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Students tuned in for cable
BY CRYSTAL K.WIEBE
Basic cable just isn’t enough for some people.
Dorm rooms at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln are set up with basic cable, offering about
50 channels, including MTV, but some students are
willing to fork over 515.95 per month for addition
al premium channels.
Ann Shrewsbury, public affairs manager of the
Nebraska division of Time Warner Cable, said col
lege students were interested in the movies and
television series offered on the premium channels.
“‘The Sopranos’ and Sex in the City’ are both
programs that are attractive to the college-age stu
dents,” Shrewsbury said.
Time Warner makes cable subscription easy for
students by having a promotion at the beginning
of the school year so students can pick up their
cable converters when they sign up for a cable
package on campus.
Students then turn in their converter boxes
during a pick-up day on campus at the end of the
Freshman Chris Kerr said he and his roommate
bought extended cable so they could catch the end
of the baseball season last fall and watch programs
on channels like TLC and the Discovery Channel.
“We don’t just have it because we thought it'd
be nice to have cable," the anthropology major
As the school year drug on, though, Kerr said he
realized he had little free time to spend watching
“The only thing I have it for right now is The
Sopranos,”’ Kerr said.
The HBO series also influenced Sirwavne
Warelow’s decision to pay for cable.
“I can’t miss 'The Sopranos. ”’ said the freshman
But other than “The Sopranos," Warelow also
said he had little time for television viewing.
“I don’t even really watch the movie channels,"
Freshman general studies major Grant Eberly
said he sometimes regretted buying extended
cable because he mostly watched MTV, which
came with basic cable.
“I could use that $20 per month for something
else,” Eberly said.
He also said he resented the additional month
‘It’s not essential to my survival
here, but I enjoy it when / watch it.’
freshman history major
lv charges Time Warner put on his remote and con
If Eberly buys any kind of extended cable next
year, he said it would be digital.
"Time Warner sucks,” he said. "They rip you
Warelow said even though he didn’t get a lot of
use out of his television, having extended cable
made dorm life more like home.
"I’ve always had movie channels and stuff. I’ve
never had just basic cable," Warelow said.
Kerr said despite the additional cost, he would
probably buy cable again next year.
“It may be a waste of money,” he said. “It’s not
essential to my survival here, but I enjoy it when I
BY ALEXIS EINERSON
Two gyro restaurants, The Gourmet Grill and Ali
Baba’s Gyros, are positioned side-by-side at 14th and
O streets, but Hamid Nader, owner of The Gourmet
Grill, said it was not his neighbor that was his com
“I don’t consider (Ali Baba’s) my competition,”
Nader said. “It’s every restaurant in the downtown
that is your competition.”
Naqibullah Attaie, owner of .Ali Baba’s Gyros, said
he felt the same way as his neigh
“There are three gyro places -
Papa John’s, Gourmet Grill and us t nere a KB
- in one block,” Attaie said, “but three great
that doesn’t matter to me.”
A gyro is a chunk of meat, 15
percent lamb and 85 percent beef places ... in
according to Nader, that cooks nrip UflnrL
while rotating between grills. UL '
A famous food in Greece and but that
the Middle East, the word gyro lit- doesn t
erally means rotation in Greek,
Nader said. matter tO
But don’t be fooled into think- wie. ’
ing .Ali Baba’s and Gourmet Grill
are the same just because they Naqibullah
serve the same food. Nader said. Attaie
He compared the two restau- owner Ali
rants with fast-food places. Ra. ... r ’ .
"It’s like having a Big Mac and ---
a Whopper,” Nader said. “They
taste different, they have different combination and
“I personally don’t go to McDonald’s, but that
doesn’t mean they have bad food.”
Actually, the two locations have an unusual his
tory. Nader used to own the building Ali Baba’s is in
now, and it used to be called George’s Grilled Gyros.
Nader said he decided to move one building over
to the corner of 141*1 and O streets in 1988 and
opened The Gourmet Grill because he felt the loca
tion was better and it was a bigger place.
Each restaurant has one big thing in common,
however. They both deal with the bar crowd on a reg
Being positioned downtown, both The Gourmet
Grill and .Ali Baba's stay open later on certain nights,
usually on the weekends, to accommodate people at
.Although Nader said the majority of his business
didn’t necessarily come from the night crowd, most
of the hassles did.
In the 13 years The Gourmet Grill has been open,
Nader said each of its glass windows had been bro
ken from fighting outside the restaurant.
Attaie said he felt downtown had gotten safer,
however, because police officers position them
selves so there was one officer on almost every
Nader said he did want to leave one piece of
advice with the night crowd.
"Ask night people to have one less drink and
instead have a gyro at Gourmet Grill,” Nader said.
That would save them a lot of headaches.”
Guided By Voices cling
to indie rock credibility
The New Musical Express once called
Bob Pollard “the next Paul McCartney,”
referring, of course, to his proven abilities
to write catchy singalong two-minute pop
On Guided By Voices’ new album,
“Isolation Drills,” Pollard and the gang
put that epithet to the test once again, as
they do every few months or so when they
release something new.
So remember the ’60s (and part of the
70s) when Paul McCartney was pretty
Well, heck. I'd love to be called the next
Paul McCartney. Then remember Paul’s
output in the ’80s and '90s? I hope you
don’t either. Paul got old, and Paul got
boring. You hit somebody who calls you
"the next Paul McCartney ... of the ’80s
Bob & Co. had quite a bit of indie cred
ibility going into their last album, “Do the
Collapse.” They built a reputation of
cranking out 20-something songs per
album around two minutes each, sound
ing like they were recorded in a basement
(because many were) but boasting golden
melodies and catchy enough hooks to
make you understand the ’60s Liverpool
^ But then they got Ric Ocasek to pro
duce the last album, and it got a bit slick
and overproduced. Warning sign No. 1.
And the catchiest song on the album
was actually written years earlier.
Warning sign No. 2.
So, this time around they got Rob
Schnapf to produce. He’s worked with
EUiott Smith (OK ...) and Beck (hmmmm
...) and the Foo Fighters (ouch ...). To his
credit, the sound on this album is a bit
dirtier, crunchier and punchier. In a good
And there’s even a less-than-one
minute home-produced Bob solo track,
too, so that sonic indie cred has basically
Oh yeah, except for the songs where
they have the string quartet. String quar
tet, you ask? What is up with that, you ask?
1 don’t know I reply.
The strings fit as well as one of those
wacky, distorted hairband guitar solos
that you’d always find in '80s Whitney
Houston songs. Only without the ironic
.Many of these songs simply lack ener
gy. And for a band with as much of a live
reputation as GBV, that can be a problem.
The frustrating thing about this album
is that, even though it is a healthy 16 songs
long, you have to get about 75 percent of
the way through it to get past the filler.
“Skills Like This,” “Chasing Heather
Crazy,” “Glad Girls,” “Pivotal Film,”
“How’s My Drinking?,” “The Brides Have
Hit Glass” and “Fine to See You” would
have made an incredible mini-album like
last year’s “Hold On Hope” ER
"Brides” and "Heather” are great
examples of that classic Liverpudlian sim
ple sing-along songwriting. “Fine to See
You” is a lovely tribute of sorts in the vein
of the aforementioned “Hold on Hope.”
So all is not lost. The dung in the feed
lot next door isn’t stinky enough to spoil
the picnic, but it is enough to make you
worry about the wind changing direc
It’ll be sad if Bob loses his touch, but if
he does, he does.
You know, "Flaming Pie” w-asn’t too
Guided By Voices “Isolation Drills”
Mulvey a true poet's musician
BY ANDREW SHAW
In a world of a million guitar players it is still stunning to
find a musician with the command of the instrument like
During his two sets at the Lincoln Association For
Traditional Arts House Concert on March 9. Mulvey
changed the tuning of his guitar between every' song, never
to the standard, which explains the amazingly rich and per
sonal sound he produces on “The Trouble With Poets,” his
On the opening title track, Mulvey pokes fun at himself
saying poets “talk too much,” and “see poetry' everywhere."
then goes on to perform 11 spngs whose lyrics could stand
alone as a small chapbook of creative writing. But like all
good poetry’, the truest meaning is discovered only when the
poet performs their works out loud.
Mulvey’s recording of “Words Too Small to Say" is one of
the most intimately poetic tracks on the album, a brave feat
for the second track of any album. His young and weathered
voice seems to whisper the verses to you in an excited yet
laid-back rhylhm, but w'hen the chorus turns and the har
monies chimes in, the sound makes one’s blood run
warmer. As Mulvey holds out the important words on a thin
string of air, any fan of folk-inspired acoustic rock can feel
their hairs begin to rise.
But Mulvey's intimacy is not just an act. He lives in the
mood of his music, traveling America and Ireland six
months out of every’ year, performing in venues for small
audiences, like the 25 of us seated snugly into Rebecca Carr’s
living room that rainy afternoon. Between sets, Mulvey
joined the audience in Carr’s kitchen for a cookie and pop,
chatting with the audience about everything from what it’s
like to be away from his wife 180 days of the year to his expe
riences at college in Milwaukee.
His love of music isn’t braced by a desire for fame, but for
the human energy' that he shares with those wiio choose to
The energy' captured on “The Trouble With Poets" isn’t a
fluke. One can tell by the holes he has worn into his guitars
that Mulvey plays with a bridled passion. The entire album
was recorded in nine days, and the sense of urgency comes
through in on all tracks, no matter how mellow their foun
dation. “Wings of the Ragman,” a waltz-infused ballad,
opens with intricate chords that seem to settle below
and push it sky
ward during the l - fXr X- X X
rising chorus. ^ ^
“All The Way Home" feels the same windy inspiration
both in the lyrics (“a rope is slapping a flagpole in the dark
and driving snow") and in Mulvey’s fluid mastery of his
instrument mixed with Chris Smither’s soothing yet fright
eningly blue vocal additions.
Yet these observations only scratch the finish of Mulvey’s
inspiration and effect. After being an Irish street performer.
Bostonian subway musician, recording four albums, and
having his Geo broken into three time while on tour, once
resulting in the loss of a handmade guitar and all the change
in his ash tray. Mulvey has experiences to fill a hundred
And if we’re lucky, he’ll take that as a challenge and keep
writing lyrics with meaning and style, songs with purpose
and poise, and music with skill and inspiration.
Peter Mulvey “The Trouble With Poets” Signature
Sounds/Black Walnut Records 2000
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