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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 28, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 24
In Brief


Blue Jays lax tix available for faculty, staff beginning March 1

Tickets for the Blue Jays' 2005 lacrosse season will be available beginning March 1. To receive two complimentary season passes, faculty and staff members should bring a valid university ID to the main office in the Athletic Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In addition to the tickets, all faculty and staff will receive a "goodies bag" with items donated by Hopkins Athletics corporate partners, including the Johns Hopkins Bookstore, TIAA-CREF and Subway.


Getting down to business: Mosh Pit Competition kicks off

Johns Hopkins will look to continue its winning tradition this spring at the fourth annual Mosh Pit Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Greater Baltimore Technology Council. A Johns Hopkins team has won the competition each of the first three years, and in 2004 nearly half the 34 teams were from the university.

Mosh Pit, named after the body-slamming concert pastime, was created by the GBTC to enable students from area colleges and universities to experience every aspect of entrepreneurship, from recruiting employees and advisers to pitching potential investors. Participants learn how to form a qualified team for their start-up company and write its business plan, which must include a technological element. This year the competition will award a $15,000 prize for first place, $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third.

More than 100 students participated in the 2004 Mosh Pit competition, which is open to any Maryland college student, undergraduate or graduate.

About 200 students are expected to attend this week's 2005 kick-off reception, which will be held at the Emerging Technology Center in Canton. The "Pit" itself will be held March 28, when team captains present their business concepts, recruit team members and negotiate company equity. Finalists will be announced April 15. The final judging, at which the remaining teams will present their plans to a panel of regional venture capitalists, will be held April 22.


Evergreen House offering training for weekend guides

Evergreen House, the 48-room former home of the Garrett family that now belongs to Johns Hopkins, is seeking volunteers to be trained as weekend museum guides.

Owned by the Garretts from 1878 until 1942, Evergreen is filled with more than 50,000 of the family's belongings. The historic house--a superb example of architecture of the Gilded Age--also conducts exhibitions, special events, artists' residencies, lectures and performances, all of which are open to the public.

Docent training classes will be held each Saturday in March from 10 a.m. to noon beginning March 5. Volunteers who successfully complete the training will be expected to commit to a minimum of one three-hour weekend shift per month.

Training includes lectures and readings on the history of Evergreen, the Garrett family and the home's extensive collections, which include rare books, post-Impressionist paintings, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquer and Tiffany glass. New guides also will learn about museum practices and will be taught techniques for presenting Evergreen House in ways that satisfy visitor expectations.

Volunteers are offered opportunities for additional training and are invited to attend social events, openings, lectures and tours of other historic sites.

To reserve a space in the upcoming training session or for additional information, contact Nancy Powers at 410-516-0341 or go to


Marrow registration drive set for March 7-11 in E. Baltimore

Type for Life, the sixth annual marrow registration drive, will take place March 7 to 11 on the East Baltimore campus. This event, organized by students of the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, provides free convenient registration with the National Marrow Donor Program. Registration, which takes around 15 minutes, involves a short health questionnaire and a simple finger stick to obtain a drop of blood. The sample, drawn by Johns Hopkins phlebotomists, is then used for a simple blood test called a "tissue type."

Volunteers' participation in the registration drive will provide patients nationwide with a better chance of finding a bone marrow or stem cell donor.

To find out if you're the type to save a life, visit one of the following locations between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.: March 7, JHH, Broadway Corridor; March 8, School of Public Health, Anna Baetjer Room; March 9, School of Nursing, Carpenter Room; March 10, School of Medicine, 113 PCTB; March 11, JHH, Broadway Corridor.

For more information, e-mail, call 410-507-4383 or go to

Those typed previously may update contact information by visiting the NMDP Web site at Registration requires your driver's license and the address and phone number of two contacts not living with you.


'Gazette' will not be published March 14, spring vacation week

The Gazette will not be published on Monday, March 14, the week of spring vacation. Events taking place between March 14 and March 21 will be included in the issue dated March 7.

The deadline for calendar and classifieds submissions for the March 7 issue is noon on Tuesday, March 1. Items for the March 21 issue should be submitted by noon on Monday, March 14.


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