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ISSUE 117 VOL 6 PUBLISHED 10/31/2003

Variety

Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

In this modern era, everyone would like to think that age does not matter, especially when it comes to dating. But somehow a relationship seems that much more intriguing when a fossil like J. Howard Marshall II takes up with a young thing like Anna Nicole Smith. It has long been common for older men to date younger women. And while those relationships always capture the public’s, even more intriguing, and becoming increasingly common, iswhen a relationship exists between an older woman and a younger man.

Rise and Shine: Morning Sex

I had an idea for an invention a while ago: an alarm clock with an inflatable man inside who would emerge from inside the clock to stroke my face as I woke up. It’s bizarre, but there it is. For some, this is all they want from a wake-up partner. Others are looking for a bit more action. Enter morning sex.

Critic's Corner: "Mystic River"

“Haunting“ is the perfect word to describe Clint Eastwood’s latest film, "Mystic River." No, not haunting in the otherworldly witches, ghosts and goblins sense that so easily comes to mind in late October. "Mystic River" is an earthquake that lays bare human beings in the face of tragedy, sending aftershocks of incredulity down the spine that haunt the moviegoer long after the credits stop rolling.

Old friends

Black and white images of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel flashed across three giant viewing screens as the subtle guitar riff from “America” flooded the darkened arena of the Xcel Energy Center Monday night. Periodically, the screens flashed images from the 1960s – the Civil Rights Movement, peace protests and lovers – to which the majority of the audience responded with sighs of recognition and familiarity. As the house lights went up, the famous pair stepped onstage together for the first time since 1983, softly playing the sentimental tune “Old Friends.” The gentle hit was barely audible above the roaring audience, many of whom were overcome at the sight of the endearingly humble duo.

Doin' It: Jill Zaspel and Andy Billing, Pause Coordinators

One of the hottest places to be on campus is managed by two of the hottest students at St. Olaf. Andy Billing ’04 and Jill Zaspel ’04 are co-coordinators of the Lion’s Pause in Buntrock Commons. Since the two are equally instrumental to the success of the Pause, both are being profiled this week.

A fan mourns Elliott Smith's death

I heard about it from a high school friendwho attends the U of M. He called and left a message, saying, “I have some really sad news. Elliott Smith died today. He killed himself. I just wanted to tell you, because you’re like the only person I know who’d care. I’m really depressed about it.” The news rattled me. I later learned that the singer-songwriter stabbed himself in his Los Angeles home. A female friend discovered him around noon on Tues., Oct. 21, lying on the floor of his apartment. He was taken to the hospital where he died hours later. Smith was only thirty-four years old.

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