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Jazz legends visit and perform at Peabody

December 4, 2019

This past weekend, in conjunction with the two-day jazz symposium at Hopkins, An Die Musik LIVE! presented two jazz luminaries on Saturday night who were pivotal to the free jazz scene in France at the turn of the 1970s.

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Dave Burrell opened with an incredible sequence of his original pieces. 

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Students from many diverse communities performed at the Culture Show.

32nd Annual Culture Show showcases student talent

November 21, 2019

The Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted the 32nd Annual Culture Show on Friday, Nov. 15. The event featured performances by 14 student groups — from the Gospel Choir’s heavenly harmonies to the Ladybirds’ sharp, graceful dance routines — all of which were centered around the event’s themes of resilience and strength, succinctly summarized by the event’s tag line: “We Rise.” 


Historical figures in avant-garde jazz reunite at symposium

November 21, 2019

The University held a free two-day symposium, “Paris/Algiers 1969: Declarations of Freedom by the Black American Avant-Garde,” on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16. The Centre Louis Marin for Interdisciplinary French Studies organized the event with the support of the French Embassy in the United States, and the symposium director was none other than Hopkins Professor and Chair of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Professor Derek Schilling. 

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Legendary avant-garde saxophonist Archie Shepp attended the symposium.

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DIETANIUM emerged victorious against defending champion Stormsketch.

Artists rumble at Super Art Fight 2019

November 21, 2019

As the crowd chanted “Taco Bell! Taco Bell!” five minutes into “Super Art Fight: Thanksgiving Thrashing,” I knew this night was going to be wild. This Thanksgiving edition of the strange collision between wrestling and live art, or “the greatest live art competition in the known universe,” as it calls itself, took place at Ottobar on Friday, Nov. 15. 


Maryland representative examines the politics of natural hair

November 21, 2019

Delegate Stephanie Smith explored the government’s nationwide efforts to ban hair discrimination in a presentation titled “Politics of Hair,” hosted by Knotty by Nature, a student group on campus that seeks to empower natural hair, in Charles Commons on Tuesday. Smith represents the 45th State Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates and serves on the Legislative Black Caucus.

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Smith seeks to protect natural hair rights through anti-discrimination laws.

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Volleyball moves to Elite Eight after three wins in three days

November 22, 2019

The Hopkins volleyball team played its first set of NCAA tournament games this past weekend. Playing three games in three days, the team faced off against the Manhattanville College Valiants, the Stockton University Ospreys and the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks. Hopkins sought to continue their undefeated streak and begin their march towards an NCAA championship. 


W. soccer sweeps weekend, advances to Sweet 16

November 20, 2019

The Hopkins women’s soccer team won both home games this weekend. They beat Pennsylvania State University Berks 2-0 on Saturday, and then followed up by beating Christopher Newport University 2-0 on Sunday night. The Jays will advance to the Sweet 16 to face Dickinson College in Geneva, N.Y.

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Coulson notched her fourth goal of the season early in the must-win game.

Kaepernick refused to play the NFL’s game

November 20, 2019

The polarizing Colin Kaepernick finally received a chance to re-enter the NFL this Saturday. Well, sort of. For the past two years, Kaepernick has been essentially blackballed by the league’s owners and franchises after he sparked the league-wide anthem protest by kneeling during the national anthem.


Carmelo Anthony deserves his shot with Trail Blazers

November 20, 2019

Carmelo Anthony signed with the Portland Trail Blazers on a non-guaranteed deal this past week. Yes, you heard right. The 35 year old, 10-time All Star, six-time All NBA, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, NCAA Champion Carmelo Anthony is back in the league after being cut by the Houston Rockets last November.


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Hopkins shot just 30.6 percent from the field in their loss to the Falcons.

W. basketball falls to No. 20 Messiah College

November 20, 2019

In their third game of the season this past Saturday, the Hopkins women’s basketball team hosted the Messiah College Falcons in Goldfarb Gymnasium as the Blue Jays were looking to continue their strong start against one of the top teams in Division III. 


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.


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. 

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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. 


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. 

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

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

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. 


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.

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

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.