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September 25, 2020


Seeing the enemy where they're not - A group founded by Lynne Cheney hunts for traitors and finds them at the ivory tower

For most of the 1990s, conservatives made a habit of exposing instances of "political correctness gone awry." Usually, a conservative would make an unpopular statement on an issue such as affirmative action or reparations for slavery, most likely on a college campus or in a college town such as Berkeley, California, after which he or she would be berated by the community for his or her alleged insensitivity or racism. Often, newspapers got confiscated and offices picketed.

A promising start for this year's Senior Class Gift

Yet another committee chair has been chosen, and this time we approve. After all, it's our very own News-Letter colleague Charbel Barakat who will be chairing the Senior Class Gift Committee.

Men's Soccer captures ECAC title

Although it was not the title they hoped to claim at the beginning of the year, the Men's Soccer team celebrated its win of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region soccer tournament last weekend.

Security phones partially repaired

Two emergency phones on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus that were defective and unable to call Security have been partially repaired. The S-Lot phone, adjacent to Homewood Field, and the H-Lot phone, located next to the tennis courts between the Alumni Memorial Residences, now call Security with functioning sirens, but callers are still unable to hear communications from Security through the phones. Security can now hear everything a caller says through the two phones.

Wrestling kicks off season

Sophomores 285 Karol Gryczynski and 185 Tim Wagner led the Johns Hopkins wrestling team to a ninth place finish at the Roger Williams University Invitational Nov. 10 in Bristol, RI. The Blue Jays finished the tournament with 58.5 points.

Get checks that send a message

Does money run your life? Do you find yourself balancing your checkbook more often than you get a full night's rest? Does it seem as though every time you write a check, you're signing away part of your soul? Money has become an integral part of our lives whether we like it or not. Ever since the end of the barter economy, money has become our only form of trade, and if we're going to constantly have that reality shoved in our faces, we might as well shove back!

Moravia facility closed

Last week, Johns Hopkins University pulled all employees and suspended all exchanges of library materials out of the University Libraries' Moravia Park shelving facility after investigators discovered potentially serious structural problems in the building.

Ken Kesey (1935-2001)

Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion, died on Nov. 10 in Eugene, Ore. following surgery in October to remove a tumor from his liver. He was 66.

Barnstormers' Woolf admirable

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Apparently not the Johns Hopkins University Barnstormers. With the assistance of professional Director Peter DeMaio, the student-run theater group has taken on Edward Albee's complex, '60s-era drama that addresses the state of American society through the lives of two tormented couples. My, what big results they have!

Impeccable food and atmosphere are abundant at Petit Louis Bistro

Words cannot begin to describe the dining experience at Petit Louis Bistro. Located on the tree-lined vista of Roland Avenue, Petit Louis serves traditional French bistro fare. Though most people consider French food to be pretentious and hard to decipher, bistro fare is very different from classical French cuisine in that it is simple and well-presented.

Mattin Center hosts poetry reading

On Monday Nov. 12, the Cybercafe at the Mattin Center hosted the premiere of Open Mic night at JHU. The event is the brainchild of senior Writing Seminars major Joel Aure, who also emceed. The forum is intended to allow poetic, musical, comedic and theatrical voices to shine at Hopkins. Aure kicked off the evening with three poems, "Katherine," "Katherine at the Ruby Lounge" and "Descending at the New Year's Party," touching on past loves and evoking one of the old masters. T.S. Eliot's verse ("The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock") found a postmodern echo in Aure's work when he spoke of preparing "a face to meet the faces that you meet".

Research exhibited

The name Hopkins is almost synonymous with the word research. It is our forte. But while graduate and faculty researchers receive a good deal of attention, it should be said that Hopkins undergrads are no strangers to independent projects and working outside of the classroom. In fact, 80 percent of Hopkins undergraduates participate in some form of research project before graduation. Surprisingly, until this year, there has been no place for these students to showcase their work and receive feedback from peers.

Johnny Hop: True gourmet cuisine

Hopkins students deserve the best, and only the very best. How do I know this? Have you seen the comment cards at Terrace and Wolman? Judging from some of the "constructive criticism", maybe the student body here is a little too epicurious. And, yes, I did make that word up. But let' s face it. This place isn't supposed to be the Ritz-Carlton. Or is it?

Infomercials symbolize America's greatness - Our Man in Amsterdam

As far as I'm concerned, infomercials and the devices they sell have gotten the bum's rap for too long. Long on form and lacking in function, the products they offer and the blatant consumerism for which they stand are far more than simple outlets for those with excess cash on-hand. The Foreman Grill, the Clapper and everything that's ever sprung from the mind of Ron Popeil symbolize all that's right in America today. For after all, when a society finally concerns itself with creating devices to juice a potato or shut off appliances from across a room, life can't be that bad.

Student athlete of the week: Quarterback Rob Heleniak

Senior football player Rob Heleniak has experienced success both on and off the field during his time at Hopkins. As quarterback of the football team, Rob led the Blue Jays to their 6-3 record this past season. He was one of the stars in their last game of the season, a big victory over Western Maryland, 21-14. In what his coach calls, "the best game of his career" against Western Maryland, Heleniak completed a career-high 28 passes on 45 attempts for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

Try Trader Joe's for healthy treats - There's just about everything in this little store including the most purely natural foods

At some point in the early '90s, health-food stores emerged along with their sister bagel shops, coffee houses and sun-dried tomato foccacia bread. I think that the concurring abundance of all such nouveau yuppie destinations, at that particular point in time, probably coincided with me entering into a teenage stage of believing that I really was what I ate. Nonetheless, the taste for sushi, soy foods and Starbucks coffee replaced the former, simple cravings for White Castle and Taco Bell. It was at this time, while on vacation in southern California, that I fell in love with every health-food addict's favorite store: Trader Joe's.

Walsh Fellows get money for projects

Meg Walsh had everywhere to go. Graduated from Hopkins in 1984 with a B.A., she was Treasurer and Vice President of Lucent Technologies before she was 40. She was a dedicated alumna, generously giving time and money to Hopkins. She was also a leader of the Second Decade Society (SDS), our school's leadership development organization. Then, in the fall of 1998, Meg Walsh died tragically due to complications resulting from child birth.

Upperclassman housing: What's JHU doing to fix it? - One of the most nerve-racking questions sophomores encounter is not merely choosing a major, but finding a place to live in a year

As more students enroll at Johns Hopkins each year, housing appears to become more and more of an issue, and that is not just for freshmen and sophomores living on campus. More students means less housing off-campus as well, leading to many juniors and seniors to seek-out housing in more dangerous neighborhoods, inconvenient locations and less desirable conditions.

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