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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 12, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 25
In Brief


Baltimore Free U. registration extended to March 17

Due to snow and a problem with its heating system, the Village Learning Place was closed on March 7, the day on which a "meet the instructors" event was scheduled to kick off Baltimore Free University's spring program. Registration has been extended through 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

The noncredit adult education program is sponsored by the VLP and the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins and offers an array of personal enrichment, social issue and practical trade courses for a nominal registration fee of $10 per course. The spring course brochure is available at the circulation desk of the VLP Library, 2521 St. Paul St., or online at


Daffodil Days, to benefit Cancer Society, set for this week

Daffodils will be in full bloom this week, when the Johns Hopkins community can purchase the fresh flowers at nine campus locations stretching from Mount Washington to White Marsh.

The annual Flower Days sales, which support the American Cancer Society's prevention, treatment and patient advocacy efforts, are run by Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs and will be held this year on March 15 and 16. For a listing of flower sale sites, go to If you can volunteer or have questions, contact Matt Smith at 410-516-0345 or


Barnes & Noble asks faculty to answer survey on store's services

Every year, Barnes & Noble surveys the faculty to understand how well the campus bookstore serves their needs and to learn how it can improve its services in the future.

To offer comments, suggestions and opinions regarding the Johns Hopkins bookstore, go to the 2007 survey now online at BarnesAndNobleSchoolSurvey/faculty.asp. The survey has fewer than 20 questions and should only take a few minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous.

The survey will be administered by Corporate Research International, an independent market research company.


Sun sets on JHU cowboy's ride on reality TV

Bobby Chesney, an assistant football coach at Johns Hopkins, came up a mere fraction of a second short in his bid to take top honors at Cowboy U, a reality show on Country Music Television that attempts to indoctrinate "city slickers" to the cowboy lifestyle in only three weeks.

Chesney, who excelled in many of the show's competitions and became very popular with viewers, rode his way into the series finale, which aired on March 2. He was one of eight original contestants, four men and four women, who vied for the $25,000 cash prize. The filming took place in Colorado over the summer.

The finale pitted "Bobby" against "Malcolm" in a series of events: barrel racing, steer wrestling, wagon racing, shooting and, finally, bull riding. Chesney appeared clearly in the lead after the first events but on the bull ride finished six-tenths of a second behind the eventual winner, a stay-at-home dad and freelance graphic artist from Chicago.

The loss was not without controversy. Following the airing of the finale, many fans logged into the show's message board to voice their displeasure at the scoring system used — weighted too heavily toward a single bull ride, many felt — and their support for Chesney, summed up in one thread titled "Bobby is the real winner!"



Several errors occurred in Milestones in the Feb. 26 issue due to reporting changes accompanied by the implementation of SAP. If your name was inaccurately listed, or omitted, please contact John Black, who compiles the listings, in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at 410-516-6060.

Peggylee Bremer, Human Nutrition, in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, celebrated 40 years in January. Her name was omitted.

Brenda Armour, Office of the Dean of Student Life, who celebrated 10 years of service, and Michael Sullivan, Business Management, who celebrated 20 years of service, should have been listed under Homewood Student Affairs.


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