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By Jeff Randall
When a guest lecturer steps into a
classroom, most students take the
opportunity to slouch submissively into
their desks or surreptitiously creep out
of the room.
But when Linda Anfuso is that lec
turer, such behavior is difficult to get
away with. Racism, sexism and count
less other “-isms” are discussed, chal
lenged and debated; apathy is not an
“She just shocked me,” undeclared
sophomore Michael Brandt said. “I've
never seen somebody grab a classroom
like that and refuse to let go.”
Brandt is one or tne thousands ot
students to whom Anfuso has spoken at
universities all over the United States
and abroad. She has been an active
member of the UNL .Artist Diversity in
Residence program for five years,
spending weeks at a time in Lincoln
sharing her experiences with students.
Arid .Anfuso, now in the middle of a
six-week residency, will be doing it
again tonight at 8 in Avery 217, when
she speaks to a mass media class. Race
and gender issues will be the order of
the evening, and Anfuso promised a
frank and eye-opening discussion - but
for students who have been lucky
enough to have Anfuso visit their class
rooms, that is nothing new.
She has spoken to students under a
variety of occupational hats - as a
writer, painter, businesswoman, poet
and teacher, just to name a few.
“Ever since I was very young. I’ve
been interested in a variety of things,”
Anfuso said. “And instead of buying
into the idea of specialty, I’ve spent my
life exploring all of them.”
A self-made renaissance woman in
both theory and practice, Anfuso is not
content to keep her talents to herself.
She has published her poetry in two
books - “Stolen Daughter” and “Red
Coat and Other Poems” - and her visual
artistry has been published in the form
of “Palette of Period Pigments.” She is
currently working on a book that will
teach young jewelry makers how to
market their creations.
But art is not her.only form of
Her mind is filled with issues that
many students refuse to acknowledge.
Anfuso takes her confrontational brand
of politics and education directly to the
students through her lectures and dis
cussions. Most of these discussions cen
ter on - for lack of a better term - the
politics of inequality.
“You have to talk about these things,
because ignoring them obviously hasn’t
made them go away,” she said.
Anfuso knows about such issues
firsthand. She was bom and spent the
first few years of her life on the St. Regis
Mohawk Reservation in upstate New
York. When she was 3 years old, she was
taken from the reservation and her fam
ily and placed m a foster home.
“I remember some things about (St.
Regis) very clearly,” Anfuso said. “I
remember my room. I remember my
It was soon after leaving the rescrva
Please see ARTIST on 10
Linda Anfuso, from Wilton,
N.H., gazes over her artist’s
table she has set up on her
sixth-floor apartment in
Lincoln. Anfuso is on campus
to educate students on
‘Cruel Intentions’ a medley of sexual conquest
■ 1 he new movie contains
deceit, sex and money, to
provide a dramatic twist.
By Diane Broderick
If “Cruel Intentions” intends to cash
in on camp value, its makers knew
exactly what they were domg.
But even if they didn’t intend the
kitsch, the film is just as enjoyable -
only at its own expense.
Set in an elite, Manhattan world of
rich teens who go to an upper-crust pri
vate school, the film delights in setting
up beautiful and sexy, but cliched, char
acters in various sexual scenarios.
“Cruel Intentions,” an update on the
same novel “Dangerous Liaisons” was
based on, puts new twists on the familiar
Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle
Gellar) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan
Phillippe) are bored, rich step-siblings
who play mental and sexual games with
their high-school counterparts.
Kathryn and Sebastian have parents
whom they talk about, but are on holi
day for the entire film, which makes it
possible for these manipulative teens to
pull off their act.
These two function as adults in their
own right. They live in a mansion with a
host of Victorian touches. Sebastian has
a classic car and an office that would be
the envy of most top-level executives,
and Kathryn sports an expensive
designer wardrobe, even if it leans
toward the trashy side.
The step-siblings adore hatching
nefarious schemes that make others
bend to their will. In their games, lust is
often their method, but power is what
they truly seek.
Sebastian totes his prized posses
sion, a journal containing notes on all of
his conquests. But the difference
between him and his step-sister is that
he has a reputation apparently every
girl he’s ever seduced has regretted it.
Kathryn hides her contempt for
almost everyone behind an angelic face.
No one seems to realize what evil
thoughts lurk behind her smile, espe
cially not any adults.
Two innocent, virginal targets walk
right into Sebastian and Kathryn’s lives.
Film Review }
Title: “Cruel Intentions”
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe,
Director: Roger Kumble
Five Words: Film succeeds at kitsch humor
Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair) is a
new transfer student whose mother
wants Kathryn, the student body presi
dent. to show her the ropes.
And Annette Hargrove (Reese
Witherspoon) is the new headmaster’s
daughter who has written a manifesto in
Seventeen magazine entitled “Why I
Plan to Wait,” a dare too tantalizing to
Kathryn has reasons for vengeance
against Cecile, and Sebastian can’t wait
to take on the daunting task of deflower
ing the virtuous virgin. A plot is hatched
that hinges on sex and deception.
And from this point on, the film suc
ceeds in some fabulous camp. Gellar, in
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KATHRYN (SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR) and Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) are con
niving stepsiblings caught up in a wealthy farcical world of sexual intrigue
in “Cruel Intentions.
a turn from her saving-the-world role as
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is never less
than a bitch. And Phillippe s pouty take
on a sexual predator flows naturally
after a few beginning scenes where the
seams on his evil treachery show
Witherspoon contrasts the evil two
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