The truth about witches
High rates of infant mortality. The plague. Crops and
livestock wiped out overnight. Life in 15th-century Europe
was no picnic. Somebody must be to blame, but the
possibility that God was behind such pain was unfathomable.
So who besides God would have the power to wreak havoc on
The answer, according to 15th-century
Christian theologians, was witches. Their belief in witches
-- and their ability to persuade society in general that
witches existed -- took God off the hook for all the bad
things that happened to good people. Stories of alleged
witches' gruesome acts comforted people whose faith in God
was challenged by the evil in the world, according to
Walter Stephens, the Charles S. Singleton Professor of
Italian Studies at Johns Hopkins.
Innovative 'i-Site' goes live
Introducing Homewood at your fingertips. The university
today unveils and puts online its new "i-Site" system, a
network of 12 computerized, touch-controlled information
kiosks installed around the Homewood campus.
A wayfinding device and more, each i-Site
can tell the user where he or she presently is on campus,
how to get from point A to point B and even when and where
a university-sponsored event is occurring.
The impetus for the new system arose two
years ago out of the campus master plan's wayfinding
committee, whose members felt that a dynamic instrument was
needed to reflect both a revitalized Homewood campus and
the university's desire to foster innovation.
Homewood, JHMI initiate defibrillator
The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus and the
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions' East Baltimore campus
have initiated a comprehensive, automated external
defibrillator program. The heart-saving project, believed
to be the first of its kind at a higher-learning
institution, will include nonpatient-care buildings and
most high-traffic areas. When complete, the initiative will
place more than 60 defibrillators within the medical center
and university locations occupied by more than 600 people,
such as laboratories, auditoriums, residence halls,
gymnasiums, parking garages and cafeterias.
An automated external defibrillator, or
AED, is a portable, easy-to-use device that delivers a
life-saving electric shock to the heart to halt rapid and
chaotic heart activity or reverse sudden cardiac arrest and
restore a normal heartbeat.
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