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Sarah Trotto


Philosophy, religion, ethics — 'The Matrix'

Doctoral student Josh Alexander saw "The Matrix" in 1999 purely for entertainment. He left the theater not only feeling amused but contemplating the sci-fi film. Like millions of other viewers, he realized the movie's deeper than its innovative special effects. Since its release, college professors, students and other fans have pondered, ripped apart and scrutinized the movie's dense messages relating to philosophy, religion and ethics. Books, scholarly articles and college courses have pondered the philosophical thoughts: Is Neo a Christ-like character? Do you take the red pill or the blue pill? What's real and what's virtual?

Philosophy, religion, ethics — 'The Matrix'

Doctoral student Josh Alexander saw "The Matrix" in 1999 purely for entertainment. He left the theater not only feeling amused but contemplating the sci-fi film. Like millions of other viewers, he realized the movie's deeper than its innovative special effects. Since its release, college professors, students and other fans have pondered, ripped apart and scrutinized the movie's dense messages relating to philosophy, religion and ethics. Books, scholarly articles and college courses have pondered the philosophical thoughts: Is Neo a Christ-like character? Do you take the red pill or the blue pill? What's real and what's virtual?

Hoosier misses home

He calls home every couple of weeks. The conversations tend to last less than five minutes, but the most recent call carried on for 15 minutes. They talked about his trip into Baghdad, sandstorms and his need for clean, white socks.

Hoosiers aim for revenge against No. 9 Badgers tonight

The IU women's basketball team reviewed game video of themselves after practice Tuesday instead of examining the Wisconsin squad on tape. Coach Kathi Bennett said she would rather expend her energy worrying about her own team than fretting about the Badgers.

Lady Hoosiers travel to Illinois

The IU women's basketball team prides itself on its leadership from four starting seniors. Illinois looks for inspiration elsewhere with only one senior in its opening lineup. "Senior leadership is important, but you have to be passionate and you have to be hungry and you got to want to make it happen," Illinois coach, Theresa Grentz, said. "If you don't have seniors, you go with what you have. The key is to be passionate. You have to have great desire."

Daycare dilemma

Senior Erin Fagg had to wait nearly 17 months before she could register her 3-year-old son in the day care she wanted. A single mother, Fagg said she wanted the best for Kaiden Thomas, but she wound up on a lengthy waiting list for one of IU's best day care centers. In the meantime, she enrolled Kaiden in an unlicensed center unaffiliated with the University.

Hoosiers throttle All-Stars

Sometimes sloppy equals good. In an exhibition game loaded with turnovers and fouls, the women's basketball team pushed aside the Premier All-Stars 89-72.

'Black Hawk' shoots up the screen

Bring a sturdy stomach to the latest gory, blood-laced war epic. You'll see squirting blood, detached fingers and a legless torso. Empty bullet shells and mangled corpses outnumber developed, emotionally packed characters, creating more of a big-screen video game than a heart wrenching, smarter "Pearl Harbor."

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