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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 12, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 17
In Brief


NCAA to vote today on waiver affecting JHU lacrosse program

A vote will be taken on Proposal No. 65-1 today at the NCAA Convention in Nashville to determine whether Johns Hopkins and seven other Division III schools can continue to offer athletics-related aid to students who play Division I sports at their institutions.

At Johns Hopkins, traditionally a national power at the highest competitive levels of collegiate lacrosse, the waiver now in effect allows grants-in-aid for the Division I Blue Jay men's and women's lacrosse teams. There are no grants-in-aid in Division III sports, either at Johns Hopkins or elsewhere.

Hopkins has led an effort to protect the eight multidivisional schools' Division I sports, which have rich traditions that are points of immense pride for their students, alumni and communities.

A report on the vote will be posted sometime today at


Harper, Zerhouni, Grasmick to headline Heartfest 2004

Actress Valerie Harper, physician Elias Zerhouni and businessman Lou Grasmick will share the billing this weekend when Heartfest 2004, a benefit for the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center, comes to Martin's West from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health and former executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is the event's medical honoree. Grasmick, president of a lumber company that bears his name, is the year's community honoree in recognition of his extensive charitable work. Harper, best known as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, is national spokes-person for the American Heart Association's "The Cholesterol Low Down." She will speak with guests about the importance of heart health.

The event will combine heart-healthy gourmet dining, consumer education and entertainment. Music will be provided by Stevie V. and the Heart Attackers, a rock, soul and swing band comprised of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and other health care professionals.

Tickets are $75; for information, call 410-560-2230.


Egyptian dig will be chronicled online starting this week

Archaeologists, a photographer and an information technology specialist will once again bring the university's annual Egyptian dig to the World Wide Web with "Hopkins in Egypt Today," located online at

The daily progress reports and photographs chronicling the 10th excavation at the Precinct of the Goddess Mut in Luxor, Egypt, are expected to be posted beginning this week and will continue for the rest of the month.

As she has since 1994, Betsy Bryan, the Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and chair of Near Eastern Studies, will lead the two-and-one-half-month excavation, assisted during January by three undergraduates and 10 graduate students. The excavation is supervised by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, led by its secretary general, Zahi Hawass. "Hopkins in Egypt Today" will document the team's work.

Each evening, university photographer Jay VanRensselaer and Bryan will review the day's discoveries and e-mail 10 to 15 images with Bryan's summary of the day's work to the Homewood campus in Baltimore, where Macie Hall, senior information technology specialist (also VanRensselaer's wife), assembles the site. "Hopkins in Egypt Today" registered more than 55,000 hits in January 2003.

This is the fourth year Bryan's group is exploring the area surrounding the Temple of Mut at South Karnak. Through a combination of excavation and examination of carved inscriptions and relief scenes on the temple's sandstone blocks, the group aims to determine what the temple looked like between 1500 and 1200 B.C. The team will continue to explore the ancient brick houses behind the temple's sacred lake, searching for clues to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians. The excavation work is a collaboration of Johns Hopkins and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.


Volunteer project begins for Children's Center Radiothon

Beginning today, the Children's Center is looking for "Change Bandits" to help solicit loose change from the pockets, desk drawers and piggy banks of their co-workers, families and friends. The money raised will officially kick off the 15th annual Mix 106.5 FM Radiothon to benefit the center.

In its 14 years, the Mix 106.5 FM Radiothon has raised more than $6 million to benefit pediatric research and patient care at Johns Hopkins.

This year's on-air event will begin at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Children's Center's Hope Forest Lobby and continue live from the hospital and the Mix 106.5 FM studio in Towson until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 29.

To volunteer as a Change Bandit, register online at or call the Mix studio at 410-825-5410. Donations will be collected at a Change Bandit Bash from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Jillian's at Arundel Mills Mall and in the Hope Forest Lobby at the Children's Center during the live Radiothon broadcasts on Feb. 26 and 27.


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