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Josh Hamerman


Don't boycott Starbucks

Last week, members of Students for Justice in Palestine distributed flyers in front of the Starbucks coffeehouse on S. Indiana Ave. urging students and community members to boycott the chain. Why? The SJP members had a bone to pick with the chairman and chief global strategist of Starbucks, Howard Schultz (an American Jew) because of the vocal and financial support he's given to the State of Israel.

A world apart, bound by books

Last week, two librarians from different parts of the globe came together in Bloomington to trade ideas and learn from one another. Liu Caixia, head librarian at Beijing University of Physical Education (BUPE), met with Mary Strow, head librarian at IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, to learn about programs available at U.S. libraries. The meeting was the most recent exchange between the two educational facilities that have been affiliated with each other since 1989.

Tibetan events held throughout weekend

At a Tibetan teach-in held Sunday, Larry Gerstein, a psychology professor at Ball State University and the president and co-founder of the International Tibet Independence Movement, began by asking his audience to whisper the words "free Tibet" repetitiously. He then explained that even whispering those words in the Tibetan region would prompt an arrest by the Chinese police and a prison sentence. Possession of a photo of the Dalai Lama, the religious and political leader of Tibet, or participation in a political demonstration would warrant the same punishment.

Rosh Hashana offers Jewish students chance to reflect, celebrate past year

Tonight, Jewish students across campus will begin celebrating Rosh Hashana. Along with Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana is one of two High Holidays that comprise the holiest days on the Hebrew calendar. Helene G. Simon Hillel Center Assistant Director Josh Stein explained the significance of Rosh Hashana for the Jewish community.

Seminar at Hillel Center addresses spreading pro-Israel message

Monday night, students watched as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat told "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace that his dream was for Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace. Then, in direct juxtaposition, viewers were shown Palestinian television footage of Arafat delivering speeches in Arabic calling for a holy war and encouraging young people to become suicide bombers. Students also watched clips from the Palestinian version of "Sesame Street" in which children sang of spilling their blood and giving their lives for the Palestinian cause.

Philipps flows into 'Dawson's Creek'

After several years in the entertainment industry, Busy Philipps has become a familiar face to young audiences. Her big break came in 1999, when she was cast as high school outcast Kim Kelly on the short-lived but critically acclaimed NBC series "Freaks and Geeks." After the show's cancellation, the 22-year-old Philipps won roles in the independent film "The Smokers" and the MTV television movie "Anatomy of a Hate Crime."

Lobbyist discusses American-Israeli relations

When questioning the loyalty of Congress to Israel, David Gillette uses what he calls the "three-in-the-morning test." "If you wake members of Congress up in the middle of the night from a deep sleep and ask them where they stand regarding Israel, the vast majority will say that they are very supportive," he said. "They realize that Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has acted as one of our strongest allies."

Yiddish research educates

Assistant Director of the II Pitigliani Jewish Community Center in Rome Laura Mincer accomplished two personal milestones this week. Not only did she venture to Bloomington for the first time, but her visit also marked the first time she set foot in the United States.

Site gives course advice

Students no longer have to rely solely on the advice of friends when choosing professors. They can now consult www.pickaprof.com, a Web site that provides instructor reviews, grading histories and biographies at no charge to its members.

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