Published by the Students of Johns Hopkins since 1896
July 8, 2020


In tarot, The Devil represents not only the harm others do to us, but the harm we do to ourselves

The Devil: Gaslighting and the long healing process

Gaslighting, coined from the 1938 play Gas Light, is defined as the psychological manipulation of someone such that they begin to doubt their own sanity and beliefs. In doing so, the “gaslighter” can more easily control and influence their victim. ] This isn’t a story about how I was gaslighted. This is a story of what happens after. 

Pangolins are believed to be the intermediary host of COVID-19 between bats and humans.

What is the role of animals in communicable illnesses?

As nations across the world grapple with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, conservationists and environmental organizations are calling on policymakers and the public to address the root cause of the pandemic and other outbreaks: the wildlife trade and habitat destruction. Evidence increasingly suggests that increased contact between humans and wild animals is contributing to the emergence of novel communicable illnesses. 

Shua at a concert featuring Eurovision 2018 winner Netta.

Eurovision Home Concerts: a pleasing Eurovision Song Contest substitute

I’m not an obsessive for many TV shows, with one exception: the Eurovision Song Contest. Criminally underrated in the U.S., Eurovision is an annual arcade of countries and songs. Set up like a combination of the Olympics and American Idol, Eurovision is my annual fairytale. Each year, various European (and guest) nations toy with songs and artists until they come up with a perfect performance. 

Wadsten urges the U.S. to transition to mail-in voting during the pandemic.

Mail-in voting is necessary during the pandemic

Since mid-March, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly altered life for people around the U.S. and the world. These major disruptions have led to changes in the U.S. election calendar and process. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has pushed their convention back until the week of August 17, and 16 states have postponed their primaries out of public health concern. 

Racial disparities persist even during a pandemic

As an individual afforded the luxury of staying home, the ever present screen in front of me oscillates between the news, the Netflix show I’ve chosen to binge-watch and the assignment I’m avoiding. My obsessive review of coronavirus (COVID-19) updates usually leads to one of two outcomes: If I’m feeling hopeful, the assignment suddenly doesn’t seem so bad, especially with an encouraging friend on FaceTime.

Wrap up: The latest in technology

Some of the biggest stories in tech this week are the launch of entertainment app Quibi, and the creation of a new U.S.-focused COVID-19 map by the Hopkins CSSE. The newest version of the game Animal Crossing was banned in China due to its use by Hong Kong protesters, and Apple teamed up with Google to work on contact-tracing apps to help combat COVID-19. 

Jeffrey Katzenberg founded Quibi as a way to pair high production value with fast entertainment. 

Quibi's launch fails to live up to hype

Last week saw the launch of Quibi, a new streaming service. Quibi seeks to differentiate itself through mobile-only, short-form content; the episodes of each series on the app are all under 10 minutes, which is seemingly ideal for our generation’s ever diminishing attention span. 

As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Kirsten Hall will shift her focus to climate change.

PhD candidate Kirsten Hall named a Schmidt Science Fellow

Kirsten Hall, a PhD candidate studying Astrophysics, was recently named to the 2020 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows. The program, which works in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, seeks to recognize future leaders among doctoral candidates across all scientific disciplines. 

THE PUBLIC EDITOR: "There's something more important"

When the current editors of The News-Letter went through election interviews last April, nobody asked them how they would adapt their roles to a global pandemic. A year ago, no one imagined life as we know it changing so drastically. 

Men's Lacrosse to move forward without head coach Pietramala

Hopkins Athletic Director Jennifer S. Baker announced in a press release on Tuesday that the men’s lacrosse head coach, Dave Pietramala, will not be returning next season after 20 years of service to the program. The news comes as a shock to many, given Pietramala’s rich history at Hopkins.


Though summer courses will be online this year, they not be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Summer 2020 courses will be taught remotely

In an email to the student body on Thursday, April 16, Assistant Dean for Academic Advising of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Jessie Martin announced that all summer classes will take place online. Courses provided by the Whiting School of Engineering in the first and second summer terms will also be online, with the exception of Gateway Computing, for which a decision has yet to be made. 

Beginning Saturday, Marylanders will be required to cover their faces in retail establishments.

Hogan orders masks be worn in stores and on public transit

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday, April 15 that in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, residents must wear face coverings when using public transportation or inside retail establishments, such as grocery stores. This executive order enters into effect on Saturday, April 18 at 7 a.m.

Santoro urges Biden to support progressive policies during his presidential campaign.

Dear Joe Biden, earn my vote

Dear Joe,  Congratulations! You did it. Bernie is out, and you must be overjoyed to be in the position you’re in. The path to victory is clearer than ever, and it’ll be you and Trump (most likely) in November. Great. 

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