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Scoop

By Teresa Huang

For freshmen, spring term means only one more term of pass/no record. For sophomores, it means you've survived a whole term without pass/no record. For juniors, MIT is halfway over. For seniors, spring term means it's time to think about your future. For me, it means many more weeks of "Scoop." If you have an entertainment scoop that you think will cause my ears to perk, send it to aseret@mit.edu. Above all, though, relax! It's only the first week.

I'll take web games for smarties for $400, please. Hey, we're smart. We're from MIT. We can play Jeopardy in our sleep. So do it! Register for College Jeopardy at "The Station" at http://www.station.sony.com, Sony's online game center, and join Team MIT to compete against players at other US universities. This web-based version of the popular game show series is amazingly well presented, easy to play, and feels surprisingly like the real thing. The winning university team will receive $10,000 for scholarships and the ultimate individual winner will win a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE. Not bad for five minutes of play, which also registers you for daily prizes such as Discmans, CDs, airline tickets, and other electronic goodies from Sony. "The Station" is brimming with prizes to give away, so get playing! Hint: never use the back button.

Harvard Book Store for used books. For me, the beginning of the term has always coincided with a jolting awareness of why I should buy stock in the textbook industry. The number of pages never fairly agrees with a book's price, and The Coop is not the only place to get books, especially for HASS classes. Check out the basement of The Harvard Book Store on 1256 Mass. Ave in Harvard Square for used books at half-price and discounted remainder books. Why pay more? If your class requires a real classic like Tale of Two Cities or Tess of the d'Urbervilles, check the Web for sites like "Bibliomania" at http://www.bibliomania.com, which offer the full text of novels by Jane Austen, the Brnte sisters, James Joyce, and many more authors for free.

Let the games begin. The 1998 Winter Olympic Games commences tonight in Nagano, Japan. Watch the opening ceremony at 9 p.m. on CBS WCVB-5. Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa will provide one of the highlights of the evening when he leads a 2,000-member choir and five other choirs from around the world via satellite in Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." Olympic coverage begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday with previews of men's downhill alpine skiing and women's ice hockey. The short program competition for pair skating will be televised at 8 pm. All eyes are on two-time U.S. Nationals gold medalists Kyoko Ina and Jason Dungjen, but anything could happen with three-time United States Nationals gold medalists and two-time World bronze medalists Jenni Meno and Todd Sand in the competition. Let's just hope no one has a club.

The good, the bad, and the guy with two guns. Hong Kong star Chow Yun-Fat makes his U.S. film debut co-starring with Harvard blondie Mira Sorvino in The Replacement Killers, which opens today. Early response to the film has been less than stellar, but come on - it's a John Woo movie. There are guns, bullets, and more guns. When it comes to shoot-em-up movies, John Woo is the king.

Chicks with sticks. The MIT Women's Hockey team plays Trinity College this Sunday at 5 p.m. in Johnson Athletic Center. If you've never seen these women play, you're really missing out. These are tough chicks who aren't about to let a few hockey sticks or elbows get in their way. If you happen to miss this game, check out the team's web site at http://web.mit.edu/ice-hockey/ for a complete game schedule for the rest of the term. Go Tech!