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July 12, 2020


Envy for state school riots - Seriously Mock-Serious

I really like Johns Hopkins, but I've always felt that something was missing from my college experience. I used to think that maybe it was because we didn't have a D-1 football and basketball team, or maybe that there's no real bar scene where students can let off a little steam. But immediately after watching and reading about Maryland and Indiana's Final Four celebrations and frustrations, I knew what that empty feeling was in my heart.

WB Cartoons racist - Video collection reminds of bigotry past

If you were a young kid in the 1980s, you probably spent much of your earliest years watching the WB cartoons of Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig. If you think back hard amidst the laughter, once in awhile appeared a strange 'toon or two with really odd, savage-like dark skinned characters that suffered much embarrassment at the hands of the cartoon heroes. We were too young to realize it then, but this was the racist legacy of cartooning from the middle of the 20th century.

SAC allocates annual budgets

Annual budget allocations were announced at this week's Student Activities Commission (SAC) General Assembly (GA), marking a major event for all student groups on campus.

Pursue fitness with 5k runs

Spring is finally here. This means warm weather, beautiful days and impending summer fun! And for many, this also means time to start hitting the treadmill, shaping up for sunny days at the beach.

Avoiding college weight gain: frequent meals, balanced diet - Fitness Is Beautiful

Two dreaded words await every freshman on campus and conjure up nightmares for everyone else: Freshman Fifteen. Its cause can very easily be pinpointed. Incoming students, required to enroll in a meal plan, see themselves face to face with some of the nastiest edible substances on the planet with little choice but to force feed themselves. The meal plans vary from school to school, but at this particular fine institution, the maximum any student can get is three square meals a day during the week and two on the weekend. Over the past year, my disgust for this type of structure has grown. This forces the student to binge, impeding the metabolism.

Baseball remains unbeaten in Conference play

Led by outstanding performances by senior Yani Rosenberg, junior Jeremy Brown and sophomore Russ Berger, the Hopkins pitching staff sent a message to their teammates, as well as to the rest of the Centennial Conference.

Random rants about being a senior - How his final year at JHU is driving everyone's favorite N-L columnist out of his mind

By way of introduction this week, here are a few words of introduction. I know that's redundant, but I can be redundant if I want to. It's my column. Hell, I can even use the word "redundant" twice in the same sentence if I want to. In any case, as I've mentioned before in these little prefaces, there are times in the journalistic field when one simply can't control all the variables. Between what's assigned, what comes in, what is printable and how much space each section has, there are just some times when you have to make sacrifices, whether it be cutting something you don't want to cut, or putting in some that you'd rather never saw the light of day. Of course, here at the News-Letter, we never take the latter option. It would compromise our principles.

Debate over slave reparations only stirs up controversy, bad feelings - The "Right" Stuff

You may have recently seen the debate over slave reparations surface again in major media sources. Lawyers representing the individuals seeking reparations have made the rounds, stopping by all of the major morning talk shows and most of the news magazines as well. There seems to be plenty of buzz around the issue this time around, however. Despite the fact that I cannot find a single person at Hopkins that thinks families of former slaves should receive compensation - black, white, female, male, conservative or liberal - there seems to be enough of a contingency of people in favor of these reparations to warrant a legitimate response.

Md. awaits gubenatorial candidate announcements - Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend may face Mayor Martin O'Malley and Rep. Robert Ehrlich when she formally enters race

The race for the next governor of Maryland may prove to be one of the biggest political showdowns in the state's history. Maryland's hometown boy, U.S. Representative Robert Ehrlich, (R), formally announced his candidacy last week on the stoop of his childhood home in Baltimore County. Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, (D), has used her name and political clout to raise more than $5 million without formally announcing that she will run. Not to be left out is Baltimore's popular mayor, Martin O'Malley, also a Democrat, who has hinted at a run for the governor's office while scheduling a slew of fundraisers.

JHU students build houses in Fla. - Instead of basking in the Bahamas, 12 students volunteered for

Over Spring Break, 12 students from Hopkins went to Jacksonville, Fla. to participate in Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge. We spent a week working with Habijax volunteers, staff and homeowners building a house at 1006 Tyler St. Most of us, myself included, had never participated in Habitat before and we didn't really know anything about the program, so we were not sure what to expect.

SLAC demands unreasonable

The Student Labor Action Committee (SLAC) staged a rally on the Homewood Campus this Wednesday to repeat its perennial demand that the University administration pay all of its workers and sub-contracted employees a "living wage." While we cannot fault SLAC for its tireless commitment to securing sufficient wages for all Hopkins employees, the group has once again espoused views that seem both uninformed and unreasonable.

Krieger Lab adds 50 new Dell computers

The Homewood Academic Computing (HAC) Lab in Krieger Hall recently underwent a few innovations during Intersession, most significant being the appearance of 50 Dell Optiplex GX240 computers. Generously donated by the Dell Computer Corporation, the black, fully-loaded computers are the most current, top-of-the-line Optiplex models equipped with flat screens, Pentium IVs and new drives.

Ushering in spring with Walters exhibit

Perhaps there is a subconscious link between spring and Impressionist art that museums are tapping into. This season, both the BMA and Walters Art Gallery are showcasing exhibits on Impressionism as though to drive home the parallel between raw energy of brush stroke on canvas with the pulses of awakening life outside. While the BMA concentrates on the life and works of the English master J.M.W. Turner, the Walters has staged a broader, fast-paced, more comprehensive exhibit. The title says it all; "The Age of Impressionism" recreates the movement's whole momentum by skillfully organizing the canvases of Corot, Courbet, Manet, Morisot, Monet, Sissley, Pissaro, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Gaugin and Matisse, among others.

Dayenu: Enough is enough - Sine Qua Non

An Open Letter from President Bush to Yasser Arafat: Dear Yasser, It has been a while since we last spoke. I think you know that I have been disappointed in your performance regarding achieving a cease-fire. Last week, I sent my envoy, Anthony Zinni, to meet with you and even had Vice President Dick Cheney in the area in the hopes that we were all prepared to sit down and solidify an agreement; this overture was met with three suicide bombers in as many days.

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