Students see need for more help by U.S. - Even here in Baltimore, the raging conflict in the Middle East is on people's minds.

April 11, 2002

A week ago, the situation was quite worse. Israeli troops and armed forces had invaded almost every city in the West Bank and surrounded about 200 Palestinian fighters barricaded inside Bethlehem's sacred Church of the Nativity. Anti-American demonstrations in Cairo, Beirut, Amman and other Middle Eastern capitals were making it impossible for Washington's Arab allies to stay neutral. Egypt cut some ties with Israel and warned the White House that the rest could be in jeopardy. Oil prices spiked to $28 a barrel, and the stock market plunged. Anti-semites vandalized synagogues in France and Belgium. American embassies told Washington that they might be the next targets. And White House officials were pouring over satellite pictures from the region: Syria was moving its troops in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon in anticipation of Israeli strikes across the border.

New constitution proposition would restructure StuCo, HOP

April 11, 2002

A group of five students, including senior Jenny Chiang, senior class President Stephen Goutman, sophomore April Land, senior Eric Leslie, and freshman class Representative Morgan McDonald, presented a newly proposed Student Council(StuCo) Constitution at this week's StuCo meeting. The proposed constitution restructures the positions of StuCo and the Hopkins Organization for Programming (HOP), and calls for a clear division between those who are responsible for policy issues and those responsible for social programming.

Construction set for summer

April 10, 2002

Preparations for major construction in front of Garland Hall and Levering Hall are underway so that the Master Plan's second phase of development can begin immediately following Commencement.

Is JHU diverse?

April 5, 2002

Johns Hopkins has been known for years as one of the most diverse college campuses in the United States. The student body is proclaimed to include not only men and women from a wide range of states, but also students from numerous foreign countries to study at the esteemed institution. As nice as it is claimed to be in the guidebooks and visitor information packets, many students feel that Hopkins isn't really diverse at all.

It's time for a living wage at JHU

April 4, 2002

The Student Labor Action Committee (SLAC) recently held a rally in front of Garland Hall to protest the Johns Hopkins Institution's refusal to commit to an indexed Living Wage for all Hopkins employees and subcontracted workers. The Living Wage is not simply a number, but a measure of how we, as a society, value work, compensation and the rights of all workers to live with respect, dignity and freedom from poverty. The Living Wage is an hourly wage determined by the federal poverty line for a family of four. The Baltimore City Living Wage Ordinance, passed in 1995, currently sets the city Living Wage at $8.20 per hour (set to rise to $8.50 per hour this July). But, even though Johns Hopkins is Maryland's largest private employer, it does not have to follow this ordinance because it operates as a private "corporation."

U.S. news coverage of Israel tainted by bigotry - Can I get back to you?

April 4, 2002

As the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians spirals out of control, it is ever more disturbing how major news sources in the U.S. have managed to misinform the American public. Through either misrepresentation or outright suppression of the facts, the mainstream press has managed to keep Americans largely in the dark when it comes to certain aspects of the current crisis.

Superpowers in dreams are prophetic - The Cock Block

April 4, 2002

Most of us have wondered at one time or another what it would be like to have a superpower of one sort or another. The most oft-mentioned superpowers that one would like to possess include invisibility, the ability to fly and the ability to read the minds of others. One friend, who shall remain nameless, even once suggested to me that he would like to have the power to spontaneously induce orgasm in others. (The possibilities for mischief within MSE would be endless, but we'll leave it at that.)

W. Lax back on track - Rebound from rough start continues on with sixth victory in last seven games

April 4, 2002

Continuing their dramatic turnaround, the Women's Lacrosse team won their sixth game of the past seven on Saturday as they defeated the Richmond Spiders 14-8 on the road in Virginia. The Blue Jays were aided by the dominating performances of two of their top scorers as senior attacker Jamie Larrimore contributed five goals and added an assist, while sophomore midfielder Heidi Pearce also contributed five goals to lead the Jays to victory.

Balancing science with arts at JHU - Observations

April 4, 2002

In a conversation with one of the deans of the School of Arts and Sciences, the dean expressed his frustration with combating Hopkins image as a purely science school. He explained that, although there is strength in the hard sciences, the great social sciences and humanities departments get overlooked, even by Hopkins own undergraduates. As he explained and illustrated his pro-science arguments, I was curious as to why, if these other departments are so wonderful, they are not nationally known like our science departments. The reason why Hopkins has the scientific reputation it does is because it has built it over the past 125 years. Hopkins is what it is - a highly regarded school specializing in science. The dean is correct to compliment the other departments, but wrong in trying to take them as counterpart.

On the way to the Swirnow

April 4, 2002

The JHU Barnstormers' spring musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opens this Friday in the Swirnow Theater. Last year's musical, Tommy, the popular rock opera, was so well done that the Barnstormers have a lot to live up to. The cast and crew have planned a lot of "firsts" for this show meant to wow the audience. The production of the show marks the first time that the Barnstormers will have a director of choreography and the first time that a circular stage with seating wrapped around the perimeter will be used. The effect is the creation of an intimate setting that envelops the audience and gives everyone a front-row seat.

A guide to right-wing conspiracies - We're Left, They're Wrong

April 4, 2002

Imagine suddenly realizing that a shadowy cabal with nearly unlimited funding and a legion of people who think you are pure evil is out to get you. Then imagine being laughed at as you desperately seek help from those you think might listen. You may think that this is just another horror movie plot - and it is - but it has a political parallel.

Father Riepe to retire

April 4, 2002

After serving the Johns Hopkins Catholic Community for 12 years, Father Charles K. Riepe will retire at the end of the 2001-2002 academic year. He officially announced his retirement to University Chaplain Sharon Kugler and students in early March.

Serotonin crucial to development

April 4, 2002

It's long been known that the period right after birth is critical in the developmental process. While postnatal development has been examined in the past, links to specific critical systems have yet to be well established. A recent study may shed some light on exactly why this is the case, as well as what are the critical systems during development, at least in terms of mental health.

Bomb threat hoax in Remsen

April 4, 2002

On March 27, a Hopkins security dispatch received a bomb threat directed at Remsen Hall that later turned out to be false, after a search. Through call tracing, it was discovered that the call was made from the basement of Remsen itself.

Get digital: Once.Twice Festival

April 4, 2002

When Ben Parris isn't studying 15th- and 16th-century English Renaissance literature or fulfilling his TA duties for undergraduate English classes, he's often occupied with the experimental sounds of the digital music subculture.

Jay-Z and R. Kelly collaborate - Best of Both Worlds CD unites popular R&B singer and rapper

April 4, 2002

From the opening of Jay-Z's newest commercial outing, the title track of Best of Both Worlds, one might get the impression that the Jigga-man's beginning to stretch himself a little too thin. Since 1996, Jay-Z has put out at least one CD per year, beginning with 1996's Reasonable Doubt and culminating in the release of a record three albums over the past eight months: The Blueprint, Unplugged: Jay-Z, and now Best of Both Worlds with his frequent collaborator R. Kelly.

SLAC protests land acquisition

April 4, 2002

Members of the Student Labor Action Committee (SLAC) rallied outside Garland Hall yesterday afternoon to protest a land acquisition deal to develop a Biotechnology Park in East Baltimore that will displace thousands of residents. Protesters also rallied against the University's failure to provide an indexed living wage for University employees.

Miller delivers awaited Bat-sequel

April 4, 2002

Casual fans of Tim Burton's starkly realized Batman films may have delighted in just how dark the Dark Knight seemed. It made good sense, after all. Here was a guy who witnessed the murder of his parents before he was a teenager. You figure that sort of thing could make a guy bitter. But it wasn't Mr. Burton who originated this concept. That achievement lies squarely on the resume of arguably the comic book world's greatest living writer, Frank Miller.