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July 8, 2020

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New Potter film evokes mixed emotions

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Harry Potter. I've read all four of J.K. Rowling's books, devouring the fourth 700-page monster in one 24-hour period. I rushed to the theater to see the film adaptation of the novel that started it all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Needless to say I was more than a little excited to be living in Gildersleeve last year, which sounded like it belonged in the whimsical halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Want to stop the war? Get the reds out - We're Left, They're Wrong

This weekend, in the largest demonstration of its kind, approximately half a million protestors flooded the streets of Florence, Italy, in protest of war in Iraq. According to the Guardian of Nov. 11, the protestors were "singing communist anthems and 1970s peace songs." The Washington Post of Nov. 9 said that, "the march was heavy on shrill whistles, communist hymns, red flags and portraits of Ernesto "Che' Guevara." Is the only alternative to the Bush Administration's adventurism and wanton threats of war voiced by the ideologues who brought the world Gulags and the Cultural Revolution?



GY!BE changes name, sound

That's right, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have moved the exclamation point from the end of their name to right smack dab in the middle. Actually, I'm rather surprised they didn't do it earlier. After all, their songs are full of false endings and dramatic mid-tune crescendos, so why shouldn't their name be? Before I get into that and the other important change they've made with their latest release, Yanqui U.X.O., a little background information is in order for those of you unfamiliar with the Montreal-based GY!BE.


David Broza draws inspiration from diverse sources

International sensation David Broza came to Shriver Hall on Nov. 13 to play his beloved folk rock music. Effortlessly blending Hebrew, English and Spanish lyrics and musical styles into his work, Broza's appeal is far-reaching indeed. With 23 albums under his belt, Broza, a megastar in Israel, is slowly but surely gathering a mainstream following in America. Recently, the News-Letter had the opportunity to discuss his career and influences with the singer/songwriter himself.



StuCo discusses exam reserves

The Ethics Board debated proposals to provide students with copies of old exams and to institute a change in the University Ethics Policy dealing with the punishment of second time ethics violators Thursday, Nov. 7.


Students celebrate cultural diversity

The CultureFest committee hosted its annual Culture Show in Shriver Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The event was part of Culture Week, which runs from Nov. 7 through Nov. 16. It presented various campus groups that shared the traditional music and dances from their respective countries of origin.


Simpsons are still going strong

For those of you buried in the library or unable to resist the carnal pleasures of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the 14th season of our favorite monochromatic family, The Simpsons, has officially arrived. Not that this is historic in itself, but for an entire generation, every year in late October means the latest "Treehouse of Horror" series. After nearly a decade and a half of ironic mayhem, scathing satire and long-running jokes, the talented creative team has a license to do whatever the hell it pleases, and target any social miscue it finds annoying.


The real Slim Shady

Eminem is the artist everyone loves to hate, but after his fantastic debut performance in the film 8 Mile, love is all that most audiences will feel towards him. Eminem plays a role that seems to mirror his own life, as Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith Jr., who is stuck fighting for his right to live along 8 Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan.


Jewish studies program dedicated

President William Brody, history professor David Nirenberg and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Daniel Weiss dedicated the new Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program at an inaugural ceremony attended by faculty, staff, students and alumni at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Bloomberg Hall's Shafler Auditorium.


Culture Show 2002 receives poor audience reception

The cover page of last Saturday night's Culture Show 2002 program proudly proclaimed the Bob Marley lyrics, "One love, one heart, let's get together and feel all right." That's the philosophy behind the festivities that constitute CultureFest at Hopkins; it is meant to unite students of various ethnic backgrounds in an annual celebration of diversity. The Shriver auditorium was nearly filled on Saturday night, as students flocked to see performances by various ethnic and dance groups on campus.


APO collects funds for United Way

President William R. Brody, professor Steven Zucker and Pre-professional Advisor Mary Savage gave humorous performances Wednesday, Nov. 13, as an incentive to help raise money for the United Way of Central Maryland Campaign in the Arellano Theater in Levering Hall.


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