Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 23, 1995


Black business students win National Case honors

     For the second straight year, students in the School of
Continuing Studies Division of Business and Management won a top
honor in the annual National Black MBA Association Student Case

     Brandi Chaffin, Thom Corbin and David Simpkins won second
prize in the fourth annual competition, which this year matched
Hopkins against 29 other business schools from across the
country, including such top-rated ones as the University of
California at Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford
and MIT. Each of the winning students received a $2,000
scholarship from the sponsoring organization.

     "It's especially impressive that our graduate students, who
study part time, were able to defeat teams of full-time MBA
candidates from a group that included 15 of the nation's top 25
business schools," said SCS dean Stanley C. Gabor. "It's a
wonderful testimony to their training and ability."

     The team was coached by Christina Rodriquez, a faculty
member in the division's management program.

     The competition requires students to develop a comprehensive
strategy for a national business. This year, the three students
had one month to prepare a strategy for Chrysler Corp.'s Neon
automobile line and its direct competitive position with a
Taiwanese car manufacturer. The competition takes place in two
30-minute rounds, featuring a 20-minute presentation and a
10-minute question-and-answer period.

West breaks all-time soccer scoring record

     Sophomore forward Eric West has accomplished in less than
two years what it took Hopkins great Greg Cunningham ('77) three
full seasons to achieve. When a teammate, senior Matt Coleman,
scored on a West pass in the first half of the Oct. 5 game
against York College, West became the Blue Jays all-time leading
scorer with 75 points (32 goals, 11 assists).

     West's 11th goal of the season against Haverford on Oct. 7
extended the record to 77 points, and West tied Cunningham's
record for career goals (33).

     The men's soccer team is 11-4 for the season, and 4-3 in
conference play through the Oct. 18 game against Washington
College, which they won 2-0. West scored both goals.

Hopkins photographer creates new method to reproduce Egyptian art

     Hopkins photographer Jay VanRensselaer didn't expect to
become part of a science team when Egyptologist Betsy Bryan
called him one day in 1994. She needed photographs of sheets of
plastic on which her research team had traced the intricate
paintings that line the walls of an Egyptian tomb chapel in
ancient Thebes. 

     When VanRensselaer, a senior medical photographer at Hopkins
for nearly nine years, tried to photograph the large tracings, he
found there was no established method for doing so because the
sheets were too large--the largest being 35 feet long--to handle
with traditional methods. And without backlighting, they couldn't
be photographed well.

     So he invented a new method. In the attic of his home, he
custom-built a vertical light box, using angle iron, plate glass
and white plexiglass. The result: vivid, large-format color
transparencies that can be made into prints or scanned into a
computer for publication or refinement. 

     VanRensselaer recently presented a research paper about his
innovation during a meeting of the Biological Photographic
Association in San Antonio, Texas.

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