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Beer has a tendency to bring people together. Historically, it has been the drink of the masses -- something that everyone can appreciate, from a cheap domestic 40 oz. to a fine Belgian ale. Forget about wine vintages, grape varieties, pinot noir and chardonnay -- the process of brewing beer lends itself to more possibilities than one can imagine. It's about diversity -- both in terms of what's inside the bottle and who's drinking it. At no place is this truer than Spring Fair's annual Beer Garden -- a place that, for a few weekend days, is pretty darn close to paradise for a college student.
Both nationally and internationally, beer reflects the character of its birthplace. The differences among German, British and Canadian beers, for example, are as clear as the cultural distinctions. Here in the states, we all know that Coors hails from Golden, Colorado, Milwaukee means Miller and Boston boasts its Sam Adams.
They're pretty sure no one at Hopkins could touch Takeru Kobayashi's eating record of 53.5 hot dogs, but the sisters of Phi Mu would like to see just how close some Hopkins students can come. While satisfying this curiosity, they also hope to raise close to $2,000 to help treat sick and injured children around the world.
Crack open a cold bottle of beer in Levering Hall's Little Theatre on any other day of the week, and you may be kicked out of the building. But not this Saturday. Or any other Saturday for the next five weeks. Students are gathered around a table, sipping their brews with interest, and listening as professor William "Nick" Nichols guides them through a course called The History of Beer.
You played sports in high school, but without a red-faced, whistle-blowing coach yelling at you to do sprints, you're worried that you'll be soft and out of shape by the end of the semester. Maybe you're an avid rock climber who's worried because you're not seeing any mountains around Baltimore.
You can walk more than three blocks. Unfortunately, many Hopkins students don't, for some reason or another.
A landmark building in Mt. Vernon which once served as lodging for wealthy travelers and celebrities is now a home for Hopkins students.
Although it's in the heart of Mt. Vernon on Charles St., you may find that it's somewhat difficult to locate Kawasaki, one of Baltimore's best Japanese restaurants.
It's a rare occasion when Director Matt Belzer is not present to lead the JHU Jazz Ensemble in rehearsal. Last Thursday night was one of those occasions. Still, 14 members of the group filled half of the spacious Second Decade Society practice room in the Mattin Center that evening - trumpets, saxophones, clarinet, flute, trombone, drums, piano, bass, guitar - leading themselves, intent on improvement and having a laugh at every chance they got.
Long before Aerosmith was known for power ballads with full orchestras and trumpet-blaring hard rock, their 1973 self-titled debut was a mixture of blues and rock that worked beautifully. Classics like "One Way Street", "Write Me a Letter" and "Somebody" worked because they were simple. Unfortunately, the band lost touch with simplicity as the years passed. Rolling guitar riffs and simple drumbeats were traded for rock on a grander scale, and Aerosmith began over-mixing its albums. After 2001's disappointing Just Push Play, many fans worried that Aerosmith had forgotten about their roots.
Baltimore's Comedy Factory is one of the only places in the city where being doubled over doesn't mean you've been shot.
How many colleges or universities can you name that force more than 80 percent of their students to cross at least four lanes of traffic to get to class?
It's Saturday night at Sabatino's and the place is packed. The most popular Italian eatery in Baltimore's Little Italy has people lined up outside the door, and despite two floors and enough seating for at least 150 people, every chair is full.
You've won a free trip to sunny Cancun this July. All it will cost you is your time and sanity.
Saturday night at Hopkins, and students huddle around a table, trying to concentrate. They're not at the library. They're not even studying. They're at Terrace Court, right on the Homewood campus, and they're a testament to the growing phenomenon that is Texas Hold'em poker.
Barring a financial miracle, the space telescope that brought the world some of the most beautiful and surreal images of our galaxy will come crashing down in the Pacific Ocean in about 10 years.
Less than two years ago, several discouraged athletes decided to start their own club. That club became a team. Now that team is the best in the country.
You're treating some business partners to lunch. You slide out your credit card and hand it to the waiter, only to be politely met by the manager a few minutes later, who whispers that your card has been rejected. How embarrassing. But hey, it happens to everyone at some point.
"Chain" is such a harsh word. And when it comes to restaurants, it usually means a Red Lobster or Chi Chi's. Luckily, Baltimore is a place where many upscale chains have set up shop, and have defied the negative connotation of the "chain restaurant.' Legal Seafoods and Ruth's Chris Steak House and prime examples of such restaurants, and both are only a ten-minute drive away from Homewood.
Drop your pens and papers. Get up from your seats. Today's lesson will not be taught on the chalkboard. You'll be learning using nine tennis balls, a pile of oddly shaped wood planks, a bucket, a bunch of ropes and a koosh ball. All you need is an open mind.