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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff 'Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 • Number 13 . November 28, 2000 



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Review Day 
Gives Scholars a 
Chance to Shine 

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neering, kinesiology, biology and com- dent for research 

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afternoon, attendees could view posters, *> ra ua e s u ** 

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titles may have been beyond a lay per- vice president for 

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Co-sponsored by the Division of Jan Jehannessen, 

Research and Graduate Studies and Sigma PruP. 

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UM Celebrates 20 
Years of Jewish Studies 

The university celebrates 20 years of 
Jewish studies with the inauguration of 
Marsha Rozenblit as the new Harvey M. 
Meyerhoff professor of Jewish History. The 
reception is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 in the 
Atrium of Stamp Student Union. 

The event will also honor the Meyerhoff fam- 
ily and other donors. 

Maryland is home to one of the largest 
undergraduate Jewish studies programs in North 
America. Almost 
600 students take 
some course work 
in the Jewish stud- 
ies unit, Rozenblit 
said. Thirty or so 
make it their major 
course of study. 

Jewish studies is 
an interdisciplinary 
major that draws 
courses from histo- 
ry, philosophy 
English, women's 
studies, and Asian 
and East European 

Jewish studies 
began at the univer- 
sity in the mid- 
1970s when the 

Associated Jewish Charities and the Meyerhoff 
family in Baltimore created the Louis Kaplan 
Chair in Jewish History. 

In 1980, the unit was strengthened substan- 
tially when Harvey M. Meyerhoff created the 

Nation's Only Foreign Language 
Think Tank Leads Globalization 

Marsha Rozenblit 

continued on page 6 

As the world becomes a smaller 
place because of the global econo- 
my, language and how it is learned 
will become key to the United 

Ptates growing as a world leader. 
To that end, policy makers are 
relying on the expertise of the 
University of Maryland's National 
Foreign Language Center for guid- 
ance on how to shape U.S. policy 
on languages. 

"Even as the world embraces 
English as the common language 
of the current process of globaliza- 
tion, the U.S. is becoming increas- 
ingly diverse, multilingual and mul- 
ticultural, and is producing new 
faces of American culture" said 
Saul Sosnowski, director of the uni- 
versity's Office of International 
Programs. "As we celebrate this 
richness, we have to become cog- 
nizant that it requires the U.S. To 
formulate concrete policies and 
secure the necessary funding to 
promote the study of languages 
other than English in our 

The U.S. can become an even 
bigger powerhouse in globaliza- 
tion if it accepts and promotes the 
concept of multilingual speakers. 
"If you want to be successful in 
the globalized economy you better 
know what other people's cultural 
beliefs and systems are," Sosnowski 
said. "How are you going to relate 

to other people if you don't know 
their culture and language? You 
can't presume to impose on others 
your language and beliefs," 

The NFLC was founded in 1986 
and is based in university offices 
in Washington, D.C. It is the only 
think tank on languages in the 
United States. NFLC director 
Richard Brecht, a professor in the 
Department of Asian and East 
European languages, and a 
renowned expert in educational 
foreign language policy, oversees a 
14-meml>er team at the center. 

The affiliation with Maryland 
helps the NFLC reach regular citi 
zens, Sosnowski said. "One of the 
mandates of the university is to 
educate members of our communi- 
ty. And one of our missions is to 
make them global citizens,' he 
said. "Part of being a global citizen 
goes beyond training and disci- 
pline to knowing the nuances of 
other cultures as well as other lan- 

NFLC's top priority now is 
exploring ways to move people to 
the highest level of fluency and 
proficiency, said Thomas Ge thing. 
an NFLC senior associate. "With 
globalization, U.S. business and 
government need people who are 
proficient in several languages." 

In that vein, the collaborative 
effort has already yielded several 

projects, including: 

* Heritage language develop- 
ment. Heritage communities are 
families that speak a language 
other than English at home. Several 
projects are underway between 
faculty in the departments of 
Spanish and Portuguese and the 
College of Education to investigate 
how heritage speakers learn to 
navigate two worlds by speaking 
one language at home and another 
at school, said Roberta Lavine, 
chair of the Department of 
Spanish and Portuguese. 

* Lang Net, a Web-based system 
for teachers and students to better 
access language resources. 
"Customization of language learn- 
ing materials is very much in the 
forefront," Gethlng said. "And Web- 
based programs facilitate learning 
whether the student is m a con- 
ventional language class or if he or 
she is an independent learner," 
The University is taking the lead in 
the Lang Net project for Quechua, 
an indigenous Andean language 
taught in the Department of 
Spanish and Portuguese. 

■ The center also has developed 
evaluation systems for study- 
abroad programs, immersion lan- 
guage training and for U.S. govern- 
ment language training centers. 

* The NFLC plans to set up gradu- 
ate assistantships. 

November 28, 2000 

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Your Guide to University Events 
November 28-December 8 

november 28 

11 a.m.-l p.m., Lecture: 
"Talking about the World." with 
Noam Chomsky. (Details in For 
Your Interest, p. 8.) 

■3-5 p.m.. Lecture: "The 
Design of Language," with 
Noam Chomsky. (Details 
in For Your 
Interest, p. s.) 

encyclical on the relationship 
between faith and reason will 
feature Jude P Dougherty, dean 
emeritus, Catholic University 

Diversity Video 
Series Continues 

5-6 p.m., Forum: 
"Safety Forum." 
Atrium, Stamp Stu- 
dent Union. Every- 
one on campus is 
invited. For more 
information, contact 
Mahreen Majid at 301- 

november 29 

Race & Diversity and Diversity & The Arts 
PBS/ALS Videos for Educators Series presents 
an array of video presentations on a variety of 
topics of interest. Videos will be presented Nov. 
28 and 29 and Dec. 1 , 6 and 8 on subjects rang- 
ing from French art and architecture to Africans 
in America to matters of race, class and health. 
Screenings take place either in Hornbake 
Library or McKeldin library at various 
times. For complete program 
details, visit 
www. pbs .org/als/ce. 

november 30 

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Workshop: 
"Strategies for Managing 
Records & Archives on Web 
Sites," wUl address the role of 
archivists and records man- 
agers; the Internet as a 
records-transmitting sys- 
tem; official records on 
Web sites; strategies for 
archival and records 
management involve- 
ment; and specific 
strategies for manag- 
ing records on Web 
sites. 2111 Stamp 
Student Union. Pre- 
registration is re- 
quired. For more infor- 
mation, contact Robin 
Albert at 5-2057 or 
ra67@umail., or see 
www. clis.umd. edu/ce/.* 

9 a.m.-i p.m., Workshop: "Using 
the Web for Reference." This 
irttermediate-lcvel workshop 
will cover: effective browser 
usage, understanding the kinds 
of information which can and 
cannot be found on the Web, 
different kinds of Web sites, 
and Web tools for finding 
answers quickly. Sponsored by 
the College of Information 
Studies. Computer & Space 
Science. Pre-registration is re- 
quired. For more information, 
contact Robin Albert at 5-2057 
or, or see 
www.clls.umd. edu/ce/.* 

12-1 p.m., Lecture: "Becoming 
and Unbecoming White: 
Owning and Disowning Racial 
Identity," with Christine Clark, 
Executive Director, Office of 
Human Relations Programs. 
A Research & Development 
Meeting. 0114 Counseling Cen- 
ter. For more information, con- 
tact Stacey Holmes, seholmes® or at 4-7690. 

12:30-2 p.m., Panel Discussion: 
"Democratization and Environ- 
mental Protection in the For- 
mer Soviet Union," with Laura 
Jfewett, National Democratic 
Institute; Kate Waters, Initiative 
for Social Action and Renewal 
in Eurasia; and Allison Mo rill 
Chatrchyan, doctoral candi- 
date, Dept. of Government and 
Politics. Pan of the Harrison 
Speaker series. CIDCM con- 
ference room (0139Tydings). 
Lunch will be served. 

4:30 p.m., Event: "Fides et 
Ratio and Philosophical 
Inquiry."A study of the pope's 

of America School of Philoso- 
phy. Part of the Fides et Ratio 
Lecture and Discussion series. 
Welcome by John Convey, 
provost, CUA. Introduction by 
the Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.R, dean, 
CUA School of Philosophy 
Sophia Aguirre, CUA professor 
of economics, will serve as 
moderator. Auditorium, 
Caldwell Hall, The Catholic 
University of America. For 
more information, call Anca 
Nemoianu at 202-319-5256. 

7:30-9:30 p.m., Lecture: "Racial 
Realities Under and After 
Apartheid in South Africa." 
With Dumisa Ntsebeza, former 
member, Truth and Reconci- 
liation Commission, South 
Africa. Reception to follow. For 
more information, contact the 
Committee on South Africa 
and the Americas at 5-6835 or 
ab8 1 © 

8 p.m., Performance: "U.S. 
Navy Commodores," the Navy's 
premier jazz ensemble and 
one of the finest big bands in 
the country. The group will 
perform swing, be-bop, and 
contemporary, high-energy 
jazz. The Inn & Conference 
Center. For more information, 
call 5-7847. 

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Workshop: 
"Intermediate MS Access." 
Learn to normalize sample 
tables by identifying design 
problems; establish relation- 
ships between tables; cus- 
tomize table designs; design 
select queries; customize 
report designs. 44 04 Computer 
& Space Science. For informa- 
tion, 5-0443 or oit-training® 
umail., or visit www. 

3-7 p.m., Event: "Taste of 
Africa/Craft Show." Atrium, 
Stamp Student Union. For more 
information, contact Ugo 
Nwachukwu at 5-0077. 

4-5 p.m., Distinguished Scholar 
Teacher Lecture; "Stochastic 
Control; From Hawks to 
Chips " with Dr. Steven Marcus, 
Department of Electrical and 
Computer Engineering. 
Reception follows the lecture. 
1410 Physics Building. For 
more information, contact 
Rhonda Malone at 5-2509 or 
rmalone® deans, umd , edu . 

8 p.m.,Perfbrmance:"Graduate 
Dance Concert." Dance Thea- 
ter, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. For program infor- 
mation, call Paul Jackson at 5- 
7304. For tickets, call 5-7847. 

calendar guide: 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. 

Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's 

master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. 

Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. 

To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to 

'Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*). 

8 p.m., Performance: "Comedy 
of Errors." The National 
Players present Shakespeare's 
enduring tale of mistaken 
identittes.Tawes Theatre. For 
rickets and information, call 5- 
7847. (Details in For Your 
Interest, p. 8.)* 

december 1 

9:30 a.m., Presentation & 
Workshop ; "The Me yerhold 
Biomechanics Technique of 
Acting." Led by Kathleen Baum 
of Syracuse University. The 
method integrates voice and 
text into physical work. Room 
3736, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. To register, or for 
more information, call 5-6676. 

11 a.m., Lecture: "Gap Detec- 
tion and Reflex Modification in 
Elderly Adults " with Amanda 
Lauer. Integrative Neuro- 
sciences Fall Seminar series. 
1 128 Biology/Psychology Bldg. 
For information, contact lhar- 
vey@psyc.umd. edu. 

12-1:30 p.m,,Forum:"U,S. 
News Rankings: How Are They 
Determined, and Are They 
Important?" Campus Assess- 
ment Working Group forum. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount 
Hall, (Details in For Your 
Interest, page 8.) 

2 p.m., Lecture: "Department of 
Linguistics Colloquium," with 
Michel de Graff (lecture title 
TBA). 1304 Marie Mount Hall. 
For more information, contact 
Gracicla Tesan at graciela® or visit 

2 p.m., Lecture: "Conservation 
Biological Control of Pests: 
Managing Multi-Trophic Level 
Effects." With Steve Wrat ten, 
professor of ecology, Lincoln 
University, Canterbury, New 
Zealand. 1140 Plant Sciences. 
Please note that Dec. 1 is the 
correct date (the lecture was 
originally scheduled for Nov. 
27). For information, contact 
Paula Shrewsbury at 5-7664. 

8 p.m., Concert:"! 4th Century 
French Music by Guillaume de 
Machaut & Contemporaries." 
Fifteen singers and ten instru- 
mentalists perform secular and 
sacred music, including por- 
tions of the "Messe de Nostre 
Dame." Ulrich Recital Hall, 
Tawes Fine Arts Building. For 
more information, call 5-7847. 

8 p.m., Performance: "Comedy 
of Errors." (Details in For 
Your Interest, p. h.j 


8 p.m., Performance: "Comedy 
of Errors." (Details in For 
Your Interest, p. 8.)* 

8 p.m., Concert: "Annual 
Christmas Concerts." (Details in 
For Your Interest, p.8.>* 

december 3 

2 p.m., Performance: "Comedy 
of Errors." (Details in For 
Your Interest, p. 8.)* 

2 p.m., Concert: "Annual 
Christmas Concerts." (Details 
in For Your Interest, p. 8.)* 

8 p.m., Performance: "An 
Evening of Flamenco" with 
Gerard Moreno & Friends. 
Singing, dance and guitar. 
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Fine 
Arts Building. For more infor- 
mation, call 5-7847. 

december 5 

7:30 p.m., Concert: "Honors 
Chamber Music." Showcasing 
the best of the School of Music's 
outstanding chamber music pro- 
gram. Features a review of mas- 
ter chamber works performed 
by string, wind and piano stu- 
dents. Ulrich Recital Hall, 
Tawes Fine Arts Building. For 
more information, call 5-7847. 

8 p.m.,Concert:"Holiday 
Concert" by University 
Chorale. Featured works 
include "Psalm 90" and selec- 
tions from "Ceremony of 
Carols." Memorial Chapel. For 
more information, call 5-5571. 


Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University of 
Maryland campus community. 

Brodie Remington 'Vice President 

for University delations 

Teresa Flannery ■ Executive Director 
of University Communications and 
Director of Marketing 

George Cathcart • Executive Editor 

Monette Austin Bailey ■ Editor 

Cynthia MJtchel • Assistant Editor 

Patty Henetz * Graduate Assistant 

Letters to the editor, story suggestions 
and campus information arc welcome. 
Please submit all material two weeks 
before the Tuesday of publication. 

Send material to Editor, Outlook. 2101 
Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 

Telephone • (301) 405-7615 

Fax '(301} 314-9344 

E-mail ■ outlook^aecmai I. 


South African Judge 
Addresses Racial Realities 

december 6 

9 a.m. -4 p.m. .Workshop ["Developments in 
Privacy Law: The Contest between Business 
and the Individual." A comprehensive look 
at privacy law, practice and policy. For infor- 
mation professionals interested in more fully 
understanding their privacy rights or the 
privacy law obligations of their employers. 
Sponsored by the College of Information 
Studies. 2111 Stamp Student Union. Pre-reg- ion is required. For more information, 
contact Robin Albert, 5-2057 or ra67@umail., or visit,* 

1 2 noon, Meeting; "Faculty-Staff Lesbian 
Bisexual Women's Group." Informal brown- 
bag lunch meeting in 2101 Health Center. 
For in fori nation, contact Bellsey ©health. 

12-1 p.m. T Lecture:"Love and Work: An 
Attachment-Theoretical Perspective of 
Career Exploration," with Patrick Feehan, 
Psychological Intern, Counseling Center. A 
Research & Development Meeting. 0114 
Counseling Ctr. For more information, 
seholmes@wam.umd. edu or 4-7690. 

4 p.m., Graduate School Distinguished Lec- 
ture: "Gravitational Waves: A New Window 
onto the Universe," with Dr. Kip Thome, 
California Institute of Technology. 1412 
Physics. For more information, call 5-4936. 

december 7 

8 p.m., Lecture: "Generation of the Earth's 
Unique Continental Crust," with Roberta 
Rudnick. 1 140 Plant Sciences. (Details in 
For Your Interest, page 8.) 

december 8 

9 a.m. -4 p.m., Workshop: "Introduction to 
Web Page Design, Construction and 
Publishing "This introductory 'workshop will 
cover the basics of designing, building, and 
publishing useful Web pages. Computer & 
Space Science. Pre-registration is required. 
For information, contact Robin Albert at 
ra67@umail.umd. edu or 5-2057, or see 
www. clis. umd . edu/ce/. * 

eDorm Launched for 
Student CEOs 

Students in the Hinman Campus 
Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEO) 
Program will receive a valuable boost in 
their efforts to become businessmen and - 
women. Avaya Communication, which 
began a partnership with the university 
last year, will wire Garrett Hall with desk- 
top videoconferencing, multimedia mes- 
saging, high-speed data connections, wire- 
less roaming technology and other tech- 
nology tools. 

Visitors can tour the eDorm beginning 
at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 29. The launch 
will feature demonstrations and a chance 
to talk with undergraduate students living 
and learning in the suite-style dormitory. 
The CEO program is cosponsored by the 
Engineering Research Center of the A. 
James Clark School of Engineering and the 
Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship of 
the Robert H. Smith School of Business. 
For more information about the program, 

Prominent Anti-Apartheid Activist Continues 
Lifelong Fight Against Racism 

Dumisa Ntsebeza, one of 
South Africa's most 
prominent political 
activists during and after 
the reign of apartheid, will give a talk 
on his country's race relations and 
history on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in 
room 2203, Art-Sociology Building. 

A judge and former chief investi- 
gator for South Africa's Truth and 
Reconciliation Commission, 
Ntsebeza will speak on "Racial 
Realities Under and After Apartheid 
in South Africa." The lecture is 
sponsored by the University of 
Maryland's Committee on Africa 
and the Americas. 

Ntsebeza is particularly well- 
positioned to address the question 
of South African race relations. 
Under the apartheid regime, he 
was the target of several assassina- 
tion attempts by the apartheid 
security forces, spent many years bi 
prison and was later sent into exile 
by the South African government. 

While in prison, Ntsebeza pur- 
sued his law studies through a cor- 
respondence course. After 
apartheid was dismanded, he 
became President Nelson Mandela's 
choice to be chief investigator for 
the Truth and Reconciliation 

Operating under the rubric "the 
truth shall set you free," the com- 
mission insisted that honesty offers 
societies the best possibility of 
working through conflict rather 

than returning to bloodshed. In 
exchange for full disclosure, perpe- 
trators of politically and racially 
motivated crimes in South Africa 
were granted full amnesty. 

Operating under 

the rubric 

'the truth shall 

set you free," the 

commission insisted 

that honesty 

offers societies the 

best possibility 

of working 
through conflict. 

Ntsebeza believes this process of 
reconciliation can help other African 
countries torn apart by civil war, 
such as Burundi, Nigeria and Guinea- 

Currently, Ntsebeza's law firm spe- 
cializes in handling political cases. He 
is the founding president of the 
National Association of Democratic 
Lawyers, which represents victims of 

discrimination and racism. He also 
encourages white South Africans to 
participate actively in the nation- 
building process through reparations 
to blacks, financial investment, the 
creation of an independent press and 
die establishment of more diverse 
administrative agencies. 

The lecture is part of a series enti- 
ded "Resistance and Social Justice in 
Africa and the Diaspora," sponsored 
by the Committee on Africa and the 
Americas. The committee is a joint 
project of the College of Arts and 
Humanities and the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences. It 
combines an informal cluster of 
courses drawn from several depart- 
ments in different colleges and a 
series of extracurricular events 
designed to complement students' 
classroom study. 

More specifically, it asserts the 
existence of an ongoing tradition of 
black resistance to the dehumanizing 
effects of enslavement, colonization 
and systems of legal segregation such 
as Jim Crow and apartheid. It also 
emphasizes the ways in which resist- 
ance has been transformed into 
demands for social justice. 

This year the committee has spon- 
sored a panel discussion on race and 
contemporary politics in Cuba, and a 
poetry reading, "Voices from the 
African Diaspora." 

A reception will follow the lec- 
ture. For more information, call 301- 


Biosciences Research and Technology Review Day 

continued from page t 

Xi, the review day was the first of what organizers hope will become an annual event. Those not affiliated with 
Maryland were also 
encouraged to attend. 

"The poster 
session/luncheon pro- 
vided a wonderful 
venue for exchanging 
ideas first hand," said Jan 
N. Johannes sen, Ph.D., a 
research biologist in the 
Office of Applied 
Research and Safety 
Assessment at the FDA's 
Center for Food Safety 
and Applied Nutrition. 
"One purpose of attend- 
ing was to find scien- 
tists who may have an 
interest in collaborating 
on research projects 
which would benefit 
from data generated at 
our newh/ established 
MRI facility' 

The FDA and 
Maryland run the Joint 
Institute for Food Safety 
and Applied Nutrition. 

Attendees view and discuss the work of presenters during the afternoon projects 
review session. More than a dozen areas of study were represented. 


November 28, 2000 

Maryland Chapter of Mortar 
Board Seeks Alumni 

The Adele H. Stamp Chapter of Mortar Board is seeking Mortar 
Board alumni who are currently faculty or staff members at the 
University of Maryland. More than 30 seniors are active members of 
Mortar Board this year and are interested in developing positive rela- 
tionships with past Mortar Board members. 

Mortar Board, a national collegiate honor society, has 206 chapters 
nationwide with a membership of over 200,000. Members are chosen 
based on their achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service. 
During their senior year, members participate in various activities 
such as service projects supporting the national service project, 
"Reading is Leading," student leadership training, and recognizing the 
positive works of their peers. 

If you are a Mortar Board alumni of any Mortar Board chapter 
across the country, please contact Manisha Madan, Alumni Relations 
Coordinator, at, or RJ Holmes, Senior 
Chapter Advisor, at C301) 314-7603 or at 

UM Center for Humor 
to Honor Herb Block 

The Art Gliner Center for 
Humor Studies at the 
University of Maryland will 
give its first Rubber Chicken 
award to Washington Post car- 
toonist Herb Block, better known 
by his pen name Herblock.The 
event will take place from 4:30-6 
p.m. on Nov. 27 at the National 
Press Club. 

"Herb Block has a century of 
dominance in political cartoon- 
ing," said Lawrence E, Mintz, direc- 
tor of the Gliner Center and a 
professor at Maryland. "He's the 
perfect person to receive our first 
award because he's one of the 
most important humorist/ satirists 

in America today." 

Maryland is the only university 
in the country with a center dedi- 
cated to research on the role of 
humor in social and cultural life. 
The center supports the study of 
humor through research and 
1 1. -aching, and by sponsoring lec- 
tures, workshops, conferences, 
symposia and other activities. 

Block has been a cartoonist at 
the Washington Post for more 
than 54 years. 

Also, don't miss the exhibit 
"rfcrblock's History: Cartoons 
Crash to the Millennium" at the 
Library of Congress through Oct. 


To Close or Not to Close: 
The Eternal Winter Question 

There's a nip in the 
air, and the color- 
ful leaves have 
mostly fallen, so it 
won't be long before snow 
tumbles out of the sky and 
Maryland students, faculty 
and staff ask die eternal 
question: "Can we take off 
and go sledding today?" 

One of the toughest deci- 
sions that Provost Greg 
Geoffroy has to make is 
-whether to close the univer- 
sity during inclement 
weather. Several times each 
winter, enough snow or ice 
accumulates in the area to 
force Geoffroy to determine 
whether conditions pose a 
threat to safety that is 
greater than the need to 
carry on the university's 

The decision-making 
process begins about 4:30 
a.m. on snow days, when 
Frank Brewer, assistant vice 
president for facilities man- 
agement, arrives on campus 
to assess road, sidewalk and 
building conditions. Brewer 
tours the campus and talks 
with tram drivers who have 
been operating during the 
night to get an idea of the 
condidons. Brewer's assess- 
ment is based on more than 
depth of snow. The consis- 
tency and texture of the 
snow, temperatures and 
winds can make even a 
light snow dangerous. 
Brewer says. 

Brewer and his staff 
consult numerous forecasts 
to determine whether con- 
ditions will worsen or stabi- 
lize as the day goes on. 
Since many students, faculty 
and staff commute to the 
campus, Brewer also studies 
conditions in other parts of 
the metro area where driv- 
ing may be more dangerous 
than in and around College 
Park. Brewer has created a 
"war room" with numerous 
televisions and computers 


r also 

to monitor road conditions 
and forecasts from as many 
sources as possible. 

Once he has gathered as 
much information as possi- 
ble, Brewer calls Geoffroy 
to outline existing and pre- 
dicted conditions. Geoffroy 
then has to choose whether 
to let the university stay 
open for the day, open late 

The university 

notifies the 

following media 

when weather 

forces a closing or 

delayed opening: 

Washington Radio: 


Washington TV: 



WUSA, 9 


NewsChannel 8 

Baltimore Radio: 


Baltimore TV 


WBAL, 11 

WJZ, 13 

to allow snow removal 
equipment time to do its 
work, or close for the day. 
That decision, Geoffroy 
says, is based on what is in 
the best interest of the uni- 
versity community as a 
whole, recognizing that 
while most people may be 
able to make it safely to the 
campus on a given day, a 

few may late more difficult 
conditions. When the univer- 
sity remains open, individu- 
aLs need to make their own 
determination about their 

Geoffroy stresses that 
safety is the principal con- 
sideration, and the big chal- 
lenge is knowing when dis- 
comfort and inconvenience 
cross over the line to dan- 

"Closing the university is 
a major undertaking that 
affects thousands of people, 
scheduled activities and 
projects," Geoffroy says. "We 
can't do that lightly. Nor can 
we take a casual attitude 
toward safety issues." 

When die university 
docs stay open on snowy 
days, Geoffroy encourages 
faculty and supervisors to 
do several things: 
Faculty and supervisors 
should exercise leniency 
with regard to absences on 
those days. Some people 
genuinely can't get here, and 
should not be unduly penal- 

faculty should make every 
effort to let their students 
know if they are unable to 
come to class on those days. 
The easiest way is to record 
a voice mail message inform 
ing their students that class 
is canceled. 

Geoffroy also noted that 
his decision about opening 
or closing is independent of 
what other schools, colleges 
and universities may do. 

"We all have different 
considerations," he said, 
"Even University College, 
which is adjacent to us, may 
close on days when condi- 
tions are quite safe here on 
campus. They conduct pro- 
grams at numerous other 
facilities, including schools 
and community colleges, 
which may be closed. So 
they are at the mercy of 
those facilities" 




As soon as a decision is made about the 
university's status in inclement weather, 
the Office of University Communications 
undertakes a three-pronged effort to notify 
the community. 

Status reports are posted on the univer- 
sity home page (> and the 
inform page ( as 
quickly as possible, normally by 6 a.m. 

The university's status is also available 
by calling the snow hotline at 50M05- 
SNOW (7669). 

All radio and television stations in 
Baltimore and Washington that carry 
school closing information are notified by 
phone, by 6 a.m. 

These notices are implemented in that 

order, and faculty, staff and students should 
look for status information in that order as 
well. If at all possible, check the Web or 
the snow hotline first. 

While most local media do the best 
they can with closing information, they are 
not completely reliable for this purpose. 
They are trying to report hundreds of clos- 
ings, and they do make mistakes, particu- 
larly in confusing the various institutions 
with "University of Maryland" as part of 
their names. 

In addition, the university notifies the 
media only when we arc closed.The Web 
site and the hodine will always have accu- 
rate and up-to-date status information in 
the event of inclement weather. 


Campus Hosts Harvard Professor 
Cornel West at Nyumburu Center 

In an event that was part book sign- 
ing and part call to action, Harvard pro- 
fessor Cornel West addressed a large 
crowd Nov, 20 at Nyumburu Cultural 
Center. West and Harvard col- 
league Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 
penned The African-American 
Century: 100 Black Americans 
Who Shaped America to high- 
light what West said were "per- 
sons who constituted a struggle 
for freedom and democracy." 

The book includes icons such 
as Martin Luther King Jr. and 
George Washington Carver. 
However, it also looks at people 
such as novelist Alice Walker, jock- 
ey Jimmy Winkfle Id and rap artist 
TUpac Shakur. One element com- 
mon to the 100 individuals was "a 
quest for freedom not reducible 
to personal prosperity and securi- 
ty, but a quest for self-respect, 
integrity and lifting one's voice." 

Following brief remarks, West 
opened the floor for questions that 
ranged from how to create a bridge 
between generations for mobilization to 
how the ebb and flow of black people's 

Cornel West 


a point 

during his 


at the 




last week, 


At right, 

West signs 

a copy of 

his new 

book, The 




for a fan. 

progress fits within the larger society. 
Co-sponsored by Vertigo Books, the 
Committee on Africa & the Americas 
and the College of Education, the event 

was part of the college's Center for 
Education Policy and Leadership's 
Continuing Colloquium Series 
"Diversity & Community in American 
Life series." 

Outlook Welcomes Terp as New Editor 

The Office of University Communications welcomes Monette Austin Bailey 
(Journalism 1989) as the new editor of Outlook, the faculty/staff weekly 

Bailey comes back to the campus after spending six years as the editor in 
chief of the print division of Children's Express (, an inter- 
national news service produced by children 8-18 
years old.Their features and commentary ran on 
the New York Times news wire, in unaffiliated 
newspapers and magazines and on several 
Web sites.The young people aLso produced 
radio pieces for National Public Radio. 

Prior to this position, Bailey worked as 
a features reporter for The Daily Press in 
Newport News, Va., where she covered 
young people and popular culture. 

"It is such a wonderful thing to come 
back to Maryland," she says, u l enjoyed my 
time here as a student, and 1 look forward 
to serving the faculty and staff community 
One of my missions is to make sure all depart- 
ments consider Outlook a place to showcase 
their accomplishments and programs." 



"People used to say, 'Why would people with learning disabilities go to 
college?'" —William Scales, assistant director of the counseling center 
in charge of disability support, comments on tbe rise of students with 
learning disabilities enrolling, and succeeding, on college campuses. 
Nine hundred students at tbe university presented documentation of 
learning disabilities. (Baltimore Sun, Nov. 15) 

"I'm looking at the situation right now in Palm Beach, where they're 
talking about examining ballots, and I'm thinking, there's no way the 
Internet could have done anything but make that situation worse." 
— Paul Hernnson, professor of government and politics and director 
of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, thinks e-voting is 
not ready for tbe prime time of presidential elections. (Orlando 
Sentinel, Nov. 12) 

"The comity is gone. They're pretty cranky" — Allen Schick, professor in 
the School of Public Affairs, succinctly describes bow Congressional 
Democrats feel about Republicans, and vice-versa, on Capitol Hill. 
(Knight Ridder News Services, Nov, 9) 

"Take alcohol, for example. Both space programs prohibit it in orbit, 
and NASA is quite strict. Russia isn't. 'Cosmonauts manage to smuggle 
some quantities,' said Roald Sagdeev, a former top space adviser to then- 
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. 'We were always trying to close our 
eyes to it.' Watching astronauts handle their conflicts could be more 
gripping than televison's 'Survior' series, because this is an island from 
which no one can be banished, said Sagdeev... And like 'Survivor,' the 
specter of sex may hang around, but will not be talked about openly. 
Although the first crew is all male, die next one up, in February, 
includes a female U.S. astronaut." — Roald Sagdeev, director of the East 
West Space Science Center on campus and distinguished university 
professor of physics, comments on tbe intrusion of the real world 
into orbit. (Newark Star-Ledger, Oct. SO) 

"It's amazing how much energy she can get into a painting just nine 
inches high. The energy comes from overpainting, underpainting, vari- 
colored outlines and a constant sense of dance." — A euphoric reviewer 
commenting on tbe works of Patrice Keboe, associate professor of 
art, in tbe Washington Post, Nov. 16. 

"We need military strength, but that's simply not enough. If all you have 
is a hammer, everything you look at looks like nails." — Ernest Wilson, 
director of tbe Center for International Development and Conflict 
Management, participates in a Council of Foreign Relations debate 
of issues in Atlanta. Wilson sided with a balanced proportional 
approach to international affairs, taking issue with ex-Congressman 
Newt Gingrich. (Atlanta Journal, Oct. 26) 

"I want to take a paragraph to rant about drivers not giving bikes a 
break. I was riding around the university campus and some driver told 
me to get off the road! I want to tell car drivers to brush up on vehicle 
law, especially as it relates to sharing the road with bicycles.As vehicles, 
bikes are not legally allowed to travel on the sidewalk, so we must share 
a lane with you, as displeasing a notion as that is for us." — Michael 
Rainey, writing to the Washington Post's Dr.Gridlock, and pointing 
out tbe obvious: bicyclists deserve courtesy on campus. (Nov. 16) 

"But Captain Don Smith, a spokesman for the university's police depart- 
ment, said security measures will not help once a rapist is alone with a 
woman in a dormitory or apartment. 'Once two people get into a room 
together, the locks and all the security are no longer a factor,'" — In a 
story on alcohol and date rape. Smith points out that 24-bour 
escorts, shuttle bus service to dormitories, emergency phones and 
classes on security don't matter if a student allows the wrong person 
into their room. (Baltimore Sun, Nov. 13) 

"He (Leitenberg) concludes that most discussions on bioterrorism have 
been characterised by rhetoric that is 'thoughdess, ill-considered, coun- 
terproductive and extravagant.'" — Milton Leitenberg of the Center for 
International and Security Studies at Maryland in the School of 
Public Affairs was interviewed in depth by The Economist on the like- 
lihood of germ warfare by terrorists. (Nov. 18) 

"The intimidadon of black voters is nothing new. The intimidation of 
black voters was higher this year because the black vote was a threat." 
— Ron Walters, professor of government and politics, appraises tbe 
reality of blacks voting in Florida on Election Day, 2000. (Newsday, 
Nov. 19) 


November 28, 2000 


Dean of libraries Charles B. Lowry is the founding 
Executive Editor of a new journal published by The 
Johns Hopkins University Press and which will be pan 
of the MUSE electronic journal offerings. 

"portal: Libraries and the Academy," an international 
journal, is intended to address the challenges facing 
academic libraries worldwide in an age of information 
explosion and at a time when print and electronic pub 
lishing must coexist, "portal" is a refereed journal, pub- 
lishing articles that focus on issues confronting libraries 
and librarians in higher education.. This journal will 
also provide a forum for articles about the ways in 
which higher education deals with information issues, 
such as the support of distance learning, the relation- 
ship between libraries and computing centers, and the 
economic underpinnings of the research and scholarly 

Lowry co-edits the journal with Susan K. Martin, 
Georgetown University Librarian, and Gloriana St. Clair, 
University librarian at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Sandy Kita, associate professor of art history and 
archaeology, has been named a 2000-2001 Lilly-CTE 
Fellow. Kita specializes in the study of Japanese paint- 
ings of the 17th to 19th centuries known as Ukiyo-e. 
His 1999 book, "The lastTosa: Iwasa Katsumochi 
Matabei, Bridge to Ukiyo-E," won subventions from the 
Milliard Meiss Fund of the College Art Association and 
from the Japan Foundation. 

Kita is currently working on exhibitions at the 
Library of Congress, the Bayfys Museum of the 
University of Virginia and here at the Art Gallery. 
Throughout his career he has been committed to 
teaching undergraduates, and has been a member of 
the CORE sub-group for four years. Committed to cam- 
pus diversity, Kita hopes to broaden the appeal of Asian 
arts studies. 

Lilly-CTE Fellows are chosen for their involvement in 
teaching issues and in-depth examination of perspec- 
tives on diversity, evaluation of teaching and what uni- 
versity students should leam before graduation. Fellows 
receive an award of $3,000 and meet in a year-long 
seminar in which they define issues and topics of 
mutual concern and explore ways to increase the quali- 
ty and value of teaching and learning on campus. 

Admired Facilities Foreman Retires 

Safety and Security Panel 
Seeks Input 

In the wake of recent crimes, including sexual assaults, 

President C. D. Mote acted upon a proposal by the 

President's Student Advisory Council to organize a 

safety and security panel consisting of faculty, staff and 

student members. The panel is charged with reviewing 

existing safety measures, listening to the concerns of 

the campus community and forwarding its 
conclusions, with recommendations as appropriate, 

to the president. 

The campus community is encouraged to voice their 

concerns and recommendations during the panel's 

next meeting, Nov, 28 from 4-6 p.m. in 1 1 10 Main 


Panel members will develop recommendations at 

final meeting, scheduled for Dec. 4 from 4-6, after 

comparing the problems and concerns with existing 

and planned institutional action. 

For further information, contact Warren Kelley, 

executive assistant to the Vice President for 

Student Affairs, at 301-3 14-8436 or at 






Those roasting Bob 
Matthews at his retire- 
ment lunch last week had 
a hard time finding any- 
thing to needle him about. 

Matthews, an area main- 
tenance zone foreman, has 
spent 27 years with the 
university. His last day on 
the Job will be Dec. 1. He 
was honored by friends 
and co-workers at Sir 
Walter Raleigh Inn 
restaurant, where his wife, 
Norma, joined him. 

In a future Issue, 
Outlook will highlight 
several employees, speci- 
fically those in facilities, 
who have 20-, 30- and 
even 40-year service 
records at the university. 

Physicist to Discuss Exploration 
of the Universe's Wrinkles 

Professor Kip Thome, 
Richard Feynman 
Professor of Theore- 
tical Physics at the 
California Institute of Tech- 
nology, is the next speaker in 
the graduate school's Disting- 
uished Lecturer series this 
semester. His lecture, "Gravita- 
tional Waves: A New Window 
onto the Universe," will take 
place Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in Lecture 
Hall 1412 in the Physics 

Professor Thome has been 
mentor and thesis advisor for 
about 40 Ph.D. physicists, many 
of whom have gone on to 
become world leaders in their 
fields of research. Among other 
works to his credit, he co- 
authored Gravitation Theory 

and Gravitational Collapse 
(1965) and Gravitation (1 973), 
from which most of the present 
generation of scientists have 
learned general relativity. 

Dr. Thome developed much 
of the mathematical formalism 
by which astrophysicists ana- 
lyze the generation of gravita- 
tional waves. He is a co-founder 
(with Ronald Drever and Rainer 
Weiss) of the LIGO (Laser 
Interferometer Gravitational 
Wave Observatory) Project. 
University of Maryland 
Professor Joseph Weber, begin- 
ning in the 1960s, pioneered 
the design and the construction 
of gravitational wave detectors. 

Dr. Thome is currently inter- 
ested in the issue of whether 
the laws of physics permit 

space and time to be multiply 
connected (can there exist clas- 
sical, traversible wormholes, and 
"time machines"?). He laid the 
foundations for the theory of 
pulsations of relativistic stars 
and the gravitational waves they 

Gravitational waves are rip- 
ples of warpage in the fabric of 
space-time, predicted by 
Einstein's general relativity theo- 
ry. Colliding black holes, spin- 
ning neutron stars, and the Big 
Bang birth of the universe 
should all produce strong gravi- 
tational waves, and those waves 
should carry detailed informa- 
tion about their sources — for 
example, a detailed map of the 
space-time warpage around a 
black hole. 

UM Celebrates 20 Years of Jewish Studies 

continued from page 1 

Harvey M. Meyerhoff Chair in 
Jewish History and also donated 
money for the Joseph and 
Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for 
Jewish Studies. While the 
Meyerhoff chair has funded 
Rozenblit's position since 1 980, 
her recent promotion to full 
professor makes her eligible to 
officially hold the chair. 

In the mid-1990s Jewish stud- 
ies courses were listed together. 
It was time to recognize the rel- 
evance of Jews to society, 
Rozenblit said. 

"Part of the university's mis- 
sion is to study and understand 
the development of society. 

And Jewish studies is part of 
that mission, especially in 
today's political climate," 
Rozenblit said. "It does more 
than raise consciousness. We are 
convinced the Jewish experi- 
ence is an integral part of west- 
em civilization." 

In the future, Jewish Studies 
faculty plan to further develop 
the post-doctoral fellowship 
program, and continue work on 
building a first-rate Judaica col- 
lection in the library, Rozenblit 
said. Long-term plans include 
developing several graduate pro- 
grams, including masters pro- 
grams linked with the College 

of Education. Plans also include 
fortifying an already existing 
Ph.D. program in Jewish History. 

Rozenblit said her research, 
and that of all faculty, expands 
students' knowledge and under- 
standing of the human condi- 
tion. "It makes us better teach- 
ers because we understand the 
past and human culture," she 
said. "Without research and 
scholarship we would only have 
'information,' and not the won- 
derfully exciting exploration of 
human society and culture. It is 
only because I do scholarship — 
research and writing — that I am 
able to be an effective teacher." 


Getting a Line on Who's Online 

Take it as an indica- 
tion that the 
Internet has 
become a well-accepted, 
mainstream institution: 
serious academic 
researchers have begun 
comprehensive measure- 
ments of the medium's 
social impact. Both on 
and off the University of 
Maryland campus, 
researchers want to see 
how the Internet's rapid 
transformation affects 
social behavior. "Unlike 
television, we want to get 
in there from the begin- 
ning to chart its impact," 
says University of 
Maryland sociologist, Alan 
Neustadd. "Up until now, 
much of die data collected 
has been for market 
research. But now we're 
trying to answer some 
serious theoretical ques- 

A new, comprehensive 
survey confirms just how 
solidly entrenched the 
Internet has become in 
the past few years. UCLA's 
Center for 
Communications Policy 

surveyed more than 2,000 
households and reports 
that two-thirds of 
American families now go 
on the 'net. More than 
one-third of the holdouts 
plan to get online within 
the next year, it says: 
Jeffrey Cole, director of 
the UCLA center, says 
Surveying the Digital 
Future is the first project 
"that comprehensively 
tracks shifts in a wide 
range of behavior, atti- 
tudes, values, and percep- 

Cole will come to the 
University of Maryland to 
discuss the report on Dec. 
1 at 12:15 p.m. in Room 
1 139 of the Stamp Student 
Union. The report itself is 
available on-line at 
www. cc p . ucla . edu/pages/ 
internet-report .asp. 

Cole's presentation 
marks the first public 
activity of a new research 
effort at the University 
that also is intended to 
measure the social impact 
of the Internet. This faU 
the National Science 
Foundation (NSF) awarded 

the Sociology Department 
$2.7 million to create an 
innovative, multi-discipli- 
nary program. 

In part, the grant will 
allow researchers to col- 
lect a powerful array of 
data. Sociologist John 
Robinson, co-principal 
investigator along with 
Neustadd, says by "piggy- 
backing on the leading 
national and international 
attitudinal surveys, we will 
be able to produce the 
most complete picture of 
Internet impact to date." 
The project also will cre- 
ate an interactive Web site 
providing access to the lat- 
est data about Internet 
use.Throughout the year, 
Robinson plans to bring 
major speakers to campus, 
and next summer, the 
grant will pay for a 
"Webshop," bringing 
together nearly 100 gradu- 
ate students, social scien- 
tists and Internet analysts. 

Sociology's NSF grant 
represents more than one- 
quarter of the $9-7 million 
awarded the University to 
study the Internet. 

fensive Risk Management 
Plan Earns UM a SERMA 

Lab assistants and scientists rest easy, the university is 
indeed a safe place to conduct your research. 

According to the governor's office, the university's 
Department of Environmental Safety's Risk Management 
department is 
one of finest 
in the state. It 
was recently 
awarded a 
SERMA, the 
annual State 
Award of 
for Risk 

assistant direc- 
tor of risk 
and communi- 
cations, said 
die award 

Maryland's 16 percent decrease in injuries over the last two 
years.An improved record and a comprehensive risk manage 
merit program contributed to the recognition. 

McMahon, center, receives the award from Lisa 
Kruska, Injured Workers Insurance Fund (iWIF) 
Vice President, Policyholder Services and Preston 
Williams, IWIF Chief Operating Officer. 

November 28, 2000 

Fnr Your Interns 


Lingua Franca 

Noam Chomsky, a pivotal figure in 
contemporary linguistics, politics, cogni- 
tive psychology and philosophy, is the 
invited speaker in the 2000 Blackwell/ 
Maryland lectures, a scries of lectures on 
language and cognition sponsored joint- 
ly by Blackwell Publishers and the 
University of Maryland. 

Chomsky will give two lectures on 
campus today, Tuesday, Nov. 28. The first, 
from 1 1 :i.m.-l p.m. in room 0135 
Armory Building, is entitied "Talking 
about the World."j The second will take 
place from 3-5 p.m. in room 0200 
Skinner and Its subject will be "The 
Design of Language." 

The lectures are free and open to the 
public. No ticket or pre registration is 
required; therefore, it is advisable to 
arrive early for a good seat. 

For more information, contact Kathl 
Faulkingham at 

A new biography by Robert Barsky 
entitled "Noam Chomsky: A Life of 
Dissent" explores Chomsky's life and 
work, investigating the political, philo- 
sophical and linguistic worlds within 
which we live, and about which 
Chomsky writes. The book is available at 
http ://mitpress . mi t .edu/book-home . 
tcl?isbn=0262522551. Or contact chom- 
sky@MIT.EDU for book sale information. 

Our Crusty Continent 

Every rock we are likely to see is part 
of the Earth's four-billion-year-old crust, 
be it sediment, volcano or the eroded 
core of the Appalachian mountains. 

Learning how this crust is created will 
help us to understand how our planet is 
formed and how it evolved, and how 
useful substances like iron, gold and 
quartz are put within human reach near 
the surface. 

Join Roberta Rudnlck, a new member 
of the Geology Department faculty and 
a world expert on the creation and evo- 
lution of the Earth's crust, as she tackles 
these questions in her lecture 
"Generation of the Earth's Unique 
Continental Crust," part of the series 
Earth Science Talks. 

The lecture will take place on 
Thursday, Dec. 7 from 8-9 p.m. in 1 140 
Plant Sciences. For more information, 
call 301-405-4365 or visit www.geol. 

Voices from Heaven _ 

The University of Maryland Chorus 
presents its Annua] Christmas Concerts 
this Saturday and Sunday in the 
Memorial Chapel. 

The chorus, dubbed "voices from 
heaven" by the Washington Post, will 
perform its annual crowd-pleasing con- 
cert of seasonal fare, including an audi- 
ence sing-along of traditional carols. Led 
by music director Edward Maclary, the 
concert will feature guest appearances 
by the Prism Bass Quintet, Faculty Brass 
and organist William Neil. 

Featured works include the challeng- 
ing "Psalm 90," one of Charles Ives's 
greatest vocal works, and selections 
from "Ceremony of Carols'* by Benjamin 
Britten with solo harp, as well as works 
by Monteverdi, Di Lasso, Gibbons and 

Weelkes. Other highlights include 
Renaissance singing by the University 
Chamber Singers. 

The concerts will take place on 
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. and on 
Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in Memorial 
Chapel. For more information, call 301- 
405-5571 . For tickets, call the Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center box office 
at 301405-7847. 

Comedy of Errors 

The National Players wilt perform 
Shakespeare's enduring tale of mistaken 
identities at the Tawes Theatre beginning 
on Nov. 30. Their production of "A 
Comedy of Errors" places 
the action in the Cold 
War era of 1960s 

Director Carey 
Upton, who teach- 
es acting at 
Maryland and who 
has directed many 
productions of works by 
Shakespeare and other playwrights, 
observes that "this is a young man's play, 
containing a young man's thoughts and 
sense of humor." Reflecting those sensi- 
bilities, the play contains plenty of physi- 
cal comedy. But there are also pertinent 
lessons about the nature of identity 
through the story of the mixup of two 
sets of twins. 

The production will run four days, 
beginning on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 8 
p.m. with performances at the same 
time on the evenings of Dec. 1 and 2. It 
will also be performed on Sunday, Dec. 3 
at 2 p.m. 

For tickets and information, call 
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center at 301405-7847. 

Fall segues into winter as every year, whipping our coats with a chill wind but 
auguring a new season of beauty for the campus. 

tank a 

nd Fil 

Join the Campus Assessment 
Working Group (CAWG) for its 
third forum of the year, entitled 
"U.S. News Rankings: How Are 
They Determined, and Are They 
Important?" Staff from the office of 
Institutional Research and Planning 
will present information on how 
the U. S. News rankings of under- 
graduate education at national uni- 
versities are used by the public, 
how they are calculated and how 
they impact the university. Alterna- 
tive methods to measure the quali- 
ty of a university education will 
also be described. 

The forum will take place on 
Friday, Dec. 1 from 124:30 p.m. in 
the Maryland Room of Marie 
Mount Hall. A light lunch will be 
served. As space is limited, those 
interested in attending must RSVP 
promptly to 
For more information, call CAWG 
at 301-405-5590 or visit www.umd. 

Call for Programs 

A call for programs has gone 
out for the 27th annual University 
of Maryland Student Affairs 

Conference being held Feb. 9, 2001. 
Students, staff and faculty are welcome 
to submit proposals for hour-long pror- 
gram sessions. The deadline is Dec. 1. For 
more information, contact Brett Flynn at 
301-2264414 or 

Scrambled Eggs and Santa 

Have you been naughty or nice this 
year? Either way, the University of 
Maryland Golf Course welcomes all who 
would share their wish list with jolly old 
St. Nick to Breakfast with Santa on 
Saturday, Dec, 2 from 9:304 1 :30 a.m. 

Santa's waistline wont be diminish- 
ing anytime soon with a menu of 
Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, 
hash browns, doughnuts, bagels and 
cereal, along with a litde cider and hot 
coCoa to wash it all down. 

Santa's friends CJ the elf and Minie 
Mo the clown will also be there to help 
make balloon animals and a little holiday 

Everyone interested in attending 
must reserve in advance by calling 301- 
4034240. Children under 5 eat free. 
Bring your camera... and be good for 
goodness' sake! 

Ralph Nader Book Signing 

Vertigo Books of College Park will 
host an evening with Ralph Nader at 
the AU Souls Unitarian Church in 
Washington, D.C, on Friday, Dec. 1. 

Four generations of Americans have 
seen Ralph Nader as a leader on civic 
and political Issues. From car safety in 
the 1960s to opposition to the WTO, 
Nader's work has informed citizens, 
increased government accountability 
and served as a check against the abuse 
of corporate power. 

The essays of die Ralph Nader 
Reader follow the trajectory of Nader's 
concerns from 1956 to the present and 
his personal evolution from consumer 
advocate to presidential candidate. 
Cutting Corporate Wet/are is his critique 
of the relationship between big business 
and the government. 

Tickets for the event arc available in 
advance at Vertigo Books, 7346 Balti- 
more Ave., College Park. Books to be 
signed must be purchased at Vertigo 
Books or at the event (proof of purchase 
will be required). 

The reading and signing will take 
place on Friday, Dec. I at 7 p.m. at the 
All Souls Unitarian Church, 16th &. 
Harvard Sis., NW, Wasliington, D.C For 
more information, call Vertigo Books at 

Colloquium Date Change 

The Entomology Colloquium original- 
ly scheduled for Nov. 27 has been 
rescheduled for Dec. 1 . The lecture, 
"Conservation Biological Control of 
Pests: Managing Multi-Trophic Leve 
Effects," will be given by Steve Wratten, 
professor of ecology at Lincoln 
University in Canterbury, New Zealand. 

The lecture will be held in 1 140 Plant 
Sciences at 2 p.m. For further informa- 
tion, contact Paula Shrewsbury at 301-