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Haley Bonar emerges with new album

March 30, 2006

Of course Haley Bonar grew up. Too bad her music grew up with her. Back on her 2003 album, "The Size of Planets," Bonar lilted and laughed about whiskey and cowboys. She whispered of deep, mysterious waters....

Unmasking Mike Mictlan

February 23, 2006

Doomtree gets flack for not being "true" hip-hop. The Twin Cities crew has been called suburban, emo. Many of them went to Hopkins High School, for Christ's sake. Critics can't talk about their albums...

‘Why We Fight’ director pulls no punches

February 23, 2006

Eugene Jarecki began by asking people ' politicians, military experts, moms ' a question: Why does the United States go to war? The answers aren't pretty. His documentary "Why We Fight" tells us that America...

“Match Point’ plays a dark, twisted game

December 8, 2005

Match Point" pushes. It begins with a tennis net. The ball goes over and back and over again. Then, it hits " just the tip " and freezes, midair, above the net. The game of tennis, the narrator tells us,...

See this film and have a very bad, very worthwhile time

November 23, 2005

In a very basic way, "The Dying Gaul" is a film about a film. Initially, the discussion revolves around an autobiographical script by struggling screenwriter Robert (Peter Sarsgaard). It's a dense screenplay....

“MMMBop’ band is singing a new tune these days

November 17, 2005

The documentary begins with Hanson as we remember them " on the cover of Seventeen magazine, glowing in "Got Milk?" ads, sitting atop the Billboard charts. "MMMBop" does not play, but our brain conjures...

This ‘jar’ might be empty but it is purposely so

November 10, 2005

When a film classifies itself as a war film, it brings a whole host of expectations. There's the conflicted war general, the grand battle scene, the soldier who dies in his friend's arms. "Jarhead" ignores...

Aptly adapted to its environment

November 3, 2005

Of course there are moments. For terrible split seconds, the film crushes where the novella caresses. The film speaks where the novella pauses. The film exposes what the novella hides. But overall, "Shopgirl"...

Inside Mike Doughty’s soul or at least his head

October 6, 2005

Mike Doughty might have been more interesting when he was on drugs. As the frontman for 1990s band Soul Coughing, he was certainly more radical. Now Doughty is happy. Like his new solo album, "Haughty...

‘Into the Blue’ runs out of excuses

September 29, 2005

I intimately know Jessica Alba's ass. I have explored its curves. I have beheld it from every possible angle. Four times. And I'm upset about it. The premise of "Into the Blue" requires Alba to be in a...

Don’t let ‘The Baxter’ buy you dinner

September 22, 2005

The film "The Baxter" dedicates itself to the guy who films normally shaft. He's in every romantic comedy. But he's not the hero. He begins the film inexplicably engaged to the female lead. Luckily, and...

The sound of silence (in a phone interview)

September 22, 2005

Allow me to judge Michael Showalter on a 13-minute phone conversation. Give me that liberty. Showalter, for the most part, is funny. In fact, he's downright hilarious in "Wet Hot American Summer" and Comedy...

Seu Jorge stares and sings into our souls

September 15, 2005

It was his eyes in "City of God." As Knockout Ned in the 2002 film, Seu Jorge's wide eyes expressed the desperation of the favelas, or slums, outside Rio de Janeiro. They saw his girlfriend raped, his...

Band finds unity in difference

September 15, 2005

It's Saturday night on fraternity row. More than 60 people are gathered in front of Delta Kappa Epsilon. They are drinking from red plastic cups. They are laughing. And, most importantly, they are dancing. Live...

Bret Easton Ellis mellows out

September 8, 2005

BCorrection: The graphic incorrectly stated the day Ellis will do a reading on campus. Ellis will read Monday. ret Easton Ellis' characters dominate and outlive the novels that introduce them. "American...

U computer programmers to compete in world finals

March 22, 2004

As the new member of the University's computer programming contest, Vishal Shah was a little nervous. His teammates, Stefan Atev and Elliot Olds, competed in the contest in past years, and Shah, a computer...

Student-parent group focuses on political action

March 12, 2004

Motivated by recent child-care budget cuts, parent and psychology senior Mara Sheldon launched a group to advocate for issues important to University student-parents. In December, Sheldon started the Student...

GC official: Many unintentionally plagiarize

March 10, 2004

Through her work, Debra Hartley finds that many University students who plagiarize do not have ill intent. The General College writing center coordinator said most who copy text from another source without...

Minicourses offer fun by design

March 5, 2004

For his salsa dancing mini-course last semester, instructor Bruce Abas took his students on a field trip. The group took the floor at The Quest nightclub's "Noche de Salsa" and demonstrated all the shimmying...

Bridge builders display their mettle

March 1, 2004

Members of the University's steel-bridge competition team were nervous. Someone on one of the eight opposing teams had learned the University team had violated a contest rule, and the snitch had reported...

Capitol sees a day of protests and politics

February 27, 2004

More than 100 Minnesota doctors dressed in white lab coats ascended the Capitol steps Thursday to check up on legislators. Approximately 175 medical professionals and students attended the Minnesota Medical...

The story behind a children’s story

February 24, 2004

As a University's Kerlan Collection employee, first-year student Lee Richards gets a sneak peek at the material joining the library's 90,000 children's books. "I'm one of the first people not in the publication...

GC to decrease enrollment

February 20, 2004

In her first semester at the General College, Shelley Guthrie gave birth to a child and earned a 3.0 grade point average. Guthrie, now a sociology senior, said the General College's support system led...

Research projects could create thousands of jobs

February 18, 2004

The newly formed research partnership between the University and Mayo Clinic could create 4,000 jobs and earn $290 million annually starting in 2010, according to a report presented to House and Senate...

GC goal is fewer, better students

February 16, 2004

More qualified applicants and decreased enrollment targets are shaping the future of the General College. More students with higher test scores and high school rankings are applying to the General College....

Constructing new architectural designs is a game to one U graduate student

February 12, 2004

Benjamin Lindau began researching his master's thesis by playing video games. After buying, playing and comparing games, the graduate student chose the best game engine for his architectural studies. "Basically,...

U researchers, students use model to study dam removal

February 6, 2004

In the University's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory lies a 30-foot scale model of Washington's Elwha River. The mini river, built of wood, sand, concrete and Mississippi River water, flows to its dam as a...

Revised CLA language test might be courses’ final exam

February 5, 2004

College of Liberal Arts administrators have called the newly implemented language proficiency exam "optional," but students might find that the test is a required portion of their 1004-level second-language...

U prof helps NASA get clearer Mars images

January 29, 2004

Professor Guillermo Sapiro might have developed an imaging technology used on the Mars rovers, but he has little use for high-tech equipment at home. "I have one of those standard Olympus digital cameras,...

CLA abandons GPT requirement

January 28, 2004

In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the College of Liberal Arts Assembly voted to drop the Graduation Proficiency Test as part of the college's second-language requirement. The changes will go into effect...

CLA panel votes today on GPT options

January 27, 2004

The College of Liberal Arts Assembly will vote today whether to modify CLA students' second-language requirement, dropping the Graduation Proficiency Test. If a proposal created by the college's committee...

CLA to vote on dropping GPT

January 23, 2004

College of Liberal Arts students might not have to take the Graduation Proficiency Test as part of the school's second-language requirement, if a proposal passes the CLA Assembly on Tuesday. The CLA Student...