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Antiquated traditions and living in frosh dorms - A Necessary Ambiguity

November 15, 2001

As late November quickly approaches us, we have much to be thankful for. For most, we still have our health, wellness and the love of those close to us. The world and nation which we live and work in seem, for the most part, to strive for peace and justice. Also, the University that we are a part of is still a haven for intellectual exchange and human curiosity. In this tradition of thankfulness though, it is important to remember the progress that brought us to our place in time. The advancement of organization and of man in general has come from the contentious questioning and critique of its institutions. As a denizen of the world and Hopkins, it is our duty to reexamine and expound upon the flaws we realize even in our state of perpetual gratitude and respect.


Culturefest brings world to JHU

November 15, 2001

This year's slogan of "Identify. Relate. Construct." was the theme of Culturefest 2001 during the period of Nov. 8-17. Student groups representing cultures from around the world joined to share their traditions and customs with their classmates at Johns Hopkins.


Mormons who don't return CDs - On the Way to the Bus

November 15, 2001

As music finally returns to Kabul this week, I remind myself that two Mormons have yet to return my Low CD. Well over a month ago these suited lads with the Church of Latter-day Saints-tags came knocking on my apartment door. Armed with my new post-Sept. 11 pluralism, I promised to talk with them, though not until "some other time."


Registration enters new phase for spring of 2002

November 15, 2001

Online registration for spring semester classes began for seniors this Monday for the first time, implementing the initial idea and prototype created in 1995. Both administrators and students hoped that the new system would create more freedom while decreasing the time spent in long lines.


Bush's popularity unjustified

November 15, 2001

Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, George W. Bush's public approval rating has skyrocketed. Just prior to Sept. 11, a Gallop poll placed Bush's public approval level at 51 percent. The first survey following the collapse of the World Trade Center - just one week later - Bush recorded an amazing 86 percent approval rating. It subsequently inched up to 90 percent and has not dropped much since.


How Pizzaz is like a countertop pizzeria

November 15, 2001

Living in a dorm at Hopkins has many drawbacks when it comes to cooking. Even if you live in Wolman or McCoy, your culinary possibilities can be limited. Yes, there are a sink and two burners, plus a fridge. You probably even have a microwave and a toaster of your own. The problem is, there's no oven.


StuCo passes Judicial Board

November 15, 2001

The proposed SAC amendment, which provides for the creation of an SAC Judicial Board to resolve disputes, was passed by the Student Council at this Tuesday's meeting. Since all SAC bylaws must first be passed by the Student Council, this was a necessary step in the plan's fruition. The final say, however, lies within the SAC General Assembly, who will vote on the proposal at their next meeting.


Web registration surprisingly easy

November 15, 2001

Hopkins has really managed to successfully finish off some major projects this year: the bricks are all laid, the Mattin Center is done, the new Athletic Center should be ready for next semester and yes, we can now register for our classes on-line! As a senior, I was lucky enough to be able to partake in this "ground-breaking" activity and was pleasantly surprised by the results. When I heard that we had to have yet ANOTHER password in order to register (I can't even remember by JHWorld Username), I immediately assumed that I was doomed. I figured that I would spend hours on my computer inputting user names and passwords and never be able to access the site. Or worse yet, that I would try five or six different times to register but would be denied because the server would be too busy.


Last week's winner and answers

November 15, 2001

The winner of the Guns n' Roses quiz is Justin Vinall. It came down to the tie breaker, and your frighteningly encyclopedic knowledge of firearm brands ensured your victory. Drop by the Gatehouse (unarmed, please) to pick up your prize.


Ab Roller: Expensive but worthless

November 15, 2001

Ab Rollers are for people who are already thin. The rest of us will get sick of kneeling on the floor, gripping foam bike handlebars on wheels, and doing some kind of half-assed pushup while a thin person in a video cries, "You can do it! ROOOOOLLL it out!" Anytime one catches herself watching an infomercial and actually finds herself debating about buying the product, it's just a bad idea. But like so many other unsuspecting people, or just plain brainless people with money to blow for that matter, I too was duped into buying an infomercial product.


Volleyball fizzles in first round ECAC

November 15, 2001

The Johns Hopkins Volleyball team concluded another successful season this week in a disappointing fashion, losing 3-1 against Grove City in the first round of the ECAC South Women's Volleyball Championship. However, the team finished with its eighth consecutive winning season, compiling a 16-15 record for the year.


Guinier speaks out against status quo

November 15, 2001

Lani Guinier, a celebrated Harvard University law professor and civil rights activist, detailed the degenerating quality of democracy in the modern United States and proposed several solutions to reform the institution in a speech last Thursday at Shriver Hall as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium.


Monsters, Inc. scares its way to the top

November 15, 2001

Remember when you were little and falling asleep in your dark bedroom could be pure agony as you anticipated the arrival of the barrage of monsters from the shadowy recesses in the corners, under your bed, and of course, out of your closet? Somehow your parents never saw them, but you knew they were there and you knew they were scary. What you perhaps did not know was that the monsters were only doing their job.


Registration worse than it was before - Placebo Effect

November 15, 2001

Welcome, students of Johns Hopkins, to the dawn of the Information Age. Actually, it's less a dawn than the flicker of an almost - dead light bulb which sparks on for a second before burning out. Yes, once again we students have been handed, in typically-Hopkins fashion, an "improvement" that, when all is said and done, actually causes more headaches than it relieves.


Kurt Cobain's life is memorialized - Biography of grunge rock god released

November 15, 2001

Charles Cross starts his fourth rock 'n' roll book (and second on Nirvana), Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, very much in medias res, a mere seven hours after the end of perhaps the most important day in alternative rock history, Jan. 11, 1992. Nevermind had just officially dethroned Michael Jackson for the number one album spot early that morning; backstage at NBC Studios, Weird Al Yankovic secured permission to parody "Smells Like Teen Spirit" just before Kurt Cobain's Nirvana became the first alternative band to be seen live by tens of millions of households across America that night.