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Continued from Page 4
OW!!!!), world hunger ("Move to
the food"), how to please women
("Lick the Alphabet"), or terrorism
("I'm not scared of terrorists, man...
Saturday, October 15th
Ki1wins 4
Give the
gift of good taste.

I was married for two fucking
years!"), Sam is totally intense and
totally hilarious. No shit.
Next came Saturday Night Live.
Sam was first a guest and then a
guest host on this once great pro-
gram. After both shows, Sam was
in the news because the network
had censored his routines. It seems
that Sam's Jesus jokes were a little
too raw for NBC. The network cut
out the parts of the shows they
found offensive and when the pro-
grams were broadcast to the West

Coast, they were shown on tape
delay._In place of Sam's raging
sacrilegious satire, there were just
unexplainable cuts and silence.
While annoying at the time, the
distinction of being censored by
SNL led to a spat of publicity for
Sam that was helpful to his career.
Longing for a totally free outlet
for his gonzo humor, Sam did an
HBO comedy special. The show
consisted of material from the
Louder than Hell era as well as
newer and more topical bits. The

unexpected highlight of the pro-
gram was a clip of a young Van
Morrison-like Sam treading the
boards at his church, talking about
sin and salvation. Of course the in-
terview with Sam's mother, the
piece on necrophilia in Los Ange-
les-area morgues, and God talking
to Pat Robertson ("And then God
told me about the non profit corpo-
ration principle"), and...Well, you
get the idea.
Right now, Sam is on his "Have
You Seen Me Lately" tour. He is
also currently being sued by United
Artists Pictures for over five mil-
lion dollars for allegedly reneging
on a contract to perform as "the ac-
tor in the lead role" of a motion
picture called Atuk. Kinison was to
play "an Eskimo who was out of
sync with his tribe." And finally,
last week's National Inquirer fea-
tured a picture of Sam and Jessica

Hahn under the headline "Jessica
Hahn in love with 300 lb. ex-
preacher." I know for a fact that
Sam and Jessica have been seeing
each other and am pretty sure that
they've done the nasty (They are
both friends of and were introduced
by noted sex fiend/personality
Howard Stern) but I don't think that
he's 300 pounds. 275, maybe...
What more can I say about Sam?
Well I think he's funny, charming,
and handsome. I'm considering get-
ting a sex change operation just so
I have much more of a chance to
bear his child. Where Sam Kinison
is going, others will follow. Will
you be there?
SAM KINISON will be appear-
ing on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Hill
Auditorium. Tickets are available at
the Union Ticket Office and all
Ticket Master outlets.

Thinking about
summer in Israel, a
year a study, kibbutz,
aliya? Meet with Yefet
Ozery, representative
of the Jewish Agency's
kibbutz aliyah desk,
who will be at Hillel to
answer questions and
provide information
about a wide variety of
programs in Israel.
Call 769-0500 for an

Thursday, October 20
10:00am -4:00 pm

Continued from Page 10
"Look at Bucky the Badger," he
said emphatically. "Everyone in
Wisconsin loves Bucky - they go
crazy over him." Blumenkranz fre-
quently speaks of "Bucky the Bad-
ger," the beloved mascot of the
University of Wisconsin. Blu-
menkranz as much said Bucky
served as the inspiration for Willy,
perhaps because Bucky himself was
created by a couple of students
some odd years ago. The little bad-
ger quickly won the hearts and
minds of student body. And
eventually the administration, too,
made Bucky a member of the Wis-
consin family although the "Fuck
'em, Bucky!" T-shirts made that
"Bucky's brought a lot of joy and
fun to Wisconsin, and we just want
to give the same thing to Michi-
gan," said Blumenkranz.
So first, he and Kausman came
up with the name "Willy" through
extensive marketing research on
campus; then, they settled on the
lean, compact-but-muscular drawing
of the character from six different
artists; and finally, "invested every
penny we had," Kausman said, in
getting a wolverine costume for
Willy. Their store, Willy's (on the
corner of Liberty and State), opened
a week before school started.

The packaging and promotion of
the mascot has come, by and large,
in three ways: through the "Willy
the Wolverine" coupon book,
through Willy interacting with the.
students in the diag, and through
Willy going to the football games.
"We figure that in order for Willy
to become Michigan's mascot,
we've got to do three things," said
Blumenkranz. "We need the support
of the students and faculty, we need
the support of the merchants and
local community, and we need the
support of the administration."
The students, it would seem,
know little about him.
"What do you think of Willy the
Wolverine," I asked one student.
"Oh, you mean the guy in the
coupon book."
"He saves me a lot of money."
Well, at least there's name
recognition. After all, Willy has
only been around for a month. No-
body is loved overnight, not even
The merchants, however, are
more supportive. "We think he's
sweet," said Michelle Redmond,
assistant manager of President
Tuxedo at Briarwood, of Willy.
"It'd be good to see him go to the
football games and cheer, school
spirit and stuff."
It would be good. But for now,
the only way Willy is going to see

the 50-yard line at Michigan-Sta-
dium is on TV. Because, as Blu-
menkranz said, "The athletic de-
partment has not been receptive to
the idea" of Willy as the Univer-
sity's mascot. "They say we've
never had a mascot before so we're
not going to have one now."
During the Wake Forest and Mi-
ami home games this year, Willy
has enjoyed appearances in the
stands, waving to fans. In fact,
Willy even was allowed on the field
by security for a couple minutes
during the Miami game - and got
himself on national television.
"It was great," said Blumenkranz.
"He went into the games and ran
around the stands and the people
loved himn."
But at the next home game, last
Saturday against Michigan State,
Willy ran into some problems,
mainly coming in the form of
security officers waiting for the
Wolverine at every gate.
Somebcdy did not want Willy in.
"I couldn't understand it," ago-
nized Blumenkranz. "Every gate
they were waiting for us. They said
costumes aren't allowed in the sta-
dium. I looked down into the sta-
dium, and I saw a Domino's Noid
running around, but they wouldn't
let Willy in."
Danny Bleigh; a junior and for-
mer cheerleader, knows the story.
He was wearing the wolverine cos-
tume that day.

"I must have taken 30 pictures
with little kids while I was told I
couldn't go in the stadium. Come
"I tell you, everyone whose met
Willy loves him," Bleigh said. "I
put on the costume and step outside
and cars come to a screeching halt.
"The cheerleaders want a mascot,
the fans want a mascot, the students
want a mascot. The time is now."
It should be said that Bleigh is
not officially affiliated with
Willy's. He volunteers his time, he
said, because he really believes that
Blumenkranz and Kausman are not
just out to make a buck. "Sure,
Willy started out as a promotional
thing, but now they realize people
actually like this guy and want him
to be our mascot."
Now. You may think Willy is
just a clever marketing device. In a
sense, he is. But as Blumenkranz
said to me in his store, "How else
do you think the idea would have
come to life?"
The store manager, Kristy Cree-
don, was standing right next to him
as he explained passionately why
Willy should be the mascot: he's
school spirit, he's enthusiasm.
"The most important thing," he
told me right before he left, "is that
Willy exists - because he makes
people smile."
And as he walked out of the
empty s43re, I finally realized



Continued from Page 5
The cool-headed assistant district
attorney knows she has no case, so
she cuts a deal with the defense for
a lesser charge and some jail time.
Sarah, feeling justice has not been
served, lashes out at Murphy for
"selling me out." Sarah continues
to be haunted by the rape, and when
Murphy sees her being terrorized by
a man - who, it turns out, was at
the bar at the time of the crime -
she pushes for an unprecedented
criminal solicitation charge. The
witnesses who hooted and cheered
and did nothing, Murphy argues, are
just as bad and perhaps worse than
the rapists themselves. Murphy
better be right, though, since her
male boss is adamantly against her
pursuing the case and tells her that
she's out of a job if she loses. And
Sarah, who continues to withhold
information, makes Murphy's job
considerably harder.
The shining light of this dark
movie is Jodie Foster, who after
finishing school at Yale three years
ago, has turned her undivided atten-
tion to her craft - and it shows. At
26, she is becoming one of Amer-
ica's finest screen performers. She
alone made this fall's Stealing
Home bearable, breaking the thick,
sentimental haze that shrouded the
film with a lively, energetic
character. As a rape victim in The
Accused, Foster's energies are all
focused inward. Her deep, raspy
voice hints of a spirit that burns
deep inside, and throughout the or-
deal, she maintains a quiet pride
that wins the viewer over.
McGillis is less versatile. She
looks like, as she did in Top Gun, a
piece of wood - stiff, stiff, stiff.
Her rigidly cool and aloof posture
never lets up, so her supposed

transformation from a career-ori-
ented to a socially-conscious lawyer
(undergone in approximately five
minutes) lacks credibility. Foster
acts on feelings and emotion;
McGillis works hard at detaching
herself. The two actresses do not
compliment one another.
The actual rape scene is the most
powerful part of the film, and to
Kaplan's and screen writer Tom
Topor's credit, they don't resort to
exploitation by focusing on the
victim. Rather, the camera's focus
remains almost entirely on the
rapists and the witnesses. The effect
is unnerving. The big Question
Mark is answered by an Exclama-
tion Point.
Unfortunately, the rest of The
Accused evokes little emotion and
provokes - disappointingly -
minimal thought. Topor seems torn
between two stories: exploring the
growth of the two women involved
and the actual issue of criminal so-
licitation. Both are probed but nei-
ther is done in a thorough manner.
Worse, the film's trite ending
leaves the viewer disgruntled.
Topor. who also wrote the screen-
play for Nuts, writes embarrass-
ingly simplistic court scenes. The
feeling is part Rocky and part Bar-
num and Bailey, and neither do the
complex subject matter justice (and
if you don't think the film makers
underestimate your intelligence,
just listen to the condescending
soundtrack with thundering drums
warning you of Something
Dangerous Around That Dark Cor-
To be sure, The Accused carries
a message that deserves great
thought. But in the world of
Tinseltown, merely having a mes-
sage is not enough.
THE ACCUSED opens today at
the State Theater.

The Personal Column



In Conjunction with National Collegi
Alcohol Awareness Week


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Saturday, Oct. 15
Cards * Candy * Gifts

* Monday, October 17 - 11:40-
The Anderson Room
Michigan Union Building
11:40-12:00 'Chemically Dependent Families: Th
Lisa Tulin-Silver
"Personal Characteristics: The ACO
Penny Tropman
12:10-12:30 'Improving Intimate Relationships"
Doreen Murasky
"The Legacy of Addiction'
JoAnn McFall
12:40-1:00 "Going Home: Can Anything Chang
Lisa Tulin-Silver, JoAnn McFall
'Letting Go of the Past: Next Steps'
Doreen Murasky, Penny Tropman
(Independent of the workshops)

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