Reporting on foreign affairs
The day after the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl, when
many newspapers nationwide had the image of a smiling John Elway
splashed across their front pages, the Philadelphia
Inquirer showed a photograph of a Chinese peasant
riding a bicycle over a dry riverbed.
The caption stated that the Yellow River, the
nation's second largest waterway, has dried up in five of the
last six years and is imperiling millions of acres of farmland.
The accompanying article told the story of a decade-long drought,
which, compounded by industrialization and poor management, had
reduced the once proud Yellow River into a dwindling stream, thus
threatening the lives of those who lived in the river's
Rena Singer, who wrote the story, was no
stranger to China. She had lived there for two years, teaching
English at a college and hospital in Kunming. During her stay
there, she also filed stories as a foreign correspondent and had
acquired a taste for that type of journalism. When she moved back
to the States to write for the Inquirer, however, she
realized that the paper's budget for international stories was
limited. In her efforts to get back to China, Singer learned of
the Pew Fellowships in International Journalism, a four-month
program offered at the School of Advanced International Studies.
The selective program, which accepts seven or eight fellows each
semester, began in fall 1998.
Homewood master plan is under
Thomas Jefferson once referred to a college campus as an academic
village, a place that both facilitates the learning process and
exists in harmony with its surroundings.
In past years, however, many college campuses
have veered away from that ideal as unbridled growth has
stretched some campuses well beyond their original form and
function. Where once was a field and row of trees, for example,
now stands a large asphalt parking lot.
The Homewood campus is now positioned for a
period of growth, as no fewer than four buildings are slated for
construction and the school's borders continue to stretch east of
In order to guide the evolution of Hopkins, now
123 years old, Ayers/Saint/Gross, a Baltimore-based architectural
firm, has been selected as the consultant to create a new master
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