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'Jekyll & Hyde' to thrill campus

After spending four years on Broadway, the musical "Jekyll & Hyde" has taken to the road. It arrives at the IU Auditorium tonight at 8, with a second show Saturday at 8 p.m.

FDA approves abortion pill

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration Thursday approved U.S. use of the abortion pill RU-486, a major victory for those who battled for 12 years to bring the early-abortion method to this country.

Monuments are not overbuilding

Much blood was shed during World War II -- 25 million peopled died, 400,000 of them American soldiers.

New times on Iran's horizon

Sarah Khosravi's resume reads well. She is in charge of the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology and she also holds a master's degree in management and is a political activist.

In remembrance of Carl T. Rowan

In Sept. 25, a headline in the IDS read, "Washington Post writer Carl Thomas Rowan dies at 75," and it reported the death at Washington Hospital Center of 75-year-old Carl Thomas Rowan, who was once described as America's "most visible black journalist."

Ex-gay movement takes a hit

The ex-gay movement, which claims to turn gays straight through the power of Christ and outdated psychiatry, took another palpable hit last week when its most visible poster boy, John Paulk, was spotted in a Washington gay bar.

USA: How low can you go?

I hope that the Screen Actors Guild goes on strike. Then we'd be spared crap like USA's new original series "The War Next Door" (9 p.m. Sunday), representing the latest offensive in the network's war on good t

Fight Club

This David Fincher masterwork could go down as the most misunderstood film of the \'90s, with critics claiming it has fascist leanings and audiences not caring to go the extra mile to comprehend the reality of Tyler Durden. And even though the film basically flopped, Twentieth Century Fox pulled out all the stops on the DVD, making it a definite must-have.

The Matrix

Take the red pill or the blue pill? Buy the videocassette or the DVD version of "The Matrix"? It's a tough choice, but for everyone who is still surfing the Internet trying to find Morpheus, DVD is the only way to go. The DVD version, which was released before the videocassette version, is jam-packed with extra little goodies.

Any Given Sunday: Special Edition Director's Cut

Oliver Stone's football epic, starring Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, was met with mixed reviews last winter when it opened in theaters. Now it has been released on DVD with about seven minutes of additional Stone staples -- gratuitous sex, drugs and violence. And of course these qualities never hinder a film.

The last laugh

Saturday night was bittersweet for both the audience and performers. About 50 people gathered in the IMU cafeteria to watch the very last performance of the Pumpernickel improv troupe, and they were thoroughly impressed. The group, which formed in 1994, does Chicago-style comedy games similar to those seen on "Whose Line is it Anyway?". Saturday's final performance made the audience laugh, cry and, in the end, they were sorry to see the group go.

Cam'ron's sophomore effort profane

Profane from the beginning, Cam'ron's S.D.E. sets an urban reality or suburban fantasy of a violent New York City and candid sexual speech. This sophomore record is consistent but has no high-profile songs such as "Horse and Carriage," a BET favorite that featured Mase at his prime.

Absurd comedy comes to City Lights series

This Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant film is not only the pinnacle of Howard Hawks's directing career (which includes "His Girl Friday" and "The Big Sleep") but also the finest piece of screwball comedy, and maybe even comedy overall, ever produced in film. Grant and Hepburn are in top form, as a paleontologist and an heiress respectively, who never seem to be able to stop bumping into one another.

Immature, quirky style still works for Presidents

In the early '90s, Seattle had a horde of bands eager to take part in the grunge revolution. Appealing to a pissed-off generation, these bands sang about everything from teen spirit to school violence to black-hole suns. Then The Presidents of the United States of America came along parading kitties and peaches, a band whose anthem was "We're Not Gonna Make It."

Osborne's latest effort darker, less passionate than 'Relish'

Joan Osborne is an excellent musician. Her 1995 release Relish produced the tepid "One of Us" for radio airplay, but the rest of the album was much stronger. So her eagerly anticipated follow-up had big shoes to fill. Unfortunately, Righteous Love leaves much to be desired.

Pumpkins' last disc awesome

Virgin Records and the Smashing Pumpkins have never gotten along. But this time, the Pumpkins have the last laugh. They decided to release 25 vinyl copies of Machina II / the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music to a select group of friends and fans, encouraging mass bootlegging.

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