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0 Legend Douglas Fairbanks stars in "The Taming of the Shrew."
This Shakespearean film also features silent cinema star Mary
Pickford. 7 p.m., Michigan Theater
November 30, 1999

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Tomorrow in Daily Arts:
Check out previews of the "Utopia" and the "Flesh &
Blood" shows.


Reknowned Dr. Ruth visits

'U ' to talkab

By Curtis Zimmermann
Daily Arts Writer
Ever had a burning sexual ques-
tion that you were afraid to ask?
Well why not run it by one of the
nation's most popular and enduring
experts in human sexuality, Dr.
Ruth, who is speaking tomorrow
night at the Michigan Theater. The
event, which is sponsored by Hillel,
UAC and Major Events is part of the
University's participation in World
AIDS day. Dr. Ruth's presentation
will be a lecture followed by a ques-

Dr. Ruth
Michigan Theater
Tomorrow at 8 p.m.

tion and answer
In a recent
intervievw with
The Michigan,
Daily, Dr. Ruth
relayed her
plans to discuss
numerous sexu-
ally related top-
ics that affect
college students.
This will
include explana-
tions about con-
traception, preg-

explained her motivation in giving
these lectures is to promote sexual
literacy. "I believe that anyone who
is sexually literate is going to have a
better life. That there will be less
unintended pregnancies, they'll be
more careful with sexually transmit-
ted disease. Than later on when peo-
ple are in a relationship or marriage,
whatever they choose, .they know
more about sex and they know how
to satisfy their partner." She also
stated how "There will be less diffi-
culties and less problems sexually
speaking because they will know
Another topic Dr. Ruth intends to
address is sex in the media. She
explained how there are some posi-
tive and negative consequences that
result from our openly sexual soci-
ety. "To some extent it is good
because its not like in the old days
when nobody talked about it." But,
she also added "To be bombarded,
on soap operas, constantly about
different positions and unrealistic
sexual activity is a big problem
because people are going to be dis-
appointed. They'll think 'What's
happening with me, how come I
don't have sex like in the movies."

Ruth Westheimer was born in
Germany in 1928. She emigrated to
the U.S. in 1956. In 1970, she got
her doctorate in the study of family
from Columbia University Teacher's
College. Dr. Ruth first began using
the media for sexual education pur-
poses in 1980 with her radio show
"Sexually Speaking." Eventually
she crossed over into national tele-
vision with "The Dr. Ruth Show,"
which appeared on The Lifetime
Network. Since then she has been at
the helm of a sexual information
empire. Her endeavors include
numerous television shows, videos,
15 books, a board game, a web page
(http://www.d rruth.com) and her
syndicated column "Ask Dr. Ruth."
The most notable of her books is
"Sex for Dummies." The work has
sold a quarter of a million copies
and has been translated into 23 lan-
guages. Despite its success, Dr.
Ruth admitted that when first
solicited by IDG Books the publish-
ers of the "...For Dummies" series
she refused, stating that "I don't
write for dummies I write for intel-
ligent people." Dr. Ruth explained
how after the publisher called her
back nearly ten times she "Decided

out sex-.
ship, and third, read "Sex fo-
Dummies" so that sex doesn't:
become boring."
With the jokes aside, Dr. Rutl
was willing to advise sexually active
college students. She insisted tha
importance for students "Not to leC
anyone pressure you and not to rush-
into it, and certainly not to engage
in any sex while intoxicated." Alsa*
she explained that "If you are in a
relationship and you have both'
decided to be sexually active to
make sure that you are protected.-
And make sure you know who that
partner has had a sexual relationship
with before." Because of the high
transmission rate of STD'S among
college students Dr. Ruth stated
"Everybody ought to be worried
about it."
The ins and outs of human sexu-
ality are issues that will affect
every student on the University
campus. Besides a select few stu-
dents, most won't get the chance to,.
study sex in any depth at the
University. Students should view
Dr. Ruth's appearance as a chance
to learn about 'It' from the one of
the best sources in the country, if
not the world.

Courtesy of www.Zanet.com
Dr. Ruth presents a lecture on what she knows best - sexuality.

that I had an obligation to at least
see what these books are. I did not
know about them. But when I
looked at them in a split second I
said 'Yes."'

She also added humorously about
how college students can use the
book to improve their sex lives.
"First the relationship; Second, the
communication in their relation-

nancy, sexually transmitted diseases
and sex in the 21st Century. She

King's 'Atlantis'
exposes Vietnam

Younger 'Tiger'
gets old quickly

Hearts in Atlantis
Stephen King
On the surface, Stephen King's new
novel "Hearts in Atlantis" is an ambi-
tious Vietnam epic with elements of fan-
tasy, spanning forty years and the lives of
four major characters. Underneath the
plot devices, however, lies a deeper,
intensely personal statement about tar-
nished ideals and the naivete of youth.
Many of those who were young in the
'60s felt that because of their strength,
knowledge and clear intentions, they
could change the world for the better.
But with the Vietnam War and the rest of
the turmoil that was the era's reality, they
witnessed greater, darker forces over-
powering their youthful enthusiasm.
They grew old and found that what they
once found sacred, their "Atlantis," was
rapidly sinking to the bottom of the
ocean, never to be seen again.
"Hearts in Atlantis" is divided into
five interconnected parts. The first,
"Low Men in Yellow Coats," takes place
in 1960 and introduces us to eleven-year-
old Bobby Garfield, who lives alone
with his hateful, penny-pinching mother.
It is summer, and Bobby is content to
just hang around with his two best
friends, John Sullivan and Carol Gerber,
until a man named Ted moves into his
apartment building. Bobby and Ted
develop a friendship, and Ted reveals an
entirely separate world to Bobby, one in
which evil beings from another dimen-
sion hunt him relentlessly.
In the second part, entitled "Hearts in
Atlantis," it is 1966 and we are taken to
the University of Maine during the
beginnings of the anti-war movement. In

the third floor of Chamberlain residence
hall, an epidemic of card playing has
rendered Peter Riley unable to do, any-
thing besides bet on Hearts for a nickel a
point. Neglecting his work, he is in dan-
ger of failing out of school. This is espe-
cially serious considering that with the
draft in full force, young men who fail
out of school are being shipped to war.
However, because of interactions with
Carol Gerber. now a University of Maine
student, and a crippled anti-war activist
named Stokely Jones III, Peter realizes
where his priorities should truly lie.
In "Blind Willie," set in 1983, a
Vietnam-vet named Willie Shearman,
who as a teenager stole Bobby's baseball
glove and helped his friend beat Carol
with a baseball bat, pays a bizarre form
of penance to make up for the horrible
things he's done in his life.
"Why We're in Vietnam" follows John
Sullivan, another Vietnam vet, as he
attends his friend's funeral in 1999.
"When someone dies, you think about
the past," he muses, and "Sully-John"
thinks back on the horrors of the war and
the vision of an old woman who has
been haunting him ever since he got
back from "the green."
The final section, "Heavenly Shades
of Night are Falling," sees Bobby
Garfield returning to his hometown for
Sullivan's funeral. He miraculously finds
Carol, whom he thought was dead, and is
awestruck by the mystery of his baseball
glove: It is on Sully's hand when he is
found in his car, victim of a heart attack,
and the glove contains a shocking mes-
sage from Ted on a crumpled piece of
paper inside of it.
King's writing in "Hearts in Atlantis"
is grand and fantastical, containing
direct allusions to his "Dark Tower"

Courtesy of Paramount Pcures
Stephen King also has "The Green Mile" to look forward to, the film version of his novella.

Electronic Arts
It's tough being Tiger Woods. With
fans expecting miracles each time
that he swings a golf club, every so
often Tiger must wish that he could
turn back the clock - to a simpler
time. Well Tiger and golf fans alike
can stop wishing --- "CyberTiger," a
new golfing game from Electronic
Arts, makes that dream come true.
Eschewing the popular method of
packing a game with well-known
professional golfers, "CyberTiger"
allows gainers to chose from a young.
Tiger Woods, a teenage Tiger Woods
or several other teen golfers (Chip,
Inga, Carmen and Steel to name a
As you might be able to tell,
"CyberTiger" is geared at a younger
audience than most golf games, how-
ever it can still provide some level of
enjoyment for older players.
Learning how to swing in the game
is a simple Three-Click process, and
can be mastered in a matter of min-
utes. Putting, on the other hand,
takes some time to get the hang of
and will bog down scores for your
first few rounds. And here, unlike
when you're really on the course,
long chips rarely sail over the green
and often find their way into the cup.

In the game, players can opt for a
single match or the career mode. In
the singles option, gamers can
choose from a variety of different
formats including stroke play, tour-
nament, practice (an individual hole
can be worked on), driving range,.
shoot-out or the skins game. Playing,
for skins is fun, however it loses a
good bit of its luster when you real-
ize that you won't actually get to
pocket your S 140,000 purse.
The career mode allows gamers to
select a golfer and guide them
through tournaments at the junior
amateur and professional levels. As
gamers make their way up the ranks
the golfers grow older allowing for
the logical transition from a younger
Tiger to teen Tiger. Another bonus of.
choosing the career option is the,
possibility of unlocking hidden golf
courses as rewards for winning tour- 0
naments at the different levels.
"CyberTiger" is enjoyable to play
at first, but competing against pre-
tend golfers gets a little old after
awhile (sorry Steel). It's also a littl.'t
frustrating to have to earn the right,
to play on golf courses in a game that
you've already shelled out some seri-
ous cash for. If you're looking into
purchasing a golf game, one with a
few more features that's geared
towards older players would be the
better move.
- Matthew Barrett

series (Ted is "breaker" for the Tower,
enslaved by minions of the Crimson
King) and a brief reference to "The
Regulators," but the tone of this book is
more dramatic than anything else.
Instead of being grouped into his more
well tread genres of horror and fantasy,
"Hearts in Atlantis" bears a closer
resemblance to "Different Seasons,"
King's collection of non-horror novellas
and a representation of his finest work.
The interweaving and reoccurrence of
Bobby, Sully-John and Carol works
wonderfully. It is incredible to see the
eleven-year-old characters in 1960 grow-
ing up through the course of this book,
going to school, protesting, fighting and
dying. By the end, the reader cares about
each one deeply and is heartbroken at
their losses. The unifying image of time
and the Atlantis metaphor is also quite
intriguing. The section "Hearts in
Atlantis" best exemplifies the apparent
invincibility of youth, as Peter Riley on
numerous occasions speaks of the great
abundance of time. "I've got plenty of
time to waste" he tells Stokely, and "for
me, there always had been [time]."
Looking back, Peter realizes how foolish

these statements were. As Ted tells
Bobby in "Low Men in Yellow Coats,"
time is "the old bald cheater." We are its
captives, 'the hostages of eternity."
Of course, no novel is perfect, and
"Hearts in Atlantis" contains several
scenes that could have been eliminated.
The crude, scatological humor in "Low
Men in Yellow Coats" as Bobby and Ted
are eating a hot dog casserole seems
needlessly juvenile and purposeless.
Also, Lieutenant Dieffenbaker's speech
about the death of his generation in
"Why We're in Vietnam" was so blatant-
ly heavy-handed in its delivery of "the
moral of the story" that it detracted from
the importance of what he had to say.
But seen as a whole, "Hearts in
Atlantis" is a brilliant, courageous explo-
ration of the effect of a chaotic time pen-
od on the lives of those who survived it.
It is one of those books that you look
back on after reading and feel some-
thing. "Hearts in Atlantis" is easily
Stephen King's best work of the '90s,
and it represents the next step in his
career towards the more personal and the
more poignant.
- Ben Goldstein

'NASCAR 2000'
races with Gordon~




Gordon, you are going down. No
more victory laps and definitely no
more Pepsi commercials. Yes, Jeff's
days of,wi.nning on the racetrack are
numbered, thanks to "NASCAR 2000,"
the newest racing game from EA
"NASCAR 2000" lets you choose
Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, Bill Elliott,
Dale Earnhardt or from any of the other
35 drivers of the past and present and
strap them in for the ride. Once driver
and racecar are decided upon, gamers
can opt for anything ranging from a sin-
gle race to a complete NASCAR sea-
son. Fans of the Motor City will be
pleased to see that Michigan is one of
the 18 different NASCAR courses fea-
tured in the game.
For each race, players have a variety
of options to tinker with including
whether they want their car to be auto-
matic or gearshift and the distance of
the race (anywhere from a few laps to

"NASCAR 2000" using the brake pedal
at any point is pretty much out of the,
question, so players will have to learn
their turns on the fly. And because the
game doesn't penalize racers much for
bumping into walls or other cars, first-
timers can bounce their way through M
the course until they get the hang of
The game features five "fantasy"
courses to race on, all of which involve
more turns and curves than th~e
NASCAR tracks. It would have been
nice to see the makers take this idea one,
step further and include some sort of an
obstacle race for the cars. Just one track
where gamers could grab hold of the
wheel and guide their fine automobile
through a course filled with jumps over
lava pits, crocodiles and other things of
that nature. With such great cars to con-
trol, it would seem only logical to give
us the chance to test them out on a
course featuring some aspects of differ-
ent racing games.
On the whole, "NASCAR 2000" is a
little tough to get the hang of at first,
but once you do it makes for an enjoy,
able ride. Racing alongside a friend wilt"
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