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July 11, 2020

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Balancing science with arts at JHU - Observations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Writing Center moves to new spot

The Writing Center and the Expository Writing Program currently situated in the Owen House will move on April 7 to the Greenhouse Annex, located behind Gilman Hall next to the faculty lot, in order to make room for a new chemistry building on the original site. Chosen because of its close proximity to the English Department in Gilman, the Writing Center will resume its duties on April 8.


Snoring in children could indicate serious future health complications

As the director of Johns Hopkins University Pediatric Sleep Center, Dr. Carole Marcus warns, "Parents should be aware that snoring is not necessarily a normal phenomenon for their children, and they should discuss it with their doctors." Dr. Marcus is the chairwoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics subcommittee that produced a set of guidelines to deal with the potential problems of snoring in youth.



WGS sponsors 'Women and Islam'

On Saturday, Women's History Month began at Johns Hopkins with a workshop sponsored by the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (WGS). The day long workshop, "Women and Islam in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives" featured female speakers from four different universities. It was cosponsored by the Center for Research on Culture and Literature, the Humanities Center and the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative American Cultures, English and History.


On tour with Dismemberment Plan, Death Cab For Cutie and CEX

"Make certain to have your camera ready during the encore," the lanky blond male with rec specs told me in Toronto, "because Ben and I are going to bring out a stuffed lizard." Amused at the images now racing through my mind, I grinned. He returned this with a smile that shot back three golden and lettered teeth. "CEX," it spelled out. I quickly returned to my tripod and released the video camera, ready for the insanity that would doubtless ensue.


Allen takes over as Class of '04 VP

Sophomore class President Simone Chen introduced Lindsay Allen as the new Class of 2004 vice president at last week's Student Council meeting. Chen became president after former President Bob Alleman resigned from his position on Feb. 26. Allen was chosen by Chen and approved by the rest of the Student Council officers.



Day of Defeat: Great 3D shooter - Pop Tech

Over wanted to see what it was like to storm the beaches of Normandy with bullets whizzing by your head, or liberate the town of Anzio with grenades exploding left and right? Well now you can, with Day of Defeat, a Counter-Strike like Half-Life World War II modification. Day of Defeat (DoD) puts you right in the center of the action, and it so realistic you can practically feel the mortars exploding all around you on the beach. Best of all, DoD is a completely free download, as long as you own Half-Life.


Applicants beware: Employers are making sure you're clean - Lost productivity and diminishing job performance have companies testing to ensure drug abusers aren't working in their offices

If you're one of thousands joining the workforce this year, you might see a little plastic cup in your inbox. This year, tens of thousands of workers can be expected to be asked for urine samples under routine or random drug-testing programs. Through the analyses of urine samples, these tests can detect whether a person has recently used drugs.


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