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Daniels to teach an Intersession course

November 14, 2019

University President Ronald J. Daniels announced that he would be teaching a course during Intersession in an interview with The News-Letter on Wednesday. The class, titled “Do Democracies Need Universities?,” is built on the premise that universities support democratic societies by educating students, fostering civic discourse and promoting upward mobility.


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The Supreme Court may rescind DACA. Hopkins must reaffirm its support for Dreamers in our community

November 14, 2019

Under Donald Trump, the U.S. has become increasingly unsafe for undocumented immigrants. Shortly after announcing his presidential campaign, Trump infamously called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. In 2017, he announced plans to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era executive order granting work permits and protection from deportation to over 700,000 Dreamers — undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. 


THE PUBLIC EDITOR: Popping the humanities bubble, one section at a time

November 14, 2019

As the Public Editor, I scrutinize the ways the paper represents its readers. The News-Letter is a campus newspaper, and undergraduate students make up the primary readership. I think a lot about the different types of undergrads that the paper represents, as well as who is most likely to pick up a fresh issue on a Thursday afternoon. 

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Students expressed concerns about a future lack of future WGS courses.

Students protest end of WGS teaching fellowships

November 14, 2019

Co-Director of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (WGS) Todd Shepard announced in a recent email that the University was canceling its long-standing WGS Teaching Fellowships. These fellowships have allowed graduate students in all disciplines to teach undergraduate courses in feminist and queer history and theory. 


Former Clinton advisor speaks on foreign policy

November 20, 2019

The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium (MSE) brought Jake Sullivan to the University on Wednesday to discuss the most pressing issues in American foreign policy. The lecture was part of a collaboration between MSE and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute. 

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Jake Sullivan served as a senior advisor to both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

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College journalism must take itself seriously

November 15, 2019

I was quite surprised to hear that two news stories about college journalism were circulating this week.The Harvard Crimson, the daily newspaper at Harvard University, has recently come under fire for its coverage of an anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rally. The rally, held on Sept. 12, was hosted by student group Act on a Dream. The Crimson writers reached out to ICE for comment to be included in their article on the rally, though they did not respond.


Electability is still important, but its definition is outdated

November 14, 2019

A few weeks ago, The News-Letter  published the op-ed “Focusing solely on electability will not get Democrats elected.” The article presents a well-written, cogent argument against the prioritization of “electability” in the Democratic primary race. It followed an earlier piece on the necessity of a moderate Democratic nominee in 2020.

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Shade argues that Obama and Trump’s surprising victories prove electability has changed. 

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Sidewalks are continuously rerouted due to ongoing construction on Saint Paul Street.

Baltimore updates must prioritize accessibility

November 14, 2019

It’s always an exciting time when new construction happens around campus. Is it going to be a new restaurant? A bar? It is exciting, at least, for those not potentially displaced by it. As I walk around Charles Village, I’m struck by the level of construction happening throughout the neighborhood.


Student group features speaker on cybersecurity

November 14, 2019

The University’s chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) hosted a presentation on cybersecurity threats and U.S. preparedness on Tuesday. The presentation featured James Carafano, vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. Steven David, professor and director of undergraduate studies for Political Science, acted as the moderator.


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Alum Porochista Khakpour was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Alum presents new book at Hopkins ADA event

November 14, 2019

Hopkins alum Porochista Khakpour visited Homewood Campus to speak about her most recent book, Sick: A Memoir, in Charles Commons on Thursday, Nov. 7. Hopkins Advocates for Disability Awareness (ADA) co-sponsored the event. 


Sam’s Canterbury Cafe goes out of business

November 14, 2019

After over two years in business, Sam’s Canterbury Cafe permanently closed its doors on Sunday, Nov. 3. The cafe, located on W. 39th Street and Canterbury Road, provided employment to adults on the autism spectrum.

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The two clubs debated public health care, UN policy and executive orders.

College Democrats debate College Republicans

November 18, 2019

The College Democrats at Hopkins and the College Republicans at Hopkins held a debate on Monday. Students from both clubs debated the merits of public health care, America’s involvement in the United Nations (UN) and executive orders. 


Dining implements changes in response to student groups’ demands

November 14, 2019

This March, Real Food Hopkins, a student organization promoting food justice and sustainability, launched the Pour Out Pepsi campaign. According to Real Food Co-President Katie Smith, PepsiCo has a history of violating human rights, labor laws and sustainability regulations. The group aimed to convince Hopkins Dining to end its exclusivity contract with PepsiCo, which requires that 80 percent of all beverages sold on campus — not just soft drinks — are manufactured by PepsiCo.

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After Real Food’s campaign, Dining will review its contracts with PepsiCo.

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The Jones Falls Trail is one of the best outdoor options near campus.

An exploration of parks and trails near campus

November 13, 2019

Many students may believe that the extent of nature which can be found in Baltimore are the trees immediately surrounding campus. However, there are many places nearby full of outdoorsy opportunities for those who feel like exploring nature when they’re not studying for their exams. While not spectacularly expansive, there are areas nearby which are within walking distance from campus. These options provide opportunities for running, hiking or biking depending on what you prefer.


Ekiben and SF’s Deuki Hong host pop up at Socle

November 14, 2019

As any seasoned group chat veteran can attest to, the most difficult college endeavor is getting five friends to agree on a spot to wine and dine at on a Saturday night. It’s hard enough to burst the Hopkins bubble without a half-dozen stomachs and palates negotiating a balance between the K-BBQ cravings of one and the Whole30 ambitions of another.

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The pop up at Socle served char siu steak bites and kimchi fried rice.