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In defense of creating a Hopkins police force

April 11, 2019

Nearly a week has passed, and the student sit-in at Garland Hall continues. Occasionally the protestors will walk out with their megaphone as students head to class, chanting, among other things, “No Justice, No Peace! No Private Police!” This past ...

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Confronting microagressions as an Asian American

April 11, 2019

Here’s a common situation: I’m sitting with my friend, Kelsey, and another person comes up to us and says, “Has anyone ever told you that you look alike?” We both tense, smile placidly and respond with something like, “No. We don’t really look alike.” 


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Hasan has come to miss the seviyan, which she would have for dessert.

Realizing all that I love about Pakistan from afar

April 11, 2019

Pakistan was long warm nights. Pakistan was roadside cafes. Pakistan was pebbled streets and pavements merging into one another. Pakistan was friends and family and colored, dirty cloth on a table. Pakistan was chai made right. Pakistan was greasy nutella paratha and greasier fries. Pakistan was eating food that you knew would give you an upset stomach.


Embracing my passion for writing at Hopkins

April 11, 2019

Some weeks, it feels like I spend every waking hour writing. Whether it’s for The News-Letter, a class paper, or even just for fun, it still blows my mind that some weeks at Hopkins I write more than I would have done in the entirety of my hardest high school semesters. I can’t blame anyone but myself for this. In my four semesters here, I’ve taken eight writing intensive classes. I don’t have to write nearly an article a week for The News-Letter, but I want to. Even on weekends, when I find a new album or movie I’m really into, I will write a review only to delete it. Even though nobody reads these pieces, through them I gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the art I’m consuming, which is what matters to me.


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Transitioning from viewing myself as a victim to a survivor

April 14, 2019

Before you read this article, I want to provide you with a content warning if you are someone who might be affected by reading about sexual assault. I wrote this article after I got to a point where I stopped blaming myself. Through it, however, I work through my own negative and destructive experience with graphic self-blame. So if you’re someone who can relate, I hope reading this can help you — but please make sure you’re at a place where you feel like it will help and not hurt you.


What I learned by sharing my column with you

April 11, 2019

For the past few months, I’ve really enjoyed writing this column. Being able to engage in open conversations about the things and moments that have impacted me most these past four years has been a very fulfilling experience. But unfortunately, as we get closer to the end of the semester and I prepare to graduate and head off to get my MFA, I’ve decided to bring this column to a close. 

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Redzinkski gained a new appreciation for vulnerability through her column.

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Perlman is taking after the popular Demi Lovato song “Sorry Not Sorry.”

Women shouldn’t say sorry for their choices

April 11, 2019

After writing about hook-up culture on campus for Valentine’s Day, I didn’t think twice about it being published... at first. Then I had some people tell me they really enjoyed it, and then it dawned on me that people had actually read it. I started to think of my parents and of my hometown.


Philosophy lecturer discusses history of slavery

April 11, 2019

Robert Bernasconi, professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Penn State University, gave a presentation titled “Chattel Slavery as Punishment: Stages in the History of an Argument,” on Thursday, April 4. The lecture was part of the English Department’s Tudor and Stuart Lecture Series (T&S), which brings together prominent scholars from other universities to showcase their work to Hopkins faculty and students. 


Events in Baltimore this weekend: April 11-14

April 11, 2019

Thursday Historically Hysterical Opening Peale Center 6 - 9 p.m. MICA presents an exhibition by female curators and artists centered on feminist art and politics, past and present. Free.


Out of Bloomberg and into the cherry blossoms

April 11, 2019

The first time I ever visited Baltimore, I was still a naïve, admitted-but-not-committed high school student. It was the first day all of the cherry blossom trees around campus were in bloom, and I fell in love instantly. The petals falling in the wind seemed like a snowstorm. They had all the beauty of snowflakes without any of the bitter cold that I would later discover arrives in tandem. I knew that this short period could possibly replace fall as my favorite time of year. 

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Shannon and a friend visited D.C. for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Panelists discussed issues such as understaffing and turnover
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Lawmakers support Hopkins nurses’ efforts to unionize

May 2, 2019

Nurses from the Hopkins Hospital and members of National Nurses United (NNU), a union of registered nurses, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in June 2018. The nurses accused the Hospital of engaging in tactics designed to prevent the nurses from unionizing. 


Plan out your perfect Washington D.C. day trip

April 11, 2019

Washington D.C.’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is world-renowned. Approximately 1.5 million people flock to witness its natural beauty and commemorate the cultural and diplomatic exchange that took place between Japan and the United States in 1912. 

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 The Newseum, dedicated to journalism, is one of Wu’s recommendations for a D.C. day trip visit.

Is surveillance changing with today’s technology?

April 11, 2019

The Johns Hopkins University Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship (RIC) hosted a two-day event called “Eyes on Surveillance: (In)security in Everyday Life” last weekend. This was the RIC’s Eighth Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference and consisted of five panel discussions, followed by a roundtable discussion with speakers from the ACLU of Maryland, Black Lives Matter DC and Open the Government.


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This event was hosted as part of the Alumni Weekend celebration.

Speakers promote civil discourse at Hopkins

April 11, 2019

The Forums on Race in America series hosted an event called Bridging Political Divides through Civil Discourse on Tuesday in Mason Hall. The event featured Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), and Vilma Martinez, civil rights activist and former ambassador to Argentina, in a talk about the current political landscape in the United States.


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The men’s tennis team won against RPI and Muhlenberg Saturday.

M. and W. Tennis go 3-0 in the weekend’s games

April 10, 2019

This weekend both men’s (No. 25) and women’s (No. 23) tennis competed against Centennial Conference opponent Muhlenberg College. The men additionally faced a non-Conference opponent Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Both teams emerged from the weekend victorious with impressive scores.


W. Lacrosse loses to two ranked opponents

April 12, 2019

The Hopkins women’s lacrosse team continued Big Ten Conference play this weekend against the fourth-ranked Northwestern University Wildcats. The game was exciting from the start, but in the second half, Northwestern started to pull away and secure their lead.