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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 15, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 34
In Brief


Gas prices getting to you? Why not try biking to work?

In preparation for Baltimore's annual Bike to Work Day, set this year for Friday, May 19, a bicycle commuting workshop will be held on the Homewood campus from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at the O'Connor Recreation Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.

Experts will demonstrate how to dress for exercise and business and how to ride in traffic. Participants will also learn how bicycling for commuting and recreation is a safe and easy way to reduce expenses, road rage and weight.

The event is presented by the departments of Parking & Transportation and Athletics & Recreation; the JHU Sustainability Initiative; and One Less Car, Maryland's campaign for bicycling and walking.

Program participants will get a free locker (lock not supplied) and towel service at the O'Connor Center for a year. To sign up for the workshop, send e-mail to

For more information about Bike to Work Day, go to


Master plan for Homewood campus honored with award

The Society for College and University Planning has selected the Homewood Campus Master Plan for an Honor Award in the Planning for an Established Campus category. Seven Honor Awards and one Special Citation were selected this year by the jury for the recognition.

The plan was completed in 2000 by Ayers/Saint/Gross of Baltimore, and implementation is currently in its final stages; it was submitted to the program by Mark Demshak of the Office of Facilities Management. Highlights of the award-winning projects will be presented at an upcoming major conference called "The Campus of the Future: A Meeting of the Minds," to be held in July in Honolulu.


Homewood House production takes new look at Shakespeare

Homewood House Museum will present a new take on a favorite playwright this week when Shakespeare "Improved," a special production by Theatre Hopkins, is staged al fresco on Homewood's back porch.

Written and directed by Theatre Hopkins' artistic director, Suzanne Pratt, "Improved" presents scenes from Shakespeare's plays as they were revised to suit the tastes of later audiences. Pratt compiled the script from 17th- and 18th-century revisions of the Bard's works, including Macbeth, King Lear and Richard III. This family-oriented performance includes live music, period costumes and light-hearted commentary on the adaptations.

Performances will be held two nights only, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21. Reserved seating is $15; lawn seating, $10 or $20 for a family of two adults and their children under 18. Rain location is the Mattin Center's Swirnow Theater. For reservations and additional information, call 410-516-5589.

Theatre Hopkins' ensemble cast of 10 includes JHU senior Kateri Chambers, who has appeared with numerous Baltimore area theater groups; sophomore Raffi Wartanian, a member of the university's Witness Theater; and WBJC-FM on-air personality Dyana Neal.


SoN announces concert to benefit community health programs

The School of Nursing will again join forces with the M.U.S.E. Foundation to present Nightingala 2006, an evening of folk, country and bluegrass music performed by former John Denver Band members and colleagues. This year, in the tradition Denver established in his performances, a full orchestra — the Columbia Orchestra — will accompany the band. Featured performers include John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Chris Nole, Mollie Weaver and local favorites Mack Bailey, Kenn Roberts and the Hard Travelers.

The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, in Peabody's Friedberg Concert Hall, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. All proceeds will benefit the School of Nursing community health centers and the free nursing care programs that serve vulnerable families and individuals in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Among the efforts to be supported are a variety of community and public health nursing services, including immunizations, health screenings, physical exams, preventive measures, parenting and nutrition classes, referrals, geriatric services, obesity awareness and after-school programs.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling 410-955-7551.


SAIS to host forum on 'Islamic Fundamentalism in Europe'

SAIS will host a forum on Thursday, May 18, titled "Islamic Fundamentalism in Europe: Transatlantic Perspectives." The event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building.

Participants are Francis Fukuyama, director of the SAIS International Development Program and author of America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power and the Neoconservative Legacy; Lorenzo Vidino, a European expert at the Investigative Project on Terrorism and author of Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground for International Jihad; and Daniel Benjamin, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, director for counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton administration and co-author of The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting It Right.

Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations at 202-663-5730 or


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