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JUST A SMALL TOWN GIRL, LIVIN’ IN HER LONELY WORLD | MARCH 4-10, 2004
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upersize no more! That’s right, McDonald’s has decided to phase out the supersize option from its 13,000 restaurants nationwide. The phaseout comes after pressure from the public concerning the health value of the extra fries and cola. They have phased in yogurts, salads and fruit. I for one applaud McDonald’s for taking a step to fight obesity in this country. Well, sort of. I’m not sure the absence of the super-size will curb weight gain. The problem lies in the greasy burgers and fries, not the few extra fries the consumer receives when they heartily answer yes to the inevitable question, “Would you like that supersized?” How’s this for a slogan: “McDonald’s, home of the salad.” Doesn’t quite sound right, does it? According to an Associated Press article, McDonald’s spokesman Walt Riker said, “This core menu, which has been under development since 2002, simplifies our menu and restaurant operations and provides a balance of choices for our customers. A component of this overall simplification, menu and balanced lifestyle strategy is the
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Arts 8 The work of artist Derrick Holley Derrick Holley is a local artist whose work is currently on display at Highdive and ...
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ongoing phase-out of the Super-size fries and Supersize drink options,” Riker said. I’m just wondering how the fast food pioneers thought their delectable french fries and Big Macs would affect the nation’s waistline. Granted, I never subscribe to the thinking behind the lawsuits that claim, “McDonald’s gave me health problems.” Yes, McDonald’s knows how much fat is in your burger and fries, but so should you, the consumer, just by looking at the greasesoaked bag your food comes in. It’s great that McDonald’s is taking the Supersized stuff off the menu, but come on, folks, who’s kidding who here? America’s obesity problem is no one’s fault but our own. Of course we want McDonald’s. Fat tastes good, no one will deny that. But, let’s take some initiative. America is the fat kid that always has Twinkies in our lunch box. As we huff and puff trailing behind France and England, we really have no one to blame but ourselves. We bought the Supersize, and we ate it. So it’s nice to see McDonald’s is being the bigger man here, so to speak. Say no to fries all together! There’s a campaign slogan for the ages.
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A feast of local jazz musicians and venues, plus a chance to jam at the end of the evening; all are welcome to listen or jam
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Thursday, March 4, 5pm to midnight 5pm: U of I Jazz Band II at the Iron Post, 120 S. Race, Urbana 6:30pm: U of I Lab Band at Krannert Center’s Tryon Festival Theatre, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana 8pm: Susan Hofer and Friends at the Canopy Club 708 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana 9:30pm: Jeff Helgesen and Chip McNeill at Zorba’s 627 E. Green, Champaign 11pm: Jam Session with the LaMonte Parsons Experience at Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St., Champaign
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WHERE IS MY MIND? LALALALA | MARCH 4 - 10, 2004
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do you ever feel an urge to kiss trees? Do animals sometimes talk to you? Can you predict the future by divining the way corn flakes float in the last puddle of milk in your bowl? Do you have a special fascination with chocolate roosters, statues of pro wrestlers, and conspiracy theories? Have you ever fantasized of being a transsexual spy? Are there patterns that resemble constellations on the soles of your feet? If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you're most likely an extraterrestrial who has amnesia or is in disguise. The upcoming week will be fantastic because events will remind you of life on your home planet. If you answered no to four or more questions, you're probably not an alien, but for maximum comfort you should act like one this week. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The world's largest private bank, Citigroup, has agreed to stop financing projects that damage sensitive ecosystems. It has promised to invest more in projects that use renewable energy and to pursue policies that protect indigenous people. How did this impossible dream come to pass? The humble but dogged environmental group, Rainforest Action Network, creatively pestered Citigroup for years until the corporation gave into its demands. I see a comparable David over-Goliath victory in your future, Taurus, so keep plugging away at your quixotic quest. For inspiration, recall Margaret Mead's words: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is rising about a minute earlier each morning and setting a minute later every evening. As a result, you're drinking in about 15 minutes more sunlight every week.The psychological effect of this steady influx has been slowly growing, and, in concert with certain astrological influences, will soon reach critical mass. As a result, you will become sun-like: a luminous beacon of warmth. Everything you shine upon will look brighter, and your own beauty will be highly visible, too. It will be a perfect time, therefore, to make a dramatic move that helps you pursue your dreams harder and smarter. QUANTUM FLUX (also known as CANCER) (June 21-July 22): Many people have come to feel that nature is boring, notes educator Thomas Poplawski. Writing in "Renewal" magazine, he fingers TV's hyperactive imagery as the cause. In becoming addicted to this alternative reality, the mass audience has become numb to the more slow-paced entertainment value of trees and mountains and streams and clouds. Have you been contaminated? Has your capacity for patient observation and reverent objectivity been damaged? If so, this is a perfect astrological moment to seek the cure. I urge you to wander out into the wild places and stay there until you see how interesting they are.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you eventually become a millionaire philanthropist at some later date, it will probably be because of the forces you set in motion during the next three weeks. If, in the 22nd century, there arises a religious cult that worships you as a sex god or love goddess, it will be because of a seed you germinate very soon. Finally, Leo, if you are ultimately destined to discover the key to eternal youth, it will have a lot to do with the spacious new question you begin to ask now. These are days of awe and mystery. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In order to live, you've got to be a demolisher.You take plants and animals that were once alive and rip them apart with your teeth, then disintegrate them in your digestive system. Your body is literally on fire inside, burning up oxygen you suck into your lungs. You didn't actually cut down the trees used to make your house and furniture, but you colluded with their demise. Then there's the psychological liquidation you've done: killing off old beliefs you've outgrown, for instance. I'm not trying to make you feel guilty, Virgo -- just pointing out that you have a lot of experience with positive expressions of destruction. Can you think of other forms this magic takes? It's your specialty these days. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It's a perfect time to launch an uprising against God. Due to a favorable alignment of your sign, the "rebel goddess" asteroid Lilith, and Cruithne, Earth's "second moon," you have special leeway with the Supreme Being. It's almost certain that you won't be punished if you bitch and complain to Him about the injustices he has allowed to fester in your life. In fact, expressing your angry protest may even get things changed for the better. Sometimes the squeaky wheel really does get the grease, even in divine matters. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some branches of Eastern religions teach the doctrine "Kill out desire." In their view, yearning for earthly pleasures is at the root of all human suffering. The Western religion of materialism takes the opposite tack, asserting that the meaning of life is to be found in enjoying earthly pleasures. Its message is "Feed your raw longings like a French foie gras farmer cramming eight pounds of maize down a goose's gullet every day." We here at Free Will Astrology walk a middle path. We believe there are many degrading desires that enslave you and a few sacred desires that liberate you.Your mission in the coming weeks, Scorpio, is to identify the sacred kind and pursue them with your wild heart unleashed. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your power this week will come primarily from decisions not made, words not spoken, actions not taken, and spaces not filled. Everything you need will arrive if you have created enough emptiness.Everything you love will thrive if it has the freedom to do and be nothing. To ensure
that you never succumb to the pressure of Type A bullies who think every moment has to be filled with ambitious commotion, steal away often to stare dreamily out the window and listen to the sound of silence. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It's time for a check-in, Capricorn. What progress have you been making in your work on this year's major assignments? As I suggested last December, you're most likely to attract good fortune in 2004 if you regularly break out of your comfort zone and go wandering in unfamiliar places. You'll discover fresh secrets about how to feel happy and healthy whenever you dip into an experimental mode and try things you've never tried before. Alas, I fear many of you have yet to make a whole-hearted commitment to this thrilling quest. But if you have been waffling, it's the perfect week to dive in. And if you did take the plunge a while ago, you'll harvest a big reward any day now. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Since 1994, Mexico's Zapatistas have evolved from a small guerrilla army fighting for the rights of indigenous people to an international cultural force whose battles are mostly waged with symbols and words. The Zapatista leader, who goes by the pseudonym Subcomandante Marcos, always appears in public wearing a mask. Periodically, his old mask wears out and he has to replace it with a fresh one. Rumor has it that he has gone through ten in ten years. I think this would be a good standard for all of us to live up to: to molt our persona, or social mask, once a year. It's about that time for you, Aquarius. Considering how much your inner world has transformed, it wouldn't make sense for you to keep your same old game face much longer. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Normally I endorse the proverb that says, "You can't cross a chasm in two short jumps." In your current state of grace, however, you just may be able to find a loophole in that cosmic law. The massive amounts of dumb luck that have been surging your way seem to be on the verge of mutating into out-and-out miracles. You could be the first anti-hero in your family line to turbo-charge a quantum leap of faith in mid-leap.
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Drinking and driving: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t BY MICHAEL COULTER | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
ust as an example of how stupid people act when they drink, let’s look at a familiar piece of drinking logic. Two drunk folks are talking and one says, “Hey, you’re pretty sauced. I’ll follow you home in my car to make sure you’re OK.” Yes, that’s always a fine idea: Add yet another car to the fiasco. People are idiots when they drink. Basically, following a drunk person home does one of two things. It either satisfies one’s sick desire to see another person involved in a car accident, or enables one to be a witness to the possible accident. “Wow, dude, you really smacked the piss out of that parked car.” Either way, it’s just never an especially sound idea. It’s impossible to argue that drinking and driving is acceptable. Still, it’s also naive to believe it doesn’t happen every night of the week or that you’re ever going to stop it completely. Like I said, people do stupid things when they drink. There’s been talk lately of Illinois lowering its blood alcohol limit even further from its current level of .08. That means you could only have one or two drinks and still be able to drive, instead of two or three. The problem is, it probably won’t matter much. I would wager that 90 percent of people walking out of bars are well past the current legal limit. I’m one of them on a pretty regular basis. I try not to drink and drive anymore, but if I were to be honest, I’m positive I’ve done it within the last two months. I thought I was fine at the time, but in hindsight, I was very wrong about that, and it wasn’t because of just one extra beer. Lowering the limit might make law enforcement’s job much easier. Pull someone over for whatever violation and ask them if they’ve been drinking. If they say yes, hook them up to the machine. You know their ass is guilty. It only takes two beers, after all. I’m sure there are some folks out there who only have one beer when they go out, but I’ll be damned if I’ve ever seen one and I’ve never drunk with one. Considering the crowd I hang out with, you’d have a better chance of spotting a Yeti. Say what you will, but people lie their ass off—to others and to themselves—when they talk about drinking. I know I do. “I had
a couple of drinks after work” usually translates into “I had four or five drinks and ate some peanuts, so I’m going to say I’m fine.” That’s the problem: No one ever thinks they’re as drunk as they are. Let’s say we manage to convince all of these people who now drink and drive not to. What’s their best plan of attack? Let’s see, downtown Champaign is the place to go, have a few drinks and see some friends, so let’s say you go there. You park your car in a lot or on the street. Then a few hours later, you realize you shouldn’t be driving. What do you do? Most folks would take a cab. OK, that’s probably about $10 one way, another $10 the next day to pick up your car. That’s $20 right there. What about your car? Well, the city will slap a ticket on it for sure, which will cost at least $25. There’s also a good chance they’ll go ahead and tow it. That’s another $75 and a whole extra pain in the ass, the cost of which is priceless. Taking care of the previous night will take up your whole next morning and cost you at least $100 for doing the right thing. Well, it should be hard, right? The city doesn’t want you drinking to begin with. They always whine about what a problem it is, but if you’ve got a bottle of vodka, a bag of ice, seven Dixie cups and plenty of money, they’ll give you a liquor license. It makes them a lot of money. Well, that’s fine, but then they decide bars should also be open until 2 a.m. Yeah, adding an extra hour to the cocktailing is really helping. I bet there are a ton of people who go out at 1:30 a.m., have one beer and then head home for some shuteye. A later closing time basically means most of us are going to drink for an extra hour, and that once a year, Roger Ebert can have a beer after he shows his late movie. They make it seem as simple as finding a designated driver. Trust me, no sober person has any desire to hang around with a bunch of drunken monkeys all night long, and even less desire to pile them all in the car for a ride home afterward. I walk nearly every time I go out now, but I live a few blocks away from the places I frequent. If I were you other people, I’d be careful. They’ll get you one way or another.
Michael Coulter is a videographer at Parkland College. He writes a weekly e-mail column, “This Sporting Life” and has hosted several local comedy shows.
News of the weird THINNING THE HERD
A 46-year-old motorcyclist, speeding, yelling obscenities, and shaking his fist alongside an 18-wheeler that had made a left turn of questionable etiquette on a Corpus Christi, Texas, street, lost control of the cycle, fell off, and was fatally dragged underneath the truck (October). And in Tampa, Fla., a 20year-old man chased down another driver (both in pickups), finally jumping onto the first driver’s door so he could punch him through the window. The distracted driver continued on for two blocks but finally hit a tree, which caused the truck to roll over onto the man clinging to the door, and he died at the scene (October).
Albuquerque emergency room physician Sam Slishman is working to launch his Endorphin Power Co., which is a homeless shelter providing drug rehabilitation based on vigorous exercise at on-premises workout stations. However, Slishman also wants his center to help pay for itself by selling the electric power that could be harnessed by his downand-out population’s daily workouts (pedaling, lifting, working the treadmills). Endorphin Power, Slishman says, will be the city’s flagship for “social rehabilitation and renewable energy.”
DENTAL FOLLIES Dentist Mohamedraza Huss Bhimani (Orland Park, Ill.), whom police say fondled three female patients, was arrested in his office while he happened to be working on another patient, in mid-filling (October). (The patient had to rush to another dentist to finish the job.) And Dr. Leon Gombis (Oak Lawn, Ill.) had battery charges filed against him after he, wielding pliers, ripped a cap out of the mouth of a 58-year-old patient, believing (mistakenly) that she was behind on her payments (January).
MORE TO WORRY ABOUT The owners of FM 106.7 in York, Pa., having ended the station’s country-music format but not yet having introduced a new one, played “Pop Goes the Weasel” 24 hours a day during the interim (February). And a recently active methamphetamine lab (fuel, tubing, foil, coffee filters and a liquid compound) was discovered in a search of cells in the Pikeville, Tenn., county jail (December). And a Pacifica, Calif., father filed a $15,000 claim against the school district, saying officials have not stopped students from taunting his 12-year-old son, who is an internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer (September).
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ancy McNabb sets out the props for her Sunday morning lesson: a foot-tall hourglass made of blond wood and a paper plate of chocolate cookies. The hourglass will serve as a visual metaphor; the cookies are just cookies. â€œWeâ€™re big on refreshments,â€? she says. The â€œweâ€? she refers to are Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, members of the growing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founded (or restored, as church members believe) in the United States in the 1820s. Members believe their church is the authentic Christian church, the one originally established by Christ. According to church members, because early adherentsâ€™ strayed from the truth after Christâ€™s death, he removed the church from the Earth until its restoration through Joseph Smith, the modern churchâ€™s first prophet. McNabb is one of about 1,100 members in the Champaign-Urbana area and almost 12 million worldwide. McNabb is preparing this lesson for the oldest girls in Nancy McNabb watches as her husband Paul helps their son Stewart move his game piece across the board of the game â€œUncle Wiggly.â€? the Young Women youth group She was also attracted to the kind of people each subsequent generation, forging religious in the Champaign Second Ward. (A ward is a Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). She grew up paths for their descendants. congregation.) Five 16- and 17-year-old girls in a nominally Protestant family, and had only Mormons were. McNabb finds benefits to being a first-generâ€œIt was just so nice to find people who felt sit in a ragged semi-circle facing McNabb. attended church a few times while growing up. They are dressed in teenage versions of McNabb took the missionary discussions (a the same way I did, people who had the same ation LDS church member. â€œItâ€™s nice to be able to be a convert and to be Sunday bestâ€”ski jackets over dresses, series of six lessons taught by LDS missionar- amount of seriousness, but were fun, people slouchy socks with high heels, a cotton T-shirt ies to potential converts) but thought they who had something that I felt that I wanted, able to know you made the decision yourself. who knew things I felt that I wanted to know,â€? You werenâ€™t forced into anything, she said.â€? were â€œa bunch of baloney.â€? with a velvet skirt. But it can also be difficult, even lonely After high school graduation, McNabb began she said. McNabb shows the girls the hourglass and But, perhaps more importantly, by joining sometimes. Besides her husband (who is also a tells them it is like the course of a personâ€™s to wonder about religion and whether there lifeâ€”if she makes the right decisions. Right might really be anything beyond this life. She the church, McNabb found a spiritual family, convert) and her children, none of her relatives are Mormons. While no family members now, the girls are at the narrow point where took the discussions again as a freshman at the something she had never had before. â€œMy parents raised us (McNabb and her two were ever hostile about her decision to join the they may feel constricted; only a small set of University of Illinois, and that time â€œthey stuck.â€? She was attracted to the concept of the older sisters) to be moral; they raised us to be church, she is hesitant to share parts of her choices among all the possibilities open to them are appropriate. But if they choose nar- authority of God and the belief that men who honest; they didnâ€™t raise us to be spiritual. The church life. For LDS families whose church membership rowly now, keeping Heavenly Fatherâ€™s com- belong to the churchâ€™s priesthood (which is community that the church provides we didnâ€™t goes back several generations, relativesâ€”even mandments in mind, their lives and opportu- almost all male church members) can act for have,â€? McNabb said. Some church members can trace their LDS if they do not attend the same wardâ€”and nities will expand like the wide base of the God. Instead of employing professional clergy, hourglass. It is a metaphor that might just as the LDS church is led entirely by the laity. lineage back to the original pioneers who set- church family would be part of the same reliMcNabb had never been comfortable with the tled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, fleeing per- gious network. But for converts, the two are easily represent McNabbâ€™s life. Thirty-one years ago, when she was 18, idea that graduating from seminary could give secution first in New York state, then in the separate, and the functions of family become Midwest. New converts have come out of compartmentalized. McNabb converted to the Church of Jesus someone the authority to act for God.
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ean Penn once said that â€œif you put three thoughts into a movie, then youâ€™ve broken the law and no one will come.â€? However, when nary a single thought is put into a film, what happens then? Only a few films have the distinction of being labeled completely worthless. Twisted has now joined those ranks. The premise is so simplistic and so mindnumbing that those who actually attend this film will find no surprises. Ashley Judd plays Inspector Shepard of the San Francisco Police Department who has some life-shaping dark secrets: Her father was a serial killer who murdered her mother and then killed himself. She was raised by the now commissioner of police, played by an unusually calm Samuel L. Jackson. After being promoted to the homicide division and given a new partnerâ€”an unusually overactive Andy Garciaâ€”Shepard finds out her past one-night stands are being killed one by one. The opening shots are the single redeeming quality of this film: a montage of a fogged-in San Francisco that slowly spirals into a warehouse with a womanâ€™s sweat running down the side of her face. The camera pulls back to reveal a knife to the womanâ€™s throat. The woman fights back, but not before uttering some stupid one-liner. After that, it all goes downhill. Sadly, those opening shotsâ€”the entire minute and a half they lastedâ€”really brought a glimmer of hope to a film that already looked about as exciting as, well, name a cliche, any cliche. Ashley Judd plays her typical Morgan Freeman sidekick role, allowing Jackson to be a younger version of Freeman. But even Jackson and Garcia seem out of place. Jackson never yells once and Garcia does, and itâ€™s obvious the roles are reversed. Director Philip Kaufman makes the film seem as if he just didnâ€™t care. Itâ€™s sad to see such a talented director and cast waste their time. One thing is for certain about Twisted: its faults are magnified by the castâ€™s and crewâ€™s fame. If this had been an independent film circulated through the Sunset or Toronto film festivals, the inevitable notoriety which it will gain for being â€œthe worst film of the centuryâ€? would certainly not be there.
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