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game in which one of the teams
was nicknamed the Indians. A white
student in the stands had dressed up
as a stereotypical Indian warrior,
including "war paint," and ran
around making "war whoops" and
menacing gestures. St. John's
younger son was so disturbed by
the derogatory image that his father
was stirred to action.
In an interview with Sports
Illustrated, St. John stated, "I fig-
ured I had tolerated that kind of stuff
most of my life, and it was time I
did something. What St. John did
was convince the high school's
student council and PTA that the
nickname was racist and demeaning
to Native Americans, and that the
name of the school's teams should
be changed(the school is now called
the Lakers). The NCCJ's Min-
nesota-Dakotas office offered their
assistance to St. John, who pursued
his campaign to the Minneapolis

Board of Education, as did Mar-
tin/Williams, who created the above
poster. The Board ruled that any
racially or ethnically denigrating
team names in the schools must be
changed.
The NCCJ then started distribut-
ing the posters nationwide, andbthe
demand for them has been
"steady," according to one NCCJ
staffer. Other schools and areas have
started reconsidering their nick-
names; St. John told SI that his
ultimate goal is to change the name
of the pro football Redskins, which
he considers "the most racist and
derogatory" Native American nick-
name of all. Unfortunately, though,
it will be a long time before offen-
sive, stereotyped images of Native
Americans disappear from American
society.
For a copy of the poster, send $5
to: National Conference of Chris-
tians and Jews, Minnesota-Dakotas
Office, 100 N. 6th Street, Suite
531-B, Minneapolis, Minnesota
55403. 0

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By Mark Shaiman
If this was the Kansas Dorothy
was going to return to after her
romp through Oz, she would have
been better off staying in Oz, even
if the Wicked Witch of the West
were still around
With an opening statement like
that it is hard to believe that Kansas
has an interesting plot, but it actu-
ally does. Doyle (Matt Dillon) and
Wade (Andrew McCarthy) are two
drifters who meet on a train. When
Doyle unexpectedly robs a bank,
Wade is coerced - at gunpoint -
to participate. The two are then
forced to split up to escape, and
while running Wade saves the life
of the governor's daughter, Lori
Bayles (Leslie Hope).
Being both a both a criminal and
a hero puts a lot of pressure on
Wade, along with falling in love
with Lori and having Doyle be after
him to get the money back. Al-
though this sounds almost like a
psychological drama, almost is the
important word. The plot is a pretty
good place to start with a discus-
sion of Kansas, but unfortunately
the film goes nowhere with it.
Throughout the film there are
sweeping scenes of Kansas wheat-

fields accompanied by uplifting in-
strumentals. The purpose of these
interludes is unknown, for they add
nothing to the story beside remind-
ing the viewer that this was filmed
last year before this summer's
draught destroyed most of the crops.
What is even worse is that as
boring as these intrusions are, they
upstage the actors. Dillon and Mc-
Carthy both walk around with the
same silly smile when there is
nothing at all to laugh at. Dillon,
even with greasy hair and a tattoo,
just doesn't pull it off as a sleazy
character. Part of this comes from
the role being badly written too.
While Doyle has prior court
convictions, he hasn't committed
any violent crimes, so when he's
put in a potentially violent situa-
tion, there is little fear that he will
do any harm.
Then there is Wade who is more
concerned with intricating himself
with the boss' daughter than extri-
cating himself from his dilemma.
His personal apathy extends directly
to the audience. And when the
viewers don't care about the main
characters, then any theme this
movies may have had is pointless.
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all-campus yearbook.
They're having a
MASS MEETING
Tuesday, Sept. 20th
at 7:30 pm, Student
Publications Bldg.,
420 Maynard St.
Reporting, photography,
editing, layout, artwork,
business, advertising
--it's more fun than
professional counseling.

The new Hunters and Collectors
release FATE is. available
now at:
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523 E. Liberty
Store hours
Mon. - Sat. 10-9:30
Sun. 12-8

By Andrea Gacki
Take one pastoral English coun-
tryside, insert several members of
the British upperclass, and stifle the
emotional responses of everyone
involved. The result should be a
television series typically seen on
Masterpiece Theater. If you'd like
film to be the chosen medium, just
add spellbinding cinematography to
every scene, and you'll have the
film A Handful of Dust.
An adaptation of an Evelyn
Waugh novel and directed by
Charles Sturridge, A Handful of
Dust easily fits the genre of a
British melodrama set among the
very wealthy. In its depiction of a
marriage ruined by infidelity, how-
ever, the film is not without nov-
elty. Tony Last (James Wilby) is
the patriarch of an English manor
called Hetton, and he detests the
social life of London. Content
with the quiet beauty of his coun-
tryside, amiable Tony oversees his
beloved Gothic mansion and gently
counsels his son John Andrew on
the importance of being kind to so-

ciety's less fortunate. His beautiful
wife Brenda (Kristin Scott
Thomas), bored and weary of gaudy
Hetton, desires to at least be al-
lowed to invite some visitors to the
manor.
Enter Mr. John Beaver (Rupert
Graves), a dreary young man who
attracts Brenda's interest. She be-
gins to take trips into London, and
eventually rents a flat under the
guise of taking an economics class.
One would expect this romance to
be passionate and justifiable, but
it's not, and thus it proceeds to de-
stroy the Lasts' marriage and to
send their lives into odd, seemingly
impossible fates, all handled quite
sardonically. With this portrayal of
infidelity and its aftermath, A
Handful of Dust refreshingly skirts
conventional heart-wrenching sen-
timent and is true to Evelyn
Waugh's satirical inclinations.
Unfortunately, the film thereby
treats its characters rather one-di-
mensionally.
The enormously popular PBS
series Brideshead Revisited, based
on another Waugh novel, captured

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