Friday, September 17, 2004

Technician : Fahrenheit 9/11 to play on campus


/TECHNICIAN


With Election Day just 46 days away, campus cinema plans to show a more controversial side of this year's political debate.

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" starts playing this Friday at Witherspoon Campus Cinema with show times continuing through Sunday.

April Gehling, the co-chair of the Film Committee for the Union Activity Board, makes it clear that the main goal of the committee is to show the movie for its educational value and not to influence campus voters.

"The controversial movie has swayed votes nationwide. However, we are not trying to lead voters to the democratic side at all by playing the movie," Gehling said. "We have invited the College Democrats, Republicans and Greens to view the movie this Sunday to show that we are not trying to be biased."

According to some students, Michael Moore is a little too extreme.

Kristine Hillary, a junior in English, thinks that Michael Moore always seems to cause a spectacle out of the smallest issues.

"He's a fairly intelligent man, but he's definitely a drama queen," Hillary said. "Frankly, I don't care too much for him. He has some good ideas but sometimes he pushes things too far."

Hillary was refusing to watch the movie, along with many other students she knows, simply because she felt that Moore did not deserve her hard-earned cash.

"I didn't want to watch it merely because I didn't want to help Michael Moore get richer. I was thinking I might see it on DVD at some point, perhaps if someone else paid the rental fee," Hillary said. "I just can't stand Moore. [He] just plain grates on my nerves."

When she learned about the movie playing on campus for far cheaper than in regular theaters, she said she did give it second thought.

Gehling estimates that the movie will be sold out, or nearly sold out all three nights that it plays.

"Our attendance has tripled for Campus Cinema, and there are many people that want to watch this movie," Gehling said.

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