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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are alive... at the Swirnow

The first Barnstormer production of the year, Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, was extremely well-received by a packed house at the Swirnow Theater. The two-and-a-half hour work, directed by Michael Pokorny and produced by Brad Fuller and Sara Marten, is a sympathetic look at the two unenviable characters in Hamlet, whose life experience consists of genesis, demise and little else. Existing entirely within the vague parameters outlined in Shakespeare's play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern extensively explore the laws of probability and fate that require them to be reactive participants in their own reality.


9/11 Memorial scholarships established

After word came of the tragic deaths of several alumni on 9/11, the Dean's Office, led by Dean Richard McCarty before he stepped down earlier this year, decided to establish several scholarships in their names.


JHU grads finish trek commemorating 9/11 - Bill Faria and Josh Kampf carried 4,000 flags across the country to remember U.S. victims of terrorism

More than eight months after leaving Los Angeles on foot, Johns Hopkins Class of 2001 graduates Bill Faria and Josh Kampf walked into New York City on Tuesday, completing a cross-country trek in memory of the victims of terrorist acts. In their backpacks, the two carried 4,000 flags printed on a 20 ft. by 4 ft. bolt of fabric, which was taken to Ground Zero on Sept. 11 by a victim's support group from Pennsylvania.



Women's soccer starts undefeated

The women's soccer team has started off this year in dominant fashion, winning their first three games and outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 11-0.



One Hour Photo is a film worth developing

So this is not a very usual title for a movie review, but then again, One Hour Photo is not your usual walk in/walk out cinema experience. The film can be compared to an orchestra, where every single part of the movie fits in masterfully with the others to create a psychologically intense drama that leaves the spectator mesmerized by the finished project.




Islam in America after 9/11 - Notes of a Muslim looking for acceptance and understanding

In Time Magazine's recent issue, we are brought some heartwrenching stories of people whose lives have been altered by Sept. 11. We're taken close to a girl who lost her father in the collapse of the World Trade Center. We meet a survivor from the Twin Towers, whose chances of escape were impossibly slim. We see many lives touched by 9/11 through the eyes of a man distributing victim compensation money. But of course, there are many more stories, an infinite variety, all of which deserve to be heard.


Baltimore Museum of Art's new acquisitions fail to please

Despite its status as a prestigious institution of art in a fairly major American city, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) cannot seem to get its act together. Since last spring's offerings of the Cone Collection (an extensive private collection of early modern art) reopening and the more experimental "BodySpace," there has been little new evidence of creativity occurring within the museum.


When words get weaponized - We're left, they're wrong

If Carl Von Clausewitz was right when he said that "war is politics by other means," then it must certainly be true that politics is war by other means. Instead of fighting for the future of our country in a series of pitched street battles, we have stylized our perpetual war by channeling it into our political system. Make no mistake; politics is a war for the future, not a series of banal layers of management fighting for spoils. Just as the capture of any particular unpopulated hill in a war can be considered worth risking human life, things like supplemental appropriations and tax policy are small battles that contribute to the larger campaigns in the ongoing civil war.



Spurrier starts NFL coaching career with win - In home opener, Redskins show why expectations are high for former Florida coach

Forget the upcoming congressional elections. Forget the prospect of an attack on Iraq. Washington took a break on Sunday from the world of banal, boring bureaucracy to watch the exciting debut of new Redskins' coach Steve Spurrier. In a fast and furious contest, the Redskins prevailed over the Arizona Cardinals 31-23 and in doing so, they raised hopes for a winning season to new highs.


Cinematography chokes Perdition

Like the long winters and afternoon rainfalls that it prominently features, Road to Perdition is permeated by a wistful sense of regret. Sam Mendes allows his scenes to linger artfully; Conrad Hall's cinematography makes us glad he does. But the pure power of photography becomes the film's main weakness. The camera boasts so loudly that the drama it depicts, albeit rather noisy itself, is muted. What we're left with is simultaneously a sumptuous feast and a taste of what might have been.


The Kid shines; Simone comes up short

The Kid Stays in the Picture is a new documentary from directors Nanette Burstein and Adam Morgan. Based on his autobiography of the same title, it tells the mythic story of Hollywood producer Robert Evans, a once young businessman who, during a short sojourn in Beverly Hills, jumped into a swimming pool and came out a Hollywood legend. Recognized that fateful day, he was cast in Daryl Zancuk's The Sun Also Rises and almost lost the role, until Zanuck uttered those now famous titular words. Evans would go on to rebuild Paramount studios, marry and divorce Ali McGraw and produce some of the greatest films of the O70s.


Remembering those who perished one year ago at the WTC - Profiles of Johns Hopkins University alumni who died in the 9/11 attacks

Thomas Cahill worked as a bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. While at Hopkins, Cahill majored in economics. He was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity , along with his older brother, Jim Cahill, '85, and also played varsity tennis. Approximately 800 relatives and friends attended a memorial service in his honor 11 days after his death. He is survived by four siblings and his parents. Cahill was 36 years old.



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