October 29, 2009
October 29, 2009
The horror! The horror!
In over 100 years of history, UP has a long list of otherworldly happenings Rosemary Peters Design Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Tragic deaths. Disembodied voices. Pots and pans flying off the walls. A mysterious little girl watching from afar. A piano playing from a dark, empty room. These are all the recipes for a great Hollywood horror film and they also happen to be based on real life experiences of UP students, faculty and staff. The Commons “You old black crows!” Frank Houston has shouted these words at many UP priests since the early 1900s. The only problem is that Frank Houston died in the 1920s. “Frank Houston was a crusty old Protestant who didn’t like the priests,” James Covert said. Covert was once a professor of history and political science at UP and during his time on the campus he also became UP’s resident “ghost expert.” Covert earned this designa-
tion while he was researching the school’s history for his book “A Point of Pride: The University of Portland.” During this research, Covert unearthed many chilling tales of Houston’s campus appearances. Houston owned the property the Commons was built on according to Covert, and he didn’t want to sell it to the university unless he was paid his incredibly high asking price of $30,000. When Houston died, his wife sold the property to the university for $9,000. When the Commons was built in the 1950s, people immediately began experiencing odd things. “One food service director left because he heard footprints, and others would see dish carts start to move and run down the hall,” Covert said. Over the years, other Commons workers have also complained of pots and pans flying off the walls, food and utensils being thrown to the ground and unmanned carts roll around the kitchen area. Some people have even heard a voice yelling in their ear while ascending the stairs from the Terrace Room. According to Marc Covert, assistant director of periodicals and James Covert’s son, Houston’s angry spirit has scared many Common’s workers over the years.
The ghost frightened an assistant manager who worked for Saga Foodservice, a precursor to Bon Appetit. In 1977 he was working late one night, all by himself, catching up on paperwork when he decided to go get a drink. As he was going to the main dining room, he saw a big stainless steel foodservice carts rolling around the corner all by itself. “Mike was a no-nonsense kind of guy who didn’t believe in ghosts,” Marc Covert said. “But he couldn’t explain how that could have happened.” According to James Covert, other frightening things have happened in the Commons. The Terrace Room of the Commons has seen the death of a beloved UP priest the Rev. Charles C. Miltner, C.S.C. Miltner was in the Terrace Room, celebrating his retirement with several friends and guests. As Miltner was giving his farewell speech something horrible happened. “When God calls me, that’s when I’ll go,” Miltner announced to the room at large. Just moments later, he slumped over and died.
haunted by Paul Hillgens. When Hillgens attended the university in 1923, he was a high-school student attending boarding school, and it was a tradition in those days to go below the Bluff to Willamette River and swim. After dropping his bags off on the fifth floor, he ran to the river and accidentally drowned. His bags were sent back to his parents unopened.
Since then, many people have claimed to see Hillgens’ ghost, a young boy dressed in an oldfashioned bathing suit with a baseball hat and sometimes sandals, walking the floors of his would-be home, Waldschmidt. The people who have experiSee Haunted, page 9
Waldschmidt James Covert has heard the stories of many UP staffers who have led him to believe that Waldschmidt Hall is potentially
Courtesy of the University Archives
The portion of the photo inside the circle is believed to be photographic evidence of the existence of the Common’s ghost, Frank Houston.This photo was taken in 1975 by Keith Kendall.
LXG explores timeless side of masculinity Campus club fosters the pursuit of authentic male values and concerns Lauren Seynhaeve Staff Writer email@example.com Brotherhood, truth, justice and authentic masculinity. These are the four pillars for which the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or LXG, stands. When he was hired in 2005, Josh Noem of Campus Ministry was given the task of trying to get the male population on campus more interested in partaking in school activities. He was asked to do so because of a national trend in American colleges showing that men are lagging behind women academically and in extracurricular involvement in schools. For two years, Noem struggled to come up with an idea which would involve the men on campus in one unifying activity. But in 2007, he decided to try something that St. John’s University in Minnesota enacted, and he called it the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. “In broad terms – from a Campus Ministry perspective – we’re meeting spiritual needs on campus,” he said. “We’re giving them space to be self-reflective, engage in brotherhood and communicate on a deeper level to look at stories of their lives to find a grand coherence.” Noem asked the Office of Residence Life to recommend any guys on campus who might
be interested in the League, and he was given 11 names. Junior Kyle Kearney is one of the original men to join LXG and he is now the official Webmaster for the club. The LXG Web site, https://pilots.up.edu/ web/LXG, is run completely by Kearney. “I wanted to find a group that I could have deeper discussions with,” Kearney said. “It’s brought men together who wouldn’t initially interact.” The pilot group Courtesy of Creede Caldwell of LXG is still together today, work- Juniors Kyle Kearney, Stephen Kam and Nick Etzel, members of the League of ing toward the same Extraordinary Gentlemen, take a breather while on a recent hiking trip. goals the club was ery few weeks. In the beginning the same year and stay together founded upon, and a of each school year, the League throughout their time at UP, to few new ones as well. “We encourage discussion holds a mass recruiting drive, encourage a stronger friendship amongst them. Each year also among men while at the same nicknamed the “Manquisition.” After the initial recruiting ses- follows a certain theme during time we’re not being entirely sesion, which has already occurred discussions. rious,” he said. Freshmen focus on identifying The mission of the League is this year, joining the League isn’t to give the members an environ- encouraged; however, Noem is who they are, sophomores talk ment in which they feel comfort- willing to work with men who about their relationships (namely family and friends), juniors talk able talking about things a little still wish to join LXG. The Consul for Brotherhood, about the challenges they have deeper than what might happen in a hallway, according to Noem. junior Creede Caldwell, hopes to encountered and how they have The idea is to talk about subjects boost awareness of LXG on cam- overcome them and seniors (of pus in the future. The League is which there are currently none) other than sports, cars and girls. “It’s creating a place for guys already hosting events on cam- mentor freshmen groups and talk to be real, to be authentic with pus, and hopes to add to that num- about what they have learned ber in addition to working more from their time in LXG. one another,” Noem said. Each meeting’s discussion is Meetings are supposed to give off campus. “It provides a really good op- led by a different member of the LXG members the opportunity to talk about how they really feel portunity for bonding and meet- group, allowing for each person ing other men,” he said. “We in the unit to demonstrate leaderwithout fear of harassment. Members of the League meet definitely hope to increase our ship skills and influence the topic with his own experiences and in small groups of eight to 10 member base and our presence.” The groups of men are all from feelings. with one or two adult mentors ev-
Service has also been introduced into the League’s curriculum, and several organized community service projects have been completed. One of the more recent projects LXG participated in was removing leaves and washing windows at the Children’s Relief Nursery. The leaders of LXG make up what is called the Consulate, representing the main pillars of the group. The Legatus (president) is junior Andrew Berigan, the Consul for Brotherhood is Caldwell, the Consul for Justice is junior Brian Walsh and the Consul for Masculinity is junior Matthew Vanderlaan. These men are all interested in finding out what it means to be a man. “That component about examining masculinity has been a really important piece for us,” Noem said. “It’s been an important value to keep us grounded in our identity as human beings and to talk about and overcome the conventional stereotypes.” Over the past three years, LXG has grown from 11 men to over 60. It seems to double in size each year, to the great happiness of Noem and the student members. “We’ve spread virally, with the initial group telling everyone to join,” joked Kearney. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is meant to help men on campus get involved. With group discussion, community service and a uniting sense of brotherhood, LXG is working to reverse the negative male trend at UP and get guys involved in an extracurricular activity.
Art, hidden and in plain sight is entitled “Papa Sierra” and was constructed in 1980 by Tom Morandi. It was selected from a huge art exhibit that showcased the work of ten sculptors in April 1980. This sculpture is one of the many sculptures on campus that offer artistic expression. Melissa Nip The Christ the Teacher statue Staff Writer is one of the more noticeable firstname.lastname@example.org sculptures on campus and sits between Franz Hall and Mago Hunt One day during lunch, Uni- Center. Performing and fine arts versity President Rev. E. Wil- professor Jill Hoddick was on a liam Beauchamp expressed to committee in 1989 that was given Dr. Thomas Greene, dean of the the task of searching for an artgraduate school, his desire to see ist that would create an original a certain faded and rusted sculp- sculpture for the UP campus. The ture on campus repainted. The committee was lead by professor sculpture is a red steel sculpture Mary Margaret, a former fine arts and sits by Buckley Center near professor and comprised eight the greenhouse entrance. Greene faculty members and staff. made sure this wish was honored. The artist Donovan Peterson He consulted the President on was chosen and it took him about the color and went out and bought four years to actually complete the paint. With the help of the the sculpture. The University physical plant team, the sculp- President at the time, President ture was given a fresh new coat Thomas Oddo, was very supof paint. portive of the piece but died in “Caring for what we have is 1989 before he was able to see it good stewardship; it’s that sim- brought to campus. ple,” Greene said. “Restoring the “The Christ the Teacher statue piece to its original color also was a memorial to our University enhances the sculpture and the President Thomas Oddo,” Dr. Mibeauty of our great campus.” chael Connolly, performing and The repainted steel sculpture fine arts professor, said. “He was much beloved by students.” The sculpture was installed and dedicated to the President in 1995. “The sculptures arrived on a truck,” Connolly said. “They enlisted the baseball team to lift them.” The sculptures are made of cast bronze and are thirty percent larger than the normal human size. The floor under the sculptures is made of stones called basalt that are indigenous to the Holy Lands. The artist called his work “figurative abstraction,” which is a blend of both representational Reilly Hourigan | THE BEACON abstract One of several carvings that adorn the columns of and components. the Chapel of Christ the Teacher.
Art on campus ranges from the broadly familiar to the diamonds in the rough
“The figures have a universal quality,” Hoddick said. “No definitive race, but human- every man figures.” There are other elements of the sculpture that passer-byers wouldn’t normally notice. The negatives or spaces between the figures were thought out by the artist and work into the piece as a whole. The baby in the piece was modeled after Peterson’s son. Since its installment, the sculpture has been more than just aesthetically pleasing to students and faculty on campus. “I think it is a perfect sculpture for our campus community,” Hoddick said. “It reminds us of the religious nature of the campus, our Reilly Hourigan | THE BEACON interest in educating the whole hu- The statue of Christ the Teacher, situated between Franz Hall and Mago Hunt man being, and Theatre, is one of the most familiar sculptures on The Bluff. Installed in 1995, the sharing our gifts sculptures are made of cast bronze and are thirty percent larger than normal scale. with others.” The doors and three men, William Clark, York, 1805. front columns of the Chapel of Clark’s black slave, and an unYork, Clark’s slave, is shown Christ the Teacher are another named American Indian who was holding Clark’s left hand and example of the fusion between a member of the Cushook tribe. pressing his right hand against art and religion. The doors and The statue stands at the south- Clark’s shoulder, as a sign of supcolumns were sculpted by LeRoy ernmost point of the Willamette port and friendship. The Cushook Setziol out of solid black walnut River Valley, which, according Indian is seen holding a wapato in 1986. Religious symbols can to legend, is the area that Clark plant, symbolizing the Cushook be seen in the intricate carvings in and his men first sighted a dis- heritage. the door. tant mountain, which Clark later The monument was created “The lines of the sun’s rays all named Mt. Jefferson. by sculptor and muralist Michael converge into the handle,” Con“There is a marker on the Florin Dente in 1986. He had prinolly said. “And there are sym- ground in front of the sculpture vate collections in various places bols of the life of Jesus like an ear that points to Mt. Hood and Mt. other than the Northwest such as of corn, snail and whale.” Jefferson,” Connolly said. New York City, Florence, Rome, The door also has images According to Connolly, this Italy and Saudi Arabia. He also that represent the four gospels. A is also where Clark saw the Wil- was a faculty member of the Deman represents the book of Mat- lamette River and realized that it partment of Fine Arts at UP until thew, a lion represents Mark, an was a separate river from the Co- 2000. ox represents Luke and an eagle lumbia River. Hoddick believes that art plays represents John. In addition, the “They learned about the Wil- a very significant role on campus four columns represent the four lamette from native people out and hopes that students will realgospels. east by the Sandy River, where ize this as well. LeRoy Setziol also completed Troutdale is now,” Connolly “I hope students will open wooden sculpture found within said. “Clark came back overland their eyes to their surroundings,” the lobby of Mago Hunt Center. and saw it from somewhere on Hoddick said. “This is a place of It is 12 carved wood pieces made the bluff, at or near our campus.” education and learning and what of Alaskan yellow cedar from the The sculpture is cast in bronze, better way to learn about art than floor to the ceiling, resembling a stands six feet and nine inches to look at it up close and persontotem pole. It was built in 1978 tall, and stands on a four foot al.” and is entitled the “Paul E. Ouel- concrete and stone base. Clark is Connolly sees art as somelette Memorial Wood Sculpture.” seen pointing toward the moun- thing that adds vitality and beauty A sculpture that marks the tain with his right hand, while to our lives when it can someUniversity of Portland as a part holding his journal in his left. times seem repetitive. of history would be the Captain He is taking a step forward, both “When you look at something William Clark Monument. The figuratively and metaphorically. beautiful it can take you out of the Clark Monument stands proudly Clark’s windblown coat reveals mundane,” Connolly said. “There at the edge of the bluff and serves four ermine tails given to him by are things much bigger than the as a symbol of exploration and Sacagawea as a Christmas gift in day to day grind.” discovery. The monument depicts
October 29, 2009
Students enter t-shirt business
Norjak is the name of the file that holds the mystery of D.B. Cooper: his daring plane hijacking, unexplained disappearance and missing money. Norjack is also the name of sophomore Michael Calhoun’s clothing company, which stars will be wearing on the next season of the MTV show, “Taking the Stage” that is scheduled to air in January. The MTV deal came unexpected. This year, Calhoun met a friend at UP who had connections with a few producers, and he asked Calhoun if he would want exposure on the channel. Soon after, MTV managers checked out the Norjack website, and gave Calhoun a call a few days later, explaining an opportunity for his clothing to appear on a show called “Taking the Stage” that was being filmed. Calhoun and roommate sophomore Steven O’Dowd quickly put together new designs and printed out a bunch of shirts which they sent to Cincinnati. They tried new, brighter colors than they usually do, such as hot pink, highlighter yellow and neon green, in hopes that something would catch MTV’s eye. A few days later, Calhoun got a text message from the manager saying that MTV “LOVED” his stuff and they wanted more. His reaction was nothing short of pure bliss. “Oh my God, MTV wanted stuff, and they loved it,” said Calhoun after receiving the text. The show producers asked for more women’s clothing and sweatshirts, and Calhoun shipped out another box a few days later. After checking in with producers to see if they liked the clothing and pitching more design ideas, he was given the green light to go
“Anything that goes big was small at one point, but I definitely wasn’t expecting to do stuff for MTV.”
by machine. After painting on the design, the paint must be cured in order to dry. According to Calhoun, it usually takes about 30 to 40 seconds, “or until it starts smoking.” He has numerous screens, and boxes of shirts that he prints to order. Until a few weeks ago, Calhoun used a heat gun to dry the paint, which sometimes left spots uncured. He recently acquired a flash unit that distributes the heat evenly over the entire shirt, instead of having to use a gun to dry the design by hand. “If there was anyone in school what would become a millionaire, even out of sheer luck, it would be him,” said sophomore friend and Norjack fan Julie Rilling. Neither Calhoun nor his roommate are business majors. Instead, they are both pursing degrees in engineering, skipping the business thing and straight up doing business. Wanting to do things right, Calhoun and his partner got a business license though the city of Portland, making them an official business, which enables them to get blank shirts at wholesale prices from makers such as American Apparel. Norjack also has its own website that allows people to order shirts. All of the profit goes right back into the company’s account. His partner, who currently attends the University of Montana, is majoring in business and eventually plans to take over the accounting side of the enterprise. “But I did sign up for that business etiquette dinner,” Calhoun said. “I should probably learn how to eat.” Last year, Calhoun printed shirts for all kinds of things. Besides making shirts for fun, he made shirts for The Beacon staff, UP Democrats Club and the Guam Club. He also made shirts for his high school and “I heart Kayla” shirts for a friend who had cancer, giving the proceeds to help pay her medical bills. “To go from negotiating with RA’s about doing hall shirts to negotiating with a manager to do stuff with MTV pretty much overnight, it’s pretty sweet,” he said.
Hawthorne offers late-night bites Olga Mosiychuk Staff Writer email@example.com Delicious food is scarce at 1 a.m. on chilly weeknights, save those nightly trips to the nearest 24-hour fast food joint. Though easy to attain and ambiguously delectable, some grow weary of their customary crunchwrap and reach for a zesty lemon/sugar crepe instead. A slew of these adventurous eaters can be found chowing down on everything from freshlycut fries to ham-filled pastries on the corner of Hawthorne and SE 12th Ave, amid the popular “underground cuisine” scene in Portland’s Hawthorne District at all hours of the morning. Potato Champion is one of five different late-night food vendors sandwiched between a used-BMW dealership and the SE 12th Ave crosswalk. Working diligently under a sign that reads “Dept. of High-Fives” Eric Hansen, a Potato Champion employee, serves hungry Portlanders fries every Tuesday. Hansen took a few moments to comment on the unique envi-
ronment that this little food cart coalition has created. “It’s a great after-hours culture,” he said. “It’s 2 a.m., but when you pick something up here, you have energy, you get fired up, you have potatoes!” Having lived in the Hawthorne
“If you’re full of fries, you won’t pass out as quickly.” - Eric Hanson, Hawthorne food vendor District for five years, Hansen has had the chance to experience the atmosphere that the food carts provide firsthand. “People get off late, or come back from shows and come by for late-night snacks. It enables them to party harder,” Hansen said. “If you’re full of fries, you won’t pass out as quickly.”
The food carts are a couple can be overheard housed under a tented arguing next to the garbage and lighted area that can. provides customers a “You’re throwing away haven from the chilly the last bite? That’s horPortland rain. Food rible!” the girl yells as her cart owners even boyfriend hurriedly avoids bring heating lamps the trash can. “I’ll eat it!” with the onset of Those who hang around winter, making this Hawthorne’s food vendors an enjoyable attracagree that the food is good tion regardless of the and reasonably priced. season. Though there is no dollar “We have people menu, a hungry individual come in every night,” can pick up a large steaming said Sofie Buck, an crepe, or even a vegan burriemployee of Perierra to at El Brasero, a MexicanCreperie, another food stand, for as little as popular Hawthorne four dollars, and almost all vendor. “Fridays and food items are priced under Saturdays are just ten dollars. slammed. It’s like a Portland native Will party at the carts.” Smart agrees. Buck notes that “I love the food,” he said. this is an area where “I come here to visit friends the young and the and always drag them over drunk congregate. to the carts and I have never Erica Ellingsen | THE BEACON “It’s a great place A couple enjoys a night-time meal in the Hawbeen disappointed.” to meet new people, thorne District. Food carts are open daily from 6 The selection ranges to hang out with p.m. to 3 a.m. from Mexican food to friends and eat good crepes to fries to shrimp and food,” Buck said. sea food. Carts are open daiNutella/banana crepes. There are Among the Creperie’s menu also vegan and gluten-free op- ly from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. and the items are smoked salmon crepes tions. culture is as eclectic as the food and even French classics, like Walking between the tables, served. Move over McDonalds.
Elliot Boswell Living Editor firstname.lastname@example.org We hold a strange and special place for the books of our childhood. We remember the stuttering steps we took from our parents reading to us to reading along with them to retreating under the covers with a flashlight until long after our bedtimes. And as many of us age, I think, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the literal content of those books with the pleasures they gave us as children, of the ways they allowed us to unmoor our imaginations, even when they don’t satisfy our older selves. When I read “The Lorax” now, for example, the six-year-old Elliot rejoices for every time the 21-year-old Elliot cringes. It is the reason I predict that few people of my generation will be able to write any sort of meaningful criticism about the “Harry Potter” series: We grew up alongside Harry, and it would betray something very deep within us to renounce him. “Where the Wild Things Are” is one of these books, albeit not solely for people my age. First published in 1963 by Maurice Sendak, “WTWTA” falls into the long tradition of escapist fantasies from “The Wizard of Oz” to “Narnia” to “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and is now the subject of a full-length film of the same name, released in theaters two weeks ago. It may be embarrassingly redundant to even offer a synopsis, but a quick and dirty one would
read as follows: Our protagonist, Max, fights with his mother over dinner, runs away, sails a boat to an island, meets the Wild Things (of which there are seven, in various sizes and zoomorphic resemblances), causes an extended “wild rumpus,” has an extended falling out with the Wild Things, and sails home to find his mother and dinner waiting up for him. At this point, it’s fair to wonder exactly how, and if, all this can account for a compelling two-hour movie; after all, the book consists of only a handful of sentences, where most page-toscreen adaptations suffer from an overload of language. Yet thanks to writer/director Spike Jonze (it was co-written with novelist Dave Eggers) and newcomer Max Records, “WTWTA” works, astonishingly well at times, and the result is one of the most challenging, beautiful and resonant films of the year. Jonze, better known as the director of 1999’s “Being John Malkovich” and 2002’s “Adaptation,” treats Sendak’s canonical tale with all the reverence it deserves, yet is unafraid to impose his own aesthetic vision upon it, taking things Sendak only hints at and placing them center stage. In most instances, this involves the Wild Things themselves, and the island they inhabit, which is expanded to include all sorts of
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ahead and do whatever he liked. “It all happened so fast,” he said. Norjack will be worn by the stars of the show and Calhoun will be given credit, but the details are still being worked out. He doesn’t know how often or when the stars will wear his clothing, since the show has already been partially filmed. In terms of being given credit, the details remain fuzzy: it could be his name showing up in the credits at the end of each episode. “I’m expecting a lot of doors to open from it,” said Calhoun. “It’s not popular yet, but I’m hoping it will beReilly Hourigan | THE BEACON come popular.” Sophomores Michael Calhoun and Steven O’Dowd work on shirt designs for His goal is to have Calhoun’s clothing line, Norjack. Norjack clothing stocked in stores, and $100. and realized that if he put two of he plans to take adHe designed one, but later saw them together the open center crevantage of anything he gets. Currently, he sells his shirts to friends his design on another website. ated the shape of a tree. “It’s a tip of the hat to Harry and anyone who orders one for So he decided to make and sell between $10-15 each. He also his own shirts instead of enter- Potter,” Calhoun joked about the ing the contest, and make more lightning bolts. does sweatshirts. In keeping the company as local as possible, they saw the logo as perfect, “because there are so many trees in the Northwest.” “It’s simple, but unique,” Calhoun said. That summer, Calhoun and his friend bought a screen printer off of Craig’s List, and taught themselves how to make shirts. They bought a book about it, but mostly learned by their mistakes. “We got more and more effi- Michael Calhoun, sophomore cient the more we did it,” he said. Calhoun works out of his home, using the garage as his t“Anything that goes big was small at one point, but I definitely than $100. He and his friend shirt print shop. Buckets of open l wasn’t expecting to do stuff for then stumbled over the mystery paint cans with brushes sticking MTV within the year,” Calhoun of D.B. Cooper and the missing out sit on a table. The paint is a special kind that doesn’t dry until said. “I just want to take this Nor- money. “We wanted the name tied to it is heated to over 350 degrees. jack thing as far as I can.” The screen printing process CalNorjack was casually born something local,” Calhoun said. After coming up with their houn uses to make Norjack shirts during Calhoun’s senior year in high school. While surfing the name, they set out to design a is the same as other brands; like internet, Calhoun saw a contest logo, which also came as a sur- Nike. The only difference is that on bustedtees.com for people to prise. Calhoun was experiment- Norjack shirts are handmade, and design a shirt and potentially win ing with drawing lightning bolts, Nike shirts are done exclusively
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wide-eyed, rambunctious, but unfailingly sweet, and plays Max (the character) with the sort of openarmed acceptance that such an adventure must surely evoke in a child. But it is with the Wild Things that Max sails headlong into a world which threatens his innocence, and the point where the movie takes a turn into a briar patch of tangled adult-ish emotions. Led by Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini), the Wild Things are a moody, fickle, occasionally funny bunch who resemble nothing if not a Support Group for Purposeless Adults, yet who flock to the roughly 10-year-old Max as their emotional lodestar. The relationship between these two camps is where “WTWTA” derives a good deal of its COURTESY OF GEEKSTIR.COM drama, and it’s also where topography I don’t remember it lends itself most baldly to infrom the book. Jonze shoots his subjects in- terpretation, especially Freudian timately – the opening scene is ones. To do so, and to paraphrase a first-person sequence of Max the novelist David Foster Waltumbling head-over-heels down lace, seems to be the equivalent a flight of stairs – often to the of grinding a rose through a point of resembling a grainy spectrometer to figure out why home video. The landscapes al- it smells so good. I’d rather reternate between rocky crags to frain. I walked out of this film deepTatooine-like stretches of sand ly ill at ease, with the vague feeldunes to dense, evergreen forests, and Jonze teases the respec- ing of concrete lining my stomtive richness out of each of these, ach. I hadn’t expected to feel so giving us one visual feast after confronted by a “kid’s movie,” or for it to hit so close to home, another. Records, on the other hand, which is in no small part my own is very much a passive voyager, fault for having such fixed ex-
pectations in the first place. Why were the Wild Things so miserable, adrift in an existential fog? Did Max help to save them, if they were salvageable at all? Is this supposed to be a commentary on the world of grown-ups? What kind of a children’s movie is this anyway? Surprisingly, I found, if not answers, then some relief in the form of my twelve-year-old brother, who had gone to see it with me. I asked him how he liked it, and he told me that, yes, he thought it was good. As for me? Depressing, I told him. I feel confused. Oh yeah, he responded – I guess it was kind of sad. I realized then that he had seen an entirely different movie than I had, that he hadn’t picked up on the unexplained past between Carol and his possible one-time crush K.W., for one, or on the half-angry/half-let-down looks which passed between them. Or the vague, listless angst that intruded on everything the Wild Things did. “WTWTA” is like a cinematic Rorschach blot: It’s a kid movie for kids, an adolescent movie for adolescents and an adult movie for adults. If there is one thing that I think should be taken away from the film, it is, appropriately, the final shot. Max returns to his home and dinner and mother, waiting lovingly and anxiously up for him. She hugs him, and he begins to eat. Across the table from him, her greatest fear assuaged, she dozes off. Here, in the real world, with the people who really care about him, is where Max belongs.
HAUNTED: frequent sightings Continued from page 6 enced the apparition said they were not particularly scared at the time, and they didn’t feel threatened. “Two security people told me when the renovation was going on that they were in there late at night and they saw the young kid and they told him to get out,” James Covert said. “They walked toward him and he disappeared.” According to Covert, Paul (sometimes called Peter) is very playful and he had a special attraction to Zulema Blizinsky, who used to be a secretary in Waldschmidt. “Paul would infect her computer and play with her typewriter,” James Covert said. “She eventually cut out a heart and wrote ‘Please don’t interrupt my work.’” According to James Covert, Hillgens was so attached to Blizinsky that when she moved to work in Chiles Center, Hillgens followed her and was up to the same antics. She ended up leaving another note and Hillgens respected her possessions. Hillgens is not the only purported ghost to be heard in Waldschmidt. According to Karl Mitts, a Physical Plant foreman in charge of housekeeping, about 13 years ago as a janitor was cleaning the fourth floor on Halloween night she started to hear some noises from the fifth floor. “At first, she said she didn’t really think too much of it,” Mitts said. “But as it got closer to midnight she started to hear a lot of
noise from the fifth floor like there was a dance party going on.” After that, the woman left the building and vowed never to come back to work out of fear the building was haunted. “The fifth floor of Waldschmidt is where they had dances and ate their food a long time ago, so it could be possible,” Mitts said. Mitts has also had his own personal experience with a paranormal event in Waldschmidt almost Reilly Hourigan | THE BEACON nine years ago. Mitts had been The fourth floor of Waldschmidt is rumored to be the site of multiple ghostly sightcalled by a co- ings, including the purported spirits of former student Paul Hillgens and former worker asking if he University President Rev. Thomas C. Oddo, C.S.C. was in the building. zontal stripped shirt and khaki so revered and loved,” Covert The woman who was alone in the building was try- pants. The shirt was, if I remem- said. “I wouldn’t be surprised ing to figure out who had pushed ber right, kind of green with a if it was him. If he could come her cart all the way down to the pale yellow color, and the pants back, he probably would try to.” were a medium to dark tan color,” other end of the hall. Mago Hunt “The cart would have had to Mitts said. Mitts later told other people of go over a rubber carpet strip and Another ghost UP students travel about 12 to 15 feet before it his experience and was informed could end up where it did,” Mitts that the spirit might have been and staff have encountered is that that of former University of Port- of a little girl who haunts Mago said. As Mitts and the housekeeper land President Rev. Thomas C. Hunt theater. Performing and fine arts prowere talking about the incident, Oddo, C.S.C. According to James Covert, fessor Larry Larsen, although they both looked up to see the silhe has never seen it himself, has houette of a man walking across this is a possibility. “President Oddo died in 1989 talked to many students who the open doors at the other end of in a tragic accident while go- claim to have seen a ghostly little the hallway. “He was wearing a large hori- ing out to the airport. He was girl.
“She plays on the stage, but the next time you look she is gone. She has also been seen down in the bottom of the vom stairways,” Larsen said. “Students claim to see her when working on shows just out of the corner of their vision when working downstairs or backstage.” But where did the little girl come from? According to sophomore Katy Portell, the identity of the little girl is a mystery. “The ghost is a little girl thought to have either died in the fire when the original Mago Hunt burnt down several years ago or have been a daughter of a professor,” Portell said. Acting professor Mindi Logan also thinks she has had a run-in with the little girl. One day while she was teaching a class in the theater, she was on the stage and her students were sitting in the audience. She looked up to say something to the class and saw a little girl in the audience. When she looked back the girl was gone. After this experience, Logan has refused to hold class in the theater. On top of these sightings, students have heard piano music coming from one of the practice rooms, only to find the music coming from a dark, empty room. The sudden appearance of a mysterious doll’s dress in a bucket of muslin in the shop has also mystified stage crew members. According to Portell, no one put it there, and there was not a doll in any of the shows. “No one knew how it got there or why it was there,” Portell said.