Outlook .**v>& u-54? ,0O I Connecting Life with Science at Bioscience Review Day Page 3 THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Volume 18 • Number 13 ■ December 3, 2002 Afghans Want Senator Wante ta jump-Start College for All Peace, Says Ambassador Tin- Afghan ambassador to the United States told an audience of 50 in McK- eldin library Nov. 20 that the Afghan people view U.S. troops as liberators, not conquerors. Ishaq Shahryar, the first recog- nized ambassador since 1978, contrasted the U.S. presence with the Soviet invasion of 1979, which he claimed was an effort to capture Afghanistan's wealth of natural resources. "The United States helped lib- erate us from the Soviet forces then... and today they liberated us from the hands of terrorists." Referring to the 23 years of conflict that have ravaged his country, Shahryar spoke on his efforts to rebuild the Afghan economy, saying American finan- cial support and the peacekeep- ing efforts of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were vital. "Security of the state and security of the individual will bring businesses and prosperity See AMBASSADOR, page 3 PHOTO BY DAVE OTTALINI s en. John Edwards, D-N.C, used the Stamp Student Union Nov. 21 to give a major policy speech on education. The presidential hopeful proposed a gov- ernment program that would pay the first year's college tuition for a student who also works 10 hours a week at a job or community service. Task Force to Seek Solutions to Crime Near University Concerns about the safety and security of University of Maryland students in the Route 1 corridor adjacent to the university prompted Maryland President Dan Mote to appoint a seven-person task force to develop long-term solutions to violent crime in the area. Mote asked Col. David Mitchell, superintend- ent of the Maryland State Police, to head the task force, which will include representatives from the university, College Park and Prince George's County. Mote announced the task force last week dur- ing an open forum on safety and security hosted by Kenneth W. Krouse, director of public safety for the university, and Gerald Wilson, police chief for Prince George's County. "Ensuring the safety of our students is one of our most important jobs," Mote said. "The recent tragic murder of a u niv e rsi ty student in College Park, as well as other reported violent crimes in the Route 1 corridor near the university, makes clear that we must all do more to make the uni- versity and its immediate environs a community where all can feel secure and free from fear." The task force will make recommendations by the end of the year for long-term strategies to halt violent crime in that area of College Park. In addition to Mitchell, members of the task force are: Chiefs Krouse and Wilson; College Park City Manager Sam Finz; Student Affairs Vice Presi- dent Linda Clement; John Farley, assistant vice president for administrative affairs; Brandon De- Frehn, Student Government Association president; and a county representative to be named later by incoming County Executive Jack Johnson. Seminar Addresses Palestinian-Israeli, Iraq Crises Discussing how the intifada that began two years ago had started as a simple, localized conflict and then mushroomed into an international crisis, Khaliljahshan, vice president of the American Arab Anti-Discrimi- nation Committee, posited a number of reasons. Among them was that the intifada had unified Arab public opin- ion and intensified the politiclzation and radicalization of Arab youth. Jahshan spoke as part of an Office of International Programs (OIP) sem- inar, "The Middle East in Crisis," held recently during International Educa- tion Week.The event was pan of OIP's Regional Seminar Series, and was held in cooperation with the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development. The first of the two panels, "The Palestinian-Israeli Crisis," was moder- ated by Jonathan Wilkenfeld, director of Center for International Develop- ment and Conflict Management and former chair of the Department of Government and Politics. Panelists were Jahshan and David Makovsky, senior fellow at the Washington Insti- tute for Near East Policy. Jahshan also articulated the Palestinian viewpoint that Israel's conduct during the intifada amount- See SEMINAR, page 3 Life Sciences Provides Personal Touch for Diversity Effort Guests from 10 college insti- tutions came to the uni- versity, at an invite from the College of Life Sciences, for a day-long workshop last Friday to encourage the continued success of the school's Graduate Diversity Partners Program. "We were quite pleased with the turnout," said Amel Anderson, assistant dean of the College of Life Sciences and director of the Graduate Diversity Partners Pro- gram. This is the second year of the partnership program, which aims to increase the diversity profile of the graduate students in the col- lege The program involves making contact with other college institu- tions, faculty visits and a summer program at the university for stu- dents and faculty. The persona] touch of the events on Friday allow faculty from the other colleges to see the campus, its facilities and what the university has to offer, Anderson said. Friday's event began with a con- tinental breakfast at 8 a.m. hosted by Dennis O'Connor, vice presl- See LIFE SCIENCES, page 4 Libraries, Archives and Museums in a Post-9 /U World Immense amounts of informa- tion flooded libraries, archives and museums after Sept. 11. An archivist recently discus- sed how this challenged the nature and meaning of these institutions. Richard Cox, a professor at the School of Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke about the affects of book publish- ing, archival documentation proj- ects, planning for memorials and developing of museum exhibits on the roles of libraries, archives and museums after the attacks. "I have no doubts that events of September 11,2001 will have a long term effect on America," Cox said. Cox likened the events of that day to the assassination of John E Kennedy and the explosion of the Challenger in that people will never forget were they were when they heard the news of the attack. The war on terror is more like the war on poverty drugs or can- cer, Cox said. It is more of a meta- phor than a real war. The attacks of 9/1 1 have already inspired many memorials and doc- umentary projects that in the past would not have occurred until years or even decades later, said Cox. "9/1 1 may be the first digital- age tragedy in the Western World. "Who would have expected that the heavy global symbolism of the shimmering spires of the World Trade Center would be obliterat- ed? The vulnerability of civilization and our way of life which we often seem to equate seemed more pos- sible," Cox said. He felt a double embarrassment about the attack, he said. The intense focus on 9/1 1 was far out of proportion to other things going on in other parts of the world. Some felt there was a huge amount of self-absorption in the coverage. "Even with the large loss of life and apparent surprise of it all," Cox said. He was also embarrassed when he saw the tons of paper floating in New York City. He talked about "the disruptions to telecommuni- cations and information networks and the sure loss of recorded and human held Information. "In the meaning and memory inducing projects comes confu- sion about archives, museums and libraries, all keepers of societal memory," Cox said. Cox questioned how the event should be recorded. "Grieving Is important," Cox said, "but is this the appropriate representation of what archives, libraries and muse- ums are intended to do?" He reflected on the long-term impact on the public perception of these institutions and the impli- See ARCHIVES, page 2 DECEMBER J , 2002 - ^<>>>- maryland YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: DECEMBER 3-9 11:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m.. Hong Kong in Transition: Tha Next Five Years 25 17 Van Munching. The Institute for Global Chinese Affairs will host a special luncheon with Hong Kong's senior representative in North America, Jacqueline Ann Willis. She will address current trade and cultural relations between Hong Kong and the United States. Tickets include lunch and are $5 for students, $ 10 for faculty and others. For more information, call Rebecca McGinnis at 5-0213. 4-6 p.m.. Shaker Song: The Rhythms of American Equality and Community 0200 Skinner. A lecture/concert given by David Grimstead and featuring an historical analysis of Shaker music interwoven with the actual performance of Shaker songs. Pizza and conversation will follow. For more Information, contact Ann Jimenez at 5-4268 or aj 1 firstname.lastname@example.org. 5:30 p.m., Chamber Music at Maryland, Parts I ft II Gildenhom Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Presented by the Chamber Music Program of the School of Music. A two-part recital fea- turing music for strings, winds and piano performed by a vari- ety of student ensembles. Free. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www umd.edu/music/calendar. WEDNESDAY december 4 noort-1 p.m., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students: Issues and Updates 0114 Counseling Center. Director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity Luke Jen- sen will speak. For more infor- mation, contact Vivian Boyd, 4- 7675 email@example.com. noon-1 p.m.. How Much Service is Enough? Service- Learning Curriculum Devel- opment 2144 Stamp Student Union. When faculty develop or redesign courses to include service-learning, the question arises, how much service is enough? This session explores the issue in light of faculty Holiday Craft Fair (today!) The Art and Learning Center's craft fair will feature unique handcrafted items, perfect for holiday gift giving. Live enter- tainment by both on- and off -campus groups will also be featured. For more information, call (301) 314-ARTS. The event takes place today, Tuesday, Dec, 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. learning goals for courses and the elements of service-learn- ing curriculum development For more Information, contact Jennifer Pigza at 4-2895 or jpigza@accmail . umd . ed u . 7 p.m.. Creative Writing Faculty Reading: Howard Norman Special Events Room, McKeldin Library. Part of the "Writers Here and Now" series. For more information, contact Don Berger at 5-3820 or db 1 88@umail . umd. edu . TMUSS0AY december 5 7 p.m.. Looking for The Perfect Bra RiversdaJe House Museum. Lecture given by Colleen Gau. The museum is located 15 miles from campus in Riverdale Park. For more in- formation, call C.J1) 864-0420 or visit www.pgparks.com. 8 p.m.. University of Mary- land Symphony Orchestra Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Featuring Shostako- vich's Violin Concerto no.l, Symphonic Variations by Lutos- lawski, and a rare performance of Don Quixote by Richard Strauss. Free. For more informa- tion, call (30 1 ) 405-ARTS or visit www. umd .edu/music/calendar. december 6 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Poinsett! a Sale Harrison Lab Greenhous- es. Over 80 varieties with bract colors or white, shades of red and pink, and bi-colors. For more information, call 5-4376. noon-1 :15 p.m.. Department of Communication Colloqui- um Series 0200 Skinner. James R. Andrews, Indiana University, will present "History, Race, and Presidential Rhetoric: Woodrow Wilson and the Ceremonial Discourse of National Unity." For more information, contact Trevor Parry-Giles at 5-8947 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 7:30 p.m., Maryland Opera Studio: Riders to the Sea and Monsieur Choufleuri Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Per- forming Arts Center. Directed by Paul Douglas Michnewicz and Nicholas Olcott; John Greer conducts. In English with music by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Jacques Offenbach. Free. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www umd. edu/music/eale ndar. 8 p.m., Festival of Nine Lessons And Carols Memori- al Chapel. Presented by the Department of Choral Activi- ties and modeled after the Christmas Eve tradition pre- sented annually in King's Col- lege, Cambridge, England. Tick- ets are $10; $5 for students. For more information, call 5-5571. SATURDAY december 7 3 p.m., Maryland Opera Studio: La Votx Humaine and Scenes from Thais and Cendrillon Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Directed by Leon Major, conducted by John Greer. Performed in French with the music of Francois Poulenc and Jules Massenet. Free. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www. umd . edu/music/calendar. 8 p.m., Maryland Chorus Annual Holiday Concert Dekelboum Concert Hail, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The Chorus celebrates the holidays with stirring sea- sonal favorites. Tickets are $20 adults; $18 seniors; $5 students. (Repeat performances on Sun- day, Dec. 8 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.) For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www.umd. edu/music/cale ndar. 8 p.m.. Taking Chances Dance Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, This program highlights the chore- Archives: New Meaning Continued from page 1 cations for schools educating the professionals who work in such places. "Are we interested in memorializing those who lost their lives on that day or are we merely witnessing a mix- ing of grief and sentiment with a national thirst for her- itage?" Cox said. "Capturing such messages [as the e-mails sent in the last moments before the towers collapsed] may be causing a fundamental shift in the way we imagine archives.... In some ways, the tragic destruc- tion of the World Trade tow- ers suggests that digital sys- tems are superior to paper systems — reversing the trend we have witnessed and debat- ed since the advent of the personal computer," Cox said. The images of paper float- ing through the skies made many reevaluate the effective- ness of the "paper system" of record keeping, he said. "The events of September 1 1 brought with them a con- siderable amount of econom- ic instability, especially reflected by the close of the New York Stock Exchange," said Cox. There is an image associated with September 11 of destroyed corporate head- quarters (Cox sited Enron and Arthur Anderson) and scat- tered paper documents. "What wUl take longer to rebuild," Cox asked, "the Twin Towers or credibility in mod- ern American businesses? "The emergence of interest in documenting every aspect of an event. ..is clearly the by- product of a vast information charting and storing device of our digital age," Cox said. We feel we were witnesses to the events of 9/1 1 regardless of where we were, said Cox. "Archives need to be able to hold all the records- ones that comfort us, ones that dis- turb us," said Cox. Many peo- ple feel that the problem with this is terrorists can use such extensive records as a study guide, he said, "The irony of the ongoing effort to create 9/11 archives and museums while access to government information is decreased as part of a reac- tion to and efforts to protect the nation from terrorism should be obvious to most.... Perhaps less understood are the misconceptions of archives and the more perva- sive values of records that are being perpetrated by the vari- ous 9/1 1 projects," Cox said. The University of Maryland's College of Information Stud- ies, University of Maryland Libraries, Student Archivists at Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and Maryland Cau- cus and MARAC Washington DC Caucus organized the presentation. — -Jenni Chiw, junior, journalism ography talents of Department of Dance graduate students. Tickets are $8, $5 students. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www.umd. e du/m usic/cale ndar. december 9 4 p.m., Footbinding and State Power in Traditional China 3121 Symons. Dorothy Ko of Barnard College will pre- sent this fifth seminar in "The Body and Body Politic" series sponsored by the Center for Historical Studies. Ko is author of two books and many articles on gender, sex and women in traditional China. Discussion at the seminar will be based on a pre-circulated paper; to request a copy of the paper or for more information, contact the Center at 5-8739 or historycenter® umail.umd.edu. or additional event list- ings, visit www. college pubtisher.com/outlook. calendar guide Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxwt 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 send e-mail to email@example.com. Outlook Outlouk is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community, Brodie Remington *Vice President for University Relations Teresa Flannery ■ Executive Director, University Communications and Marketing George Cathcart • Executive Editor Monette Austin Bailey * Editor Cynthia Mitchel • Art Director Robert K. 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With billions of dollars of aid coming in, Shahryar said Presi- dent Hamid Karzai, whose inte- rim government was installed last December to replace the Taliban, was working to erase the former regime's legacy of terror. He said many of the Tali- ban were trained outside the country, in Pakistan mosdy, and weren't considered true Afghans by his compatriots. "The Taliban terrorized Afghanistan. Afghans by nature are not terrorists. In the Soviet invasion you never heard of an Afghan bombing an airplane or an embassy." After the fall of the Taliban, he said all the ethnic groups in Afghanistan were weary of fighting and wanted to live in peace. Neighboring countries too, he claimed, had learned the lesson of interfering with Afghanistan's internal affairs and would choose peaceful coexistence. "Before the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan was peaceful for many years," he said. Part of his government's work in restoring that peace includes addressing human rights violations. Shahryar admitted there was still a long way to go. "If I tell you human rights [in Afghanistan] are wonderful they are not. They are maybe 20 percent better than they were, but they are improving" Shahryar said. He did note that girls were welcomed in schools now and that women had voted in recent elections. Throughout his speech Shahryar repeated his hope of using new technology to resuscitate agriculture and industry in Afghanistan in its growing relationship with the United States. This relationship was tested last summer in the wake of a U.S. bomb hitting a wedding party. Saying an investigation showed Taliban had used the party as cover to fire at U.S. aircraft, Shahryar said there hadn't been a major shift in feeling against America. "Sometimes in a war this happens, unfortunately. The average Afghan is very happy to have the U.S. troops here," he said. Shahryar said he was confi- dent the relationship will remain close and that he's received assurances from Pres- ident Bush that the United States wouldn't neglect Afghanistan in the event of war with Iraq. "The world has realized recently that you cannot for- get about Afghanistan," he said. Shahryar came to this coun- try in 1956 to study at the Uni- versity of California, earning a bachelor's degree in physical chemistry and a master's de- gree in international relations. Shahryar is credited with making solar cell technology feasible and worked at NASA and in a division of Hughes Aircraft. In 1976 he started his own company Solec Interna- tional, which he later sold. He was granted U.S. citizen- ship, but had to give it up to become ambassador. Despite his absence, Shahryar remained active in Afghanistan's affairs, serving as an informal adviser to former King Zahir Shah, during his long exile in Italy. Shahryar spoke as part of the Office of International Pro- gram (OIP)'s Ambassadorial Lecture Series. He was intro- duced by OIP Director Saul Sosnowski and spoke briefly before inviting questions from the audience. After taking the final ques- tion, he told the audience that many student volunteers had signed up to help in hospitals and teach English in Afghani- stan. He invited those present to join them. "Or perhaps in a few years you will come as tourists and visit theTora Bora area," he said. Connecting Life and the Sciences PHOTO ■¥ JOHN I. CONSOLI Venroy Joseph, a graduate student in the College Life Sciences, explains Prof. Michele Dudash's work in genetic evolution during the poster session at the recent Bioscience Research & Technology Review Day The event featured research talks, presentations, mini-symposia and demonstrations by university scientists. The program provided, among other things, an opportunity for executives and profes- sionals in industry and government to discover the most recent advances in bioscience and biotechnology at the university and to recruit employees and investigate job opportunities. Seminar: Israeli Occupation is the Issue Continued from page 1 ed to "state-sponsored terror." He traced the changes in the Bush administration's position on the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, and detailed Palestinian objections to the Bush "roadmap" for a two-state solu- tion. Addressing Bush's calls for the removal of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Jahshan said, "Arafat is not the issue. Israeli military occupation is the issue." Makovsky outlined the Israeli point of view with regard to the crisis. He noted that conditions now are less favorable than dur- ing the 1990s peace process; Arafat is now "discredited for his refusal to repudiate terror- ism," and the Israeli government has shifted rightward. Makovsky emphasized the Israeli insis- tence on its security and on Palestinian recognition of the country's moral legitimacy. He stated that the Palestinian side must constrain its militants if it wishes to succeed in the peace process, and castigated the Arab world for not condemning the use of terrorism. Makovsky acknowledged that Israel's mov- ing forward with settlements in the West Bank had violated the "spirit, but not the letter" of its agreement with the Palestini- ans; in the question-and-answer session after the panel, he and Jahshan agreed that an aggres- sive settlement policy is incom- patible with seeking peace. The other panel, "The Iraq Crisis," was moderated by Jillian Schwedler of the Department of Government and Politics. The panelists were Geoffrey Kemp, director of regional strategic programs at the Nixon Center; and Hafez Mirazi, Washington bureau chief of the Arabic satel- lite TV news channel Al-Jazeera. Kemp spoke on several differ- ent scenarios of a postwar Iraq. He faulted analogies between Iraq and the post-WWU occupa- tion and reconstruction of Japan, saying that they do not take into account that Iraq, unlike Japan, is not a homoge- neous society, and there is no figurehead such as the emperor whom an American occupying force could hold up as a symbol of continuity amid transition. Kemp also discussed some "seri- ous considerations" with regard to a war in Iraq, such as the pos- sibility that Saddam Hussein might employ weapons of mass destruction or that a siege of Baghdad (with its population of five million people) might be necessary. Theorizing how Iraq's neighbors might react to a U.S. war with Iraq, he specu- lated that a "quick, successful war" might send a message to Syria and Iran to rethink their associations with the terrorist group Hezbollah, and noted that Turkey is concerned that an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq would set a bad precedent for its own restive Kurdish population. Mirazi 's presentation focused extensively on Arab public opin- ion with regard to U.S. -Arab relations and the crisis in Iraq. He said that many Arabs were offended that the Bush govern- ment had waited rather than immediately repudiating the anti-Islamic remarks made by powerful members of the Chris- tian right. He discussed his net- work and how, while it is criti- cized by many in America for airing tapes of Osama bin Laden, in the Arab world it is often perceived as excessively pro-U.S. or pro-Israel. Like Makovsky, who noted that the Israeli settlement issue is a volatile one more for Its symbol- ism than for the actual percent- age of land involved, Mirazi mentioned the significance of psychology in U.S. -Arab rela- tions, and how the perception among some Arabs that they have been stripped of their dig- nity leads to resentment toward the United States. The event was organized by ShibleyTelhami, who holds the Anwar Sadat Chair. At a lunch- eon following the seminar; Tel- hatni emphasized the impor- tance of combating not just ter- rorism, but also the circum- stances that foster terrorism, and giving a nuanced picture of the complex issues at hand in the Middle East. — Christine Moritz, Office of International Programs DECEMBER 3, 2002 2003 Student Affairs The 29th annual Student Affairs Conference , " Flo urishing in Extraordinary Times," scheduled for Feb. 14, 2003, will examine the current climate in higher education and consider ways to flourish iti that environment. Program proposals may address campus environment, ways to respond to these extraordinary times, or a combination of both. Send program proposals to Andrea Goodwin at agoodwin® accmail.umd.edu or to 2 1 18 Mitchell Building by Dec. 9- The tide should be a maximum of 12 words and the abstract a maximum of 50. Include formal objectives, presentation format, audio/visual requirements and intended audience. For more information, contact Andrea Goodwin at (301) 3148206 or agoodwin@accmaiJ.umd.edu. ■ ■ HIV/AIDS: A Issue? In a special event for World AIDS day, panelists from the worlds of business, nonprofits and government will discuss the economic impact of HIV/AIDS and its effects on, and the res- ponse of, the business commu- nity.The round table discussion will take place Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.in 1524 Van Munching Hall. For more information, contact Paul Dowling at (301) 405-9464 or pdowling2003@rhsmith. umd.edu. Celebrate the season with spe- cial menu selections from around the world. Menu selec- tions vary daily through Dec. 20. Our grand holiday buffet will be available each Friday. • Tuesday, Dec. 3: Italian ■ Wednesday, Dec. 4: El Salvadorian • Thursday, Dec. 5: Greek • Friday, Dec. 6: Williamsburg Buffet The Rossborough's regular restaurant menu is available Monday through Thursday in addition to the daily specials. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Pam Whidow at (301) 314-8013 or p whitlow® din ing . umd . edu . The Stamp Student Union will host two activities focused on the giving of gifts. The Art and Learning Center will hold a Holidady Craft Fair with gifts for Christmas, Hanuk- kah and Kwanzaa on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom. For more information, call (301) 314-ARTS. House Science Committee Visits Campus Members of the House Science Committee toured various campus facilities last week, including the Geoscience Isotope facility, the new Chemistry wing, the Neutral Buoyancy Lab and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The group concluded the day at the Comcast Center with a tour led by Tracy Gletow of Intercollegiate Athletics (second from, right, above). The event was organized by Rae Grad, director of federal relations for the university, in conjunction with Diane Jones, assistant staff director for the House Science Committee. Life Sciences: Creating Diverse Bonds Continued from page 1 dent for research and dean of the graduate school. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p. m.,the guests visited various graduate departments and programs. After the tours, a Research Forum was held in the Balti- more Room of the Stamp Stu- dent Union, followed by a din- ner hosted by the Norma Allewell, dean of the College of Life Sciences. "It is our hope that the facul- ty who visit the university will return to their respective schools and encourage their top students to attend our six- week summer research pro- gram for minority life science students and later apply to graduate school at the Universi- ty of Maryland "Anderson said. In the fall of 2002, Anderson and Earlene Armstrong, assis- tant professor in the Depart- ment of Entomology, visited Howard University, Lincoln University, Hampton Universi- ty, Norfolk Universiry.Tougaloo College, Hunter College, York College, Clark Atlanta Universi- ty and Spelman College. The diversity program began in the fall of 2001 with visits to Morgan State Universi- ty, Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), North Carolina Cen- tral University, North Carolina A&T State University, Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, Morehouse College and Spelman College. Ten additional universities will be visited in 2003. Anderson said since the pro- gram is still young it is difficult to measure its success. "We're getting on the map now," Anderson said. Armstrong agrees the pro- gram has not been In exis- tence long enough to measure success, but added the partici- pating institutions seem to have a positive view on form- ing a collaborative effort to diversify the graduate student population. "The more exposure the people have to the campus, the more positive feelings they have," which will in turn bene- fit the diversity program, Arm- strong said. — Meghan Hirst, junior, journalism Also, the Jewish Social Action Committee will be collecting old, unused cell phones to be donated to victims of domestic abuse. Phones can be dropped off Monday to Thursday, Dec. 2 to 5, outside the union. For more information, e-mail wsabow@wam . umd . edu . tact Alicia Simon at (301) 314- ARTS or email@example.com. edu. Sponsored by Weekends® Maryland and the Art & Learn- ing Center, this free event gives participants the opportunity to make their own handcrafted gifts, cards and giftwrap. The event will take place on Friday, Dec. 6. from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Art & Learning Center (room B0107 in the Stamp Student Union). For more information, con- The university observatory has open house evenings on the 5th and 20th of each month. From November through April, the program begins at 8 p.m. with a short lecture followed by observation through the tel- escopes if the weather permits. On Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., Derek Richardson will present "Using Earth's Tides to Make Asteroid Moons." For more information, con- tact Elizabeth warner at (301) 405-6555 or warnerem@astro. umd.edu, or visit www.astro. umd.edu/openhouse. The university golf course is fill- ing up quickly for December events. Those planning a holi- day party for their department, family, friends, etc., should call soon to reserve space. The following dates are still available; • Monday, Dec. 2 (any time) • Tuesday, Dec. 3 (any time) • Saturday, Dec. 7 (night only) • Sunday, Dec. 15 (any time) • Thursday, Dec. 19 (7 P-m. or later) For information regarding catering or to book space, con- tact Nancy Loomis at (301) 314- 6631 or firstname.lastname@example.org. edu.