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4B - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, November 21, 1996

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Io Community Feature
Cheap thrills on trays promises
winter fun on Ann Arbor slopes

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The Michigan Daily Weekenti 1a
D Entertainment News
Prostitutes sue Nicholson for not paying;
Oasis lead singer arrested with cocaine

By Sarah Beldo
For the Daily
In early November the flurries are
just beginning, but the idea of Jack
Frost nipping at noses makes some stu-
dents want to hibernate indoors until
early May. Snow makes a lovely picture
through a pane of glass, but others find
their souls swooning in a different
direction. "Woo-hoo!" exclaim the
impassioned. "Its perfect weather for
sledding!"
But who in college actually goes
sledding?
"If you say that sledding's just for
kids, that's a sign you've lost your sense

of fun. You're really going downhill -
no pun intended," said RC sophomore
Karen Revitt.
If you are one of the chosen who
responds to the call of reckless fun from
yonder hills, there are plenty of differ-
ent sled styles to choose from. Whether
you desire the classic wooden model
inimortalized on cheesy Christmas
cards, or recycled, eco-friendly rem-
nants of a cardboard box, there are
many choices for sleds around town.
Meijer has just begun stocking their
selection -from the Laserlube to the
Torpedo to the Snowbuggy, there is a
style to suit every taste.

"Inner tubes always go down back-
wards. I like the Radio Flyer kind
because they go really fast - but as
long as I'm not steering," School of
Music junior Kirby Fowler said about
her sled preference.
And there is always the popular prac-
tice of tray-sledding: Being propelled
down a hill at warp speed on a plastic
tray that barely has room for your bum.
It's common for these trays to be former
possessions of various residence hall
cafeterias, and they are rarely returned
after sledding season has passed.
"(Stealing trays) happens a lot and it
See SLEDDING, Page 5B

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Students make use of a snowy run at the
just for little kids anymore.

JOE WESTRATE/Dady
Nichols Arboretum. Sledding - it's not

Film
J In Hollywood, sex sells, or perhaps when it
comes to some of Jack Nicholson's recent dates, it
is bought instead. Nicholson was sued Nov. 8 for
allegedly attempting to pay Catherine Sheehan and
her friend S1,000 each for sex after the two
returned to his home on Oct. 16.
V "The Nutty Professor" is the subject of a
recent lawsuit involving its star Eddie Murphy.
Two New York screenwriters, Steven and William
Patrick, are accusing Murphy and Universal
Studios for using their version of a similar story
for the comedic hit. Neither Murphy nor Universal
commented on the issue.
V 'Tis the season to make a mockery of a clas-
sic film? Comedy Central is planning to air a par-
ody of the all-time Yuletide drama "It's a
Wonderful Life" Republic Pictures, who owns the
film's copyright is fighting the network's attempt
to turn the 1946 classic into a product of frivolous
wit.

~ Ray Liotta, known for his rock 'em sock 'em
"Goodfellas" role, must have used his experience
in "Field of Dreams" to enhance his love life.
Liotta, who played "Shoeless" Joe Jackson oppo-
site Kevin Costner, proposed to actress Michelle
Grace, ex-wife of Chicago Cubs first basemen
Mark Grace. The marriage will take place in
Thailand early next year and will be Liotta's first
walk down the aisle.
/ "The Jenny Jones Show" crush that turned
deadly was finally resolved after Jonathan
Schmitz was convicted. of second-degree murder.
Schmitz was accused of killing Scott Amedure
March 9, 1995, after Amedure revealed his feel-
ings for Schmitz at one of the show's recordings.
Maybe exposing that crush wasn't such a good
idea after all.
/ Pamela Anderson Lee, star of TV's
"Baywatch" and the film "Barbed Wire," and
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee are filing for
divorce. This comes after the birth of their first
child this year.

Music
V After modeling themselves after the Beat
it appears that Oasis is now ready to tackle
Rolling Stones. Oasis lead singer Li
Gallagher was arrested in London Nov. 9 on s
picion of possessing cocaine. Gallagher has
been formally charged, but a substance on his p
son was taken for analysis, and he is due to rep
back to the police Dec. 30.
V/ Word arrived that the group we used to I
the Jayhawks is back in the saddle again. I
don't have a new name yet (although Six Gri
Olives has been tossed around). You will defin
ly be hearing new music from whatever they t
themselves in early 1997.
V Seattle supergroup Tuatara has commit
its jazz noodlings to wax; the as-yet untitled de
album will be released March 18. The gre
which includes R.E.M. guitarist Peter Bu
Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Mart
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BOOKS
Continued from Page 12B
"Catcher In the Rye" portrays snow and
ice as symbols of all that is untarnished
and pure.
Local author Charles Baxter delight-
fully illustrates the childlike fascination
we attach to snow, the joy the first snow-
fall brings. His Ahm story "F3tad's
Mother" has a fabulous scene at the
beginning: A middle-aged man, going to
see his mother, notices he has 15 minutes
to kill after church, and goes ice skating.
In his "churchy Sunday-morning suit" he
takes off on the ice pond:
He waved to his friend Ann, an off-
duty cop, practicing her twirls. He
waved to other friends. Without excep-
tion they waved back. As usual he was
impressed with the way skates improved
human character
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of her apartment, his mother said,
"Your cheeks are red." She glanced
down at his trousers, damp with melted
snow. "You've been skating." She kissed
him on the cheek and turned to walk
into her living room. "Skating after
church? Isn 't that some sort of error?"
"It's just happiness,"Fenstad said.
Still, I think that few fellow biblio-

philes would argue: The last passage of
James Joyce's "The Dead" is the most
wonderful snow scene around. Perhaps
it's the emotions that lead up to the
scene, or perhaps it's the masterful lan-
guage and imagery of the scene itself.
Nonetheless, no winter is complete
without rereading Gabriel Conroy's
gaze out the hotel window:

A few light taps on ti
him turn to the window. I
snow again. He watche
flakes, silver and dark, fat
against the lamplight.
comefor him to set out (
westward. Yes, the new
right: snow was gene
Ireland.... His soul swop

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with live orchestral
accompaniment by the
Michigan Sinfonietta led
by conductor and music
scholar Gillian Anderson.
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NOVEMBER 24
AT 7:00 P.M.
Tix: $22.50 & $17.50
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offices: (313) 668-8397

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November
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