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[ About Town
Kaleidoscope twirls old 'junk' into precious collectables

By Josh Herman
For the Daily
Where do quirky trends go when they
die? A good bet would be Kaleidoscope
- a store comprising a large collection
of "fine used and rare items" (read: the
most amazing "junkyard").
Kaleidoscope was established in
1990 by Jeffrey Pickell, as a means of
"revenge for when mom threw out, gave
away my stuff when I went to college -
comic books, science fiction collec-
tions and thoroughly useless trinkets of
childhood possession," as Pickell
remarked. In fact, a past slogan for the
store was, "We sell everything your

mother made you throw away."
How did the name come about? After
throwing around such names as
"Bookhound Station" and "Gotham
West" (in honor of his favorite book-
store) Pickell realized that being in the
store was like "looking through a lens
and seeing an explosion of colors!"
Looking through the painted window
on State Street, most passersby would
agree.
The store itself houses tons of items
that act as a sort of eye candy. Some of
Pickell's favorites in the store include a
mint first edition of "The Catcher in the
Rye,' a French TV set in the shape of a

teardrop and an original Emmett Kelley
painting that was commissioned but
never delivered. New products line the
shelves as well, for, as Pickell said, "I
have to learn about the new things peo-
ple want. It's a growth and learning
experience for me."
Everything from circa-1950s vacuum

cleaners, to a "vintage porn" section, to
infinite "Star Wars" memorabilia (such
as an R2D2 Pepsi cooler) is scattered
along the shelves in Kaleidoscope. As
LSA sophomore Kevin Grant
exclaimed, studying the profusion of
items, "I wish I had my wallet!"
The store houses a wide range of rare

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and used books. For the price of $1 for
a paperback and $2 for a hardcover,
these treasures are well worth investi-
gating. Old "pulp fiction" books,
Pickell said, are some of the biggest
sellers.
Political items abound as well. With
Hanukkah just around the corner, per-
haps shoppers can demonstrate how the
"personal is political" next year by wear-
ing an "I like Ike" yarmulke. If not, why
not sip juice out of the Reagan glass set,
or get down to the smooth sounds of the
"Nixon's the One!" record.
If Nixon records don't do it for you,
there's a wide selection of old sheet
music - the kind of music that perme-
ates the 82-88 and 105-107 FM sections
of your radio dial. Old rock posters line
the walls in the back of the store;
inspired by LSD trips, these posters will
make your mind strain to take in their
bursting colors and odd imagery.
The store also stocks classic and not-
so-classic movie posters - everything
from "Psycho" in Spanish to "Wayne's
World" in English. There are also
countless sci-fi posters that begin with
the words "The future is here ... " with
pictures of no-name actors and robots
made of tinfoil and pop-bottle tops.
Other than what's mentioned above,
Kaleidoscope boasts 10,000 postcards
from the 1800s to the present, 8-mm
cartoons, sports magazines, University
memorabilia going back to 1817, old
Zippo lighters, games, robots, toys and
anything (and everything) else that your
mom laheled "junk." LSA sophomore
Dawn Jung exclaimed, "It's like step-
ping back in time!"
Pickel, once a history major (he
now considers himself a "cultural his-
torian of sorts") explained his drive to
open the store with the quote "With
Pez in hand, one can't think of getting
into an argument." With all this eye
candy, and actual candy, surrounding
them, browsers will no doubt feel like
contented kids in, well, a candy shop.
Only here, the candy's a bit more
expensive, it's older than your par-
ents, and the Bazooka Joe jokes are
worse.
With its vast armay of colors and
sights, Kaleidoscope offers a trip for"the
nostalgic, not-so-nostalgic and the just
plain curious.
Traveling down
Memory Lane
with Kaleidoscope
* Kaleidoscope Books &
Collectable is located at 217 S.
State Street.
* The store is open : Monday-
Wednesday, 10 am-6 p.m.;
Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m, - 8
p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. -5 p.m.
* For further information on
store information, and items for
purchase, call 995-9887.

KELLY McKINNELL/Daily
Members of the men's club hockey team practice their shots on goal in their
Monday night practice at Yost Ice Arena.
Men's club hockey
aims for national title

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For the Daily
There is a rising star in the world of
University club sports - namely, the
men's club hockey team.
The club hockey team was started in
1993 by Frank Eupizi, Karl Stein, John
Gable and Derek Biltis, when they peti-
tioned the club sports department to
recognize them as a team. In 1995, they
acre finally granted the club status they
desired.
The team's first season was only six
games, but it has improved immensely
since then. Ibase been here since the
team's inception, and believe me, we
have come a tong way," said LSA
senior Malt Abrams.
The club hockey team plays in the
American Collegiate Hockey League
(ACHL) in the Midwest Collegiate
Hockey League (MCHL) division.
Being on the club team requires ded-
ication and time. Practices are three
days a week, and generally start at 6:30
a.m. The team also plays an average of
two games per week and 25 during per
season. "We make a major time com-
mitment and take this very seriously."
said Engineering junior Conor Byrne, a
third-year team member.
The team is becoming increasingly
talented. As Engineering junior Mike
Forbis said, "The club hockey team has
made some tremendous strides in the
past few years, and it will only take
time until we're a top competitor." Last
year the team finished 12-14, and have
high hopes despite a 1-2 start.
Byrne said, "Our goals now include

winning the league championship,
thereby guaranteeing ourselves a chance
to play for the national championship:"
Because of the improvements in orga-
nization, his immediate goal may well be
in reach. The team is now partially fund-
ed by the University, and has a full time
coach, Don Richard, who has more than
30 years of coaching experience.
This year holds the potential to be the
team's most successful season to date.
Tryouts were held in the third week of
September and were extremely compet-
tire -2around 50 players showed up
for the 22 spots.
The team plays and practices at Yost
Ice Arena from the end of October
through the end of February, and is
intensely preparing for its Nov. 8 and
Nov. 9 battles against Ohio State.
The club is planning for an attack
with mental and physical toughness.
"The team gets along really well off
the ice, and once we put it all together
on the ice, we'll be tough to beat," said
LSA first-year student Craig Peiser

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