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4B - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, September 17, 1998


The Michigan Daily Week

Area bars offer a
variety of appeals

El State of the Arts


Bars often hire live entertainment to attract students such as these above at Mitch's Place Tuesday night. Most students say
they will head to the bar even sans bands and music, but having some form of entertainment usually doesn't hurt.
School of Public Health
Graduate Student
Information Day
Saturday, October 3, 1998
Over the next decade, the demand for public health graduates will increase. On any
given day in the United States there are 2,500 to 5,000 vacant public health positions. There is
a shortage of 1,800 public health nutritionists. The need for medical epidemiologists will more
than double by the year 2000.
With just two more years of study, you can gain unlimited career options in fast-track
positions that are in high demand.
Preliminary Program

By Kerrl Murphy
Daily Arts Writer
Picture this: you're a University stu-
dent and you've just turned the magical
21. You're finally legal ... So what do
you do?
Most students blessed with conquer-
ing this coming of age crisis, reply, with-
out hesitation ... "I'm going to the bar."
Despite the numerous fraternity, apart-
ment and house parties that line the
streets on any given weekend night, there
seems to be something special about
going to the bar for many students.
Ann Arbor is by no means in short
supply when it comes to this hot com-
Sometimes it needn't even be the
weekend for students to decide to fre-
quent a bar.
"I heard it's dollar-pitcher night, so
why not?" said Medical school first-
year student Jeff Angobaldo, who stood
last Wednesday night in a lengthy line
that snaked around the corner outside
Rick's Cafe, 611 Church St. "They're
playing dance music tonight, plus our
schedules this week are so light."
Whether it's a break from studies or a
way to avoid hitting the books all-
together, bar-hopping during the week
is a favorite Ann Arbor pass time.
"Tuesday night is the most popular
night because Jerry Sprague plays,"
said LSA junior Rebecca Marshall, a
waitress at Mitch's Place. 1301 South
University Ave. Sprague is joined by
local sensation the Remainders at
Mitch's on Thurs.ay, drawing equally
large throngs of students, Marshall said.
Atmosphere and special deals can
also play a role in boosting bar turnout.

"People like the atmosphere of the
bars. There are some regulars that come
in but it's more of a student crowd,"
Marshall said. "I always see tons of
friends meeting here."
Mitch's otTers certain kinds of mixed
drinks and bottled beer for S2 or less on
Thursday nights. Not to be out-done,
Scorekeepers, 310 Maynard St., offers
pitchers for $2.50 and Long Island Ice
Teas for 99 cents on Thursday nights.
Just about every bar open for business
offers some kind of similar specials
some night of the week.
Students say the promise of cheap
beer and drinks are an added bonus but
not their only incentive for frequenting
local joints.
Casa Dominick's, located on 812
Monroe Street, has its own unique qual-
ities that attract the bar-goers. With out-
door seating and limited seasonal oper-
ating hours, it is known on campus as a
more laid back, early bird's bar.
On the other end of the spectrum
and on the other side of town lies
Touchdown Ca fe, which has the reputa-
tion of being one of Ann Arbor's more
raucous bars.
It was hard to escape chants of'"let's
go Orange" - even over the blaring big
screen TVs and the clanking beer bot-
tles Friday night before Saturday's dis-
aster at the Big Ilouse.
Business third-year student Rich
Iloh, who works as a one of
Touchdown's doormen, said thrill-seek-
ers have long recognized his bar as a
place to find crazy fans.
"Last year Fox 50 news came when
Michigan played Penn State and the
See Bars, Page 168

This past summer, one amazingly
fantastic film hit the local cineplex.
"Saving Private Ryan" struck it rich. It
hit home. It made individuals of all hor-
monal balance weep in the middle of the
theater. It was
easily a mas-
terpiece. No
doubt about it.
What is
about "Saving
Private Ryan,"
though, is not
its explosion
onto the big
screen, not its
big bad cast, Kristin Long
with its big bad Daily Arts Editor
because these all speak for themselves.
What shocks me, is its amazing simi-
larity to "Titanic" Both have great spe-
cial effects, amazing cinematography
and feature fantastic direction. The score
is decent, and the acting works in its
own special way.
And both, surprisingly, suffer from a
severe lack of plot.
Now, wait a minute. Before you start
shooting out a nasty comment like a
screaming "what" and an unhappy "You
don't have any clue what you are taking
about," please, allow me to explain.

"'Titanic" was a landmark film, I
question that not at all. But what is real-
ly irksome is that this masterpiece, in all
its creative ingenuity and obsessive
attention to detail, thought that it could
simply sail by us without maintaining a
new and inventive story. It was the pio-
neering force in inventing what I will
call the "Titanic" illness.
Let's be realistic for a minute here you
unsinkable fans of "Titanic." The story
was old, nothing new, it broke no new
ground in the screenplay department. Its
dialogue was also less than spectacular;
you have to admit, "I'm the king of the
world," is just the type of lame fluff that
can make one cringe or vomit, whichev-
er applies.
Yes, it won a bunch of Oscars, but
none for Best Screenplay.
It's tragic. It's an illness. And it's
Moving on.
"Saving Private Ryan" is probably
one of the best films I've seen in the past
year. But every now and then I wonder if
I just might have enjoyed it more with
no sound. In total silence I would have
been spared the epic's lack of story.
Peculiar, isn't it?
The camera angles, the facial expres-
sions, everything in that department,
let's call it the "Titanic" department, was
right on the money. The initial scenes of

the film were spectacular. Even the
mere shot of the good ole' American
flag in the first five minutes brought
tears to my eyes.
But as the film progressed, the
story stopped. Sure its premise was
about the struggle of a group of sol-
diers to decide whether the life of one
man is worth the risk of six or some-
thing, but there was an essential ele-
ment missing here.
Take this image: It's like making a
peanut butter and jelly sandwich and
forgetting to spread the p.b. and j. to the
edges of the bread. As a result, despite
the beautiful sandwich that you made,
your last bite is now simply dull, dry
bread. Nothing to it.
Let me make this clear, my dislike of
the plot of "Saving Private Ryan" has
nothing to do with my gender, or any
other bizarre excuse that fans haven
gave me. I just missed something that I
am convinced never existed in the first
place - namely, a story.
In the overall scheme of things, I am
really concerned about this "Titanic" ill-
ness that has become a trend in the
Hollywood industry. I don't know who
movie makers are trying to kid by
throwing us these megafilms, sans plot.
Visually the films are enjoyable and
entertaining, but any kind of story that
just hits you, and makes you really stop
Top 5 videos z
(Last weekend s most rented
1. "The Wedding Singer"
2. "U.S. Marshalls"
3. "Good Will Hunting"
4. "The Man in the Iron Mask"
5. "Wag the Dog"
Source: The Associated press

and think is on the v
While I know th
war theme in "Sav
phenomenal, and I h
is realistic. It seem
that "Ryan" only to
the story, thereby f
something that coul
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just witnessed.
I suppose that by
office records, auc
it. But on the. other
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that many plot-fueli
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in charge wanted to
marketable and a le
quick-fix. Again,
"Titanic" illness.
Having just seen
story in it now make
best parts of the plot
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(Billboard's top album
1. Lauryn Hill, "T
of Lauryn Hill"
2. Soundtrack, "I
3. 'N Sync, "'N S
4. Alan Jackson,'
5. Beastie Boys,
6. Barenaked La
7. Fat Joe, "Don
8. Soundtrack, "
The Album"
9. Backstreet Bo
10. Snoop Dogg,
Be Sold, Not To E
Top 10 boo
(Last weekend's most F
1. "Rainbow Six
2. "Tell Me Your
3. "No Safe Plac
4. "I Know This:
5. "Star Wars: V
6. "Summer Sist
7. "Message ina
8. "Memoirs of
9. "The First Ea
10. "Point of Ori

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Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Introduction to the field of Public Health
Faculty Speaker
Biostatistics Departmental Session
Panel discussion-faculty, staff, students and alumni-
on admissions, financial aid, careers,
diversity, student life
Lunch and chance to chat with SPH students
Departmental Sessions and optional tour
Environmental and Industrial Health,
Epidemiology, Health Behavior and Health
Education, Health Management and Policy,
On Job/On Campus Biostatistics continues


1. "Rounders"
2. "There's Something About Mary"
3. "Blade"
4. "Saving Private Ryan"
5. "Simon Birch"
6. "Ever After"
7. "Knock Off"
8. "Snake Eyes"
9. "Armageddon"
10. "How Stella Got Her Groove




To participate in this event, you will need to register by visiting our web site at
www.sph.umich.edu/admissionsinfo.htm or by calling 764-5425. Please register by September 25, 1998.

Source: The Associated Press,
SVideo Pick of the Week
Sept. 17: "Animal House"
(Hey, It's a classic anddit has
absolutely nothing to do with
President Clinton).


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