A open letter to President Price:
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A open letter to President Price:
Susan Tifft represents everything that a mentor and friend should be. No student who took her class was unimpressed by her wit and passion for teaching, and no former student who continued on in friendship with her was unimpressed by her grace and wisdom. At a university with so many great professors, she was the best.
Three cheers for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who made quick work of Iraq and have brought an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein. As more information creeps out from the front, we find out about the atrocities of Hussein's government: oppression, torture and massacre. In a New York Times guest column, a CNN news director wrote about some of the stories that CNN could not tell over the past decade because reporting the story would have resulted in the swift torture or murder of the source, and likely the source's family.
Tom Wolfe wrote an essay called, "My Three Stooges", a response to three American authors who had criticized A Man in Full. With apologies to Wolfe, I introduce Duke's Three Stooges: Hubris, Misinformation and Inappropriateness - all were present at Wednesday's Duke Student Government meeting in the form of DSG president Joshua Jean-Baptiste, Spectrum president Polentzi Narvarte and student leader Yousuf Al-Bulushi.
The offer was tantalizing - spend 10 to 20 hours a month passing out an energy drink to my fellow students and get paid a whopping $250, plus a free digital camera and all the energy drink you can imbibe. The goal: to have all of Duke University hooked on this neon green, caffeine-laden beverage.
November 23 was a beautiful day for college football. The first weekend of Rivalry Week usually means fierce competition, where both teams play heartfelt football, no matter what their records were coming into the game.
God decided to take the devil to court and settle their differences once and for all.
Being 700 miles from campus, I'll admit that it is difficult to follow the everyday ins and outs of Duke. In addition, it's hard to follow what passes for logic in the current alcohol debate.
By suggesting that Americans turn off their televisions on Sept. 11, 2002, in order to protect their children from violent images, First Lady Laura Bush gave the best advice for remembering last year's terrorist attacks: do it without your television.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>What sets Road to Perdition director Sam Mendes apart from his contemporary up-and-coming filmmakers is his ability to tackle every scene as though it were a single moment of a very expensive play. Mendes became a Hollywood darling after winning an Oscar for his first film, American Beauty, and it1s not clear if Hollywood realizes what it has
It is not surprising that the biggest story of the NBA Draft is speculation about the future of Mike Dunleavy, Jr. News about the Williams formerly known as Jason and Yao "But Can he Play Against Other Athletes?" Ming, was supposed to highlight the draft season--but it was Dunleavy's surprise announcement that has the sports junkies buzzing.
Growing up in the conservative, white world of west Michigan, my coming-of-age experience with race was limited. Aside from being good friends with a bi-racial girl when I was a four-year-old, I did not know any African-Americans when I was growing up, and when I attended my 95 percent white high school, that did not change much.
"If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
My happy one-year stint as film editor has come to its natural end, and I stuck it out the whole year (despite the crop of lousy films) observing two trends in American cinema. First, America is still producing good films, but does so as some kind of penance for the copiousness of crap it provides (like Catholic confession--recite one In the Bedroom for every three Resident Evils).
After seeing almost twenty long and short documentaries, I'm ready to report. The best and brightest moments:
MTV's behind-the-scenes docu-sitcom, The Osbournes, is making a toilet-splash with its portrayal of legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his misfit family--and television copycats are sure to follow. If we had it our way, here's what you could look forward to in the months to come:
Mark Samels director of A Brilliant Madness, a documentary about the life of John Forbes Nash, Jr., contrasts how documentaries and feature films like A Beautiful Mind depict real-life stories. In addition to showing at DoubleTake, A Brilliant Madness will premiere on PBS' "The American Experience" April 28 at 9pm.
Hunter Gray, Trinity O98, is a producer for Plantain Films. You See Me Laughin' is about dirty blues musicians in the deep south--their culture, their history and mostly their one-of-a-kind music. Previously, Gray produced another music-realted documentary, The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack.
n the miserable Death to Smoochy, Robin Williams plays a gutter-talking, over-written former children's television show host trying to get his old job back. Every attempt at humor in the Danny DeVito-directed mess is played twice as loud as it needs to be and made three times as obvious. The results are bad jokes that are so powerful they mute the general comedic talents of Williams, the usually enjoyable Catherine Keener and the otherwise funny (for his honesty) Edward Norton.