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July 11, 2020

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Mickey D vs. Burger King

Fast food in America has been a favorite pastime, as is shown by the fact that we are often called "the fattest country in the world." In this fast and busy world, people need something to eat, and quick. Oh yeah, and people need junk food too, because who wants to eat tofu and soybeans? Yet, the American worker should not have to waste his or her time deciding on which fast food restaurant to eat at.


Beer before liquor, eh? Consider these quotes before making it Miller Time

What is college known for? An opportunity for a fine-tuned education, of course! But aside from that . aside from the education intellect mind-expanding crap, college is known for, come on, all together now, DRINKING! And Hopkins is definitely included in that stereotype. Actually, I think it's a wonder why people haven't started drinking in the library yet.


Slamicide brings poetry to XandO

Every Monday night, the lower floor of the XandO coffee shop in Charles Village transcends its usual function, becoming a site where local poets and other like-minded folk can convene to share and experience contemporary poetry. "Slamicide," as the weekly event is called, takes the same format every week. First, members of the audience are invited to read up to two of their own poems or poems by another author, although most people take advantage of the comfortable setting to perform their own work. Next, a guest poet (or poets), visiting from anywhere between the East and West Coasts, performs a number of his or her own pieces. The last portion of the evening is reserved for a poetry slam competition, also comprised of audience participants.


StuCo attempts to reform

Like an alcoholic entering a twelve-step program, Student Council has set itself on a path of reform and recovery through the simple act of admitting they have a problem. However, unlike the Alcoholics Anonymous program, the reforms embodied in the proposed new Student Council constitution do little to get at the root of StuCo's problems.


Cats: Mediocre musical phenomenally performed at the Lyric Opera House

Spring has different associations for different people. Some think of budding flowers, chirping birds, love and rebirth. Others anticipate the start of the baseball season and the end of another school year. For me, the spring has always been associated with musicals, those lighthearted comedies performed by countless student groups during April and May. Here, for instance, the Barnstormers are in the middle of a fantastic run of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.


Baseball defeated amid controversy

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays began the month of April with back-to-back wins versus Catholic and Washington Colleges by scores of 9-6 and 10-1, respectively. Those two wins moved the Blue Jays to 18-4 on the season and set the stage for a pivotal week of baseball, including a crucial double header against Conference rival Franklin & Marshall.


Having a Pinzler helps with registration - Fear and Loathing at Hopkins

Well, it seems like we've hit the home stretch, folks. With the weather slowly but surely improving to near-Florida standards, magical things are happening on Homewood Campus (with or without the recent 'shroom imports from Kentucky). Soon, those Seasonal Affective Disorder blues will be gone, the birds and the bees will be out in full swarm, and Spring Fair -- and more importantly, the Spring Fair Beer Garden -- will soon be upon us. I look forward to vomiting on each and every one of you before profaning members of your immediate family. But before that, we have some pressing business to attend to -- namely, online registration for Fall 2002.



You shouldn't eat so much

Do you ever think to yourself that the bowl of pasta you're eating at your favorite Italian Restaurant could double as a serving dish for a table of eight? How about wondering if the three pounds of Caesar salad you eat every day for lunch is actually as healthy as you think? According to a recent study of Americans over age 18, most people think they can eat as much as they want because the amount of food they eat is less important than the type of food they?re eating. With that in mind, 62 percent of those surveyed were above their ideal weight needing to loose between six to 20 pounds.


John Waters on Harford Rd., brushes with JHU and more

Remember the first time you saw John Waters in Baltimore? Maybe he was picking up a drink at some Charles Village watering hole, or walking down the street, or catching a film at the Charles or that other local bastion of quality cinema, the Earle? How about the second time? The third time? No matter how many times I see John Waters and pretend to be jaded, I still can't get over my undying adoration for the man.



Students see need for more help by U.S. - Even here in Baltimore, the raging conflict in the Middle East is on people's minds.

A week ago, the situation was quite worse. Israeli troops and armed forces had invaded almost every city in the West Bank and surrounded about 200 Palestinian fighters barricaded inside Bethlehem's sacred Church of the Nativity. Anti-American demonstrations in Cairo, Beirut, Amman and other Middle Eastern capitals were making it impossible for Washington's Arab allies to stay neutral. Egypt cut some ties with Israel and warned the White House that the rest could be in jeopardy. Oil prices spiked to $28 a barrel, and the stock market plunged. Anti-semites vandalized synagogues in France and Belgium. American embassies told Washington that they might be the next targets. And White House officials were pouring over satellite pictures from the region: Syria was moving its troops in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon in anticipation of Israeli strikes across the border.


New constitution proposition would restructure StuCo, HOP

A group of five students, including senior Jenny Chiang, senior class President Stephen Goutman, sophomore April Land, senior Eric Leslie, and freshman class Representative Morgan McDonald, presented a newly proposed Student Council(StuCo) Constitution at this week's StuCo meeting. The proposed constitution restructures the positions of StuCo and the Hopkins Organization for Programming (HOP), and calls for a clear division between those who are responsible for policy issues and those responsible for social programming.


Construction set for summer

Preparations for major construction in front of Garland Hall and Levering Hall are underway so that the Master Plan's second phase of development can begin immediately following Commencement.


Is JHU diverse?

Johns Hopkins has been known for years as one of the most diverse college campuses in the United States. The student body is proclaimed to include not only men and women from a wide range of states, but also students from numerous foreign countries to study at the esteemed institution. As nice as it is claimed to be in the guidebooks and visitor information packets, many students feel that Hopkins isn't really diverse at all.



It's time for a living wage at JHU

The Student Labor Action Committee (SLAC) recently held a rally in front of Garland Hall to protest the Johns Hopkins Institution's refusal to commit to an indexed Living Wage for all Hopkins employees and subcontracted workers. The Living Wage is not simply a number, but a measure of how we, as a society, value work, compensation and the rights of all workers to live with respect, dignity and freedom from poverty. The Living Wage is an hourly wage determined by the federal poverty line for a family of four. The Baltimore City Living Wage Ordinance, passed in 1995, currently sets the city Living Wage at $8.20 per hour (set to rise to $8.50 per hour this July). But, even though Johns Hopkins is Maryland's largest private employer, it does not have to follow this ordinance because it operates as a private "corporation."


U.S. news coverage of Israel tainted by bigotry - Can I get back to you?

As the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians spirals out of control, it is ever more disturbing how major news sources in the U.S. have managed to misinform the American public. Through either misrepresentation or outright suppression of the facts, the mainstream press has managed to keep Americans largely in the dark when it comes to certain aspects of the current crisis.


Superpowers in dreams are prophetic - The Cock Block

Most of us have wondered at one time or another what it would be like to have a superpower of one sort or another. The most oft-mentioned superpowers that one would like to possess include invisibility, the ability to fly and the ability to read the minds of others. One friend, who shall remain nameless, even once suggested to me that he would like to have the power to spontaneously induce orgasm in others. (The possibilities for mischief within MSE would be endless, but we'll leave it at that.)


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