a 
beautiful shot of 
the “Love for 
Love’’ cast 

Face Lift in Store for 
Blasco Hall 

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. 
Sound confusing? 

"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- 
porarily settled. 

Admissions. Financial Aid. 
Student Resources, and the 
Academic Dean's office 
will be on the first level of 
Carondelet Hall. The 
Registrar. Business Office, 
Advancement, Community 
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 
the Chapel 

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 
November 14. 

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, 

LaTisha Scarborough. 

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 
Avila’s Campus 

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 
Valley, trans- 
ferred to 
C o m in unity 
College, and 
eventually came 
to Avila his 
junior year. 

Bass is a self- 
p r o c I a i in c il 
sport fanatic, 
and is in his 
second full year 
as a varsity bas- 
ketball player. 

When Bass isn't 
hanging out 
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 

#1L4 EMU.?®. 

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. 

Bass's home- 
town is 

Missouri, hut he 
decided to live 
close to campus 
for convenience. 
Bass likes 
Avila's atmos- 
phere and the 
ratio. Bass 
states. "I really 
like the fact that 
the teachers 
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 
electronic media field dealing 
with sports. 

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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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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 
divided into 

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 
entire film. 

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 
reminded me 
/y of the racial 

hate that 
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 
Psychology Major 

“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 

The Talon Staff 

Luana Maria Cumpton Co-Editor, Production Editor 

Ira Sdiick.. .Co-Edilor, Managing Ediior 

Linda Porter Copy Editor 

Lydia Ervin Business Manager 

Cecilia Kog t-'ealures Editor 

Ron Arens Designer 

l-'rcd Briseno Anisi 

Herb Simon Photographer 

Potty Hamilton Advisor 

Avila College Publisher 

The Talon’s Eitorial Poliey: 

The TAIXtN is produced by the students. Opinions expressed are those 
of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the trustees or of the 
administration of Avila College. 

The TALON encourages letters to the editor. Letter, to the editor must 
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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 
Design Major 

"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 

Dear Talon. 

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 
separation, compartmentalization 
and division. 

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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"Peter’s Friends" 

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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 
and starring 

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 
found her 

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 
December 25.