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Being a member of a political organization at Hopkins can prove to be a daunting task, especially on a campus that many students peg as apolitical. However, the members of the Hopkins College Republicans are embracing the challenge and striving to spark political debate around the Homewood Campus.
In May of last year, Hopkins announced its largest ever joint fundraising campaign: “Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins.”
Former Cypriot Central Bank Governor Athanasios Orphanides, spoke at Hopkins on April 19 about the Euro Area crisis. Orphanides presided as Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus from May 2007 to May 2012 and was a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank between Jan. 2008 and May 2012. Orphanides also previously taught graduate and undergraduate economics classes at Hopkins, while serving as a Senior Adviser at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
The opinions that were expressed in an editorial observer about the Foreign Affairs Symposium in last week’s issue of The News-Letter exemplify a clear lack of understanding of the mission of FAS. The Foreign Affairs Symposium aims to provide a forum for thoughtful and intellectual debate. Through the events that we organize, we hope to generate discussion about current and pressing issues of international significance. If the line-up were to cater to the views of individual students, it would not be doing its job. It would only be reinforcing generally accepted views. Instead, our speakers are selected for their ability to captivate an audience and spark dialogue.
Steve H. Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise, and his team of 10 undergraduates, known as the bullpen, were the first ones to come to the realization that Iran was undergoing hyperinflation after studying the black-market exchange rate in the country.
Hopkins maintained its standing as the 13th best university in the nation in the annually updated U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, which were released yesterday at midnight.
The Beta Mu chapter Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (more commonly known as FIJI), the US Army, College Republicans, SGA, the Interfraternity Council and the Office of Greek Life hosted The Push last Saturday afternoon in Wyman Park. Hopkins students competed to see who could push an up-armored Army Humvee of 1000 pounds for 100 yards the fastest. The event was held to raise money for the USO.
On Tuesday, Apr. 24, the Graduate Representative Organization hosted a discussion about the problems with food and energy that face many poor villages in India. Aravinda Pillalamarri and Ravi Kuchimanchi, activists directly involved in efforts to help India's poorest people, were the primary speakers at the event.Pillalamarri and Kuchimanchi are volunteers for the Association for India's Development (AID), a charity organization that seeks to alleviate inequities in one of the world's poorest countries. Their efforts earned AID the Times of India's Global Contribution to India award in 2012. "This particular event was to raise awareness about the initiative for organic foods. We wanted to examine how India got into this desperate situation, and how they can get out of it with various strategies for food and energy," Sidadharth Dhama, a member of AID, said.Kuchimanchi founded AID in 1991 at the University of Maryland - College Park, where he was studying for a Ph.D. in physics. He contended that the solutions to fix India's problems were interconnected, and sought to focus on developmental issues in India, such as rural electrification and integrated development.Pillalamarri studied English at Hopkins and obtained her Master of Arts in South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "While I was in the English department at Hopkins, I was always interested in issues of global justice. AID gave me the opportunity to actually work in these poor villages, and connect with other who wanted to enact the same sort of social change," Pillalamari told The News-Letter. The event began with a slideshow showing a plethora of achievements that India has accomplished, such as launching a rocket, various infrastructure developments and meeting certain energy requirements. However, the slide ended by asking the simple question: but did we miss something?Pillalamarri and Kuchimanchi were there to address what was missing, focusing on the problems with malnutrition and lack of energy. Pillalamarri began by discussing the potential of ragi - a millet-like grain - to revitalizate the market in India because it was easy on farmers, and very nutritious. A decade ago, there was no publicity and, therefore, a lack of production of it. "With AID, we conducted a door to door survey, weighing children to get records of nutrition levels for specific families. This way we could target specific plans for certain families, and make sure that they became aware of the advantages of ragi," Pillalamarri said. AID attempts to solve these various problems through developing interconnected solutions. A few of the projects that the organization has been involved in include building a mobile school in Pune, creating a village library, and setting up vocational training programs in Gujarat. AID is also trying to enhance the health care system, position of women and create micro credit programs for various villages. "Before the next generation loses the ability to harvest and enjoy ragi or other grains, the current generation needs to teach them the ways of these coarse grains and biodiversity. AID will need to help with this important process," Pillalamarri said.Kuchimanchi followed up with a focus on energy and the importance of rural electrification. He cited the statistic that many villages in India have around 1 watt of energy per capita, preventing productivity. "The problem in India is that everyone receives different amounts of energy, and the poorest people don't receive the same amount of energy as the upper classes. We have to think not only about how to provide the energy, but more importantly who we are providing it to," Kuchimanchi said. The last segment of the discussion was about a product that they had produced, which combined their focuses on food and energy. The device was a hay basket that is both made and sold in Indian villages, to be used as a rice cooker. This device allows rice to be half-boiled and then placed in the basket to finish cooking. This conserves energy from the stove, and allows the production of double the amount of rice. There was a brief discussion about how to receive more support from the undergraduates at Hopkins, even though the majority of students in attendance were graduate students. "The best way to engage Hopkins undergraduates is to give them specific projects to work on. If they have a goal, they will be more determined and have a specific end in sight. We have also spoken to medical professors on campus, and are trying to get some students to intern in India, just to introduce basic medicine," Sidadharth said. There were a few undergraduates dispersed among the crowd, which was definitely a starting point for AID. "I came for the free dinner, but I ended up learning a lot about sustainable development in rural India, and how third world solutions can be applied globally," junior Henry Chen said.
Hopkins hosted its annual Relay For Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, all night last Friday on Keyser Quad. Over 700 registered participants and many unregistered individuals took part in the event over the course of the night, and many student organizations showed their support for the cause. Various cancer survivors, both from Hopkins and the greater Baltimore community, attended and shared their stories.
The Hopkins Undergraduate Bioethics Society (HUBS) hosted Professor Dan O'Connor this past Monday to speak about the history of transablism - the idea that a person psychologically believes he will be better off if he or she were disabled. He presented his opinion on the subject and the potential future of the movement.
Hopkins' new club, Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations, aims to help various non-profit organizations in Baltimore become more efficient and effective by directly address their needs.
The Class of 2015 assembled at the Ralph O'Connor Recreation Center Monday evening for the third annual High Table Dinner. The tradition, established in 2010, allows students to dine with prominent community members such as President Ronald Daniels and other University deans. "High Table dinner was the first time the entire class had gotten together since Orientation, and it was just a great chance to reconnect and unwind," freshman Payton Clover said. The Hopkins High Table is based on the British tradition of Formal Hall, which is a style of dining that has taken place at Oxford and Cambridge for centuries. The dining atmosphere is meant to be academic and the layout of the room includes an elevated table, labeled the High Table. "I thoroughly enjoyed the High Table event on Monday evening. This event truly emphasizes to our freshman class that they are a vital part of the larger academic and learning community of Johns Hopkins. It was wonderful to see the students engaged in conversation with the faculty and senior leaders and connecting on common areas of interest," Provost Sarah B. Steinberg said. At High Table professors and administrators are seated among the students to facilitate interaction and dialogue. Daniels, Provost Lloyd B. Minor, Dean Katherine Newman, Steinberg, Dean Susan Boswell and Dean Nicholas P. Jones were the ones seated at the High Table, along with the members of the Freshmen Class Council. "This being the third year of high table, I would argue that it was the most successful, in terms of getting so many faculty and administrators to attend. With traditions in the making such as High Table, a yearly concert or the President's Day of Service, the ability for alumni and future alumni to have something to talk about in common will bring the Hopkins community closer together," freshman SGA Representative Mahzi Martin said. "High Table has become such a wonderful Johns Hopkins tradition. Last night, I was delighted to see so many students and faculty engaged in lively discussion and debate, the hallmark of a true university community," said Minor. The night started with a speech by Freshman Class President, Joshua Goodstein. He started by reminiscing about how far we have come as a class since the beginning of the year, and what the ideas and innovations that are yet to come. Minor and Daniels also addressed the freshmen. Minor elaborated on what the High Table means for Hopkins in his speech at the dinner. "One of the differences between the High Table of Oxford and Cambridge and ours, is that at our High Table dinner we have faculty out with you, seated with you this evening to speak with you," Minor said to the crowd in the Recreation Center. "And here at the High table we have students with us. This reflects the underlying spirit and intent of Johns Hopkins University, and that is in every way, and with every activity, put you the students in contact with faculty and the other members of the Hopkins community, so that you can learn from us, and we can learn from you." "I was particularly pleased with the turn out for High Table and feel that this is fast becoming a very much looked forward to tradition for the freshmen class," Boswell said. The Recreation Center was transformed into a banquet with table clothes, sparkling apple cider, waiters and a three-course meal. "High Table was a great evening spent with friends. The atmosphere was fun and lively and the food was delicious. It was the perfect break from a hectic week of midterms and a great note to end on before Spring Break," Leah Barresi, a freshman, said. Although many deemed the event a success, some students noted there was room for improvement. "This was definitely a unique opportunity, and a pleasure to attend; however, I was expecting a bit more from the food. It was good, but I thought there may have been more of a difference between that and the FFC," freshman Ryan Schneider said. The unique aspect for many students at the High Table was that they were presented with an opportunity to converse with a professor outside of their major and try to learn about what they are interested in. Professor Daniel Deudney was one of the professors in attendance. Deudney is extremely well known within the International Studies community at Hopkins, but when placed with a group of biology majors, it was a learning opportunity for both Deudney and the students. "The High Table gave me an opportunity to say things, which I normally wouldn't say. It was a chance to discuss topics of interest to me that may not necessarily be part of the curriculum, and do so with a great group of students. This was also a great opportunity to bring together the Hopkins identity, especially with a majority of the freshmen class coming together with their class officers," Deudney said.
Students come back to campus during intersession for different reasons, but for freshmen a popular incentive is participating in a one week B'more Program.
The Federal Reserve Board recently appointed Hopkins Professor Jon Faust as a special adviser in the Office of Board Members. He assumed his post on Jan. 17.
The Rec Center gym was crowded with costumes and competition as Engineers Without Borders Guatamala (EWB) hosted its third annual Dodgeball tournament this past Friday evening to raise money for their intersession trip to Guatamala this winter.
After a Hopkins student reported suspicious activity on a rowhouse roof, Hopkins Security and Baltimore Police responded and aprehended a wanted burglar.
The Hopkins Human Rights Working Group hosted a forum to discuss and analyze the Occupy Movement last Tuesday.
He has played Barack Obama's favorite T.V. character. He was listed by USA Today as one of the 10 reasons to still love television. He has garnered national acclaim for his portrayal of Omar Little on The Wire and now Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire.
Hopkins's Organización Latina Estudiantil (OLÉ) kicked off the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 30th, during their Opening Ceremonies in the Glass Pavilion. The event included salsa dancing, food and a guest speaker.
Not many clubs or organizations here at Hopkins have the ability to clear a dance floor within seconds. This isn't to say there is a problem with that, but any member of the Bboys, the breakdancing club on campus, can instantly wow a group of college students. As soon as the dancing begins, people instantly back up and to see the moves that are in store for the day.