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6F -- The M4ugan Daily - Football S*rday - November 6, 1999@ CAM PL3 N EWS

VHS urges students to get meningitis shot
By Adam Brian Cohen Last weekend, 21-year-old Pennsylvania State cine in a short period of time, said University said.
Valy SrafRe - University student Ryan Hockensmith contracted spokesperson Joel Seguine. They left Champaign early Sunday and
The University Health Service's automated bacterial meningitis and began showing symptoms UHS gave 650 meningococcal disease (bacteri- Hockensmith "slept the whole way home" during
meningitis information line is quick to say: "There while in Champaign, Ill. He was covering the Penn al meningitis) vaccinations last week and admin- the 12-hour drive, Kalec said.
is no outbreak." State-Illinois football game for Penn State's stu- istered 58 on Monday. "We stopped at his apartment first when we got
Despite one reported case of viral meningitis - dent newspaper, The Daily Collegian. Winfield said bacterial meningitis is found in back, but he couldn't get out of the car by himself
the more common and less severe type of menin- UHS began sending vaccination information one of every 100,000 people, but is four times He said he couldn't feel his legs he said.
gitis - on campus. IS has bcgun sending letters letters out last week, said UHS interim Director more likely in college students. The symptoms are After taking Hockensmith into his house, Kalec
to students living in residence halls and communi- Robert Winfield, after a meeting of the Advisory high fever, headache, stiff neck and discomfort and the others traveling with him discovered "pur
ty housing, encour',ing them to get the $89 bac- Committee on Immunization Practices - a Center looking into bright lights, ple blotches all over his feet and legs.
terial meningitis saccination. for Disca 'e Control committee that meets once The Penn State student was listed in critical con- Hockensmith was taken to Centre County
UHS cites a surge (i imeningitis, both viral and every tIso years. ACIi changed its vaccination rec- dition Tuesday, said William Kalec, Hockensmith's Hospital in State College, Penn. The center didn':
b oieeriaI On colege eampses nationwide in the ommendatioi for college students. friend and Daily Collegian football writer have the proper facilities, Kalec said, and
past ew months is thre auss lir growing concern. Winfild said, letters will gradually be sent out to Kalec said Hockensmith complained through- Hockensmith was taken to Hershey Medical
Aeosring to UHI It, sial loin of ein gitis is all tenaus in the residence halls, fraternity houses out the game of aches and chills and declined to Center, about 45 minutes away
seris, but rarel I hi -e osserial fors, which and other students living in community housing. explore the Illinois campus Friday night. The Daily Collegian members who traveled
is sate is muchmrrue da er5s. "We want evervone to know (the vaccine) is After the game. Hockensmith's condition wors- with Hockensmith were all given the antibiotic
Ba'eirial mensnuisis his 'ppearred a Eastern asailable," he said ened and his friends took him to a hospital. Cipro to prevent the spread ofsthe disease.
Miic iandisi Mis sit Siate .iersitiesinhS te Ii's;is sending ilout a limited number of letters "They tested him for mono and strep, but they -Dai/V Sports Edlitor Josh Kleinba icon'
as m nTh cach day to unsent xcassive cidemand for the vac- released him that night" at about 1:30 a.m. Kalec triuted to this repiort.

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'Collector' hits funny 'Bone'
with unintentional comedy
ByMathwOaret

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S easonal disorder causes
depression, restlessness

By Matthew Barrett
Daily Arts Writer
Citizens of New York beware - yet
another killer is on the loose. This par-
ticular incarnation poses as a cab driver
to capture his victims, and, after locking
the doors, takes his unsuspecting cap-
tives on the ride of their lives before
polishing them off in a variety ofrevolt-
ing ways. To show just how sick and
twisted he really is, the killer hangs a
nasty little ison-
ky from the
rearview mirror
in his cab and cuts
The Bone a pointer finger
Collector off the hands of
his victims. A
murderer on a
iswsutyt spree, leaving
s & Brierwood behind just
enough clues for
the cops to stay
close - sure
doesn't seem like
any movie we've
seen before.
Faced with the task of catching this
madman before he polishes off the
entire city are police officers Lincoln
Rhyme (Denzel Washington) and
Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie). The
twist here is that, as a result of a police-
related accident, Rhyme is a quadri-
plegic who can only lend his brilliant
mind to the case. He needs the young,
tough, spunky rookie, Amelia, to do the

legwork for him - this consists of her
climbing through sewers and other tight
quarters as Lincoln guides her on a
headset. As we might expect, both cops
have checkered pasts, probably because
it's 'easier for the writer to tell us why
they're so driven rather than to show us.
Although the setup of Lincoln lead-
ing Amelia doesn't make for a very
exciting movie, it does provide us with
a fantastic burst of unintentional humor.
After Amelia stumshles, a little too late,
on one of the killer's victims hand-
cuffed to a wall, Lincoln instructs her,
over the radio, to, saw off the victim's
hands so that they can get the necessary
evidence. Amelia isn't down with the
idea, but Lincoln persists, reiterating
that she must saw off the hands. This
exchange continues for quite some time
before Amelia decides that she just
can't do it and Lincoln realizes that he
might have been asking a little much
from the new girl on the block.
Neither of the leads are very effective
in their parts, with Washington unable
to rise above -the inferior material and
Jolie seeming content to act reserved
and annoyed throughout the story. Also
appearing are Queen Latifah as Thelma,
Lincoln's nurse, and Luis Guzman as a
forensics expert. Although she might be
able to carry a tune with the best of
them, Latifah has done nothing in the
recent past to establish why she should
be an actress. Here she is unable to rise
above her off-screen persona and comes

off as nothing more than Nurse Latifah.
Guzman, on the other hand, is once
again at the top of his game, taking a
small, throw-away part and making it
memorable.
Along with the atrocious acting, the
film suffers from an unsteady hand by
director Phillip Noyce. After making
sharp action thrillers, such as "Patriot
Games" and "Clear and Present
Danger," Noyce falls smack on his face
swith "Thse Bone Collector" Thse films is
a dreadful experience, and the direction
is hands-down the worst part. For some
reason, Noyce feels that he can convey
suspense or anguish to the audience by
cutting back and forth between close-
ups of characters while keying up the
background score.
And while this method may have
worked in other films, here it's overused
to the point that whenever something
bad happens, we know just what to
expect right down to the individual
shots.
"The Bone Collector" is a wretched
film that deserves a quick death similar
to any of the several victims in its story.
The identity of the murderer is kept a
secret throughout the story, but so
few clues are given that the ending
shoots at us straight out of left field.
Somewhere in here there's the mak-
ings of a good movie, but sorry,
guys, someone already thought of
them quite some time ago and called
it "Rear Window."

By Risa Berrin
Daily StaftReporter
A lack of energy and sleeping more
than usual can be signs of feeling down.
But people experiencing these symp-
toms only during the fall and winter
months, may be suffering from
Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Symptoms of SAD - a depression
triggered by the onset of fall and winter
and suppressed during spring and sum-
mer - include fatigue, poor motiva-
tion, decreased memory and concentra-
tion, irritability, mood swings and sleep
disturbance.
"Many people overeat and over-
sleep," said Mood Disorder Clinic
Director Elizabeth Young, a professor
of psychiatry. "But the hallmark of the
syndrome isto show seasonal exacerba-
tion of ordinary mood disorders."
Holly Lowe, a clinical social worker
at the National Institute of Mental

Health in Bethesda, Md., said a person
with SAD usually has a depressed
mood that lasts for at least two weeks.
"Many people with the disorder
experience a loss of pleasure or interest
in most things;" she said. "They may
have a loss or increase of appetite, dif-
ficulty with decisions or insomnia.
Lowe said people can also experience
hypo-mania, an excess of energy or
arousal, at winter's end. These individu-
als are extremely productive and
require little sleep during spring and
summer.
Young said the shorter length of day
in winter is a major factor of the disor-
der, which affects 5 to 20 percent of the
population.
"The time of dawn also has an
impact," she said. "In Ann Arbor, we
are located so far wsest in the time zone
that it becomes light late in the morn-
ing."

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Lowe said SAD is more common in
northern climates.
"The incidence increases with a more
northerly latitude - areas of the coun-
try with very cloudy, dismal winters,"
she said.
According to the Uiversity of
British Columbia's Mood Disorders
Clinic Website, less than I percent of
Florida residents suffer from SAD
while as many as 10 percent of Alaskan
residents suffer from the disorder.
Lowe said females experience SAD
more than males at a ratio of three to
one. She said females are more suscep-
tible to the disorder at the onset of
puberty.
Treatment for the disorder includes
light therapy, which exposes a person to
artificial light without the harm of UV
rays. For more severe cases, psychia-
trists often prescribe antidepressants.
Al Lew'y, vice chair of the depart-
ment of psychiatry at the Oregon
Health Sciences University, said he has
been studying how melatonin plays a
role in the disorder. lelatonin is a hor-
mone secreted by mhscpincut 'hand that
helps regulate the 24-hour sleep-and-
wake cycle. Daylight signals the gland
to shut off melatonin and allows the
body to aw'ake.
"We'rei now testing to see whether to
use melatonin to treat the disorder," said
'Lewy, who has studied the disorder
since 1979.
Lewy said SAD initially received
recognition in 1984, when a medical
doctorcoined Ithe teri Seasonal
Affective Disorder.
Although tanning salons are not rec-
ommended by psychiatrists for treat-
ment, Tanning Technician Yasms Koval
said customers visit salons frequently in
the fall and winter to lift their spirits.
"There are many customers that
don't just come in for skin color pur-
poses, but for the warm, bright feeling
that the light provides," said Koval, who
works at the Tanfastic tanning salon
located on Main Street.

Angelina Jolie don't eat meat but she sure like the "Bone."

aye!

Crows sell mise
on new Desert Life'
On their third studio album, "This Desert Life,' Counting
Crows lead singer and chief songwrriter Adam Duritz drives
home the point that he is eenally miserable. For those fans
that did not already understand this from their first two albums,
1993's "August and Everything After" and 1996's "Recovering
the Satellites," Duritz makes his pain unavoidable on the new
album. But what is interesting is how he
'S wants to stay in his suffering as told
through lines like, "If I could make it
AAA rain today / And wash away this sunny
Counting day down to the gutter / I would" from
Crows "Amy Hit the Atmosphere.
This Desert Life Counting Crows' strength has always
aGC been in their lyrics and this album only
Reviewed by furthers that assumption with influences
nay ss wi'-rm coming from everywhere that gives
Ay sein Duritz a voice all his own. "Mrs. Potter's
Lullaby" has a strong Dylan influence
with plentiful metaphors and allusions while "Four Days" is
reminiscent of early REM.
Counting Crows' modernization of '60s-style instrumenta-
tion is still the dominating musical force on the album, but the
band does attempt a few new tricks. The guitars are less heavy
and more melodic as they use a multitude of effects and tones,
and with the use of strings, a few songs reach that longed-for
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The drawback is that everything song is about sadness. And
while this formula has worked so far, you have to wonder how
long it can last. Even their musically up-beat new single
"Hanginaround" is lyrically depressing.
The song, about being stuck in the same place for too long
and not being able to do anything about it, almost seems like
the band's autobiography. Counting Crows found their sound
right from the beginning and have stuck with it ever since.
Whether this is blessing or curse may very well be determined
by the response to 'his album

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