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How have marriage and relationships changed over time?

February 18, 2019

As social media and online dating platforms like Tinder and Hinge become more and more visible in American society, people are beginning to question whether relationships and the concept of love are evolving. Many feel as though technology has superseded ...

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Two professors at Hopkins discussed how love has changed in the U.S.

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Why are we having less sex today than ever before?

February 14, 2019

Based on the media’s depiction of young adults, one would think that all college and high school students are having a lot of sex all the time. There are entire TV shows that focus on the sex lives of teenagers. But recent survey data seem to suggest that people are having a lot less sex than we think they are.


Learning to survive the “situationship”

February 14, 2019

People have lots of different words for it, all with slightly different implications. “Situationship,” “seeing each other” and “hanging out” are just a few. Ultimately though, they refer to the same vague thing: two people who like each other enough to act like a couple, but who, for some reason or other, won’t commit. Though there is some overlap in terminology, I’ve found these pseudo-relationships aren’t quite a part of “hookup culture,” really. Instead, they exist in a strange gray area somewhere between “friends with benefits” and an official relationship. 

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Redzinski recounted her experiences in relationships without labels.

Planning your ideal date night in Baltimore

February 14, 2019

First Date: Happy hour at Clavel With its unmatched plants-and-fairy-lights aesthetic, you’re sure to woo your love interest on a first date at Clavel. Their happy hour special is Monday through Friday, and you can split chips and queso for $8 and sip on some margaritas for $6. Make sure you get in line right at 5 p.m. though because it fills up fast with Baltimore residents who head right to Clavel after getting off work. For those who aren’t of age, they also have tasty non-alcoholic mixed drinks. Pro-tip: If there’s a wait at Clavel, you can always pop on over for a drink at W.C. Harlan, a small speakeasy bar that’s tucked away on the same block.


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To effect long-term change, SGA should focus on realistic initiatives

February 18, 2019

Next week, the Student Government Association (SGA) will hold an impeachment trial against Executive President Noh Mebrahtu behind closed doors. SGA members introduced articles of impeachment at their latest weekly meeting, but not before telling one of our reporters to leave the room. That same day, SGA sent an email advertising a Students Against Private Police rally with the subject line “ICE Protest Tomorrow!” And last semester, it had to pass a bill to stop members from using social media, texting, web surfing and shopping during meetings. 


NIH Director explores the ethics of gene editing technology

February 14, 2019

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), discussed the medical and ethical implications of modern biomedical research as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium on Tuesday. Collins focused on recent scientific advances in gene-editing technologies that could open up the possibility for therapeutic treatments that operate at the level of patients’ genomes.


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SGA Executive President to face impeachment hearing

February 14, 2019

During the Student Government Association (SGA) weekly meeting on Tuesday, Executive Vice President AJ Tsang presented impeachment charges against Executive President Noh Mebrahtu. Mebrahtu will face an impeachment hearing during SGA’s next weekly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. This hearing will be closed to the student body, as required by SGA’s constitution.


Osler symposium discusses future of health care

February 14, 2019

The Osler Medical Symposium hosted a talk on the future of health care in America on Tuesday, Feb. 5 called “Reimagining Healthcare for the 21st Century.” The event consisted of a presentation by Dr. Redonda G. Miller, president of the Hopkins Hospital, and a discussion moderated by Perry Tsai, president of the American Medical Student Association. 

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The president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Redonda G. Miller, spoke at the symposium.

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Antarctic glacier cavity points to rapid melt rate

February 14, 2019

A NASA-led (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) study recently discovered an enormous cavity, comparable to two-thirds the area of Manhattan, at the bottom of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. The cavity is much bigger than expected, a surprising find that scientists hope will lead to better models of glacial melting and their impact on sea level rise.


AMS director addresses climate change implications

February 18, 2019

Paul Higgins, the director of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Policy Program, gave a talk on Feb. 7 titled “Climate Change As a Public Issue: The Role of Science in Policy” as a part of the Randolph Bromery Spring 2019 Seminar Series.

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Police force bill includes youth program funding

February 15, 2019

Last week, lawmakers introduced bills to both the Senate and the House of the Maryland General Assembly that would allow Hopkins to create its own private police force. These bills, Senate Bill (SB) 793 and House Bill (HB) 1094, also include millions of dollars in appropriations for Baltimore City youth programs, including the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, an organization launched in 2016 to support youth leadership and the Baltimore City YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program, which connects underserved youth with paying summer jobs.


Fantasy matters. Just ask writers of color.

February 14, 2019

In high school I nursed wild ambitions of publishing a fantasy novel. The plot was muddy, but I knew my heroine. Her name was Elizia. She was a woman of color, and she spoke with all the outrageous, cringeworthy angst of a Brontë character. She was brave and intelligent and a born leader, a liberator of women and the poor who also dabbled with sorcery. 

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Kim argues that discouraging students from using elements of fantasy in their stories is constraining for aspiring writers of color.

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Shade hopes Republicans will follow in the footsteps of leaders like Reagan and Bush.

Democrats aren’t a solution to Trump. Republicans are.

February 14, 2019

For centuries, the world’s oldest democracy has depended on a productive tension between two major parties. When the political pendulum in Washington swings from right to left and back again, the minority party knows that they will get another turn. Historically the ruling party likewise recognized that they would soon be in the minority, and this led to a government of restraint — one which prioritized stability and order over short-term policy victories. The two-party system enabled Americans across the political spectrum to trust that their representatives would act in good faith. 


Is the p53 gene truly the guardian of the genome?

February 13, 2019

The p53 gene is widely known as a cancer suppressor gene that reduces the frequency of tumors – but what if that wasn’t the case?  The highly cited statistic that p53 mutations are found in just over 50 percent of all human cancers suggests that when the gene is not functioning properly, cancer becomes more likely.

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Recently, researchers discovered that the p53 gene can both stop and accelerate cancer growth.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: February 14 - 17

February 13, 2019

Thursday Anti-Valentine’s Day The Owl Bar 4 - 11 p.m. Screw romance with Anti-Love Potion cocktails, single/taken glowsticks and a free shot if you bring a picture of your ex. No cover.


Md. Vegan Restaurant Week expands beyond the city

February 14, 2019

“What do you identify yourself as?” When I saw the question in the survey, I wasn’t sure what kind of answer I was supposed to provide. I hadn’t expected to find that question in a simple survey about food. I was just checking out the voting form for Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week.


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Vendors set up shop in the R. House Garage for the Nevermore Market.

Unique Valentine’s shopping at Nevermore Market

February 13, 2019

I spent my Sunday afternoon browsing the stalls at the Nevermore: A Baltimore Inspired Valentine’s Market at the R. House Garage on Feb. 10. The vendors were mostly all based in Baltimore. Part of the proceeds of the event went to the Women’s Advocacy Coalition: Baltimore. 


Take pleasure in eating your heart out this Valentine's Day

February 13, 2019

Something unsettling has spread about the culinary mediaverse in recent weeks. If you spend as much time as I do browsing the websites, Instagram accounts and — on particularly hungry evenings — LinkedIn pages of restaurants, you’ve probably noticed it. Also, get yourself some help — your homework, pets and sleep cycle need you.

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Whether it’s Nutella or some other treat, indulge this Valentine’s Day.