Hollywood takes over college's quiet campus

September 25, 1994|By Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- Hollywood has come to tiny St. John's College, and students aren't too happy about it.

A more typical campus might be excited by the presence of a twenty-something star like Winona Ryder, who, starring with Lukas Haas in "Boys," wrapped up almost two weeks of shooting here yesterday.

But St. John's, with only 396 students, is by no means typical. Eccentric might be the best description.

"They're not really hooked into the mainstream college hoopla," said Barbara Goyette, public relations director at the college. "It is an arty place, though, and it carries over into an interest in the film as an art form, but not really as a mainstream part of pop culture."

Some involved with the production agreed.

"It's such a quiet campus. No one has spoken to us or anything. They don't seem to care too much about the movie, and that's unusual," said a worker with Coast to Coast Catering, which provided food for the motion picture.

The film will be shooting at various locations around Maryland -- including Carroll County -- through late October, said an official at the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development. Shooting locations are not being announced in advance to help cut down on spectators.

Many St. John's students said the filming was an inconvenience.

"You can't walk around the campus without tripping over some film thing. It's so troublesome," said freshman Jeremy Sager. "I can't get to the dining hall when they're shooting. It's just so annoying. I'm sure in a year, though, I'll have forgotten how annoying it is."

Junior Jeanne Detch said, "They're obnoxious. They come into classes and tell us to be quiet. I heard they came in and told a freshman chorus class to be quiet."

Her friend, junior Sveta Mendyak, added, "That's all they say. 'Quiet.' And 'rolling.' They say that too. We'd like things to be the way they were. We get flustered when they aren't."

Once past the indiscretions of the film people, though, some students admitted it was a little exciting.

"A lot of people wanted to see Winona Ryder. I saw her once," said sophomore Tony Cole.

Ryder sightings seemed to carry more weight than Haas sightings. Many students said they had seen him several times, but none of them really cared.

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