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page 4- The Behrend College Beacon. Thursday, January 14 , 1999 The Behrend College Beacon published weekly by the students of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College News Editor Shannon Weber Photography Editor Jason Blake Associate Editor Angela Rush Business Manager Jaime Davis Copy Editor Rose Forrest Advisors Robert Speel Jon O'Louglilin Postal Information: 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 be reached by calling (814) 898-6488 or (814) 898-6019 (FAX). ISSN 1071- 9288. A view from the lighthouse MLK celebration promotes diversity Once a year students are afforded tge opportunity to engage in a cel ebration of life; the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After a holiday sea son of giving. King’s birthday pro vides a chance for many to acknowl edge his strides for not only African- Americans but all Americans. Stu dents should take advantage of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Behrend. Although ninety-three per cent of the students on campus are white, this event will benefit all stu dents . Our campus is not racially di verse, by any means and unfortu nately there are students who are still very unaccepting of other races or perhaps just have a limited knowl edge of the Civil Rights Movement. The MLK celebration definitely promotes diversity on campus and will hopefully cause people who are attending to question the country and the society we are living in today. With such programs as the re-en Join the Beacon NOW!! m ? x Are Wifebeaters more than just the name of shirts? By Melissa Sperl Orange Source Syracuse University I remember the first time I heard the term “wifebeater” as it pertains to clothing. At home in friendly Minne sota, I was shopping with a friend, whom I will refer to as “Brand Name Boy.” He began a discussion detail ing the points of his argument that Abercrombie and Fitch’s wifebeater although more expensive was a much better deal than those offered at other stores. “What are you talking about?” I said with a furrowed brow. “You know,” he retorted. “Muscle shirts. Tank tops.” Hey, I don’t want to stereotype people who wear wifebeaters, but when clothing crosses the line into Editor in Chief Will Jordan Managing Editor Axodele Jones Features Editor Jon Stubbs Editorials Editor Natalie Gagliano Advertising Managers Erin Edinger Letter Policy: The Beacon 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 email@example.com. Letters must be received no later than spm Tuesday for inclusion in that week’s issue. actment of the 1963 March on Wash ington and featured speaker Bobby Seale, the students will become more aware of how far blacks have pro gressed since the 1960 s and the ex tent to which MLK was an influen tial leader. It is necessary to possess knowl edge of the movement, because it is a part of our history. What happened then is vital to understanding why things are the way they are currently. It is what shapes us. today. blatant dull-wittedness and scorching harassment, I have to speak up. I am willing and proud to make a broad statement about the type of person who walks into a store and, from be low a baseball cap brim, asks the cash ier: “Heymmm, do you sell those wifebeater shirts?” This exact scene happened the other day as my friend and I awaited a price check on a bathroom scale. The cashier knew exactly what the young shopper was talking about and directed him to an area somewhere be tween plastic “Mulan” jelly shoes and sateen nightshirts. She turned to us with bemusement and shrugged. We get that question all the time, she said, and I recalled the gobs of individuals on campus and at house parties who Sports Editor Jason Snyder Layout Editors Mike Perkins Rose Forrest Carey Smith ■°^7 What You Talkin ’ bout Willis Behrend Singing the Blizzard Blues What is the deal with the snow clean up here on campus as well as on the main roads'.' I think that it is a shame when people have to tread through snow and risk slipping on ice and slush just to get to class. I don’t know if the maintenance people who are supposed to lake care of these is sues are undermanned or not skilled in plowing the walkways or what. I personally have worked on a highway department crew and have never left walkways unshoveled or slush and ice on stairways for people to slip on and fall. I understand that the plow crews have been plowing throughout the The Behrend Review The Ten Best films of The criterian I used lor selecting my choices for the Ten Best Films of 1998 were: What impact did the film have upon me? Could I empati/e with the characters of the film and understand their pain and pleasure'.’ Was there any thought provoking ideas or messages within the film? And finally and per haps most importantly, did 1 like the film? However it should be noted that this list is incomplete. For 1 have not seen and probably will never have time to see every film that was re leased last year. Also several films which I plan to see. such as "Shakespeare In Love" or "AThin Red Line" have not come to an Erie area movie theater. 10. MEET JOE BLACK: When this film was released in theaters about two months ago it was unfairly rebuffed by many critics for being "too long". While 1 will admit the film could have been shortened by about a half an hour, it was never the less a fascinat ing story about "Death." A media mogul, played bv Anthony Hopkins, is told by "Death," played by Brad Pitt, that his time on Earth is up. However before "Death" takes him. he wants Hopkins character to show him the world. Then as the film progresses "Death" falls hopelessly m love with Hopkins' daughter played by Claire Foriani. 9. SOMETHING ABOUT MARY: Is definitly the funniest film of the year, if not one of the funniest films ever made. Although this film is not for some tastes, due mainly to the many gross out gag's throughout it. which I cannot describe in this column for risk of offending some of its readers. However once you get past the gross out gag’s, the film is a clever roman tic comedy about a woman (Cameron Diaz) who is the object of every man affection. 8. THE PARENT TRAP: Is a sur prisingly delightful remake of the 1961 original film. This time with newcomer Lindsay Lohan giving a flawless performance as 11 year old identical twin sisters Hallie and Annie who were separated shortly after birth when their parents divorced. While the plot of this film is somewhat in conceivable and off the wall, it is a were clad in these garments. It was at a house party, actually, that I most recently encountered a wifebeater shirt. I was waiting in a par ticularly obnoxious keg line when a wifebeater-wearing individual shoved his way up to the source of the beer with an authority that can only be demonstrated by a person showing off his muscles. He placed his cup directly under the tap and erased M! rules of keg etiquette with one little shrug of his exposed shoulder. What I thought was, “Hey, asshole!" But what I said was. Do you want me to pump?” The wifebeater guy left with his beer, and I was left waiting—again. About 10 minutes later, outside with a cup ot beer that was not worth the $3 admission I paid for it, I com plained about the individual, whom I Editorial persistent snow that had been falling the past few days. By Tuesday after noon however, the precipitation was basically wet and would not stick. When I worked for the highway de partment, on days like this, we would shovel up the slush and put down sand instead of salt so there would be more traction. The sand w'ould also absorb some of the water and prevent all of the puddles that are occurring in all of the buildings. And what about the snow clean up on all of the main roads in Wesleyville and the ramps on and off route 90? I truly am surprised that there haven't been more accidents. real treat to watch the very talented Lohan in dual-roles conniving and scheming to get her parents back to gether. I think in about ten years, with a little luck, Lindsay Lohan will be one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood films. 7. BUL.WORTH: In my opinion this was perhaps the finest film ever made by aetor/director/producer/writer Warren Beatty. In the film Beatty, in a Osear euliber performance, plays a United States Senator who has a ner vous breakdown just prior to the Cali fornia Democratic Primary. A very distraught Beatty then has contract taken out on his own life and then, no longer fearing for his political fu ture, begins to say and do what ever he feels like. However Beatty later tries to cancel the contract when he falls in love with a 26 year old Afri can American women played by Halle Berry. The thing that makes this film standout above many other political satires is its brutal honesty and the statement it makes about race relations in this country. 6. SLIDING DOORS: Have you ever wondered if your life would have been changed if you had made a split second decision differently? That is what this very clever British comedy attempts to answer. The film stars American actress Gwyneth Paltrow who. with her perfect British accent, is IOOG completely'convincing in the role of Helen, a London public rela tions executive who is fired at the be ing of the film. The story then takes off in two different directions as Helen is in a London subway station trying to catch a train home. While in one reality she catches the train only to arrive home early to find her boyfriend in bed with another women. While in another reality she misses the train only to arrive home late to just miss boyfriend in bed with another w omen. The remainder of the film follows and compares the two very different realities of the same women all the up to a climatic con clusion. 5. THE PRINCE OF EGYPT: Is an animated musical remake of the 1956 film "The Ten Commandments". However unlike the 1956 film, "The referred to as “Wifebeater Guy” (and whom everybody knew immediately by that title). Then I forgot about him. Until, as I walked down the bustling street toward campus with my friends, he came out of nowhere and gave me a pick-up line only a wifebeater guy could muster. Here’s how the scene played out: Wifebeater Guy: “Hey there, ladies. Where arc you guys headed?” Me, appalled: “You’re the rude char acter who cut in front of me at the keg.” Wifebeater Guy: "What? No way, I would never do that. Especially not to a pretty lookin’ lady like yourself.” Me, secure in my obvious moral su periority: “I’m afraid you’re wrong. You definitely cut, and it was defi nitely rude. 1 recognize your Monday night someone's car slid off the road and into a ditch on Station Road. Cooper Road was even worse than Station Road. When I was driv ing a friend home on Cooper Road, the really bad turn and hill down by the gorge was covered in snow. On the way back, one car was stuck try ing to get up the hill. I had to drive around that car, avoid getting hit by a car coming down the hill, while speeding away from a plow truck that was coming up behind me. When 1 was coming back from Christmas break, route 90 was fine until 1 had to get onto the ramp for Wesleyville. The ramp was completely covered in Prince of Egypt" is about two hours shorter and has a more condensed and focused story line. The major focal point of this film is the relationship between two brothers, Moses (Val Kilmer) and Raineses (Ralph Fiennes) and their two different destinies that drove them apart. Perhaps this film should have been called the "Princes of Egypt". 4. THETRUMANSHOW: The first time I saw this film I didn't much care for it and couldn't understand w hat all the hype was about. However when I saw it a second time several months later I was completely blown aw ay by it. "The Truman Show" is the story of a man. played by Jim Carrey, who finds out that his whole life has been a 24 hour television show and that every person in his life is merely just an actor. Besides from Carrey's stu pendous acting, which I feel was the best male performance of the year, the film really makes .you think and ques tion your own life. Is your life reallv the subject of a 24 hour television show? Who knows! 3. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: Is one of director Steven Spielberg's great est film to dale, second only to his pre vious cinematic masterpiece "Scindler's List". From its opening scenes on Omaha Beach, the film quickly dispels any myths of war as a noble human enterprise. It instead portrays war as man's stupidest anil costliest endeavor. The film stars Tom Hanks who. shortly after D-Day, must lead a squad of American soldiers into German territory, in a mission he truly doesn't believe in. to rescue one American soldier whose threebrothers w'crc recently killed in combat. The film truly takes you into the heart and soul of the American fighting man and makes the audience members under stand what these men went through and the sacrifices they made to free the world from slavery. 2. PLEASANTVILLE: Is the story of two teenage siblings who are trans ported from the color world of real ity, to the 1950’s sitcom world of "Pleasantville", which is in black and white. Once there, the siblings slowly but surely introduce their own values and ideas into the culture of wifebeater shirt.” Wifebeater Guy: “Oh. Well, maybe I did. But I’m sorry, and I wouldn’t have done it if I had known I was go ing to see you again later. So, where are you staying tonight?” Me, nauseated: “My house. My home. By myself, thank you.” Wifebeater Guy: “Well, hey. I think you should come back to (the dorm) with me.” After I laughed and turned directly around, Wifebeater Guy began shout ing things at me that I just can’t re peat about what 1 need done to me and how he would be the perfect person to do it. When that didn’t work, Wifebeater got mad. “What’s up with these bitches, man? You know you all just want to get laid, man. These bitches WILL. JORDAN ice and slush I undeistand that we don't get as much snow where 1 live in lower New York State as they do in Eric, but I would think that the high way departments in this area would be better prepared for these condi tions. Despite the snow and slush, I hope that all of you gel to class safely and. if you have to drive anywhere, take your time and arrive alive instead of not at all. Will Jordan i\ dr edu<>i-i’i < hut :■< du llca (cii. Hi\ < , •litinn a;>/u a>'s , i < / ' //, /> ■< ut< A. \ CHARLES TESTRAKE 1998 Pleasantvi Ile and the people of the town begins to change by tuning from black and white into color. As is the case in iihsl societies, change leads to con flict and conflict leads to vio lence. And that is w hat happens in Pleas,intv ille as the tow n soon divides into two factions, the "black and while's" and the "colored's". Those who fear change, the "black and w hite's" begin to violently persecute those who have changed, the "colored's". The town's Mayor and leadei of the "black and white's" is played by the late actor .1. T. Welsh in his final scieen appearance. Welsh’s great performance, perhaps the most overlooked ol the vear. is reminiscent of Orson Wells in "Citi/en Kane" and definitely deserves (Near a'lention. I. WHAT DREAMS MAY C( )ME: Is in mv opinion the Best Edm o! 1008. It has lie most siunnnndv beautiful cm ematography ever put on she big screen, which creates indelible images of boili he,wen and hell that will stick with you long af ter you leave the ihcater, The film also has an incredibly pow - crlul slots line. In the Inst ten minutes of the film Chris (Robin Williams) and Annie (Annahella Sccoriu) meet, fall in lose, get married, and base two kills who are killed in a tragic car accident.. The film then jumps ahead lour sears where Chris is hiinscll killed in another tragic car accident, leasing Annie all alone. The remainder of the film uses many consistent flashbacks to explain the love that Chris and Annie feel for each other as well as for there two children. This leads up to the film's climax where Chris must risk his immortal soul to save Annie from an eternity of pain and misery. Charles iestroke is a junior politic at science major. His column appears even three weeks in the Beacon at this school, man!’ Would I be wrong to link this gentleman's attire with his attitude about life and, indeed, "bitches"? Maybe. Probably not. I mean, it takes a certain type of individual to wear a wifebeater on a brisk autumn night. It also takes a certain type of indi vidual to get angry about a girl’s per fectly reasonable refusal of his come on. If these types happen to be one of the same, it’s not my fault. If you can prove me wrong, please do. But until that day, I maintain my opinion that there is a reason people who wear wifebeaters aren’t affected by the fact that the very name of the shirt they're wearing is a form of abuse: They think it's funny. You know what I think is funny? Wifebeater Guv went home alone.