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12B -- The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, November 20, 2003
Dating not dead with these hopping hot spots

The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine

DATING
Continued from Page 9B
knowledge, or lack thereof, of fine
fare, a few issues need to be hatched
out before the big event. First, if you
are the one cooking, which is a fan-
tastic way to impress your date (by
the way, a friend swears that her
mother snagged her father's heart
with her excellent Italian cooking),
make sure that you know your date's
likes and dislikes, along with any

food allergies.
Second, to avoid having to do all
of the work, have your date bring
dessert and help with the clean-up.
It will be enough work to provide
the main course, let alone act as if
you know how to master the meal
preparation in the first place. Lastly,
make sure your housemates evacu-
ate the premises, unless you want
people interrupting your meal, and
don't make your date wait an eterni-
ty before eating. It also doesn't hurt
to look good in an apron.

Cooking together provides an
even more daring, exciting experi-
ence. You can sensually help each
other sample the food (use a spoon
though) and chances are, your
kitchen is small and will force the
two of you to closely chop and peel,
rub past each other or sneakily reach
for that jar of tomato sauce on the
top shelf.
Speaking of tomato sauce, it is a
good idea to steer clear of making
anything messy, like spaghetti, or
using anything that requires excess

amounts of garlic. Keep in mind that
you are attempting to create an
enjoyable evening. You don't want
to send your date rushing out for
fresh air.
Among other words of wisdom:
Make sure that all bones, wrappers
and even hairs are absent in the food
and above all else, try not to burn
the house down!
When it comes to the actual din-
ing, play some music and have a
wine selected that complements the
meal. Conveniently, Village Corner

on South University Avenue has a
great selection. Girls, don't forget to
eat the food. You have just spent
time in a kitchen - now is clearly
not the time to regress to fanatical,
nitpicky eating habits.
To satisfy a sweet tooth, mom's
prized cookie recipe may be your
answer, or maybe you prefer some-
thing more romantic, such as straw-
berries dipped in chocolate sauce.
Whatever the case may be, just
make sure that you leave room for
dessert.

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BRETT MOUNTAIN/Daily

Lala doesn't need a dictionary, she knows her ABC's.

*
4

The sweet spell of success

oom"

Flattery will get you everything including a cushy job,
a rich bride, and lots of trouble!

By Megan Jacobs
For the Daily
She is a Scrabble player's worst
nightmare. Among her favorite words
is "vwetschenwasser," a type of plum
brandy. But for Nupur Lala, LSA fresh-
man from Fayetteville, Ark., spelling
"logorrhea" took the cake. A $10,000
cake, to be more accurate, for winning
the National Spelling Bee in 1999.
Though winning first place at only 14
years old took her into the spotlight,
bringing her to "The Today Show" and
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show," it was
the motion picture documentary,
"Spellbound," that truly highlighted
Lala's achievements.
Filmed during the summer of 1999,
the idea originally called for 16 com-
petitors, which were then narrowed
down to 13, then finally to the eight who

appeared in the film. Director/producer
Jeff Blitz and producer Sean Welch trav-
eled around the nation to find those with
interesting stories and "basically who
they thought had the best chance of
actually winning," Lala said. Final edit-
ing was wrapped up in August, and then
"we never heard about it for about three
years. We thought the movie was
canned, or just didn't take off, or nobody
wanted to distribute it," she recalled. But
2002 brought a few changes.
After running the documentary film
festival loop in the United States and
Italy for almost a year, the piece start-
ed turning heads when it won the
grand prize at the Toronto Film Festi-
val. It really reached the climax when
it received an Oscar nomination for
Best Documentary in 2003. Though
"Spellbound" lost to "Bowling for
Columbine" by a margin of only two

digits, it caught enough eyes to be
picked up by the independent film
company ThinkFilm. It re-released the
documentary in mainstream movie
theaters, and it skyrocketed, becoming
the seventh-highest-grossing docu-
mentary of all time.
"None of us were paid to be in the
movie ... I think it's probably a good
thing, or who knows how the project
would have turned out," reflected
Lala. "I was young, and I thought it
would be fun to be in front of the cam-
era. It's like being in your own produc-
tion of 'The Real World!"'
Filming was casual, much of the
footage in her house being with her
family or watching TV, with a lot of
interviews, too. In addition to her
potential to win, Blitz and Welch were
drawn to Lala as a result of her past
spelling bee success; though she was

defeated, she almost made it to the
National Bee in 1998.
Apparently, the past can never be
escaped in more ways than one. In a
great books lecture by Prof. H. D
Cameron, Lala was shocked to hear
him use "sophrosyne," one of hei
favorite words. "I was like, whoa, I
never thought I would hear that again!'
said Lala. Ironically enough, the term
means wisdom. "I thought to myself, as
he kept saying it over and over again,
'only at Michigan."'
As for the direction of these first-time
filmmakers, Lala has no complaints.
"Initially we were a little wary before we
had met Sean and Jeff. It's an easy sub-
ject to make a parody out of, this crazy
competition and crazy parents. But they
wanted to show that spelling bees are a
microcosm of America, and so their
direction was very sensitive."

A satire by Alexander Ostrovsky4
Translated by Stephen Mulrine
Directed by Malcolm Tuhlip
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November 23 at 2pmk
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MAGAZINEIa'
Writers: Sravya Chirumamilla
Aliya Chowdhri, Andrew Gaerig,
Megan Jacobs, Sarah Peterson
Photo Editors: Tony Ding,
Brett Mountain
Photographers: Elise Bergman,
Shubra Ohri, Laura Shlecter,
Jonathon Triest
Cover Photo: Ryan Weiner
Arts Editors: Todd Weiser
Mana in Editor, Jason Roberts,
Scott Serf a, Editors
Editor in Chief: Louie Meizlish

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