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Athlete of the Week: Alex Mollick

April 10, 2019

This past weekend, the men’s track and field team stayed close to Baltimore to compete against Division I competition at the Towson Invitational. Not only did Hopkins perform well against stout competition, they won the entire meet, besting the second ...

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Mollick set a PR in the 100-meter.

Freshman attack Joey Epstein had a massive game, recording five goals and three assists.

M. Lacrosse emerges victorious over Scarlet Knights 15-13

April 11, 2019

The Hopkins Blue Jays knocked off the No. 18 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights by a score of 15-13 on Saturday afternoon. A large homecoming crowd was treated to a gorgeous day on Homewood Field and a roaring start by the Jays as Hopkins went on a six-goal run using six different goal-scorers to open up the festivities. 


Baseball team splits four games over four days

April 11, 2019

Back-to-back losses may seem discouraging to most teams, but for the 16th-ranked Hopkins baseball team, the doubleheader sweep Saturday only served as motivation to get back on track. The Blue Jays bounced back from their two losses against the Ursinus College Bears to shut out the Gettysburg College Bullets 15-0 the following day. 

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Senior pitcher Josh Hejka records his 100th career strikeout on Tuesday.

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Zachary Levi plays Billy Batson, the kid-turned-adult-superhero in Shazam!

DC Comics’ new film Shazam! fails to make magic on screen

April 11, 2019

I went into Shazam! with pretty high hopes. It had been very well reviewed, and I’d heard some really good things. Zachary Levi is a great actor who looked perfect for the role of the main character, kid-turned-adult-superhero Billy Batson, and the trailers were exciting and hilarious. Things all looked positive, and I was genuinely eager to see it opening night. So, with all that being said, I want to be very clear — Shazam! was not a good movie. I enjoyed it, and I’m glad I saw it, but it was not a quality film.


Remembering the legacy of rapper and artist Nipsey Hussle

April 11, 2019

Nipsey Hussle was murdered a week ago. He was standing outside his clothing store, The Marathon Clothing, on Slauson Avenue, the street he grew up on in Los Angeles. He got into a confrontation with a man trying to enter the store. The man left, got a gun, came back and shot Nipsey.

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Nipsey Hussle was shot outside his own clothing store on March 31.

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Jordan Peele directs and stars as the narrator in new The Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone reboot falls flat of original series

April 10, 2019

A large part of The Twilight Zone’s cult appeal stems from its inherently strange qualities, not only in its plot, but also in its status as an emblem of a different time and a different intellectual atmosphere in American history. The show itself, with its stilted acting, filtered sound and dramatic score, often does feel like it came from another dimension, an aspect that only increases its lurid appeal. 


Visiting Ilya Kaminsky reads original poetry

April 11, 2019

Humanities students at Hopkins are used to not getting the same opportunities as their STEM counterparts. Friendly fire proved just as fatal, however, when faculty members in the Writing Seminars started closing the door on students attempting to enter the overstuffed Tudor and Stuart Room in Gilman Hall on Tuesday, April 2. The Writing Sems department selected Gilman 388 (as opposed to the usual Mudd 26) for its intimacy, but it’s truly a shame that more students weren’t able to attend the reading of Margolies Visiting Writer Ilya Kaminsky.


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The Barnstormers put on a production of Cabaret for their 100th Anniversary Spring Musical.

Berlin comes to Baltimore in Barnstormers' Cabaret

April 11, 2019

The Barnstormers finished their opening weekend of their 100th anniversary spring musical, Cabaret, in Swirnow Theater. Directed by Max Hunter, the artistic director of The Bridge Production Group, and produced by senior Julia Zimmerman, the show centers around a Berlin cabaret called the Kit Kat Klub and the lives of those involved in it. 


Students call for end to Hopkins-PepsiCo contract

April 14, 2019

Real Food Hopkins, a student organization promoting food justice and sustainability, launched the Pour Out Pepsi campaign on March 11. According to Real Food Co-Presidents Katie Smith and Grace Windheim, PepsiCo has a history of violating human rights, labor laws and sustainability regulations. The group aims to convince Hopkins Dining to end the exclusivity contract with PepsiCo. This contract requires that 80 percent of all beverages sold on campus — not just soft drinks — are manufactured by PepsiCo. 

The PepsiCo contract ensures that 80 percent of beverages at Hopkins are made by Pepsi.

The Rosenburg Exhibit analyzes the Nuremberg Trials and Nazi legacy.

Exhibit showcases failings of post-WWII Germany

April 11, 2019

The Rosenburg Exhibition made its second stop on its U.S. tour at Hopkins on Thursday, March 28. The exhibit highlighted historians’ findings on Germany’s post-World War II Ministry of Justice. Named “Rosenburg” after the Ministry’s first official residence, the display showcased the many former Nazi party members that served as judges, jurists and lawyers for the Nuremberg trials. The exhibit will be on display until May 1.


Athlete of the Week: Preston Betz

April 10, 2019

The News-Letter spoke with senior pitcher Preston Betz about his eight innings of shut-out baseball Saturday, as well as his growth throughout his career as well as the team’s preparation and their goals for the season. 

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Betz threw 8 shutout innings Sat.

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Protestors rally against private police and ICE contracts at Alumni Weekend breakfast

April 11, 2019

Over Alumni Weekend, protestors demonstrated in the Glass Pavilion during the President and Deans’ Breakfast on Saturday to call for an end to the University’s contracts with ICE and for the University to halt its plans to create a private police force. The protestors were a part of a larger sit-in protest of approximately 75 students, members of the Baltimore community and faculty members that began on 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 in Garland Hall. 


Private police bill clears final legislative hurdle

April 4, 2019

The Maryland General Assembly gave a bill that would allow the University to create its own private police force their final approval on Monday. Following this, University President Ronald J. Daniels and Dean of Medical Faculty Paul B. Rothman released a statement commenting on the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 793, titled the Community Safety and Strengthening Act. The Maryland House of Delegates voted 94-42 in favor of the bill, while the Senate voted 42-2 in favor. 

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The police bills passed in the Maryland State Legislature.

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We must keep organizing for demilitarization

April 8, 2019

The Maryland State General Assembly has passed a law allowing Hopkins to form its own armed private police force. This marks the first time that a private corporation in Maryland will have its own police department, authorized to use force and make arrests. 


Becoming a more representative student newspaper

April 11, 2019

Each week, our editorial board takes time to look at the issues facing Baltimore and the Hopkins community and share our stance on the ones we find most pressing. This week, we’re looking inwards to examine how The News-Letter can be a more representative newspaper. 

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Students staged a 24-hour sit-in in Garland Hall and marched on President Daniels' house.

Protestors rally against police force, ICE contracts

April 4, 2019

Over 200 members of the Hopkins and Baltimore community protested the creation of a Hopkins private police force, as well as the University’s contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on Wednesday in Wyman Park Dell. Shortly after the rally, demonstrators marched to University President Ronald J. Daniels’ house. They then continued on to Garland Hall, where members of Students Against Private Police (SAPP) and the Hopkins Coalition against ICE were holding a 24-hour sit-in that had begun earlier that afternoon.