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Last week, the Hopkins graduate student union hosted a practice picket on both the Homewood and the East Baltimore campuses following nine months of failed contract negotiations with the University. Teachers and Researchers United (TRU) — affiliated with United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) — demanded a contract that includes a closed union shop, recognition of the work done by graduate students and fair compensation and benefits.
If you’ve ever traveled from Homewood Campus to Fells Point, you’ll know how hard it can be to get to certain parts of Baltimore without shelling out money for an Uber. The Blue Jay Shuttle only offers rides within a limited radius, making it difficult to get to neighborhoods in East, West and South Baltimore. But, there’s an alternative to calling a shuttle or an Uber — Baltimore has a public transportation system. Why don’t we use it more often?
If you have TikTok or any short-form social media, have walked into a bookstore recently or have simply spoken to someone who likes to read, you’ve probably heard of BookTok.
A city gets its personality from its people — likewise, people are heavily influenced by where they call home. In the complexity of modern life, we often forget about this simple, symbiotic relationship — what we give to our city is what we get. In this light, making cities more walkable and pedestrian-friendly gives back to a city that has already given us so much. Walkable infrastructure would reduce the cloud of dust and carbon by reducing the number of vehicles on the road, while also providing pedestrians with the opportunity to enjoy the cities culture and history in a different way. While my romanticized aspirations for walkable infrastructure giving life to a city may sound fanciful, there are indeed tangible health and economic benefits of building more walkable cities: cleaner air and less congestion as well as economic mobility for historically marginalized communities.
The SAT is one of the most contentious aspects of college admissions. It has drawn scrutiny from many on the left for discriminating by race and socioeconomic status, propelling already privileged students to advantages in admission to top colleges in the U.S. Many elite universities have made their pandemic-era test-optional policy permanent, like Columbia University, or gone test-blind entirely, like the University of California system.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, the Johns Hopkins University campus shut down. Students fled home. The libraries locked their doors. Labs closed. Research ground to a halt.
Last week, an article from The News-Letter’s Science & Technology section was poached by an AI-powered “journalism” website called BNNBreaking only a few hours after publication. One of our writers found the BNNBreaking page, featuring a sloppily-cropped version of the same photo and a strikingly similar article about a Hopkins research fellow.
The semester is beginning to pick up and your schedule is already packed with PILOT sessions, club meetings and office hours. Although you may enjoy the classes you’re taking and the research you’re doing, it can be difficult to make time for activities that are purely for leisure. For those who made New Year’s resolutions focused on hobbies, you may feel like you are losing your momentum — approximately 80% of people who made resolutions do not continue them into February.
The U.S. is a truly exceptional country. After all, the U.S. has the largest economy in the world, the strongest military and is sometimes considered the first modern democracy. There is a dark side to American Exceptionalism, though: The U.S. is one of the worst countries for new parents, as maternity laws and daycare available are painfully far behind the rest of the developed world. This needs to change.
As the Republican primary and caucus results are starting to come in, confirmation of former president Donald Trump’s long-expected candidacy for the 2024 Presidential Election is getting even more inevitable. So far, only the results from Iowa and New Hampshire are in; however, they strongly demonstrate that Trump’s only major rival, Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has a slim chance of prevailing in the primaries — unless she manages to attract Trump’s detractors successfully.
The discourse following the ouster of Harvard University President Claudine Gay has been decidedly muddled by a variety of conflicting perspectives across the political spectrum. But the truth of the matter is not complicated at all — Gay was the target of a politically motivated attack launched by right-wing activists who openly proclaimed their goal to suppress diversity in higher education. It is concerning, however, that the people who launched this campaign were able to successfully disguise their intentions under a liberal framework.
Even if you haven’t been keeping up with the news, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) over the past few years. From ChatGPT to facial recognition technology, AI is becoming increasingly accessible to even those of us without a computer science degree.
Last December’s biggest news story was the disaster of a Congressional testimony for the presidents of University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since then, Liz Magill, president of Penn, has resigned; Claudine Gay, president of Harvard, has resigned; and the House has passed a bipartisan resolution condemning their “evasive and dismissive” testimonies, launched an investigation and threatened a subpoena.
As the end of semester approaches and we close out 2023, it is important to reflect back on the various shifts that have occurred in the University’s academic landscape. In our final editorial of the year, we review the pleasant surprises and disappointing setbacks we’ve seen from Hopkins in 2023.
In response to “Hopkins must hold Dr. Darren Klugman accountable” published November 30, 2023:
Ever since President Joe Biden confirmed that he would be running for president in the 2024 elections to seek a second term in office, one question has unified the American population more successfully than any Thanksgiving dinner could have: Isn’t he too old to be the president?
With fast fashion brands like Shein being so cheap, it is easy to convince ourselves that we should buy more clothes. Shein is amongst other fashion retailers, such as Temu and FashionNova, that are known for their cheap product prices and their frequent releases of new items. Despite the allure of fast fashion, it fosters a culture of clothing waste and overconsumption that is harmful to both the environment and individuals.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital has opened an investigation into Dr. Darren Klugman for posting violent anti-Palestinian tweets. Klugman is the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Director at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center and an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
It’s officially that time of year. It’s college admissions season, and many high school students are whittling down their college lists and submitting applications. In the last decade, college admissions have only become more competitive, especially at top universities like Hopkins. The University’s acceptance rate has substantially decreased from 20.4% in 2010 to 7% in recent years. We’re here today because we beat the odds. But, what now?
Keep your head up. This advice is so common it’s become trite. It’s directed at high schoolers going to parties in my hometown of Albuquerque, N.M. All too often, parties are interrupted by shots fired and, all too often, interrupted by kids bleeding on the street.