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From Page 10
intertwining stories and dra-
matic intensity, and yet it fails to dig
deep into any of these character-
istics, choosing to embrace super-
ficial entertainment instead. It's
funny, but there's only enough com-
edy to make it bearable to watch.
It's also far from dramatic. The
dysfunctional family is exact-
ly that - dysfunctional. And if
you're expecting an "Edward
Scissorhands"-esque romantic
tale, think again. All of the family's
problems are blamed, quite sim-
ply, on Angelique and her curse. In
terms of undertaking such a large
responsibility for all the woes of the
Collins family, Green's Angelique is
stunningly evil. There's not a man
on the planet who can steal Depp's
thunder in a movie almost custom-
made for him, but Green proves that
there certainly is a woman. While
Depp seems strangely detached to

his character, Green is fully devoted
to making Angelique the most evil
witch since the Wicked Witch of
the West.
Sadly, the script fails to give the
supporting characters much to
work with. Pfeiffer, Moretz and
Bonham Carter are left with a few
humorous scenes with Depp that
mainly derive from Barnabas's
inability to adapt to the new cen-
tury and its oddities like fast food,
cars and female doctors. The film
goes no deeper into the struggles of
its characters.
"Dark Shadows" is an honest
effort. It's mildly funny, some-
what entertaining and, like every
Burton film, beautiful to watch.
In the hands of any other director,
it would score solidly. But with
Burton and Depp at the helm,
mediocrity of this kind is sim-
ply unacceptable. If anything, it
proves once again that Hollywood
just can't seem to get its vampire
formula right.

From Page 10
still. Is that our only excuse? Piti-
As for the BBC, it operates under
an annual television license fee,
which allows the station to acquire
revenue from every citizen who
owns a television, and thus pro-
duce kick-ass programming. The
very existence of PBS is thrown
into question here in the U.S. with
alarming frequency; the worry
being that PBS has outlived its
necessity for servicing the public
Why don't we care about our
public broadcasting? Maybe it's an
oversimplification, but in every way
you look at it, we are losing to Brit-
ain. I'd hazard a guess that while
I'm contentedly watching "Sher-
lock," not a lot of British people are
hunkering down with their Earl
Grey, ready to catch the latest grip-
ping hour of "American Masters."

Yet what PBS offers, limited
though it may be, can't be swept
away so easily. The station airs a,
large amount of educational pro-
gramming for children and several
news outlets, such as "Frontline."
Why do these matter, you ask? PBS,
not being controlled by advertisers
or commercial interests, doesn't
necessarily have to uphold said
interests of commercial entities.
Meaning when tuning into PBS, you
can reasonably expect a higher level
of impartiality than with a station
operating under corporate owner-
Not to mention the fact that one
of PBS's main goals is to offer con-
tent that wouldn't be shown oth-
erwise. Including programs that
focus on the local community or
fine arts, which have been sorely
neglected on regular broadcast sta-
tions as they don't pull big numbers,
Even though we've established
that public broadcasting is a useful,

and in fact necessary, public entity,
the fact remains: nobody cares
about PBS. It's something your
grandparents watch while they're
playing bridge. But it doesn't have
to be that way.
The U.S. should follow the excel-
lent example set by Britain and the
BBC and develop an adequate sys-
tem of funding public broadcasting.
Now, don't freak out. I'm not say-
ing we have to develop an annual
television license fee, though such
a system obviously works pretty
well, considering the level of quality
coming out of the BBC.
All I'm suggesting, is that we,
as a country, should think more
about our public broadcasting.
A program that was developed
in the interest of the pubic good
shouldn't be an afterthought in
our society. It's time for PBS to
become the channel to watch.
OK, that might be stretching it,
but everybody's got to have a goal,

U S to eliminate
walk-in practice


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Laila Ali, Title IX conference keynote speaker and former professional boxer speaks about the impact of Title IXN
University host TitlUe IX conference

UHS to be
appointment only,
electronic records
Editor in Chief
Starting today, University
Health Services is implementing
changes including the discontinu-
ation of walk-in appointments.
Students seeking medical care on
campus will have to schedule an
appointment prior to when they
need to be seen.
UHS Director Robert Win-
field said in an interview with The
Michigan Daily that UHS decided
to eliminate walk-in appointments
after assessing results of extensive
surveys sent to patients over the
past four years in order to make
UHS more efficient.
The removal of walk-in treat-
ment is one of two major changes -
the otherwillbe UHS's switch from
paper to electronic health records,
according to Winfield. While the
entire University medical center
will be making the switch to elec-
tronic records in mid-August, UHS
was selected as one of three pilot
sites to go live on June 13.
Winfield said patients will be

able to use what's known as a
"patient portal" in order to access
their medical records online with a
personal sign-in code.
"The patient portal will be
designed so that I could send you
an e-mail and say, 'Your lab test
results are available on the patient
portal,"' Winfield said. "Then you,
having a code which we've set up
for you at the time that you were
seen, would go to the patient por-
tal, sign in using your sign-on and
get your results and what I thought
about them."
Winfield addedthat thoughUHS
has conducted patient satisfaction
surveys since the 1980s, it wasn't
until four years ago that surveys
were expanded.to include catego-
ries such as the waiting experience
for patients, the cleanliness of the
building and topics like diversity
and privacy.
Winfield said UHS has respond-
ed to many complaints voiced by
patients regarding the clinic's facil-
ities, but added the issue they've
been unable to address is the walk-
in waiting experience.
"We were frustrated because we
were having trouble getting satis-
faction with our walk-in service
above 85 percent among the stu-
dents," he said.
See UHS, Page 2


40th anniversary
of Title IX brings
speakers like Laila
Ali to 'U'
Managing Editor
Forty years ago, Title IX was
enstated, forever changing the
landscape of youth sports in
America to be equally inclusive ,
Vol.CGXXT, No. 136 ( C 2012Thrie Michigan Daily
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CLASSIFIEDS........... 6
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regardless of gender. Wednes-
day began a three-day, national
conference about Title IX hosted
by the University's Sport, Health
and Activity Research and Poli-
cy Center for Women and Girls
- a collaborative organization
comprising the Women's Sports
Foundation, the University's
Institute for Research on Women
and Gender, and the School of
The conference featured pan-
els, poster sessions and speeches
comprised of athletes, academics

and the leaders of several nation-
al organizations.
Wednesday, LailaAli, a former
champion boxer and currently
the president of WSF, started
the conference by speaking to
a crowd of about 200 people at
Rackham about Title IX and gen-
der in sports.
"It's not really about men or
about women, it's about every-
body having an opportunity," Ali
said. "That's what people seem
to forget. If things were fair, we

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