CONTENTS

Pitt Magazine
January 1997
F E A T U R E S
THE STRANGER
From pillar to post--that is, The Washington Post--alum Jeanne Marie Laskas' writing life is one surprise after another....by Laura Shefler

Rooms with a View
One hundred thousand visitors a
year can't be wrong.
ROOMS WITH A VIEW
The complicated story of nationality is played out in the enduring elegance of Pitt's 24 Nationality Rooms....by Mark Collins
JUST DO IT!
Win, lose--or tie--competitive sports is a mind game....by Larry Eldridge Jr.
INVISIBLE DANCER
A Pitt astronomer reinvents our universe--literally....by Tommy Ehrbar


Commons Room
A roamin' robot wins hearts.
D E P A R T M E N T S
4200 FIFTH AVENUE
A good man

LETTERS
Sports replay and assumptions
unmasked

TUCK SHOP
Snow and mirrors

THE COMMONS ROOM
An apple is an apple is an
apple...the art of col-
lecting...Shakespearean robot

EXTRA CREDIT
Genetics: A treatment for

Gaucher's disease
Literature: What nineteenth-
century primers really taught Anthropology: Remarkable
discovery of a new primate
CLASSES YOU MAY
HAVE MISSED

The rock upon which modern
architecture was built

CORNERSTONES
Parents mobilizing research for
muscular dystrophy...Law and
a tradition of service ...A home
for American music

HOMECOMING
Class Notes and Spotlights...
Alumni Notebook....Edited by Sally Neiser

42ND FLOOR
Hungarian Rhapsody...by Laura Shefler

C O N T R I B U T O R S
Janet Darby--(Commons Room) "My pastel images tend to depict simple joys and humorous moments in life," says Darby. "I create them as gentle reminders of what is important--to smile, to enjoy--in an often all-too- serious world."
Richard Kelly--("The Stranger" and Classes You May Have Missed) Kelly's work has appeared in GQ, Mirabella, Entertainment Weekly, and throughout Pitt Magazine's Classes You May Have Missed series. Currently assembling a photo essay of Western Pennsylvanians making their living on the rivers, Kelly has been the man behind the publicity lens at Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for years.
ON ON THE COVER: Deborah King, Nationality Rooms guide and molecular biology major. King's family came from Czechoslovakia, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands; her gown and headdress came from the Middle East. Traditionally, when worn in Syria, Jordan, or Iraq, gold coins speak for a family's wealth and social status. The necklace would be a fitting gift for a recent bride. Photo by Mark Lustgarten.