The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 25, 1999
October 25, 1999
VOL. 29, NO. 9


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

'Liberty Heights' Baltimore premiere to benefit SOM

For the Baltimore premiere of his newest movie, Liberty Heights, director Barry Levinson has chosen to benefit the School of Medicine, in honor of John Mann, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Mann, an internist and member of the faculty specializing in infectious diseases, has named the Osler Scholars Endowment to receive the proceeds from the premiere.

The event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Senator Theatre. The evening's honorary chairmen are John Mann and his wife, Risa Mann, professor of pathology and oncology.

The Osler Scholars Endowment, named after Sir William Osler, first chairman of the Department of Medicine, provides support for faculty to devote more of their time to teaching.

Liberty Heights is a coming-of-age film that looks at family, race and religious issues in Baltimore during the 1950s. Styled after the classic Hollywood movie opening of that era, the event--with searchlights, paparazzi and limousine arrivals--begins at 6 p.m. The screening will be followed by a buffet dinner and entertainment under a tent. Tickets are $100 ($80 tax deductible).

For more information, contact the Department of Medicine Development Office at 410-614-6700.

MSEL mounts exhibit on Hopkins student life since 1876

A new exhibit, "All Work and No Play? Student Life at Johns Hopkins University," has opened in the Special Collections Department of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library. The exhibit, on display from Oct. 11 to January 2000, depicts student life and leisure activities from the opening of the university through the modern era (1876-1990s).

Highlights include statistics showing the political composition of the class of 1892--"4 Prohibitionists, 10 'Mugwump,' 12 Republicans and 21 Democrats"; a 1928 freshman beanie; a bronze coin commemorating the university's centennial; a 1974 photograph of streakers running into Gilman Hall; and a silver hammer recognizing a Habitat for Humanity project in which Hopkins students participated in 1993. The exhibit contains many other historical photographs and objects selected from the collections of the university archives and from the library's Special Collections Department.

The exhibit can be viewed in Special Collections on A-Level from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. During winter break, Thursday evening hours are by appointment only. For information, call 410-516-8348.

Students host field day to benefit youth center

A group of students wants to help everyone get in touch with their silly sides when it hosts a field day--complete with three-legged races, egg tosses and other races and games--at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, on the Gilman Quadrangle. The event, called the Phi Psi 500, is sponsored by Phi Kappa Psi fraternity to benefit the Destiny of Hope Community Center on Friendship Street in northeast Baltimore. It is open to the campus and community, and families are welcome. Prizes include gift certificates to area restaurants and Sony PlayStations. Entry fees are $5 per person, and attendees can come alone or in teams of four.

The Destiny of Hope Community Center is run by Bishop Robert Woodland and his wife, Beverly, who, in 1997, used all their savings to purchase an abandoned warehouse in hopes that it would serve as a safe after-school environment for children in the community. Today, the center provides games, and personal and social counseling, for some 50 to 60 children ages 7 to 17 every day. It also offers a GED program for older children as well as a mentorship program on weekends. The Woodlands hope to buy new books and perhaps some computers with the money raised by the Phi Psi 500.

This year, the Office of Volunteer Services has begun working with the center to provide student support for repairs and volunteers to turn the old warehouse into a thriving youth center. For more information or to sign up, call 410-662-8275.