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on screen this month

elebrity ensemble casts seem to be
the theme this month. Here are
some that might be worth a $5 tub
of popcorn:
Naked in New York (Fine Line)
Eric Stoltz stars as Jake Briggs in a
romantic comedy about a recent college
grad trying to have a career and a seri-
ous relationship. After graduation, Jake
finds himself in the enviable position of
having his first play produced off-
Broadway. His aspiring career, however,
is causing his love life to suffer, as Jake's
romantic interest Joanne (Mary-Louise
Parker) gets left behind in his search for
success. The film is based on the life of
director Dan Algrant, who was also co-
writer of the movie. The cast includes
Ralph Macchio of Karate Kid fame,
Kathleen Turner and Tony Curtis.

Quaid headline
in a flick about
a common day
in the life of
newspaper edi-
tor Henry-
Hackett (Keaton). Of course, a common
day includes dueling with his managing
editor (Close), dealing with his pregnant
wife (Tomei) and contending with a rival
newspaper that wants to hire him. Oh,
and did we mention he can free two
innocent young men charged with mur-
der if he can expose a major scandal for
the morning edition? The Paper promises
to be an intriguing, if a bit overly glam-
orous, look at newspapers with cameos
by real-life journalists.
Serial Mom (Savoy)
This month

typical perfect suburban family. What
the kiddies don't know, however, is
Mom (Turner) takes time out from
buying the groceries to become a serial
killer. (Don't mind the bloody knife in
your cereal bowl, junior.) Talk show
host Ricki Lake shares the screen as
Turner's boy-crazy daughter in this off-
beat comedy. Just hope the kid doesn't
bring home any potential boyfriends
Mommy doesn't like.
House of the Spirits (Miramax)
Every month
needs at least,
one serious re- -
lease. House off
the Spirits is
April's let's-
get-reflective flick. Based on the best-
selling novel written by Isabel Allende,
House of the Spirits follows the life of the
Trueba family from the sleepy 1920s to
the 1970s. The transition from flappers
to bell-bottoms is re-enacted by an all-
star cast including Meryl Streep, Jeremy
Irons, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder,
Antonio Banderas and Vanessa
Redgrave. Bring the tissue box for this
one.
Jimmy Hollywood (Paramount)
Joe Pesci's
back as an out
of work actor -
who - no joke,
- starts a vigi-
lante group to
combat Hollywood's rising crime. He
does Brando, he does Cagney, he takes
hoods hostage in his girlfriend's bath-
room. Jimmy Hollywood also stars
Christian Slater as his hapless sidekick.
Slater plays William, a character the
actor describes as "out there." Does
Slater take any other type of role?
Word on the street is that Slater steals
the show.

Major League II (Warner Bros.)
As with all successful movies, a sequel
is born and the cast reunited for another
(they hope) financial jackpot. Rick
Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) has exchanged
his funked-out 'do for Armani suits
while cleanup hitter Pedro Cerrano
(Dennis Haysbert) has traded his
voodoo religion for Buddhism. Other
than the superficial changes, look for a
similar story line and goofy hijinks that
made the first Major League somewhat
of a cult hit on college campuses.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Gramercy)
In what may be the sleeper of the
month, this romantic comedy centers
around a thirtysomething British bache-
lor, Charles (Hugh Grant), who finds
himself surrounded by women yet
unable to commit to any of them. Will
Charles finally settle down when he
meets American beauty Carrie (Andie
MacDowell)? He has to make it
through four weddings and a funeral,
hence the title, before he actually
decides. Directed by Mike Newell
(Enchanted April), Four Weddings follows
a recent succession of British films gar-
nering critical acclaim.
Here are
some other
movies you
might want to -
check out this
month: Cops L
and Robbersons, Chevy Chase's chance
to revive his career; Surviving the Game,
starring Ice-T; Holy Matrimony, starring
Patricia Arquette and directed by
Leonard Nimoy; Clifford, with Charles
Grodin and Martin Short; The Favor,
with Harley Jane Kozak (Parenthood),
Elizabeth McGovern and Brad Pitt; and
Color of Night, with Bruce Willis.
Danita Arbuckle, Ball State Daily
News, Ball State U.

Low Impact
Adventures
Go ahead and parywith
Mother Nature, but don't
trash her house
at's out is in. From rock climbing to scuba div-
ing, everybody is rushing to join the latest extreme
sport - but it might be more than the great out-
doors can handle.
According to environmentalists, if uninformed enthusi-
asts aren't careful, they can do serious damage to land and
water.
For example, as rock climbing gains popularity, it also
disturbs cliff-dwelling birds and animals, destroys ancient
rock art, uproots plants and litters ledges with trash and
human waste. As a result, some national parks have already
placed restrictions on climbers. Joshua Tree National
Monument in Southern California, for one, has banned
the use of steel bolts to anchor ropes. Other parks are con-
sidering rules such as keeping people off unexplored faces.
Because knobby-wheeled bikes stir up soil, mountain
biking can contribute to erosion and disturb wildlife.
According to Mark Featherstone, a senior and president of
the mountain biking club at the U. of Utah, many trails are
already trashed.
"We try and stick to well-worn trails to keep erosion
pretty minimal," he says. "It really comes down to paying
attention to wilderness areas and not biking where you
know you're not supposed to."
Campers and hikers can also scar the environment by
trampling vegetation, scorching the earth with their camp-
fires and leaving behind human waste.
Even small decisions like wearing sunscreen can upset
the environment.
Chris Cantonis, a senior and president of the scuba club
at the U. of Florida, says he has to explain the delicate bal-
ance of coral reefs to novice divers.
"I have to tell them, 'Please don't wear sunscreen, please
don't step on the reefs or pick anything up,"' he says.
"Even touching bottom stirs up sand that lands on the
coral and kills it."
Other water sports like boating and skiing
also affect wildlife, messt notably nianatees,
aquatic animals that live in warm coastal
areas such as Florida. Michael Kenney, a
regional director for the National Wildlife
Federation who coordinates student out- g
reach programs, says he's never seen a man-
atee that wasn't scarred by a boat's pro-
peller. Manatees also entangle themselves
in fishing line.
"There have been some improvements ,
lately with propeller guards and no-wakeY
zones," Kenney says. "And for the most
part sports enthusiasts have a greater appre-
ciation for the environment. There are very
few people who just don't get it." Climbing can distu

Kathleen Tur-
The Paper (Universal) ner stars as the
The cast alone is enough to make big heavy in yet
news in this movie directed by Ron another dark '
Howard. Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, comedy. Dir-
Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei and Randy ector John Waters' script portrays the

Some parks are putting restrictions on mountain climbers.
David Garcia, an environmental science major at Texas
A&M U., says, "We tell our [outdoors club] members to
'take only pictures, leave only footprints."'
According to the U.S. Forest Service, wilderness visita-
tion peaked at 15 million in 1984, and after a time of
decline, recent numbers seem to be increasing.
"You want people to experience wilderness to educate
and gain appreciation, but at the same time use is detri-
mental," says Chris Ibsen, William and Mary junior and
former Student Environmental Action Coalition president.
In an effort to get the word out to sports enthusiasts,
nonprofit groups like the Izaak Walton League of America
and Leave No Trace promote environmentally safe out-
door recreation through pamphlets and in-the-field train-
ing. Leave No Trace offers 10 principles for sports enthu-
siasts:
Leave No Trace's Top 10 Suggestions
- Plan ahead and prepare before you go
" Concentrate impact in high-use areas
" Spread use and impact in pristine areas
- Avoid places where impact is just beginning
- Minimize horse impact
" Use campfires responsibly
- Pack it in, pack it out
" Properly dispose of what you cannot pack out
- Be considerate of others
- Leave what you find
"People are hungry for this information,"
says Leave No Trace outreach coordinator
Rich Brame. "Recreation and preservation
are not necessarily at odds with each other.
Education is the answer."
And Brame warns that destruction has its
price. "Where education fails, regulation
enters," he says. "The country is filled with
3: parks that have been closed due to overuse.
Sometimes it's just to allow recovery time,
sometimes complete revegetation must be
o done. It doesn't matter if you set aside all
urb local wildlie, the land you want if you love it to death." 1

viewpoint
He said the end
was at hand. He pre-
dicted that, in time,
the gap between hun-
gry mouths and the
limits of agriculture
would result in mass
starvation.
The year was 1798,
the man was Thomas
Malthus, and today
there is more food than
ever before.
Malthus was the first
in a long line of environ-
mentalist doomsayers
with a cloudy crystal
ball. More recently, in 1968, Paul Ehrlich pre-
dicted that we would run out of clean water by
the 1970s. Unembarrassed by this and other
failed prophesies, Ehrlich continues to proclaim
the apocalypse, which is still imminent unless
we mend our ecological ways.
No doubt most environmentalists are sincere
in their convictions. But they don't seem to
make good prophets. That is because environ-
mentalists make the mistake of denying the
hierarchy of life. Environmentalists routinely
place the interests of people below those of
lower creatures. Witness the recent battle over
the spotted owl, when the Environmental
Protection Agency placed millions of acres off
limits to logging, putting the owls' livelihood
ahead of people's. Out on the fringe, some
environmental groups wreck construction sites
and put spikes in trees that injure loggers in
the service of "protecting the earth."
The simple truth is that some creatures are
higher than others. Plants are superior to inani-
mate matter, animals are superior to plants,
and humans are superior to animals. Rebellion
against this concept is a denial of reality.
We see the unique character of humanity all
around us, but we don't often take stock of it.
Unlike animals, humans do many things that
aren't related to eating or reproducing. Religion
and art, the summits of the human experience,
are totally unnecessary to physical survival or
producing offspring. We need to step back and
see ourselves in contrast to the universe. Why
do we do what we do? Who are we, anyway?
Merely discussing this point proves that
humans are radically different than animals.
For a human to ask, "What is man?" is not
unusual, but squirrels do not, as far as we
know, ask, "What is squirrel?" Lower creatures
do not ask why; they simply are.
With our intellect comes a certain amount of
control over our surroundings. Humanity has
the freedom to choose what it wishes to do
with the earth, and we must therefore choose
what is right.
How do we know what the "right" path is?
We can start by eliminating any philosophy
which rejects the hierarchy of life. Such a creed
cannot give us any useful answers, and cannot
guide us toward a better understanding of our
precious world. Eric M. Johnson, The
Breeze, James Madison U.
U. Magane * S

* By Jenny MacNairTFIL1,College W
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