APRIL 9, 2010
Movie gods disapprove of ‘Clash of the Titans’ (Alexa Davalos). The story line gets more complicated by bringing in more characters who are never developed and jumping are upset with the gods for the around from the city of Argos, to the journey of Perseus. destruction they have caused. As he seeks the witches, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is a demi-god, son of Zeus Medusa, and finds himself in (Liam Neeson) and a mortal many perilous situations that also leave woman, who him alone just so hapafter startpens to be ing out with the only permany men. son who can Release Date: March 26 I found stop the war Director: Louis Leterrier myself not by killing the really carKraken. ing about I n Main Actors: Liam Neeson whether or agreement Sam Worthinton not any of with Hades Run Time: 106 minutes the charac(Ralph FiRating: PG-13 ters lived ennes), Zeus because they gives permission for him to wreak hav- had only been around for a oc on mankind in hopes they few scenes. I also found mywill return to praying to the self laughing at the cheesiness of the acting at times. gods. I thought Sam WorthingThe final step of the plan is for Hades to release the ton was a decent actor in “AvKraken, his own creation, and atar,” but then again, he did completely destroy the Greek not have as much screen time city of Argos unless they sac- as his blue Avatar, so maybe I rifice the princess Andromeda was wrong. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes are fine actors but this movie did not show them in a good light, unless you count Zeus’s armor, which was so shiny, it produced its own rays of light. I wish I could say that at least the special effects were up to par, but even they were lacking or at least I’ve seen better. I was sad to walk out of
moviereview Courtney Townsend STAFF WRITER
“Clash of the Titans,” directed by Louis Leterrier, was a clash of many movies, which left me disappointed and wishing I had seen a different movie. I felt like I was watching a struggle between “300,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Troy,” all movies that were far superior, or at least more intriguing. I had high hopes for the movie after watching countless previews that showed an action-packed movie with well-known actors, such as Liam Neeson. However, my hopes plummeted after the first scene, and only continued to spiral downward as the movie continued. The plot stems from a war that breaks out between the Greek gods and men. The gods are angry with men because they are not worshipping them as they should, while the men
‘Clash of the Titans,’ is based on a war between the Greek gods and men. The movie, which debuted at the end of March, starred Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington.
the theater feeling gloomy after months of anticipation. Instead of a remarkable Greek mythology movie, I was given a movie that “clashed,” or essentially crashed and burned. I recommend just watching the previews because it will save you money and de-
livers the whole movie in a fraction of the time. Or just rent “300,” “Lord of the Rings,” or perhaps “Troy,” and rest assured you’re not missing anything by not seeing “Clash of the Titans.”
Traces of mercury found in food, students change eating ways Mike Kuhlenbeck STAFF WRITER
A pair of 2009 studies found detectable levels of mercury in name-brand foods containing high-fructose corn syrup. According to Health Day, name-brand foods such as Nutri-Grain, Strawberry cereal bars, Blueberry Frosted PopTarts and Quaker Oatmeal to Go have small traces of mercury. The list also includes beverages such as CocaCola Classic, Dr. Pepper and Sunny-D. The study in the Environmental Health journal, conducted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, found that one in three of 55 major food brands contained mercury, attributed to foods containing high-fructose corn-syrup. Many vending machines on campus contain some products on the IATP’s list of foods with high levels on high-fructose corn syrup. According to these studies, it is very plausible that some of these products contain small traces of mercury.
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Many products in vending machines contain high-fructose corn syrup, which also has small traces of mercury. The chemical can cause irritability, syness, tremors, and other numerous health problems.
Ricky Pankey, sports management junior, said he buys from the vending machines on campus two to three times a week and was surprised by the findings. “Vending machines are
quick and easy, but I don’t think I will get food from them anymore,” Pankey said, “It’s disturbing that more foods and products are being deemed unsafe in the market. HFCS is a sweetener and
preservative found in name brand foods and drinks, especially in sweet and fruit-flavored beverages. Many companies use HFCS because it is cheaper than sugar. The Department of Health and Human Services describes mercury on their website as: “a chemical that can cause irritability, shyness, tremors, changes in vision or hearing, memory problems, lung damage, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increases in blood pressure or heart rate, skin rashes, and eye irritation if the person is exposed to it for too long.” Mercury is commonly found in fish and poultry, and many physicians usually recommend eating these foods sparingly so it does not compound in one’s bloodstream over a long period of time. The Washington Post revealed that “On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS, but teens and other high consumers can take in 80 percent more HFCS than average.” Rebecca Lang, health and physical education professor, said the studies’ findings
should not sidetrack people’s focus on maintaining good health and fitness. “Students should focus more on what’s good for you rather than what’s bad for you,” Lang said, “If they dwell on the negative, then they may become overwhelmed and may feel pessimistic about trying to eat healthy.” Lang said people should stay optimistic about the foods that are not high risk. “There’s more of a general consensus that people should eat more grains, fruits, vegetables, and foods that are more organic and not processed,” Lang said, “There will always be a thousand ways to scare people.” Pankey said most students would not change their eating habits even if they were informed of the studies’ findings. “The implications are debatable, but I think we’re really stubborn. We’re not open to change because we’re so used to convenience,” Pankey said, “but we really should be more aware of the things we take into our bodies.”