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Living off-campus: Pros and Cons - Tangled Up in Blue

October 4, 2001

Living off-campus can be two-sided, I've found thus far in my month back at Hopkins. While there are many great things that can come out of it, such as the sense of responsibility and "adulthood" of living in "your own place," I foresee it being the ...


Volleyball wins two of three

October 4, 2001

The Women's Volleyball team did not have to travel at all this week, playing all three of their matches at home. The Lady Jays pummeled Villa Julie on Wednesday and then played two matches as part of a tri-match against Swarthmore and Muhlenberg on Saturday, going 1-1 in that series. The three games were the first home games of the season for the Jays.


Run to Inner Harbor to race for cure

October 4, 2001

Maybe you've seen the Inner Harbor flocking with people before, but at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning? You better believe it. With pink balloons and free food abounding, a lot is going down in Baltimore next weekend because it's that time of the year again: Whether you have breasts or not, you can be out racing for the cure to breast cancer next Saturday, Oct. 13.


Child sex selection deemed ethical

October 4, 2001

Recently, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine established positions on ethical issues involving the parents' ability to choose the sex of their children. The acting head of the fertility professional society's ethics committee stunned many leading fertility specialists by saying in a letter that it is sometimes acceptable for couples to choose the sex of their children by selecting either male or female embryos and discarding the rest. Most clinics say they abide by this position.


A few years have taken her far - Kadee Russ's study of Economics has spanned across the globe

October 4, 2001

Kadee Niles Russ is a graduate student and TA in economics in her fourth year at Johns Hopkins. Originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, Russ completed her undergraduate work at William and Mary College and received her masters degree at Virginia Tech. Now working on her PhD, Russ says that she was an economics major from day one. She said, "My first day of economics class at William and Mary, the teacher said that economics was a financial representation of sociological factors and human nature. When I left that class, the sun shined brighter, the sky was bluer, and I was hooked."


A little note on the girly cartoons

October 4, 2001

While the '80s were the decade of frizzy hair, scrunchies, spandex, Michael Jackson and other horrors of female fashion, the cartoons of that decade certainly inspired girls to be, well, girls. Political correctness and a preoccupation with gender equality in 90s cartoons has ironically drawn a greater distance between the sexes - no pun intended.


Ruby Tuesday delays on J-CASH

October 4, 2001

Although Ruby Tuesday is contractually obligated to accept J-CASH this semester, the restaurant will not participate in the program until January 2002. The Johns Hopkins University and Student Advantage cited technical difficulties associated with Ruby Tuesday's current computer system as the reason for the delay.


J.T. LeRoy publishes stories of youth

October 4, 2001

In his introduction to Slow Learner, a collection of his own earliest short stories, Thomas Pynchon wrote that "it is only fair to warn even the most kindly disposed of readers that there are some mighty tiresome passages here, juvenile and delinquent too." Pynchon, by then a seasoned writer, could look with embarrassment and sufficient distance at these stories of his youth and not feel threatened when calling them bad. Upon reading them, however, the stories which he introduced as "pretentious, goofy, and ill-considered" were actually surprisingly good and always interesting.


Council approves chairs

October 4, 2001

Student Council approved Chantelle Schofield and Executive Vice President of Administration Priya Sarin this week as the chairs for the new Constitutional Reform Committee, which was created last week after Student Council members debated the need of a new constitution. Chantelle Schofield was also approved as the Parliamentarian of Student Council for '01-'02, and Class of 2004 Representative Jackie Chan became a representative on the Committee on Leadership Appointments (COLA).


Building A evacuated after smoke detected

October 4, 2001

Smoke originating from a burning Styrofoam cup forced the evacuation of Building A around 2:30 a.m. last Friday. Students who noticed the smoke woke others in the building and notified their Residential Advisor, who then pulled a fire alarm.


The '80s Quiz

October 4, 2001

That said, the QM admits ? it's hard to fit the fabulousness of the 1980s into a single quiz. Everything was big in the '80s ? big politics, big fashion, big hair ? and most of it was unforgettable [read: regrettable]. The QM had quite a hard time deciding which pieces of 1980s historiana were worthy of a spot on the back page. For a while, she toyed around with the idea of trying to encompass all aspects of life in the '80s by devoting one or two questions to each area of life that she could think of: two questions about politics, two questions about sports, two questions about economics ? and so on and so on and so on. But then she got to thinking ? what were the '80s really about? Politics? Heck no! Economics? Not even! The '80s were about androgynous rock stars, Coreys and really bad hairdos. Snap bracelets. Molly Ringwald. Astronaut Ice Cream and Big League Chew. Video arcades. For the QM's generation, the only thing intellectual about the '80s was the Rubik's cube.


Defining ourselves in tragedy - Perfidy to Jersey?

October 4, 2001

I feel firmly that you can't "overdo" coverage on a a subject like the attacks of Sept. 11. But at the same time, I've been mulling over how I could fit the recent horrors into the context of a column about New Jersey. I concluded that each American's vantage point of approaching a legitimate discussion of the attacks is valid; each of us should be allowed to analyze the events from a political, economic and military perspective or from any other point of view that elucidates what this all means.


Prankster rumbles with reggae, D. Hill

October 4, 2001

I've long contested that one of Baltimore's cult favorites, singer Mary Prankster, has a voice that needs to be put to use outside of punk rock. Well, Prankster has recently done just that, teaming up with former Colouring Lesson frontman Dave Hill to record "Love Has A Rumble," a melodic rock-reggae duet backed by the other members of the now-defunct Colouring Lesson. Prankster convinced the band to reunite for a single afternoon, during which they recorded the song.


Time to embrace a spirit of debate - Placebo Effect

October 4, 2001

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Media violence decreases - Movies have been canceled or delayed due to events of Sept. 11

October 4, 2001

Tinseltown cares. Really, it does. Not only did the entertainment industry raise over $150 million from hard-working Americans for the victims of Sept. 11 - surely with more benefits and charity functions to come- but it has also enacted measures to eliminate any reminder of the recent terrorists attacks in movies and television programming. It has truly shown how sensitive it is to you, the viewer, and your, the viewer's, pocketbook.


Why invoking the "Western" motif is unbecoming of our President - Culture and Value

October 4, 2001

The moment that President Bush made the statement involving a poster from a Western with Osama bin Laden wanted "dead or alive," he made a grievous error. For his invocation of the Western calls along with it a host of other errors and problems that only compound the already tenuous situation in the international community. The image of the poster from a Western movie is inherently tied up in racist, sexist rhetoric and, on top of that, brings along with it connotations of martial law imposed upon settlements in the American West by sheriffs and outlaws alike (all of the John Wayne movies, plus all of the works of Clint Eastwood come to mind; as does the old Nintendo game Gunsmoke). So why, then, would the President want to call to mind such images?