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Justice for survivors must not end with Weinstein

February 27, 2020

For decades, Harvey Weinstein preyed on women in the film industry. And for decades, he got away with it. As a wealthy Oscar-winning producer and co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company, Weinstein was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, ...

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Hopkins Symphony Orchestra concludes its season

February 26, 2020

You could say that I was raised on classical music. Growing up, classical music was the only music that my dad ever played on the radio whenever he drove me places. Since my dad was my main chauffeur (sorry, mom, but dad gets this one), I spent a lot of my life listening to Mozart and Beethoven on repeat. 


IDEAL hosts discussion on coronavirus impact

February 27, 2020

IDEAL, a student-run nonpartisan group, hosted a coronavirus discussion roundtable to increase conversation about the social and political impacts of the disease on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The event considered the perceptions and implications of the coronavirus. 

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Students discussed the political and economic effects of coronavirus.

Freshmen evaluate role of diversity workshops

February 28, 2020

As student facilitators begin to host this year’s Identity and Inclusion workshops, The News-Letter interviewed administrators and students on the impact that the workshops have had on the Hopkins community. All first-year and transfer students are required to attend an Identity and Inclusion workshop in the spring semester of their first year as a requirement for sophomore class registration. 


Despite good production, Hunters falls morally flat

February 27, 2020

Amazon Prime released its highly-advertised new series, Hunters, this past Friday. The show follows a nefarious plot going on amongst 1977 Nazis, who plan to take over the United States and re-found the Nazi party (or something along those lines). The show also features an FBI agent played by Jerrika Hinton, who is herself discovering and following that very nation-wide Nazi conspiracy.


Heritage 365 event explores racism in Greek life

February 27, 2020

Lawrence Ross, author of Los Angeles Times best-seller The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, gave a talk titled “The Blackballed Lecture” on Thursday, Feb. 20. The event was held in collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Black Student Union, and the Black Faculty and Staff Association as part of OMA’s Heritage 365 series. 

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Lawrence Ross discussed racism on college campuses.

Hong Kong activists spark controversy at FAS

February 27, 2020

Hong Kong political activists Nathan Law and Joshua Wong participated in the Foreign Affairs Symposium’s (FAS) first event of the year in Shriver Hall on Thursday, Feb. 20. The event was moderated by East Asian Studies Lecturer Giovanna Dore. 

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About 100 people gathered outside of Shriver Hall to protest Wong and Law's views.

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Helfer’s experience as a non-traditional student presents unique challenges.

Juggling fatherhood, my career and graduate school

February 27, 2020

My days begin early. At 5:15 a.m. my alarm wakes me. This is the only way I can spend a few precious minutes with my wife in the morning before she begins work at her preschool. Our routine is the 45 minutes of coffee and news we have together before the marathon of each day begins.


Local writer aims to help survivors of sexual abuse through comic books

February 27, 2020

The Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU) hosted local writer Kenneth Rogers, Jr., on Tuesday to speak about sexual violence, identity and healing. A Baltimore native and School of Education alum, Rogers is part of the Speakers Bureau for Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. The RAINN Speakers Bureau is composed of survivors of sexual violence who volunteer to share their stories. 

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Roger uses comic books to help male survivors of sexual violence heal.

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Two injuries last semester taught Lola the lesson of listening to her body.

On forging a deeper relationship with my body (and Union Memorial)

February 27, 2020

Over the past few months, I’ve had so many X-rays and other imaging done that I’m a little disappointed the radiation hasn’t yet given me superpowers. They all happened during the 20 or so ER trips, doctor’s visits and physical therapy appointments that I had as a result of two injuries last semester.


Learning the importance of financial adulting

February 27, 2020

One of the trickier parts about growing up is figuring out what to do with money. In high school I worked at an ice cream shop and got paid 10 dollars an hour. To me, money directly correlated with time. When I would buy something, I didn’t ask myself, “Is this cup of coffee worth five dollars?” but I would ask myself, “Is this cup of coffee worth 30 minutes of scooping ice cream?”


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This weekend, Perlman was able to explore Baltimore through a retreat.

Taking a day off for an adventure in Baltimore

February 27, 2020

If your student organization has a retreat, go. Many are scheduled for all day, and at Hopkins, an all-day activity during the weekend immediately induces a heart attack. But you should go. Spending a whole day with people helps you bond with them.


Reflecting on the moral qualms surrounding AI

February 27, 2020

I came to Hopkins in 2016. That year, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) were making waves around the world. It seemed like yesterday when we saw machines like IBM’s Watson triumph over humans. Self-driving cars, AI-augmented medicine and smart cities were among the many applications promised to save millions and bring prosperity to many more.

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After four years at Hopkins, Qian feels disillusioned with the field of AI.

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Speakers discussed why students should register for the 2020 Census.

Former senator calls for participation in Census

February 27, 2020

Former Maryland Senator and Professor of Public Policy Barbara Mikulski delivered a keynote address on the 2020 U.S. Census in Levering Hall’s Glass Pavilion on Monday. She was joined by panelists Mary Elizabeth Hughes, associate scientist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Austin Davis, 2020 Census manager for Baltimore City’s Department of Planning. 


The Supreme Court must remain honorable

February 27, 2020

In February of 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was at the height of his popularity and was running high with ambitious plans to implement more revolutionary New Deal programs. He had just won his first re-election by a margin that hadn’t been seen since James Monroe, and the Democratic majority in Congress was overwhelming.

Margulies argues that Trump’s Supreme Court risks losing its impartiality.