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1U.CTHE NATIONALCOLLEGE NEWSPAPER

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M~ck y Ro rke 'de ga'nPROMVOTIONAL CONTEST
Mickey Rurke ridesagi
By MICHAEL MORDLER He says such industry trash talk is more about "politics
TheDaily Bruin, U. of California, Los Angeles and playing a certain game" than about good acting, and he
casually shrugs off his displeasure with the business of
Mickey Rourke doesn't pull any punches. And if he dares Hollywood.
to ride his motorcycle down Sunset Boulevard at high speeds "I just wish maybe along the line with learning all this
or step into the boxing ring, what the hell does he have to be Stanislavski shit Iwould have taken a business course."
afraid of It does appear that Rourke, who insists he isn't proud to
Certainly not Hollywood. be an actor, is distancing himself from the Hollywood
"There's a certain way that you have to live your life," community. Lately he's turned to professional boxing as a
Rourke says. "And I choose to diversion.
live my life just the way I grew "I've got four bouts set up,"
up. I'm not gonna change." he says. "I think down the line
His rationale is simple. He it's gonna help my acting. It's
wants tto be able to look at gonna give me an edge that
himself in the mirror every the rest of them don't have. You can be a winner with
morning and know he's his And I know it, and they know Yb a nnerith,
own man. it." (T *~j 3 1'
He cites Marlon Brandon as Rourke would rather tell W te en CA t jUi pf
a role model for his style of anecdotes about his past than H ,m
living. "He was probably one plug his new film, "White Here's your chance to score a slam dunk with White
~ Men Can't Jump."
of the first actors in modern Sands," a Warner Bros. IMenatp.t
times that sort of hung his release and Morgan Creek It's the fast-paced hustle of basketball, played against
balls over the fence in a way' production. the game of life in the fast lane. And U. The National
where, if he made a choice, he For example, after he was College Newspaper has teamed up with 20th Century Fox
lived or died by it." cast in his first movie, "Body to bring you off the sidelines and into the action.
But Rourke admits to Heat," the producers said We're giving away jackets, hats and T-shirts from
having made some poor COURTESY OF MORGAN CREEK PRODUCTIONS they would pay him $500 a Wee Cant Jump 20th Century Foxs release
choices of late, saying "(the) Mickey Rourke doesn't want to sell his soul to Hollywood. day. He refused to do it for stern pr innersw re ackets, 25 first-
last couple of years I've had to less than $1,000 a day. When ga e winners will recei ve jackets, 25seot-
do some movies I didn't believe in. I did it for financial it was apparent Rourke wouldn't budge, the producers place winners will receive hats, and 50 second-place
reasons." caved in. wneswl ahrcieaTsit
reasns. avd i.ndr all you have todo to enter is send your name,
Failed movies, though, inevitably lessen an actor's stature He laughs about it now, but it's that capacity to risk adde,
in the industry - and Rourke knows it. He also realizes many everything that has hurt his career. Things, however, have a address and the school you attend to "White Men Can't
Hollywood producers will consider his performances in way of turning themselves around. But if for some reason Jump" contest, Su Te National oCollege Newspape 1800
"Diner," "9 1/2 Weeks" and "Barfly" a thing of the past, things don't work out, he doesn't want sympathy. He doesn't 90067.
instead focusing on the more recent "Harley Davidson and need it. Anyone who has ridden a Harley Davidson for as Entries must be postmarked by May 15. Winners will
the Marlboro Man" and "Wild Orchid." long as he has is, if nothing else, is a survivor. be selected by a random drawing and notified by mail.
Ok *Apill releases look lik a teaser to summer schedule

Life and Art

X hats represnt
fsion, actoMsm
By PATRICK HEALY
r The TuftsDaily, Tufts U.

While bills of rights have documented beliefs of peoples
throughout the world, a hat has recently symbolized a powerful
ideology that is gaining attention across college campuses.
Designed to invoke memories of Malcolm X, the slain civil rights
leader who advocated unity among oppressed blacks, the hats have
struck a chord in a new generation of college students - a chord
similar to the one his effect had on students during the 1960s Black
Power movement.
"The hats themselves symbolize a renaissance among the youth
recognizing the importance of Malcolm X," said Lyle Mays, a
freshman at Tufts U. who wears one of the hats, which are generally
black with a large centered X. "What applies to 1963 applies to 1992
- that is that black people need to get off the streets and get some
economic solidarity among themselves."
Gerald Gill, a Tufts history professor, credits trends in popular
culture, as well as the power of Malcolm X's messages of racial pride
and uncompromising values, as reasons why students identify with
the black leader.
According to Gill, in the past five years filmmakers like Spike Lee
and rap groups like Public Enemy have used Malcolm's tenets as a
basis for their works.
"Over the context of his whole life, Malcolm X can be seen as a
strong figure, a role model. Young blacks might gravitate more to
him than other black leaders for many reasons," Gill said. He said
that conservatives like former President Ronald Reagan, who
espoused ideas not always conciliatory to black people, quoted
Martin Luther King often. Therefore, he said, blacks may have been
turned off to King's beliefs.
Malcolm X spent much of his youth in urban centers like Harlem
and served some time in prison. After converting to the Nation of
Islam while in jail, Malcolm X wrote several books and became a
minister following his release. His message was clear: black unity
and defense through violence.
Karen Johnson, operations manager at the African Institute at
Northeastern U., said she was "not sure" how to react to the
popularity of Malcolm X and the hats.
"I question why certain groups of people would be embracing the

LIFE ADART BRIEFLY
Pick up schticks... Before going to
college, Lisa Ruskanen received a
warning from one of her father's best
friends. He said if a young man
approached her at a party and said, "Was
someone in your family a thief? He stole
that twinkle from the stars and put it in
your eyes," she had better stay away from
him. That line, he said, was in use in the
1960s. Ruskanen's father's friend
intended this as a warning, but Ruskanen
took it differently. She wondered how
many pick-up lines were floating around
college campuses these days, especially at
her own school, Kansas State U. She
began to listen to them at parties and
write them down. Now, she has an
extensive list pinned on the door of her
dorm room. Some of the pick-up lines are
seemingly simple, from, "My roommate is
out of town," to the innuendo, "That's a
nice shirt, but it'd look better crumpled
up on my floor," to the lines from an old
country song, "If I told you you have a
beautiful body, would you hold it against
me?"
Some other famous or infamous lines:
Your pants are so clean, I can see
myself in them.
.Can I see your tan lines?
I'm not trying anything. I always put
my hand there.
Wanna go back to my place and do
the things I'm going to tell my friends we
did anyway?
. Do you want to order a pizza and have
sex? What-you don't like pizza?
Beauty is only a light switch away.
Does Lisa actuallyuse these lines?
"Just for fun," she said. "It's funny to
see the initial expressions on people's
faces. Then they usually laugh and tell
you one." Tara Hun, Kansas State
Collegian, Kansas State U.

By RANDY GENER
The Sagebrush, U. of Nevada, Reno

box his way
are about u
the top, ab-

Well, it couldn't be avoided. What many who becon
consider the worst time of the year for experience
movies is finally upon us - right after the championc
Oscars and just before summer, when all of One" deal
the hottest movies are released to compete sweepinge
for the big bucks at the summer box office. about a yo
The Babe - Universal
Studios. "Roseanne" starJohn I
Good-man is sure to puff
cigars and chew tobacco
before he even hits a home
run in this movie biography of
baseball legend George
Herman (Babe) Ruth. That's
because the Sultan of Swat<
lived it up. He had a
gargantuan appetite not just
for baseball but also for wine,
women and hot dogs. The last
movie made of Ruth's life was
the 1948 clinker "The Babe
Ruth Story' starring William COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL STUDI
Bendix. And Ruth played Goodman plays Babe Ruth.
himself in the 1942 movie
"Pride of the Yankees" in which Gary movie is ens
Cooper played Lou Gehrig. This film should the multipl
tell us whether Ruth fans can accept the King" have
truth about America's most famous baseball he's not eve
legend. directorial
The Power of One - Warner Bros. with Emili
Academy Award- winning director John junk thatr
Avildsen, who brought us "Rocky I and V" "Sleepwalk(
and "The Karate Kid I,11 and III," likes to could be a

to box-office uplift. His movies
nderdogs who fight their way to
out the rite of passage for boys
me men in the boxing ring of
. Avildsen fancies himself the
of the little guy. "The Power of
s with similar territory. It's a
epic set in the 1930s and '40s
ung South African boxer who
learns his trade from a
German prisoner of war and
a black jailbird. In the
process, he learns about the
inhumanity of apartheid.
Stephen King's Sleep-
walkers - Columbia
Pictures. It has been said that
Stephen King has such a
huge following that he could
publish his grocery list and
still have a reasonable
chance at The New York
Times best-seller list. In
Hollywood, the mere men-
oS tion of his name somehow
remotely connected to even
the lowest-grade horror
tough to get those cash registers at
ex in heat. The words "Stephen
become a sales pitch. And yet
en passable as a film maker. His
debut "Maximum Overdrive"
o Estevez was smashingly stupid
needed a maximum overhaul.
ers" sounds like a potboiler, but it
sleeper. It's the first screenplay

the novelist has everwritten. newspaper tycoons Joseph Pulitzer and rival
Mad Dog and Glory - Universal. When William Randolph Hearst declare an
Robert De Niro is at his best, he has a increase in the cost of their daily news-
bulldog's fierceness and a puppy's warmth. papers, a price war erupts, and it's the
His volatile shifts from one mode to the other Newsies (newspaper sales boys)who feel the
are why he's been regularly hailed as the best pinch. These poor kids who hawk tabloids on
actor on the American scene. When wacky the streets of New York threaten to strike -
Bill Murray is at his best, he has a sneaky- but not before they burst into song about the
funny wise-ass wit and a Scrooge crankiness. injustices of the newspaper bigwigs of the
In this Martin Scorsese pro-duction about a 19th century in this live-action musical.
cop who saves the life of a gangster, the yuks Robert Duvall plays Pulitzer. This movie will
should be plentiful. As a gift for the cop, in have plenty of singin' and a dancin'.
return for his bravery, the gangster gives away Shadows & Fog - Orion Pictures. Just
a girlnamed Glory. The Hitch- Murray, who reading this forbidding title of Woody
plays the gangster, Allen's new movie is
wantshis girl back. enough to make us
Beethoven - Uni- realize that his 21st
versal. Rin Tin Tin. feature-length movie
Benji. Lassie. Hooch. will not be a return to
Add Beethoven to the rude, naughty
this growing list of comedies he used to
canine cadets. He's make. The black and
the new dog in town ) white comedy-
who wants his day at drama, set in dark
the movies. This big and moody Europe
St. Bernard disrupts in the '30s, is about a
the quiet lives of a COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL STUDIOS strangler who strikes
suburban family in Move over Lassie. Beethoven Is movin' In. when the circus
this bowwow comedy comes to town. In
from producer Ivan Reitman, who directed other words, Allen offers a crash course in
"Ghostbusters," "Twins" and "Kindergarten Existentialism 101 - The Sad and Funny
Cop." Beethoven soon leads the family into Aspects of Man's Eternal Helplessness in the
a dogfight with an evil veterinarian. Charles Universe. The all-star guest line-up includes
Grodin is the head of the household thathas Kathy Bates,John Cusack, Mia Farrow,Jodie
gone to the dogs. Foster, John Malkovich, Lily Tomlin and
Newsies - Walt Disney Pictures. When Madonna.Yes, Madonna.

JOHN CHUNG, THt DAIL'Y'BRUSIN, S. OFOCALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
A generation of American youths are identifying with Malcolm X.
teachings of Malcolm X, like white Anglo-Saxons... and union types,"
said Johnson, who owns an X hat. "You have one group of people
who understands what the X hat symbolizes, and another group of
people wear it because they think it is in fashion right now."
Because of Spike Lee, who owns an X hat, many students have
been purchasing the hats. Karla Bounin, an employee at Urban
Outfitters in Cambridge, Mass., ascribes interest in the hat more to
trend than ideology. "Spike Lee started the whole thing to promote
his movies, and people have been buying them up. But other people
do want to make a statement by wearing them," she said.
Although the X hat is in vogue, students like Tufts senior Anthony
Barfield believe the interest in Malcolm X should based on the
leader's convictions, not on popular culture. "A way of expressing
admiration for the man is to wear the hat, the jacket, other
paraphernalia," Barfield said. "He is the perfect example of a strong
man who stood his ground and stood up for his beliefs."

Breakfast cereals: They'rre Grrreat

By SUSANWILLIAMS
Daily Utah Chronicle, U. of Utah
As one of the few remaining extensions of youth, those
old favorite sugar-coated cereals are being gobbled up by
students across the country.
And some cereals have become such a part of the morning
routine, many students can't get through the day without
their daily fill. That's the reason Willie Boldt, executive chef
for the U. of Utah Union Food Services, has to fill cereal bins
with 10-pound bags of Cap'n Crunch every day.
And everyone has an opinion why certain cereals are
selling better than others, including Boldt. "You'd be
surprised how many adults and college students are
watching Saturday morning cartoons," he said.
Phil Gyori, Quaker Oats Co. brand manager, said college
students are affected by advertising aimed at children. The
fair Cap'n holds about 3 percent of a 200-cereal market. "I
think it's got a good-natured, almost a reverent, kind of
humor," Gyori said of the Cap'n and his appeal to college
students. In fact, Cap'n Crunch was created by the creator of

such personalities as Bullwinkle and Moose.
Randy Shields, a U. of Utah student, said Cap'n Crunch is
his favorite cold cereal, and he thinks he is affected by the
commercials during Saturday morning cartoons. Although
he generally doesn't eat cereal for breakfast, he eats it when
he gets the munchies.
But Thomas Spivey, senior food services manager at the
U. of California at Berkeley, said the favorite cold cereal of
students on his campus is Frosted Flakes. The cafeteria only
sells Kellogg's assortment packs. "We've tried Kellogg's and
somebody else, and ... Kellogg's was the vote," Spivey said.
Although Tony the Tiger, the Frosted Flakes' spokescat, is
not specifically targeted toward a college market, Karen
MacLeod, Kellogg's publicity manager, said students like
Tony for various reasons. "He, we feel, communicates vitality
and energy," which are associated with youth, she said.
Both Boldt and Spivey said Raisin Bran is another cold
cereal favorite of students. But when it comes to the most
popular, college students seem to enjoy the cereals their
mothers never let them have when they were kids. At the U.
of Buffalo, students follow this rule without much variation.

JUDD HILLMAN, DAILY UTAH CHRONICLE, U. OF UTAH
Students at the U. of Utah chomp down 10 pounds of Cap'n
Crunch per day. But SSHHHHHHH. Don't tell their moms.
Cap'n Crunch, Crunchberries (a Cap'n relative), Fruit
Loops and Lucky Charms are the most popular cereals. And
a few years ago, students at the U. of Notre Dame boycotted
meals when the Cap'n was banned from the dinner menu.
Whether the Cap'n or other cereals will attain cult status is
still up in the air. "It isn't just something that's happened in
a year or two," Gyori said of Cap'n Crunch's success.

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