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A beautiful day in the Bronx - Random Ramblings

October 4, 2001

I had the privilege of seeing one of Cal Ripken's last games this weekend at Yankee Stadium in New York. It was supposed to be Ripken's second to last game, but due to the terrorists attacks, the importance and nature of the game was altered.


War against terrorism - A how-to guide for invading Afghanistan

October 4, 2001

Who could blame all the pundits for citing Rudyard Kipling's "The Young British Soldier" to describe the coming war in Afghanistan? Indeed, the Soviet Union excelled in illustrating Kipling's words when they invaded Afghanistan - "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains . jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains." The Soviet military was defeated after fighting for ten years with 15,000 of its soldiers dead and some 469,685 wounded or incapacitated. Despite this precedent, Americans can be confident that the U.S. will win this war. The foundation of our victory rests not on some simple element of firepower or the fact that the U.S. is no Soviet Union. Rather, it is one based on a strategy that the Bush Administration has laid out and founded on the strength of the American people.


How man is He-Man?

October 4, 2001

When was the last time you went over your favorite childhood television shows, feverishly searching for hidden messages, for any ideas you never quite got a grasp of? If you never have, you should. I know I do, as I continue my fruitless search to find reasons why pop culture screwed me up. Why would I do so, you ask? So I can sue, of course. Then I wouldn't have to go to college, being rich and all.


Himalaya a respite from current film trends - National Geographic photographer Eric Valli offers breathtaking views of landscapes and mountain culture

October 4, 2001

These days, with films largely seeming to follow a pattern of constant disappointment, Himalaya comes as a breath of air, fresh as the mountains on which the movie is set. Not to say that you'll be seeing anything incredibly innovative, as far as actual filmmaking goes, but Himalaya delivers a simple but satisfying plot and effective acting, integrated with masterful, grandiose cinematography and musical score. Together, they provide the sort of the exhilaration of an IMAX documentary combined with the gentle emotionalism characteristic of many foreign films.


What are you sayin', Wesley? - Wesley Willis rocks out the Ottobar with eccentric musical style

October 4, 2001

Why would punks, stoners, rowdy jocks and people, who look like they just crawled out of D-level, all pack themselves into a room barely larger than the average AMR dorm room? This was the scene at the Ottobar on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 22, and the reason for such an amalgamation of young people was Wesley Willis. This six-foot, 300-pound Chicago-area schizophrenic has been making music for many years now, and is currently on the road sharing his unique sound with hundreds of adoring fans.


Mr. North goes to Hopkins

October 4, 2001

Oliver North came to Johns Hopkins Wednesday, Sept. 26. North brought with him a speech reflecting his life and opinions. He came from the center of our nation's government in Washington D.C. He did not come from the center of the political landscape.


Quality fruit at Farmer's Market

October 4, 2001

Vegetables and fruit and breads, oh my! These foods and more can be found at the local Farmer's Market, located on 33rd and Greenmount, approximately five blocks directly past Royal Farms. There, every Saturday and Sunday morning, from nine to noon, regardless of the weather, locals flock to purchase everything from sun-dried tomato bread to fresh tomatoes, from marmalade to cups of piping hot chai tea.


Gutting dismissal, cancellation of Miller readings hint at censorship

October 4, 2001

In a lecture to a small audience at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday, NYU professor, author and media critic Mark Crispin Miller dropped discussion of his current book tour to reflect on his own experience and reflections on the media and government in the wake of the attacks of Sept. 11. Despite some positive remarks for the news media's treatment of events, Miller offered his concerns about censorship and complacent media coverage. He also suggested that advocating certain modes of U.S. aggression would be playing into the aims of the enemy and therefore "close to treasonous."


Study examines the brain during a moral decision

October 4, 2001

There are five people in an elevator plummeting down the elevator shaft. The cable has snapped and you, an observer, hold in your hand a switch to engage the emergency-brake. By throwing the switch you can save those five lives; however, throwing the switch means that a maintenance worker will perish instead. Would you throw the switch?


W. Soccer crushes Ursinus

October 4, 2001

The Johns Hopkins Women's Soccer team improved their record to 7-1-1 after going 2-0 last week. They defeated Salisbury State, 3-2, and on Saturday beat Ursinus, 5-0.


HERU resumes operation

October 4, 2001

The student-run Hopkins Emergency Response Unit (HERU) resumed 24-hour operation last Monday following 10 days of part-time service. HERU had been inactive since last November, following the resignation of four of the nine officers and the departure of the organization's medical advisor, Dr. Samuel Parrish.


Playoff thoughts and predictions - Sporting Goods

October 4, 2001

Now that the Dodgers have been completely eliminated (I held out hope until the very end,) its time to talk about this year's playoffs. If Gary Sheffield had played a bit better down the stretch and if Jeff Shaw actually closed out some games, I could be talking about the Dodgers right now. But I digress.


Jordan's return a blessing for us, a curse for him - Cool, Calm and Collected

October 4, 2001

The great Jordan is back! While Michael Jordan is not the first athlete to unretire, he is the first to actually announce that he would be back during his retirement press conference. After the Bulls won their sixth NBA championship to conclude the 1997-98 season, Mike sat in front of the microphone and proclaimed that this was it, again. Then a reporter had the unique of idea of asking his Airness whether he was absolutely positive.


Brew your own tasty beer

October 4, 2001

The process of brewing beer at home is slightly akin to many ventures in the culinary arts. Granted, beer is a bit different from cr?me brule or chocolate mousse, but its creation requires the same meticulous and careful input as Martha Stewart's gourmet desserts. And there is the same chance that the finished product will either delight your company enough to have them say, "Damn, that was good. Can we have a second round?" or it will cause them to gag and never come to another of your dinner parties ever again.


No. 1 Salisbury St. barely defeats Field Hockey

October 4, 2001

A seventeen game Centennial Conference winning streak came to an end in last Wednesday's contest against Franklin & Marshall. But even worse, the Johns Hopkins Field Hockey team's losing streak has been stretched to five as they dropped two more games versus Dickinson and number one ranked Salisbury.


Mental Notes' version of a cappella

October 4, 2001

How could I have braved it through last weekend? After all, I had a five page paper to write for my Shakespeare class on 20 lines from Romeo and Juliet. Fair enough. But have you ever read that story? It's an attack on human decorum. Every scene has at least 50 sexual references. If someone says, "A right fair mark," the footnote reads, "a target or vulva". That's a pretty wide margin of interpretation. Some other great footnotes taken out of context include rooster's testicle, sexual penetration, loose women, untamed virgin, and skirt chaser.


BSO lineup continues

October 4, 2001

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Meyerhoff this Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On the program are Anton?n Dvor?k's New World Symphony, the Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich' s From Jewish Folk Poetry.


M. Soccer has six straight shutouts

October 4, 2001

Increasing its winning streak to six straight games, the Men's Soccer team registered convincing victories last week by defeating Washington College, 3-0, on Wednesday and Muhlenberg, 2-0, on Saturday. With those two wins, the Blue Jays improved their overall record to 9-1 and added to their unprecedented shutout streak that now stands at six games.