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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 6, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 10
In Brief


Panhellenic Council unites to support diversity at Homewood

The Panhellenic Council on the Homewood campus last week organized a campaign to show its support of diversity at Johns Hopkins and in the greater Baltimore area.

On Thursday, its members handed out light blue ribbons and asked faculty, staff and students to wear them as a symbol that the Hopkins Greek Community stands united with President Brody in his pronouncement that the university will not tolerate racism.


'A Woman's Journey' health conference planned for Nov. 18

Johns Hopkins Medicine's highly acclaimed, daylong women's health conference, A Woman's Journey, will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Among the topics of the 32 planned seminars are women and heart disease, optimizing sexual intimacy, cholesterol-lowering strategies and health disparities among minority women. The luncheon speaker is Marianne Legato, a specialist in gender-specific medicine.

The fee is $95, including breakfast and lunch, or $75 for full-time students with ID. To register, go to


General counsel honored for his commitment to diversity

Stephen Dunham, vice president and general counsel, was honored last week by his former law firm, which announced that it had established a diversity scholarship fund in recognition of his work.

The Morrison & Foerster Foundation/Stephen S. Dunham Scholarship has been named in recognition of Dunham's "passion for education and increasing diversity in the legal profession as well as in appreciation of his contributions to the firm."

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law and University of Colorado School of Law will split a donation of more than $100,000 to support students in their first year of law school. An additional $5,000 has been given to the American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund to encourage racial and ethnic minority students by providing financial assistance, and $5,000 to the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation for minority scholarships to promote diversity in the intellectual property bar.

Paul T. Friedman, chair of the foundation and a senior partner with the firm, said, "This was a fantastic opportunity for the Morrison & Foerster Foundation to continue its mission of helping the disadvantaged while at the same time honoring Steve, who devoted himself to these issues even while he was chair of the firm and throughout the time that he was maintaining his busy practice."

The San Francisco-based firm has more than 1,000 lawyers in office around the world; Dunham was in its Denver office.


Bull and Oyster Roast to follow Saturday's football game

Pit beef, fresh and fried oysters, and barbecued chicken share the billing this week with Joe DiMaggio and Hank Aaron signed baseballs, an autographed print of seven Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers and an autographed photograph of actor James Gandolfini. The occasion is the Athletic Department's 34th annual Bull and Oyster Roast, which is held after the last home football game of the year.

This year the Blue Jays finish off the season by taking on McDaniel College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, on Homewood Field. The Bull Roast follows at 4 p.m. in the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center and includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, an auction, raffle prizes, caricatures by Tom Chalkley and music by a jazz trio.

Tickets are $42/$37 for members of Blue Jays Unlimited; $28, students 21 and over with school ID; $25, students 10-21 with school ID; $12, ages 6-9 (5 and under, free). To purchase a ticket, contact Krista Wilson at 410-516-7490.


Immortal Technique, hip-hop artist, is final symposium guest

The MSE Symposium wraps up its 2006 run this week with a visit to the Homewood campus from hip-hop artist Immortal Technique, whose songs often focus on social justice. His appearance in Shriver Hall begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30) and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The topic of this year's symposium is Finding Our Voice: The Role of America's Youth. Participants included Harry Belafonte, Ralph Nader, Newt Gingrich and Afeni Shakur.


Jupiter String Quartet to perform in Evergreen Concert Series

The Evergreen Concert Series — one of Baltimore's longest-running chamber music programs — welcomes the Jupiter String Quartet at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, performing Haydn's Quartet in D Major, Shostakovich's Quartet No. 8 in C Minor and Brahms' Quartet in A Minor.

Winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the quartet captured first prize in the eighth Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2004, as well as the Szekely Prize for the best performance of a Beethoven quartet. The quartet was also awarded Grand Prize at the 2004 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and most recently the 2006 Austin Critics Table Award for Outstanding Chamber Music Performance.

The performance will be held in the Evergreen Carriage House. Tickets are $15 members, $20 non-members; $5 student rush tickets are available one hour prior to performance (limit two tickets per valid student ID). Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended. Advance tickets are available at or by calling 410-516-0341.


Army ROTC team participates in regional Ranger Challenge

The nine-member Johns Hopkins Ranger Team recently participated in the Army's Eastern Region ROTC 3rd Brigade Ranger Challenge, an annual competition that draws the best cadets from 18 colleges and universities in Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The event plays an important role in furthering cadets' development as leaders and future Army officers, said Eastern Region commander Col. Robert Frusha. The focus is not so much about individual achievement as it is about team success. The challenge covered seven events: the Army physical fitness test, construction and execution of a one-rope bridge, weapons assembly, orienteering, hand grenade assault course, a 10K road march and a "surprise" Commander's Challenge. There were three separate divisions with six teams each.

The Johns Hopkins team had won the challenge three times in the past four years but entered this year's competition with only three returning veterans. The team tied for first in the weapons assembly event with Temple University, which ultimately placed first overall for Division II.


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