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The Mi~igan-Daily -- Weeken,'etc. M

A weekly guide to who's L" 1T hursday, Oct. 7
where, what's happening and a n through
why you need to be there ...e s Wednesday, Oct. 13

Students' lives depend on, sometimes disr

Films opening
Random Hearts Harrison Ford and
Kristin Scott Thomas star in this film
aboutstwo people who find out their
dead spouses were cheating with one
another. Is that an elephant I smell? At
Briarwood: 1, 4, 7, 9:50. At Quality 16:
11:30, 12:30, 2, 3:05, 4:30, 5:45,
7:05, 8:45, 9:45, 11:20. At Showcase:
1, 1:30, 4, 4:30, 7:05, 7:35, 9:50,
Films holding
*****EA Classic
**** Excellent
*** Good
** Fair
* Not Worth Your Time, or Your Money
American Beauty***i A magnificent
film about a family falling apart in sub-
urbia.b " see drug dealers." At State: 2
(Sat. & Sun.), 4:30 (Sat. & Sun.), 7,
9:30, 12 mid. (Fri. & Sat.). At
Showcase: 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 3:45,
4:15, 4:55, 6:40, 7:10, 7:40, 9:10,
9:40,10:10, 11:30 (Fri. & Sat.), 12
(Fri. & Sat.), 12:30 (Fri. & Sat.).
Bowfinger *** A funny holdover from
the summer about a producer making a
film with an unknowing star. At Quality
16: (Thurs. only) 12:15, 4:40, 9:35.
Blue Streak Martin Lawrence stars as a
crook who pretends to be a cop. At
Quality 16: 12:15, 2:35, 5, 7:10, 9:20,
11:25, At Showcase: 12:20, 2:30,
4:40, 6:55, 9:05, 10:05, 11:15 (Fri. &
Sat.), 12:10 (Fri, & Sat.).
Dog Park Walk your dog and fall in love!
At Quality 16: (Thurs. only) 5:15.
Double Jeopardy * The answer is
Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd sold
out in this movie. At Briarwood: 12:30,
3. 5:15, 7:30, 10. At Quality 16: 11:55,
12:20, 2:10, 2:40, 4:30, 4:55, 6:50,
7:15, 9:15, 9:40, 11:30, 11:50. At
Swcase: 12:35, 1:05, 1:35, 2:55,
3:25, 4:10, 5:10, 5:40, 7:15, 7.45,
8:15, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11:45 (Fri. &
Sat.), 12:15 (Fri. & Sat.)._
Drive Me Crazy **i It sure did. At
Briarwood: 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:20, 9:30.
At Quality 16: 1:20, 1:40, 3:20. 3:40,
5:20, 5:40, 7:20, 7:40, 9:20, 9:35.
11:20, 11:30.
Elmo in Grouchland The "Sesame
Street" character gets his own feature
film. At Quality 16: 1, 3, 5, 7 , 9
(Thurs. only), 11. At Showcase: 12:40,
2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 8:30. ,
For Love Of The Game *** Kevin
Costner is pitching a perfect game and
reflecting on his maudlin love life. At
Briarwood: 1:40, 7:15. At Quality 16:
11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50. At
S wcase: 12:55 (Fri. & Mon.-Thur.),
3:40, 6:30, 9:20, 12.(Fri. & Sat.).
Ililuminata ** A boring, fumbling movie
about the productionof a play. At
Quality 16: 11:50, 4:35, 7:05.
Inspector Gadget *** There must

10:20, 12:30 (Fri. & Sat.).
Superstar (no stars) Please, God, tell
me it isn't true! At Briarwood: 1:10,
3:10, 5:20, 7:40, 9:45. At Quality 16:
1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:25, 9:10, 11:10. At
Showcase: 1:10, 1:40, 3:20, 3:50,
5:15, 5:45, 7:20, 7:50, 9:15, 9:45,
11:10 (Fri. & Sat.), 11:40 (Fri. & Sat.).
Three to Tango Sneak Preview Neve
Campbell takes on two guys at once. At
Showcase: (Sat. only) 8.
have been a typo when we first rated
this film. At Showcase: (Sat. and Sun.)
12:10, 2.
Jakob The Liar * In his ongoing
attempt to be sainted, Robin Williams
plays a man who brings hope to people
in a concentration camp. At Quality 16:
2:20 (Thurs. only), 7:05 (Thurs. only), 9
Mumford ** An easy going comedy
about a shrink who helps a small town
through its woes. At State: 1:30 (Sat.
& Sun.), 7 (Sat. & Sun.), 7:15. At
Quality 16: 11:50 (Thurs. only), 2:15,
4:40 (Thurs. only), 7:05 (Thurs. only),
9:30, 11:40.
Mystery, Alaska * The only mystery is
why this hockey movie was ever made.
At Briarwood: 4:40, 10:10. At Quality
16: 11:45, 2:05, 4:25, 6:55, 9:25,
11:45. At Showcase: 12:15, 1:25,
4:25, 6:35, 7:55, 10:15, 12:25 (Fri. &
Plunkett & Macleane Two highwaymen
terrorize the rich. At Quality 16: 12:40
(Thurs. only), 2:45, 4:55 (Thurs. only),
7:05 (Thurs. only), 7:25 (Fri.-Wed.),
9:10 (Thurs. only).
Run Lola Run **** A woman tries to
save her destitute boyfriend from the
mob. At State: 9:45, 11:45 (Fri. &
The Sixth Sense **** A truly excep-
tional movie about a little boy who sees
dead people. At Briarwood: 1:20, 4,
6:50, 9:20. At Quality 16: 12:35, 2:50,
5:10, 7:30, 9:45, 11:50. At Showcase:
12:25, 2:40, 5, 7:25, 9:35, 11:55 (Fri.
& Sat.).
Stigmata *v A terrible "Exorcist"
retread about a woman afflicted with
the stigmata. At Quality 16: 12:10,
5:15, 9:50, 11:55. At Showcase:
12:30, 2:50, 5:25, 8:10, 10:30, 12:30
(Fri. & Sat.).
Stir Of Echoes *** Another one of
those little boys seeing dead people
movies. At Quality 16: (Thurs. only)
12:20, 2:40, 7:20, 9:05. At Showcase:
2:35, 4:35, 9, 11 (Fri. & Sat.).
Three Kings ***i A wonderful film
about four soldiers who try to steal a
ton of gold after the cease fire ends the
Gulf War. At Briarwood: 1:30, 4:30,
7:10, 9:40. At Quality 16: 12, 12:25,
2:20, 2:55, 4:40, 5:10, 7, 7:30 (except
Fri.), 9:25, 9:55, 11:40. At Showcase:
12:50, 1:20, 1:50, 3:10, 4:20, 4:50,
5:30, 7, 7:30, 8 (except Sat.), 9:25,
9:55, 10:25, 11:50 (Fri. & Sat.), 12:20
(Fri. & Sat.).


Jacob's Ladder (1990) A great film about a
Vietnam vet who is haunted by the past and
his dead son. Q&A with screenwriter Bruce
Joel Rubin follows the screening. Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 7 p.m. Free.
Spike And Mike's Festival Of Classic
Animation (1999) It's back, with all your ani-
mation needs. Michigan Theater, 603 E.
Liberty St. 10 p.m. $5.50.
A.J. Croce Blues rock pianist/vocalist bring-
ing the New Orleans heat. The Ark. 8 p.m.
Public Enemy Aggressive, old-school and
political, Chuck and Flava Flay will be
tearin' it up. Ma estic Theatre, Detroit. Doors
open at 8 p.m. $21. 313-883-9700.
Fuel Real live Alternative Rock as seen on
MTV. Clutch Cargo's, Pontiac. 8 p.m. $15.
Escape from Happiness This edgy, dark come-
dy, part of the "East End Trilogy" written by
George Walker, has been compared to "Pulp
Fiction." John Neville-Andrews directs
University Production's season opener in mem-
ory of Sarah Metzer. 8 p.m. Trueblood Theater,
Frieze Building. $14, $7 for students. 764-
As Bees in Honey Drown The Performance
Network season opener, which features several
University students, winds up its run. 8 p.m.
Performance Network, 408 W. Washington.
$15-18, $3 discount for students. 663-0681
Three Tall Women Ann Arbor Civic Theater pre-
sents "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" author
Edward Albee's play with a cast including two
University students. 8 p.m. Civic Playhouse,
2275 Platt. $16, $2 discount for students.
Art Lecture Dublin's University College Prof.
Paula Murphy examines the trends in modern
Irish art in relation to the museum's current
jexhibit. 7:30 p.m. Museum of Art.
Docent Tour The free guided tour explains the
background of the museum's Irish art exhibit,
"When Time Began to Rant and Rage." 6:30
p.m. Museum of Art.
Alumni Art Show The "Art in a Box" show
allows alumni to exhibit their work. 11 a.m.-4
p.m. Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, Art and
Architecture Building.
Frederick Busch The author of "The Night
Inspector" reads from his book. Rackham
Amphitheatre. 5:00 p.m.
Terry Blackhawk The autjor of "Body and
Field" reads from her first full length poetry
collection. Shaman Drum Bookshop 8:00 p.m.
Olympia (1938) Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi docu-
mentary about the 1936 Olympic Games in
Berlin. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
2:30 p.m. Free.
Brazil (1985) A wonderful film about a futuris-
tic, totalitarian society. Nat. Sdi. 7 & 9:30
p.m. $3.
Tokyo Fist (1995) A man begins training as a
boxer when an old boxer friend begins to steal
his fiance. Lorch. 7 p.m. Free.
Lovers On The Bridge Two people have a love,
affair that is set around a bridge. Michigan

By Alana Steingold
For the Daily
Last. Thursday's fire on North
Campus proved to be damaging to the
University in more ways than one. Not
only was there physical destruction
done to a computing site, but the ensu-
ing unavailability of e-mail and Internet
access throughout campus seemed to
bring everyday happenings to a stand-
This event raises a number of impor-
tant questions: How dependent are stu-
dents on e-mail and the Internet on a
daily basis? Has e-mail fundamentally
changed the lives of so many people,
both at the University and in the "real
world?" Is it not possible in this day and
age to go without it?
Imagine not being able to get in
touch with any of your friends. Or pic-
ture being unable to find out your
assignments for class, times of meet-
ings and other appointments you need
to attend. This is the limbo that many
students experienced last Thursday.
Essentially, many students felt out of
touch, and cut off from the rest of the
busy world around them.
The impact of not having access to e-
mail affected both students and profes-
sors. On such a large campus, mass

communication through resources such
as the Internet are essential to obtaining
lecture notes, arranging for student-
teacher conferences, coordinating
group meetings and projects, and more
or less just running everyday life more
smoothly. First-year business student
Chase Chavin acknowledged the fact
that while a student on this campus, it is
"hard not to be dependent on your e-
mail and the Internet."
The Internet and e-mail have also
pushed aside other forms of communi-
cation such as the telephone and the
good old-fashioned Postal Service.
LSA junior Samantha Heller said that
e-mail allows her to keep in touch with
both new and old friends on a regular
basis, a particular benefit for an out-of-
state student like her. E-mail is also a
way to cut back on potentially expen-
sive phone bills. Heller uses the Internet
not only for practical and academic pur-
poses, but to send birthday cards and
letters to her friends. Heller noted that
the Web makes it that much easier for
her to"make someone's day, and let
them know you are thinking of them."
It appears that students and faculty at
the University are not the only ones for
whom frequent use of the Internet and
e-mail is a bare necessity. This week-

end, as many alumni returned to cam-
pus for the homecoming game, they
shed light on the topic. Some have
decidedly conflicting feelings about use
of the web and e-mail, and their effects
in the "real world."
Some people, like 1999 graduates
Tara Chevalier and Sara Rontal, find
their jobs require immense use of e-
mail and the net. Chevalier now works
for Clarkston & Potomac Group, a full-
service IT consulting firm. She said her
company is based out of a "virtual
office." The net is the main avenue by
which the company communicates, and
most crucial for the way it upholds the
"closeness of the company."
Rontal, who works for a sports mar-
keting firm, says that her job is heavily
reliant on e-mail for placing orders, get-
ting supplies, inter-office communica-
tion and contacting representatives all
over the country. The Internet allows
her to do her job faster, as she does not
have to "waste time" making phone
But along with others such as Allison
Higgins, Rontal does admit that e-mail,
instead of saving time, serves as some-
thing of a distraction. Higgins, whose
job does not especially revolve around
the use of the web, said she nonetheless
"e-mails throughout the work day."
Rontal observed, in a sentiment that stu-
dents on the University campus can
sympathize with, "that sometimes e-
mail can be a good 'distraction' from
long projects."
In this day and age, practically every-
thing a person needs to do can be
accomplished on the Internet. The
emergence of e-commerce is only the
tip of the iceberg. It is possible to buy
airline tickets, book hotel accomoda-
tions, purchase theater tickets and
invest-in stocks, all while "surfing" the
The Internet has also made products
such as bonds and insurance policies
readily available to the public, though
almost everyone can remember when
this was not even an option. And yet is
this a trend which will to continue to
shape the way in which the world oper-
The latest potential dilation of the e-
mail presence in people's lives is being
hawked by a business called
myTalk.com. This venture, which is
aggressively courting college students
as a clientele and seeks to hire a net-
work of studentrecruiters, offers cus-
tomers the chance to "listen and

Students' technological frustrations c
respond to your e-mail over any pl
The hype is that myTalk.com wil
time by making it faster and eas
catch up on e-mail. However,
inevitable consequence is that
can only become a more omnip
obligation for mvTalk.com's clict
they wish to justify their subscript
the service.
The changes e-mail has br

Co::rtesy o' Co.urmba Pictures
New this weekend at the multiplex is "Random Hearts," the latest bittersweet
meditation about whatever from Sydney Pollack, fresh off his comback role as
"Eyes Wide Shut" Pimp Daddy. Hint, Sydney: When Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott
Thomas get together to investigate the deaths of their respective spouses, there
is absolutely nothing random about their prospects of hooking up.

Theater Screening Room, 603 E. Liberty St. 7
& 9:30 p.m. $5.50.
Temptation Of A Monk (1995) A 7th-century
Chinese princess wreaks havoc on the life of a
general. Angell Aud. A. 8 p.m. Free.
Tricky Sankaran Percussion maestro is sure to
present improvisation and fusion in a two-part
concert. Rackham Auditorium. 7 p.m. Free.
Electric Boogaloo Supercharged rockin' blues
band. Blind Pig. 10 p.m. $5.
Burning Spear Elder statesmen of Reggae
make you feel real good. Majestic Theatre,
Detroit. 313-883-9700.
Killer Flamingos Detroit cover-rockers play
other people's hits. Rick's. 10 p.m. $3.
Paco Pena and Intilimani Peina pairs his fla-
menco guitar talents with the Chilean group
'nti-Illimani playing panpipes, bamboo flutes
and saxaphones in a performance sponsored by
the University Musical Society. 8 p.m.
Michigan Theater. 764-2538. $18-34.
Escape from Happiness See Thursday. 8 p.m.
City for Sale The University's Dialogues for
Diversity group sponsors the San Francisco
Mime Troupe's musical comedy performance.
7:30 p.m. Power Center. $16.50, $4 discount
for students. 763-TKTS.
Polly Puts Her Foot Down Back by popular
demand! That's right, Basement Arts revives
this fun-filled romp about a dysfunctional fami-

ly, written by student Dave Garcia, for two
more performances. 7 p.m. Arena Theater,
Frieze Building.
Evening of Scenes R.C. Players presents its
biannual compilation of one-act
selections.Sutdent-written, student-directed,
kid-tested, mother-approved. 8 p.m.
Residential College Auditorium. East Quad.
$5, $3 for students.
As Bees in Honey Drown See Thursday. 8
Three Tall Women See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Alumni Art Show See Thursday. 11 a.m.-4
Babe: Pig In The City (1998) The financially
disastrous follow-up to the popular kid's
movie. Quality 16, Jackson & Wagner. 10 &
11 a.m.
Quest For Camelot (1998) Animated version
of Arthurian legend with a heroine instead of a
hero. Quality 16, Jackson & Wagner. 10 & 11
a.m. Free.
Lovers On The Bridge See Fri. 4, 6:30, 9 p.m.
My Life So Far (1999) The story of a 10-year
old and his family in 1920s Scotland.

Photo Ilustration by Louis Brown! VA10
As any student who's experienced ITD difficulties at a critical moment can testify,
campus computing these days can turnInto a confining experience.

Phone Numbers: Ann Arbor 1 & 2: 761-9700; Briarwood: 480-4555; Fox
Village; 994-8080; Michigan Theater: 668-8397; Showcase: 973-8380;
State: 761-8667.
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Late shows at Ann
Arbor 1 & 2 and State are for Friday and Saturday only. Noon and mid-
day matinees at Ann Arbor 1 & 2 are for Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday
bily; matinees at State are for Saturday and Sunday only.


Editors: Toyin Akinmusuru, Jeff Druchniak, Nic
Writers: Sarah Blitz Courtney Dueweke, Jenni Glenn, Chris Kula, Jean Lee
Christopher Tkaczyk, John Uh1.
Photo Editors: Jessica Johnson, Dana Linnane, David Rochkind.
Photographers: Louis Brown, Allison Cantor, Jessica Johnson.
Cover: "Burnout" is a photo illustration by Daily photographer Louis Brown
Arts Editors: Jessica Eaton and Chris Cousino
Editor in Chief: Heather Kamins
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