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page 4- The Behrend College Beacon. Thursday, Scptember 17, 1998 The Behrend College Beacon published weekly by the students of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College News Editor Mil Jordan Photography Editor Andrea /Wpm, Business Manager Jainle Davis Advisors Robert Speel Jim 07,,,iwitlin The Beacon is published weekly by the students of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; First Floor, The J. Elmer Reed Union Building, Station Road, Erie, PA 16563. The Beacon can he reached by calling (814) 898-6488 or (814) 898-6019 (FAX). ISSN 1071- 9288. ~~~ A view from the lighthouse Behrend makes its mark U.S. News and World Report has ranked Behrend in the top ten north ern public universities. Also on the list from Pennsylvania was Millersville University (#4) and Shippensburg University (#5). This is the first time that Behrend has been ranked in the top ten public universi ties. The factors that go into determin ing the rank of universities include: academic reputation, retention, fac ulty resources, student selectivity, fi nancial resources, value added, and alumni giving. Behrend faced several challenges in regard to these criteria. Behrend's retention rate is not as high as many other schools because of University Park. Many students are forced to go to University Park be cause of their majors. Despite this, Behrend's retention rate has been ris ing significantly, and this may have pushed Behrend's rank higher. Dean Lilley commented, "The high qual ity of education at Penn State Erie is a secret that is now coming to light nationally." The anonymous gin of $2O million will no doubt only further improve the educational opportunities for stu- etter to the Editor 1 ear Editor We are writing to clarify several isleading statements made by Mark reenbank in his article in the Bea -on on computer resources. In the ar 'cle Mr. Greenbank argues that it can difficult for a student to find a com b uter on campus because computers n the labs are often in disrepair or being used for classes. While we sym bathize with Mr. Greenbank and any .tudent having difficulty finding a omputer, we would like to take ex eption to his statements at the end of is article where he suggests that • pening up the "special computer lab stablished in Lawrence Hall for the 'sychology department" would solve, • r even help, the problem. First Mr. reenbank seems woefully unin ormed about both the purpose and ature of the Psychology Lab. Briefly, the Psychology Lab is not : special computer lab for psychol • gy majors to type their class papers nd "play games" It is a small research acility used by five faculty research • rs, 15-20 independent study students, 0-50 students taking courses in the • sychology research core, and an ad • itional 30-60 students in 200 and 400 evel laboratory courses each semes er. We conduct experiments, have lab eetings, run lab classes, and train tudents in statistics and research ethods. A number of the computers that he .peaks of are specialized research - • uipment, configured for a variety • f experiments. For example they are sed to collect brain waves (ERPs) for esearch on language and attention. . everal are 386 and 486 DOS ma hines, completely useless for stu • ents interested in typing papers, surf ng the web, or getting E-mail. One is faculty's personal machine, and oth rs were purchased with research rant money. Those that are WINNT 1 achines are used primarily for data Editor in Chief Anne RapPtte Managing Editor Features Editor J,tn Stubbs Associate Editor Mark Greenbank Layout Editor Mike Pokinr Advertising Manager Erin Edmger Carey Smith encourages letters to the editor. Letters should include the address, phone number, semester standing and major of the writer. Writers can mail their letters to behrcoll2@)aol.com. Letters must he received no later than spm Tuesday for inclusion in that week's issue. dents. U.S. News and World Report lists Business as the most popular major at Behrend. With the increase in funds for the School of Business, retention is likely is also increase. It is hoped that the U.S. News and World Report rankings will bring Be hrend more national attention and re- cruit even more quality students. The students, faculty, and staff of Behrend deserve congratulations on bringing Behrend to a new standard of quality. By being ranked in the top ten public universities, we are giving Behrend the opportunity to keep improving. crunching and project development. It is also important to point out that for most of the semester the lab is heavily used. In fact, an average of 350 students take part in experiments each semester. Psychology research students volunteer their time to keep the lab open and provide tech support and security. Based on availability, any student in a psychology class is welcome to use the lab during open hours. We should also point out that psychology classes often meet in the psych lab for lessons requiring com puters, thereby freeing the Computer Center labs for other students. We couldn't help but wonder why Mr. Greenbank did not suggest open ing up the laboratories in engineering or science as extra student computer labs. We would like to invite Mr. Greenbank, or any other interested party to contact us for a guided tour of the psychology lab so that they learn more about our research and the training we provide. In the future, might we respectfully suggest that the reporters at the Beacon make at least a modest effort to get the facts before printing their articles. Sincerely, Dawn G. Blasko, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Experimental Psychology Coordinator of the Psychology Labo ratories Carl A. Kallgren, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Social Psy chology In-Charge, Psychology The Critic Bad remakes of good films The 1990's seems to be a decade of remakes. Artists these days remake songs, which can be enjoyable to a point as long as the listener maintains respect for the original. Another form of art that is very popular to remake is cinema. It is true that some films can improve slightly by a reproduc tion. However, this theory only hold true when the film was pretty bad to begin with (The Getaway 1976 vs. The Getaway 1994). Producers with a little more gall will make an attempt at remaking some of history's more notable films, with the only interest in mind being money (can there be a creative interest in mind?). The Beacot One made for television remake comes to mind, that being the remake of Stanley Kubrick classic The Shin ing. Watching the TV version was like watching a Leslie Nielsen spoof of the original. True, I've heard some of my friends giving it good reviews, but these were all people who had never seen the original. Had they seen the Kubrick production, their re sponses may have been different. The lobster and the music to the dance o Clinton should stay President A few days ago, I took th liberty to sit down at my compute to read. Yes, I logged onto th Internet and downloaded Kennet Starr's report to congress on th president. A document 40 millio dollars in the making. It was simple to undeistanc very descriptive and it read like cheap adult novel. In the end, th Independent Counsel summed u his research by declaring that th president is guilty of perjury, of struction of justice and a host c other crimes. My reaction wa Normally I am a fan of ju. , tice and any people who break th law to be punished for it immedi ately. However, when it involve this president, and these crimes, George Wallace: A bad ole ; y Michael Dorman ewsday The one thing to know about eorge Wallace is that he was a su sreme opportunist. Some considered him a racist. He was not really. Some considered him a segrega ionist. He was not really. Some considered him a populist. He was not really. But Wallace was a shrewd politi ian. He would espouse virtually any ause that he knew would win him otes. That trait was evident from the • arly days of his political career. As a oung Alabama state legislator, he ollowed Gov.. James Folson; a popu- I ist and relative moderate on race is- But then, in 1958, he ran for gover or against a crime-busting state at , prney general, John Patterson. Dur i. rig a tough race, Patterson cam le aigned day after day on his promise o maintain segregation in Alabama. allace, the Folsom protege, was ore restrained. And Patterson won he election. Afterward, Wallace told associates: 'Boys, I let John Patterson out-seg e. And I'm never gonna be out .egged again." It was one promise he ept. Four years later, Wallace again ran lir governor _ promising to stand in very schoolhouse door in the state o prevent desegregation and won. He ent on to three more terms as gov • rnor and to run four campaigns for president, all the while playing the ace card. Jim Folsom, sitting in the living oom of his home at Cullman, Ala., once told me: "The difference be ween George and me is that he wants o keep people in slavery and I don't." Wallace barely flinched at such riticism. Once, sitting beside him in small state-owned jet from Mont :ornery to Mobile, I asked him about Editorial Imagine comparing two people's re sponses to each of the films after viewing them for the first time. After viewing the TV version, the response may be, "Yeah it was pretty scary." After viewing the Kubrick original, didn't sleep that night." The reason I'm harping on the sub ject of remakes is that during the MTV Video Music Awards, my friends and I saw a commercial for the new Gus Van Sant picture, Psycho. After the advertisement, somebody said, "That looks pretty good. - "Did you see the original?" I asked. Their answer was no. Now I'm not attempting to appeal to the reader as a film expert, I'm just simply trying to state that those who have not seen the original Psycho may he intrigued by the new version be cause it is intriguing, just as it was some thirty years ago when the Alfred Hitchcock version was originally re leased. The producers depend on this. They expect people to associate a movie title with greatness, and have these people expect that the newer can't quite demand the same type of justice. Legally, Clinton is hiding behind terminology and may be safe for a while, hut did he lie? I would have to say he did. Does this however constitute a high crime for which impeachment is the only an swer? Absolutely not. I feel that impeaching Presi dent Clinton is the absolute worst thing congress can do. If he is im peached, Clinton would most likely resign, and a resignation would cause the same amount of turmoil that it caused when Nixon did it. On top of that, Clinton is doing too good of a job to remove him from office. Of all Presidents who served in my lifetime, and of most of those in the recent past, Clinton is one of widespread complaints that he ran the most corrupt administration in Ala bama history. "Hell," he said. "That just reminds me of an old song; 'What's the Reason I Ain't Pleasin' You?' " It is customary, I know, to refrain from speaking ill of the dead. I would think that would be particularly so in the case of a man who suffered terri bly from bullet wounds inflicted by an intended assassin. And I am trying hard to think of something positive about Wallace. About the best I can do is to say he was instrumental in greatly improving Alabama's jun ior college system. Some undoubtedly will say that, in recent years, Wallace recanted his past views on segrega tion. But since I don't believe those were genuine views in the first place; merely cynical examples of vote bait 'NOY, WOO GEM taiiktitY version will he much more entertain- While interviewing Alfred Hitchcock in 1961, the great Francois Truffant remarked, "It occurred to me that Psycho was oriented toward a new generation of filmgoers." Which is absolutely true. Hitchcock intended it to be that way. The film, in all of its black-and-whiteness, was incred ibly revolutionary for the early 1960'5. The classic look is what made the film so great then and so captivat ing today. Trying to better a film that has been rated number 18 on the AFl's 100 Top Movies list requires either a huge ego or a huge need for money. Gus Van Sant, who is now soaking in the suc cess of his latest project, Good Will Hunting most likely has no need for spare cash. So apparently, the Acad emy Award nominee feels he can take a piece of film history and make it his own. The producer of the new Psycho, Brian Grazer, has less notable credits such as, Liar Liar, Sgt. Bilko, The the best We have a robust economy, that with the exception of a few days last week, has staved off the global financial crisis. Clinton has also balanced the budget years ahead of schedule, and ended a year with a budget surplus. He has stood up to Saddam and to terrorists as a whole, declaring that America won't stand for terrorist actions any As to the actual crime of ly ing before a Grand Jury. This is a serious crime, one that should be punished under normal circum stances. However, I can't attack the president, or any person for that matter, for lying about his sex life. I don't think that the Grand Jury even had the right to question some- I can't give him much credit for that. Perhaps it is unfair, but I recall only too vividly sweating in 95-degree heat and watching an adamant, clench jawed George Wallace stand in a Uni versity of Alabama doorway and bar admission to two black citizens of his state; simultaneously thumbing his nose at the president of the United States. That John F. Kennedy won the fight; upholding court orders requir ing the students' admission; did not diminish the outrageousness of Wallace's act. He was standing in that doorway not to uphold any legal prin ciple but to enhance his own political career. And I recall watching Wallace's state troopers, many of them dedi cated law-enforcement officers but following orders, bludgeoning the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s follow- ED Fri IRMIUMEI Nutty Professor (1996), Kindergarten Cop, Spies Like Us, and Splash. These were all great films in their own right, but how can one expect a pro ducer of mostly comedy films to make a horror film successful? Because all of these films contained in Grazer's resume were directed toward main stream audiences, as the new Psycho is intended to he. Hitchcock admit ted that the original was an experi mental film. It takes experimental filmmakers like Hitchcock to make a radical film, to show the moviegoers something new and different. But it takes conformational, financially minded filmmakers to trick the audi ences into thinking that they're some thing new. I'm not advocating the boycott of this film. I will most likely see it myself. I invite the reader to do the same. But beforehand, see the origi nal, definitive Psycho. And remem ber that Hitchcock's version was made from scratch, from pure imagi nation, not a prescripted model. e MIKE PERKINS one on his sex life; no laws were broken. True he had an affair, true he is not a very moral person, but no crime was committed between Monica Lewinsky and him. It ap parently was consensual, they were both of age, no laws broken here except possibly the high crime of illicit use of cigars. I have never bought into the theories that the Republicans are trying to ruin the president's career, but the salacious extraneous details that Ken Starr included in the re port and the total frivolity of the investigation may just change my mind. Clinton was a good presi dent, is and will continue to be a good president. He made mistakes, but he's human and he's still doing a great job. guy ers on the streets of Birmingham for daring to protest the governor's policies. This government-inspired violence, again, served no purpose other than Wallace's political aspirations. Wallace was fond of poking fun at "pointy-headed" Washington bureau crats. He claimed that all they had in their expensive attache cases were peanut-butter sandwiches. But Wallace had his own pointy-headed (or at least pointy-hooded) associates; the Ku Klux Klan members who sup ported his political campaigns and indeed held important positions in those campaigns. I'm sorry. Try as I may, I cannot find many pleasant words to say about George Wallace.