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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.
He said that they were confident
that the center would accomplish
its goals and bring public aware
“We hope when students come
back in August, that they will be
able to say ‘This is the Center of
Grassland Studies, where we are
going to make a difference’.”
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Grisham does it once again
By John Grisham
The master of the legal thriller is
back, and this time he’s written about
a darker subject than usual — the
death penalty.
John Grisham’s latest novel, “The
Chamber,” deals with the personal
ambitions of Adam Hall, a young law
yer fresh out of law school, who de igns
to keep his grandfather from the gas
Adam ’ s grandfather, Sam Cayhall,
was given death row residency after a
bomb that he allegedly set went off at
the wrong time, killing 5-year-old
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
“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
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
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
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
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
See it if everything else is checked
“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
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
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
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
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.
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.