SGA removes Executive President from office

February 21, 2019

The Student Government Association (SGA) voted to remove Executive President Noh Mebrahtu from office at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. The three-hour-long impeachment hearing was closed to the student body in accordance with SGA’s constitution. 

Over 100 professors oppose private police

February 21, 2019

Over 100 University faculty members have signed an open letter in opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 793 and House Bill (HB) 1094, which would allow Hopkins to create its own private police force. As of Feb. 20, 104 faculty had signed the letter.

Over 90 faculty have signed the open letter in opposition to a police force.

Published clinical trials often report on trial outcomes they did not intentionally study.

Some clinical trials improperly report outcomes

February 21, 2019

Clinical trials are essential for testing new medications because they let researchers know whether new medications, from vitamins to vaccines, are safe and effective. However, a new study published in Trials shows that researchers aren’t properly reporting the outcomes of their clinical trials. This may make a new treatment appear to be safer or more effective than the product actually is.

Certain fish species might be more self-aware than we believed

February 20, 2019

A recent study revealed that self-awareness might not be a cognitive function unique to primates and mammals with complex cognitive systems. This possibility was opened by the surprising performance of a species of fish commonly known as the cleaner wrasse when faced with the mirror test.

Researchers found that certain species of fish can recognize themselves in mirror images.

Cooke first received her degree in anthropology from Barnard College.

Discussing paleontology, bias and representation with Prof. Siobhan Cooke

February 21, 2019

Scientists say we have entered a new epoch. Considering the lasting impacts of human-centered destruction on the world’s flora and fauna, researchers have stressed the need to mark the end of the Holocene and the start of the Anthropocene. The Center for Biological Diversity has stated that the last time Earth’s rate of species extinction was so high was 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs collapsed. Recent statistics show that 45 percent of Earth’s invertebrates have a “threatened” status, along with over 40 percent of amphibians and nearly 20 percent of bird species.

Researchers believe certain music genres might be linked to aggression.

Music is shown to affect mental state of the brain

February 21, 2019

Psychological studies show that music has an effect on the way people feel, think and behave. Music is beneficial, especially to those with anxiety and depression, but evidence has also shown that some music is linked with violent behavior.

Hormone cycles lead to greater addiction in women

February 21, 2019

Epidemiological clinical studies have shown that females are especially vulnerable to drug addiction and relapse. More specifically, females are more likely to transition to addiction soon after their first drug use and relapse, and they have greater cue-induced cravings for drugs. 

Female hormones interact with certain drugs to produce an increased addictive response.

Sarah Warren addressed issues in Baltimore County Public Schools. 

Guest lecturer discusses Baltimore Public Schools

February 21, 2019

Sarah Warren, the executive director of the Office of the Whole Child Services and Supports in Baltimore, gave a guest lecture during a class titled Health and Wellbeing in Baltimore: A Public Health Perspective. Warren discussed the importance of taking a holistic approach to improving student outcomes in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS).

W. Lacrosse upsets No. 9 Loyola in home opener

February 20, 2019

While you may not notice anything different about it while walking to class this week, make no mistake: Charles Street belongs to the Hopkins women’s lacrosse team, as the No. 23 Blue Jays battled the Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds Saturday at Homewood Field and knocked off the No. 9 Greyhounds by a score of 13-11.

The Blue Jays are now 2-0 to start the season.

Erlendy Cuero Bravo advocates for human rights in Columbia. 

Foreign Affairs Symposium invites Afro-Colombian human rights activist

February 21, 2019

The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) opened its first event of the semester with Erlendy Cuero Bravo, a Colombian human rights activist who focuses on the plights of Afro-Colombians, on Monday. Cuero Bravo is the recipient of this year’s Anne Smedinghoff Award, named for a Hopkins alumna, former FAS executive direcotr and diplomat who was killed in Afghanistan.

Professor explores the power of personal essays

February 21, 2019

Tressie McMillan Cottom, a sociologist and assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, talked about her new memoir Thick, a collection of essays on politics, culture and life as a black woman, at Red Emma’s on Tuesday. Cottom has appeared on The Daily Show and the Still Processing podcast. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic and The New York Times. 

Events in Baltimore this weekend: February 21 - 24

February 20, 2019

Thursday  Charity Trivia Series La Tavola 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Come by for happy hour dishes, drinks, trivia and prizes. A portion of sales will benefit Baltimore Dance Crews Project. Free.

Wu was unsatisfied with his unadventurous weekend, including his meal at Pizza Boli’s.

On productivity and an unadventurous weekend

February 20, 2019

Those of you that know me personally know that I don’t like breaks. This past weekend, though, I was exhausted. As a result I’m going to take a small break from my usual food-related content and share with you what I did over my weekend. It didn’t involve going into the city and meeting new people as usual but more on that later.

DC’s radical departure from STEM apathy culture

February 20, 2019

STEM apathy culture at Hopkins is the butt of countless jokes and memes. After all, how many times have you avoided eye contact with a student group tabling on the Breezeway on your way to math class? But as funny as it is to make fun of your friend who never leaves Brody for long enough to see the protests on the terrace, STEM students and professors’ relative lack of engagement in social and political activism is a serious problem.

Some of the thousands of attendees at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting.

The biggest questions for the NBA's second half

February 20, 2019

The NBA has officially hit the home stretch of its season with All-Star Weekend coming to a close. The three days of prescribed fun have finished and now teams are gearing up to make the final push toward the postseason. The playoff picture in both conferences is far from clear, with singular wins and losses separating seeds one through eight in the East and the West. This article will address the biggest things to focus on in both conferences as we march towards the NBA Playoffs. 

Athlete of the Week: Maggie Vitale - W. Fencing

February 20, 2019

This past weekend, the Hopkins women’s fencing team swept all of its competition, claiming the Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference Championship. The team went a perfect 7-0, earning its second title in three years. There were several great performers, including junior Katherine Xiang, who earned her 200th career foil win, and junior Erin Chen, who became the school’s all-time leader in wins in the sabre. However, our Athlete of the Week award is given to senior Maggie Vitale.

M. Lacrosse blown out in loss to rival Loyola

February 20, 2019

Hopkins dropped Saturday’s contest at Homewood Field against the second-ranked Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds by a score of 18-12. The Blue Jays scored the first goal of the game a little over five minutes into the first quarter, and then it was all Greyhounds from there, scoring five unanswered goals. The Blue Jays only saw mild success when senior attackman Kyle Marr scored two goals in the final 30 seconds of the second quarter and almost had one more at the buzzer to cut the Loyola lead to 9-6. Unfortunately for Hopkins, the Greyhounds scored six unanswered goals out of the half and put the game to bed.