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Alexander Hamilton Society hosts bioterror talk

October 17, 2019

The Hopkins chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) hosted its first event of the year, a discussion on bioterrorism, titled “Bioterrorism and U.S. Security” last Thursday, Oct. 10. The discussion brought former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri ...

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US Senator Jim Talent and Professor Gigi Gronvall discussed the threat of bioterror attacks at Thursday's event.

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A number of organizations in Baltimore aim to help residents find jobs.

SPH professor discusses squeegee kids, poverty

October 17, 2019

Philip Leaf led a discussion about Baltimore’s so-called squeegee kids at a Flash Seminar in Gilman Hall on Thursday, Oct. 10. Squeegee kids are Baltimore youth who, using squeegees and spray bottles, clean windows and windshields at busy intersections in order to earn money.


Volleyball sets history by beginning season with 20-0 record

October 17, 2019

On Saturday morning, the Hopkins volleyball team was 18-0. These 18 straight victories were tied for the longest winning streak in Hopkins volleyball history. The 2017 team had also reached eighteen in a row, but that number had never been surpassed. With two games that weekend, the team had a chance to cement themselves in Hopkins history. Both games took place at the University’s own Goldfarb Gymnasium. 

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“Juiced” baseballs may be just what MLB needs

October 16, 2019

There’s been a significantly large number of home runs over the past couple of years. The five teams with the most home runs are: 2019 Twins, 2019 Yankees, 2019 Astros, 2019 Dodgers and the 2018 Yankees. Even accounting for the newer Yankee Stadium’s shorter field, this list is very obviously skewed toward today’s teams, especially considering the record before the 2018 Yankees was set in 1997.


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Sophomore midfielder Abby Birk.

AOTW: Abby Birk

October 16, 2019

This Saturday the Hopkins field hockey team tacked yet another win onto their record by defeating the Muhlenburg College Mules 4-1 at Homewood Field. Sophomore midfielder Abby Birk was a driving force behind the Jays’ victory, scoring two goals and one assist over the course of the match. 


China’s response causes the NBA to pull back

October 17, 2019

The date is Oct. 4, 2019. The NBA season is only weeks away from starting. All is going seemingly well for the Houston Rockets. Most Valuable Player James Harden is back for what should be another strong season, and he is joined by former teammate and previous MVP Russell Westbrook, as well as returning role players such as Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker.

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It seems that two favorites will have more competition for this year.

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Does print journalism have a future?

October 10, 2019

On Monday, Sept. 30, The Diamondback — the University of Maryland’s independent, student-run newspaper — announced that it would exclusively publish content online starting in March 2020. The decision to discontinue The Diamondback’s print publications comes 110 years after the paper was first founded and just 47 years after it became financially independent in 1971. 


How do advisors help students pick majors?

October 10, 2019

For many, one of the most daunting decisions that comes with college life is choosing a major to pursue for the next four years. While many incoming freshmen matriculate with at least an academic field of interest in mind, many also enter college entirely undecided. Others later end up switching their majors.

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Academic advisors discuss the potential benefits and risks of declaring a pre-major at Hopkins.

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SGA has the power to fix student organization culture. We need to start using it.

October 11, 2019

I was troubled to read last week’s Opinions article “What I learned from student club rejections” by Keidai Lee. The article details Keidai’s difficult experience applying to student organizations here at Hopkins. His experience, and that of so many other incoming students who face rejection after rejection from on-campus student groups, is simply unacceptable. Your Student Government Association (SGA), of which I am a part, is entrusted with the power to regulate the majority of student organizations here on campus. We need to use it.


Opposing Viewpoints: Trump's impeachment inquiry should not be conducted

October 10, 2019

On September 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats announced the opening of an impeachment inquiry against President Donald J. Trump. The allegations claim  he unduly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the business dealings of ex-Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. Adam Schiff, the Speaker’s handpicked impeachment prosecutor, compared the President to a crime mob boss in an elaborate quid pro quo scheme involving military aid in return for dirt on a political opponent.

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Gbessagee thinks that the allegations against Trump are false, while Park feels that impeachment was long deserved.

THE PUBLIC EDITOR: September 2019 in The News-Letter

October 10, 2019

You might notice that something’s a bit different this week — I’m not directly responding to reader criticisms! Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I haven’t heard from any readers recently. Y’all are out there and you definitely have thoughts, so continue to share those with me.

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Students assembled to celebrate their own and each other's identities and backgrounds.

Caribbean Cultural Society hosts community BBQ

October 10, 2019

The Caribbean Cultural Society hosted the Rep Your Flag BBQ outside AMR I on Sunday in collaboration with the Black Student Union, the African Students Association, OLÉ and the Hopkins Eritrean and Ethiopian Society. The event encouraged students to embrace their diverse heritages and identities with pride. 


Anthropologist examines perspectives of genocidal murderers

October 10, 2019

Professor Richard Rechtman, the director of studies at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, gave a talk on Tuesday as part of the Department of Anthropology’s Colloquium Series. In his talk titled “The Ordinary Life of Genocidal Mass Murderers,” Rechtman, an anthropologist and psychiatrist, discussed behavior during periods of genocide. 

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Professor Rechtman traveled from France to present research at Hopkins.

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Semenza and colleagues researched the way cells sense oxygen, and how they function in low oxygen conditions, or hypoxia.

Professor Semenza wins Nobel Prize in Medicine for work on HIF

October 10, 2019

Early Monday morning, the Nobel Assembly announced that Dr. Gregg L. Semenza, the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Pediatrics at Hopkins School of Medicine, was a 2019 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Semenza received this honor alongside Dr. William G. Kaelin of Harvard and Dr. Peter J. Ratcliffe of Oxford. Kaelin completed his specialist training in Internal Medicine and Oncology at Hopkins.


Professors talk ethics of gene editing and Gattaca

October 10, 2019

We begin in the not too distant future, where perfection has pervaded the genome itself, elevating individuals into what seems like the best version of themselves. Children are edited to be brilliant, healthy and beautiful — as genetically ideal as possible. This is the world of Gattaca, a science fiction cult classic that remains significant in today’s bioethical conversations about genetic research. 


Cape Verdean ambassador talks African partnership

October 10, 2019

Carlos Veiga, Cape Verde’s ambassador to the United States, gave a talk titled “The African Continental Free Trade Area and CPLP Countries” on Monday in Levering Hall. The talk was part of the Portuguese Program Fall Speaker Series and took place in the form of an informal question-and-answer session.

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The Cape Verdean Ambassador to the United States spoke at Hopkins.

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Student groups complained that Hopkins food options are too meaty.

Students assess dining initiatives at Hopkins

October 10, 2019

Hopkins Dining is hosting a series of events and initiatives this semester in order to engage the student body. These include cooking classes and a “Dine with the Chefs Dinner” as well as a tour of Redlands Farm in Stevenson, Md.