I thought that I was watching the beginning of the end. Reality television had gone too far. Survivor mania was in full swing, and to add to the reality TV hype, CBS had come out with Big Brother, a show in which 12 people lived in house, constantly surrounded by video cameras, until they got sick of each other and voted residents off, one by one. Who was going to watch a bunch of random people sitting around a house all day? I turned it off halfway through the show and never watched again.
As further proof that Hopkins is full of movers and shakers, a member of this year's freshman class, Blake Trellien, is behind a controversial suit in Frederick, Maryland involving the placement of a religious monument in a local park.
This Sunday night marks one of the most anticipated social events on campus this semester, the Rusted Root concert. It also marks the beginning of the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar - Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
How special was this summer? When I am asked this question I respond, "After being hit by a truck I was angry not about the hit-and-run accident but about the fact that I couldn't ride my bike for a few days."
On Sept. 5, a panel of 21 scientists and physicians at the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine released new recommended dietary guidelines. The guidelines stray from previous versions as they not only allow flexibility in the amounts of fats, carbohydrates and proteins consumed, but also account for exercise.
Earlier this week I dropped in on a friend to catch up after summer break. He asked me how I was enjoying the Ivy, with not a little bitterness. I, of course, feeling lucky to have landed a spot in these university-owned apartments, responded that I loved it. He then proceeded to grumble about the notion of sophomores living in the Ivy and lamented his time spent there--he lived in the apartments during his junior year when Hopkins still leased half the building to upperclassmen. His criticisms, while perhaps made with a touch of envy, are far from unfounded.
The University appointed five new deans this summer, including Dean of Enrollment and Academic Services William Conley, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Jessica Einhorn, Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Martha N. Hill, Dean of University Libraries Winston Tabb and Dean of the Krieger Arts and Sciences Daniel Weiss.
A year following Sept. 11, many concerns about international security have changed the way study abroad programs deal with student safety in their particular host country. However, while policies have been modified and tightened in relation to specific international communities, there is not a sense of worry or anxiety present in the minds of some students here in the relatively calm realms of Western Europe. Gyula Csurgai, Academic Director of the School for International Training's (SIT) Geneva, Switzerland program provided some insight into the policy changes as well as the student and European attitudes towards international security post-Sept. 11.
This fall marks philosophy Professor Hilary Bok's third year teaching at the Johns Hopkins University. While philosophy does not top the list of most popular majors at Hopkins, it definitely serves an important role within the University.
When I turned onFox that fateful night in June, I had no idea that the result of my boredom would turn into an addiction. I wasn't exactly sure at first what I was watching, although I knew it was some sort of reality TV show. Normally, being the critic that I am, I would have turned it off citing the Fox network for more ruthless pleas for viewers. But I just couldn't bring myself to change the channel. The show was called American Idol and even though I was completely repelled by the shows that came before it such as Making the Band and Pop Stars, there was something different about this program. Something distinctive and unique that helped it to become the cult favorite of the summer.
At the end of the school year, I always look forward to a summer spent reading books that I wouldn't usually get to read. Whether it's a heavy Russian novel or those books assigned in Occ. Civ. that you were just too busy to get around to, the end of the semester gives the Johns Hopkins student a chance to dust the literary cobwebs out of his head. In compiling my summer reading list, I decided to include the works of some of my professors in the Writing Seminars. Stephen Dixon's I. (McSweeney's) and Jean McGarry's Dream Date (JHU Press) are two of the latest works of fiction out of the department. Almost opposites in style and form, Dixon and McGarry still manage to highlight how different approaches to fiction can produce two readable and enjoyable works.
For months, the Bush administration has been pushing war with Iraq. The stated reason? Saddam Hussein is an "evildoer" who is likely to strike against the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction. Although initial efforts to provide evidence for Hussein's designs on America were an unmitigated failure, Americans at last learned on Sunday why the U.S. must send hundreds of thousands of troops to invade (or, in the lexicon of William Safire, "liberate") Iraq: Hussein tried to buy some aluminum tubes.