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Grass Continued from Page 2 and to the center, because it is a collaborative effort.” The center may not be a forever thing. Waller said. 11 would depend on how well things go in the first three years. The anticipated accomplish ments for the next three years in clude appointing a director, hold ing a conference to summarize cur rent grassland activities and pro grams, submitting grant proposals to fund specific projects, and build ing public awareness of the grass land’s contribution to urban and rural development, Waller said. The success of the center will be reviewed after three years to deter mine if it has accomplished its ob jectives, and if it has been able to generate enough external funding. The next step for the center is the Board of Regents approval of the proposal at its July 16 meeting. The task force on Grassland Studies is optimistic, Waller said. 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Sam’s execution date is only four weeks away and Adam is armed with only a string of weak, last-ditch ap peals to try to obtain a stay of the execution. “The Chamber” is set in the same racially tense environment of“A Time to Kill,” Grisham’s first novel. Unlike his other four books, “The Chamber” deals more with human reactions and feel ings than with the main characters being chased by the mafia or the gov ernment. The bombing that Sam was in volved with was planned by the Ku Klux Klan. The Cayhall an cestors have always been closely linked with this orga nization. Sam’s family had tried to bury his dark past and to keep everything hidden from Adam. Adam’s father was unable to cope with the atroc ities that Sam had commit ted, and killed himself. Adam’s aunt comes to terms with the past through her roaring alcoholism. Adam must deal with the fact that Sam indirectly caused his father’s death and might not be worth saving from the chamber. He must contrast the evil man that Sam used to be to the frail, repentent old man that he is now. Grisham docs manage to make “The Chamber” a thrill er as well as an exploration of Adam’s dealings with the past, hc snows tne readers tnat 5am had a partner in the bombing — a partner who has so far remained anon ymous and will do anything to ensure that he will not be revealed. Grisham also tackles one of the most two-sided issues in our judicial system today: the death penalty. Ad vocates and opponents raise their voic es and explain their beliefs to the readers who, despite their personal ideals, will find themselves having doubts and maybe even jumping to the other side of the fence while reading Courtesy of Doubleday John-Grisham has written four best selling novels, three of which have been made into movies. His latest book is called “The Chamber.” mis novel. Grisham does what few authors have ever been able to do. He makes stories about courtroom dramas and legalities not only interesting, but com pelling. His writing style is highly attuned to the comprehension of the layman, and he makes the legal sys tem not only understandable, but en joyable. While not his best book, “The Chamber” is a great read, enlighten ing as well as entertaining. —Joel Strauch Decent movies have their day with dog By Gerry Beltz Staff Raportar___ This week, the new release shelves are seeing quite a bit of traffic, because the movies are all fairly good, except for one killer-dog piece of garbage. However, the pick-of-the-wcck is a horror-suspense classic that you may not have seen for some time. All were released Wednesday. “The Air Up There” — Not just another find-yourself-through-sports flick, “The Air Up There” is actually entertaining and surprising. Intent on finding a power player for his team, Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon) travels to Africa and meets Saleh (Charles Gitonga Maina in his screen debut), who prefers the compa ny of his tribe to playing basketball. Naturally, the film’s climax is a close basketball game, but it takes place over the land ownership of Saleh’s tribe, not a national champi onship. See it if everything else is checked out. “The Pelican Brief”—Although the movie has a very strong cast and director, John Grisham’s book is bet ter than the movie, and you can’t follow the movie without reading the book first. Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) is a law student that uncovers some un likely suspects in the unsolved mur ders of two Supreme Court justices, and she finds herself in over her head. Denzel Washington shows up as an ambitious reporter who turns out to be the only aid that Shaw has in escaping death. Skip the movie, read the book, and avoid the confusion. “The Getaway** — A remake of the 1972 Steve McQueen-AliMcGraw film, this one stars real-life husband and-wife team Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. Baldwin plays Doc McCoy, an in credible thief who is imprisoned down in Mexico. His wife Carol (Basinger) enlists the aid of power broker Jack Benyon (James Woods) to get McCoy out of prison, the price of which in cludes some extra-marital favors from Carol, and a special job from McCoy. Great talent and a decent chase scene, it’s worth seeing. “Iron Will**— It looks like anoth er “Will the kid beat the adults?” flick, but it works as a film because of its real feel. Granted, this is a Disney movie. and you can’t help but worry about your saccharin intake during the film, but the movie’s emphasis on family and courage help to overcome this problem. Based on a true story, “Iron Will” is about Will (Mackenzie Astin), a boy who is suddenly made the man of the house after his father dies. Facing financial deficits, Will’s only chance is winning a 522-mile dogsled race with a $10,000 first prize. Check it out. “Man’s Best Friend” — BLECH!!!! There’s always one dog in the group, and “Man’s Best Friend” definitely qualifies. The main star is Max, a gigantic dog that is a hybrid of the DNA from chameleon, cheetah, and dog, and others. He is one mean pooch, who ends up in the custody of investigative reporter Ally Shecdy. Go alphabetize your soup instead of seeing this one. PICK-OF-THE-WEEK — It’s one of those nail-biting thrillers with a dose of humor thrown in, as well as a great cast of young actors and an awesome soundtrack. It’s time to find “The Lost Boys.” With modern-day vampires in an amusement park, “The Lost Boys” features a terrific performance from Kiefer Sutherland as the lead vam pire. Who could ever cat rice the same way again after seeing this (lick? See it with someone you trust.