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Imagine you merged the abnormal and crass parts of the Internet together with the high-level intellect that it also has to offer. With that in mind, you get Death Grips, a new experimental/industrial rap group from Sacramento, California, combining elements of punk, noise, hip-hop and rave. It consists of vocalist Stefan Burnett (a.k.a. MC Ride) and the production team of Zach Hill and Andy Morin. Their latest album, The Money Store, was released on April 24 through the major label, Epic. This followed their critically acclaimed debut mix tape Exmilitary, which was released for free on the band’s web site exactly a year earlier. Their next album, No Love, is set to be released this fall.
The other day, a friend of my parents asked what the future held for me. I thought about it for a moment and responded with a one-word answer: debt. Though we shared a laugh and I told him the real answer shortly after, my initial response resonated with me. I started to realize that debt might actually be metaphor for my past four years here at Hopkins. Debt is a gamble; it is a test of will and determination to see whether you have enough guts to start in a hole (albeit an incredibly deep hole) and slowly climb your way out while you pursue your dreams. Debt is a litmus test of your goals to see how much they burn inside of you. Debt is a traffic light on the road to your career: green light if you are willing to go through an enormous amount of money that you do not have (and may never have) to get there, red if you’re not.
A young boy, hood up, alone on the bleachers at night looks out onto the dimly-lit field. With the music paused, his ears absorb silence but his mind rings with cacophony. It is a struggle to find the will to stay another half-hour each night, and as he thinks about making his way home, his vision becomes obscured. Another scene comes to dominate his focus: the game, the game four months ahead, the game that makes every extra minute worth it.
Dear Younger Me,
Last week, this very publication published a front-page story on fraternity hazing “allegations” at Hopkins. First, lets be real: every frat probably hazes. What we call hazing here would be considered an utter joke at “real” frat schools, but that’s beside the point. According to the Office of Student Life, “deprivation of privileges granted to other members” is considered hazing. Isn’t that what it means to be a pledge? I am not in a fraternity, so perhaps I’m mistaken. Another: “expecting new members to perform personal services to [older] members such as carrying books, cooking, cleaning etc.” Does that actually count as hazing?
We are at the end of the semester and the wonderful time of hell week. I have four classes. One has a plain ol’ final on the last day in the last time slot. Another has a final problem set that is due the last day of class. A third has a written project due the last day of class as well as an oral final during exam week. Then there’s the glorious fourth class with its three finals. There is an oral final during the second to last class (by the time you read this, I will have finished that) and a grammar final the last day. Oh, and the take-home portion that is due electronically the first day of finals. So basically, if I make it through the last week of classes, then I get to frolic until the semester is over.
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Steven David has been an educator and leader of the Hopkins community. Currently, David splits his time as Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education and as a faculty member in the Political Science Department.
In 1972, a group of students started the Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club (JHOC) because they wanted to experience nature close-up on weekends around the area. They decided to create an official student group that took adventurous trips as often as possible.
The 13th annual Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition was held on Apr. 27 by the Center for Leadership Education, featuring various 15-minute pitches on individual teams’ business ventures.
Is the use of drones in warfare ethical, and should the Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL) be involved in such kinds of weapons research? These and other questions were the focus of a panel presentation and discussion held last Friday in Mergenthaler Hall by the Hopkins Human Rights Working Group and the Graduate Student Organization.
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.
Nearly 90 Hopkins students and Baltimore community members gathered at the Johns Hopkins Eastern Campus on Saturday, Apr. 28 to celebrate the opening of Hopkins’ newest community garden.
The U.S. Army announced that the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) has received an award, worth up to $90 million dollars, to be the lead institution in a consortium of universities undertaking research that will potentially contribute to the development of new armor for the U.S. Army.
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower officially opened at the Johns Hopkins Hospital this past Tuesday, May 1. The renovation consisted of the complete construction of two towers, which are specifically designed for the medical needs, physical and mental comfort and overall happiness of the patients.
Members of the U.S. Secret Service gathered in an undisclosed location in Laurel, MD this week for a two-day ethics training course conducted by professors and administrators from the Hopkins School of Education.
Voting opens for the Hopkins Student Government Association (SGA) upperclassman board positions today. With increasing numbers of students participating in SGA elections, the SGA has worked in conjunction with the Committee on Student Elections (CSE) to ensure a fair election season.
Undergraduates celebrated the legacy of philanthropy at Hopkins with Step Up, a week-long series of events, for the third consecutive year. The events began last Sunday and last through Friday.
The JHUMobile application was launched this past Monday to better connect the Hopkins community to various institutions and online programs associated with the University.
On Saturday, music fans from across the East Coast gathered at Merriweather Post Pavilion for the annual Sweetlife Festival. Only in its second year of existence, Sweetlife brings up-and-coming (or currently popular) bands and hip-hop artists to MD for a day of music. Unlike other musical festivals Sweetlife is known for its green and sustainable platform. The festival features eco-conscious, sustainable and local vendors as well as a variety of educational efforts.The day is long and in recent years hasn't had the best weather, but concert goers still leave satisfied with good food and even better music.
The phrase, "the meaning of life" has different connotations for just about everyone. But though the meaning may not be clear, the means are: vaginal insemination. College is meant to be a time for exploration, to discover who you want to become and what life means to you (clearly I understate and generalize, but you get the picture.) We explore our academic and cultural interests, our social structures, our fancied futures. And sex. We explore sex - our sexualities, preferred partner characteristics, favorite positions - outside of any university channels. Frat basement, D-level, apartment, the football field 50 yard line . . . wherever your urge may point. But what happens when you get out there, on the 50 yard line, and can't get it up? Or can't get wet? What do you do? I grew up in a household where sex was not only a non-taboo, but was a common, and perhaps overly so, topic. Sex here refers to the full range of experiences relating to the physical and emotional processes involved in growing up as a sexual individual, both personally and publically. My mother worked for Planned Parenthood and taught sex-ed curriculums to teachers across the United States, and she was not hesitant to bring questions and lessons home to her squeamish children. Condoms were commonly used as water balloons (if you've never filled one, try it, you're mind will be blown). Though I was highly skeptical and embarrassed as late as 8th grade, her persistence and casual attitude has paid off big time. After multiple years of extracurricular sex education, I feel comfortable in my own skin and in navigating the complex sexual relations of life in a university environment. But what of those of us that come to Hopkins as sex-ed virgins? Or worse, with embedded misinformation? To my knowledge, there is no human sexuality course offered, and no established, public channel for students with questions about sex. A few weeks back, The News-Letter published, "The Underground: Hopkins Exposed," a special section that accepted anonymous submissions from students. Almost half of the submissions related to sex, and most expressed some frustration with how sex was viewed and carried out at Hopkins. The administration and curriculum committee should take note. Students are looking for a venue to discuss sexuality, and the school should provide it. Sexual insecurities can be utterly crippling, filtering into every part of a person's life. For students without organized sex education, the images and scenarios provided by entertainment media, porn and friend's giggling whispers are the only guide. If this applies to you, take note: movies and pornos are NOT A DEPICTION OF REALITY. Not at all. They are faking it. The administration needs to look out for the well-being of the student body, as such misinformation can be highly dangerous. Students need to know how to protect themselves from disease and unwanted pregnancy, how to accept their bodies and personal images, and how to pleasure each other! Our academic lives are highly stressful, and good sex would go a long way toward improving a weak and apathetic student spirit. If any of you have ever been faced with a choice between a night of soft, warm lovin' and an MSE marathon, you know which one won (I hope you do). And I'm not talking about some post-date party, half-asleep sex; sure, maybe you got off, bro, but she didn't enjoy it and neither one of you felt good about it in the morning. Like everything else in life, sex takes practice and prior knowledge. You don't just rush in and get 100 percent out of it. It is honestly a bit surprising that the administration has remained so mum on this issue, as many of its members were young adults during the sexual revolutions of the late 60s and early 70s. I get that it's awkward (yet another sad result of our prude American society) to talk about sex. Get over it! See that guy walking past you right now? He may have enjoyed some heavy bondage last night. See that woman to your right, working on the engineering problem set? She was in D.C. at an orgy on Saturday. Everyone's doing it, whatever it may mean to them. It's time for the school to wake up and embrace this part of our lives, one that perhaps dominates the rest. Academics only go so far. High intermediate pillow talk anyone?