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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 8, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 14
In Brief


Dec. 15 'Gazette' is last of year; deadlines announced

Because of the university's midyear vacation, The Gazette will not be published during the last two weeks of December. Next Monday's issue will carry calendar listings for events scheduled from Monday, Dec. 15, through Monday, Jan. 5.

Deadline for submissions to the Dec. 15 calendar and classifieds pages is Tuesday, Dec. 9. The deadline for the Jan. 5 issue is Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Please note that The Gazette has moved to new offices, and some contact information has changed. The phone is now 443-287-9900 and the fax 443-287-2899. Calendar listings can still be submitted to and classifieds to Both also can be submitted online at


Homewood House Museum to celebrate the holiday season

Homewood House Museum will come alive with holiday spirit during two events — a candlelight tour from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, and a holiday open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Built in 1801, the former home of Charles Carroll Jr. will be decorated for the candlelight tour by the Homeland Garden Club with garlands of greens and boxwood in the windows. Rooms will be set for entertaining, and the reception hall will be filled with the sounds of early American music performed on harpsichord, Baroque guitar and English flute by David Hildebrand. Refreshments will be served in the wine cellar.

On Dec. 14, Homewood House will participate in the Greater Baltimore History Alliance Holiday Open House, a tour of Baltimore's top 10 historic sites. The music of David Hildebrand will again fill the halls, holiday decorations will enliven the period rooms, and refreshments will be available in the wine cellar.

Admission to the Candlelight Tour on Dec. 8 is free for Homewood House members and Johns Hopkins affiliates; $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for students. Admission to the Dec. 14 open house is $1. For more information, call 410-516-5589 or go to


Finals bring students free food, drinks, courtesy of Alum Association

During final exams, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association will be offering students free snack and beverage breaks, courtesy of eight area food purveyors — H&S Bakery, Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, PepsiCo, Sam's Club of Owings Mills and Port Covington, Super Fresh in Hampden and Wal-Mart.

Homewood's A&S, Engineering and SPSBE students are invited to MSEL for refreshments from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Peabody's snack time is 9 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, in the cafeteria; SAIS' is 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, in Kenney Auditorium.

Treats arrive at the School of Public Health from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, in the student lounge; at Nursing, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, by the student lounge; and at the School of Medicine from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, outside Mountcastle Auditorium.


Christmas tree distributors help promote safe driving

Some local Christmas tree distributors are helping to promote safe driving this holiday season in a program sponsored by the Towson Elks Lodge #469 and by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and its Central Maryland Regional Safe Communities Center, Center for Injury Research and Policy and Central Maryland Community Traffic Safety Programs.

Each tree sold by selected dealers comes with an ornamental tag bearing a message that reads "Have a ball this holiday Just don't get smashed. Drive sober and always buckle up!"

More than 30,000 tree tags have been distributed to tree retailers in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford and Howard counties.

December is designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol is a factor in approximately 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Of these fatal crashes, only 23 percent of occupants chose to use their seatbelts. Using a lap and shoulder belt can reduce the risk of fatal injuries for front seat passengers by approximately 45 percent.


Sales of new 'Miracle' neckties will benefit Children's Center

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers has unveiled its latest line of men's neckwear designed by pediatric patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. All proceeds from sales of the Miracle Collection VIII will benefit the Children's Center. In the seven years since the collection was introduced, more than $500,000 has been raised by Jos. A. Bank to benefit pediatric research at Johns Hopkins.

The silk ties, which are $44.50, are available at all the retailer's stores and on the Web at


JHH Nursing achieves exclusive 'magnet' designation in Md.

JHH's Department of Nursing has earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center's highest honor. The magnet status, which recognizes national excellence in nursing, is awarded to select hospitals following an intensive review of documentation, data and clinical practices, followed by lengthy on-site visits. Fewer than 100 hospitals in the United States have magnet status, and JHH is the first hospital in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Delaware to achieve it.


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