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JHU course verification now online

December 6, 2001

On Nov. 30, Johns Hopkins University students were able to check Spring and Intersession course confirmations through the new Web registration system accessible on the Registrar's homepage, http://www.jhu.edu/registr/.


Rec center set to open in Jan.

December 6, 2001

Hopkins students will receive a late holiday gift from the University when they return to campus for either Intersession or spring semester - a free membership to the new state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center. Located adjacent to the Newton H. White Athletic Center, the new rec center is set to open on Monday, Jan. 7 during Intersession.


Cooking books and funding Bush - We're Left, They're Wrong

December 6, 2001

It is expected for me, the columnist, to present you, the reader, with a situation that I either strongly disapprove of or strongly approve of (usually the former) and then tell you why it is that I approve or disapprove. If I disapprove, I then usually suggest what, if anything, can be done to improve the situation.


Study looks at the possible therapeutic value of ecstasy

December 6, 2001

The Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, a nonprofit organization, will be conducting a study on the effects of ecstasy. The approval of the study on methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy, was given by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.


Campus elevators unreliable

December 6, 2001

Three elevator malfunctions have occured in the past three weeks on the Homewood campus. On Monday, Nov. 19, a graduate student was trapped on the elevator in Barton Hall in the morning. A Johns Hopkins University employee was trapped on the elevator in Maryland Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the afternoon. On Thursday afternoon, Nov. 29, five students were trapped on the passenger elevator in Krieger Hall. In both the Barton Hall and the Maryland Hall elevators, people were trapped in the elevators because the elevator doors would not open.


Flesh-eating bacteria used to combat cancerous cells

December 6, 2001

Cancer researchers have traditionally been faced with a dilemma in combating tumors. While chemotherapy can be used to attack tumors, there comes a point when chemotherapy is rendered useless. This may be because the drugs used are ineffective at treating the necrotic regions of tumors.


Honest advice on house hunting - Seriously Mock-Serious

December 6, 2001

If you're a sophomore, you've probably started to think about housing for next year. Some of you are hoping for campus housing, and most of you have probably realized you'll need to start looking for non-campus alternatives soon. In fact, if you haven't begun, I strongly encourage you to just drop out or transfer. You know you want to anyway.


Online role-playing games thrill and challenge

November 29, 2001

You signal for your party to halt as a dark, cloaked figure emerges from the woods ahead. Without a word, he raises both arms, and the parched ground of the northern plain begins to rumble, knocking two of your companions off-balance. As you steady yourself, the earth between you and the stranger begins to rise, taking on the form of a giant, twenty-foot tall lizard that immediately charges your position. You order three horsemen forward to intercept the creature, but before they can move, three bolts of lightning from the stranger's hand knock them to the ground.


WGS holds panel discussion on war

November 29, 2001

Students and community members came together in Levering Hall Wednesday to hear three JHU professors speak on women's issues in wartime situations. The discussion focused primarily on the United States' current conflict with Afghanistan.


University rankings superficial - Grade inflation, pass/fail courses and professors that care about their students all have a large influence on how a school will rank

November 29, 2001

It must be a nice feeling to have everyone that you met in the first 17 years of your life call to congratulate you on being accepted to one of the nation's leading schools. Surely everyone one of you out there, as matriculated undergrads at, boy oh boy, Johns Hopkins University!, fielded several dozen such warm phone calls way back when as high school seniors. Oh no, you say? You mean that, save for your guidance counselor, no one even knew about the mere existence of Hopkins, let alone how to properly pronounce it? Sucks, doesn't it?


Alexandria, Va: The historic town with a modern feel - Just a short drive away, this small colonial town is the ideal destination to relax any Hopkins student: Its museums and cafs abound.

November 29, 2001

If the looming proximity of exams has been nourishing a growing sentiment of scholarly revolt, the town of Alexandria, Va. just might offer enough diversion to inspire impulsive submission to the rebel call. Just a half hour south of Washington, D.C and an hour and a half drive from Baltimore, this quaint town of colonial fame boasts the shops, the food, the bars, the crafts and the history necessary for a fantastic getaway not only from campus stress, but from this entire century.


Rhetoric or policy: Diplomatic faces and masked intentions - Sine Qua Non

November 29, 2001

Among the foreign policy questions raised by America's involvement in the war in Afghanistan is whether our strategy is to play against the Arab terrorist and fundamentalists' "politics of denial" or to appear to play into the hypocrisy of their diplomacy. As our press and popular culture take a deeper look into Arab society and practice, what we find is not encouraging.


DVD players: The best models to pick for the ultimate in sound and picture

November 29, 2001

Are you tired of being the only kid in the dorm without his own DVD player? Do you find yourself staring at your old VHS tape player, wondering why you bought such a useless contraption? Do you know what VHS means? I didn't think so. Well, it looks like you might as well start using those tapes as coasters and that VCR as a Frisbee, because you're not "cool" unless you watch your movies digitally. Here's how you can begin your trek to break into the "in crowd."


Pranks take time and planning to be perfect

November 29, 2001

Stupidity strikes at about 4 a.m., I've found. Maybe somewhere in thecircadian rhythms of the human body lies some recessive timeframe where every idea falls flat on its face. I don't know, there's always time for research.


Overcoming the urge to kill a cabbie

November 29, 2001

Until last night, I was fully prepared to write a scintillating opinion piece about the most addicting and entertaining show on television. I was going to explain in great detail how uncannily rewarding and amusing it is to see couples cheat on each other and break up on national television in an article entitled "Temptation Island rocks my socks." But something happened last night that really dampened the joy I was feeling in anticipation of sharing my love of Ti2 with all of you.