The UR International Theatre Program attempts to go where no campus play has gone before with the opening of their first play of the semester, “Pterodactyls.” Under the guidance of long time director Nigel Maister, this play’s provocative presentation keeps your eyes open and its witty dialogue demands you come with an open mind.”Pterodactyls” is a dark comedy whose humor shines through every scene while simultaneously offering an intriguing depiction of personal growth. The storyline occurs within the confinements of privilege and security. The Duncan family, with the added company of Tommy Mckorckle, comfortably goes about the shallowness of their lives until their lavish lifestyle gets a surprise attack of reality. The family then finds themselves confronting the serious issues ranging from AIDS to alcoholism, drug dependency and molestation. Eventually, they are all forced to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and one another.This play employs an amazing cast, all of whom are regulars at Todd Theatre. Each of the actors – freshman Jonathan Stulberg, junior Jess Davis, junior Amanda Ahrens, freshman Ted Limpert and Take Five Scholar Paul Nellis – brings a personal touch, giving the audience an amazing cast dynamic. Stulberg, who plays Todd Duncan, made his debut in last semester’s drama “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” and remains refreshing and enjoyable. Most entertaining to watch is definitely Davis with her portrayal of the character Emma Duncan. Her presence is an obvious force to be reckoned with the moment her tweed ensemble takes the stage. “Pterodactyls” is a definite must see. And while standing in line to buy your ticket to this incredible play, you might find yourself asking, “So what does the pterodactyl have to do with it?” Well, let’s just say it’s like the play’s varying subject matter – just watch it come together before your eyes. “Pterodactyls” was written by Nicky Silver in 1993 and its depiction as presented by Maister is a very close adaptation.”Pterodactyls” will be performed in the Todd Theatre on the River Campus. Curtains open at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, and run from Feb. 27 to 28 and continues through March 3, 4, 5 and 6, with a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 29. Tickets cost $6 for UR students and seniors, $8 for faculty and staff and $10 for the general public and can be purchased at the Common Market and on the Todd Theatre Web site, can be reached at

Respecting the earth we live on

We often forget to stop and take stock of what we are lucky to have here — both in terms of campus resources and the nature that surrounds us.

Letter to the Editor: accusations of plagiarism against University professor

The pattern of plagiarism and misrepresentation does not suggest simply making a careless omission of a reference or two.

Find X: Identifying humanity in “Homework, Horizons, and Hellscapes”

Underneath the graphs, hidden behind rational squares and plotted timelines, are thousands of unnamed voices, crying out from between x and y.