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What learning about other cultures has taught me

November 15, 2019

Although Sasha looked upset, I grasped her hand in mine and pulled her up to stand. Herr Neumann gestured for our orchestra of odd instruments to take a bow. Lights flooded the church hall as families stood to congratulate their children. As an exchange ...

COURTESY OF BONNIE JIN
Jin reflects on the ways Americans can learn from the rest of the world.

How to practice self care in these stressful times

November 14, 2019

Lots of people talk about self-care — “time for a self-care night” or “you should spend time on self-care” — but people tend to not always know what it is or to not think it’s that important. So this is a) a bit of advice about how to do self-care well and b) a reminder to go take care of yourself. 


Learning when to stop pushing through the pain

November 14, 2019

It’s been about three years since I fell off a horse in a village in Peru. When I went to the hospital, they didn’t have a doctor in the building, so they just cleaned up the bleeding and sent me on my way. 

COURTESY OF DIVA PAREKH
A horseback riding fall taught Parekh the value of prioritizing her health.

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Why I continue to torture myself with bad media

November 30, 2019

This week I’ve decided to get back to my roots a bit and talk about why I do this godforsaken column in the first place. Since my time as Art & Entertainment Editor of The News-Letter came to an end last semester, I had an art-shaped hole in my heart that I needed to fill. I’d been wanting to start a column for a while, and suddenly I found myself with some extra time and a dream.


To the Hopkins and Baltimore community: thank you

November 13, 2019

With my December graduation fast approaching (and my senioritis hitting hard), I’ve been sitting with nostalgia and reflection on the past 3.5 years at Hopkins. I never expected to devote as much time as I have in college to policy and politics, but I’m so thankful that my experiences at Hopkins guided me in this direction. Consider this week’s column both a “thank you, Hopkins community” and a “wow, I made it!” note.

COURTESY OF ALEX WALKINSKAS
During a semester in Washington, D.C., Walinskas met fellow policy wonks.

COURTESY OF KATY WILNER
Wilner has had a few awkward encounters in Parisian coffee shops.

Embracing the personal humiliation of learning a language abroad

November 13, 2019

I’ve always wanted to study abroad in Paris. In high school, I chose French even though I was living in Los Angeles and should have chosen Spanish. I always held on to the idea that one day I would be walking along the Seine, eating a croissant, holding hands with a real live French man.


Not a Film Fest sparks conversations on resistance

November 14, 2019

This past Sunday, Nov. 10, “Not a Film Fest: Anticolonial Conversations in Baltimore” wrapped up with its third and final day. Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity (BPS) presented the event, which began on Oct. 20 at the Baltimore American Indian Center and continued its second day on Oct. 27 at the 2640 Space before concluding this Sunday at the Creative Alliance in Patterson Park. 

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The final event opened with a performance from the band Conjunto Bruja.

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Several Hopkins students walked out of class to show their solidarity with DACA recipients.

Dreamers, allies march to protect DACA program

November 14, 2019

Thousands of students across the nation walked out of their classrooms on Nov. 8, four days before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday over the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 individuals who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, also known as Dreamers, to apply for work permits and avoid deportation. 


Ravens’ Lamar Jackson should be the 2019 MVP favorite

November 14, 2019

The NFL MVP competition is shaping up to be a two-horse-race. Running back Christian McCaffrey has, without a doubt, carried the team to a respectable 5-3 record while Cam Newton has been sidelined with an injury. McCaffrey leads the league in rushing yards per game at 110, which is on pace for a remarkable 1700-yard season. Fifty years ago, he would have been in the conversation.


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Mario Balotelli’s club allowed racism to win

November 15, 2019

Last week, in a shocking development, something racist happened in Europe involving soccer.  During the second half of the Serie A match between Brescia and Verona on Nov. 3, Brescia striker Mario Balotelli grabbed the ball and punted it into the stands at the Verona supporters.


M. soccer lands first Conference title in 10 years

November 15, 2019

Hopkins men’s soccer took home the Centennial Conference trophy on Saturday in a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the Franklin and Marshall (F&M) Diplomats at Tylus Field in Lancaster, Pa.  The Blue Jays clinched an NCAA tournament spot after coming back from a goal deficit twice to seal their victory and claim the conference title.

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Volleyball continues win streak, becomes Centennial champions

November 15, 2019

The Hopkins volleyball team played two matches this past weekend to determine the winner of the Centennial Conference Tournament. The team was undefeated entering the tournament, and thanks to their incredible talent and hard work, they finished the tournament undefeated as well. That’s right, the volleyball team won both games this weekend to become the Centennial Conference Tournament champions. And they did it without losing a set.


Seniors lead way as W. Soccer wins Conference

November 13, 2019

In what would prove to be a very successful weekend in Hopkins sports, the women’s soccer team traveled to Carlisle, Pa. to take part in the Centennial Conference Championship. After a 14-2-4 regular season, the Blue Jays began their quest for their 12th Centennial title on Saturday with a match against the Haverford College Fords.


Athlete of the Week: Alejandro Maclean — soccer

November 13, 2019

This weekend, the Hopkins men’s soccer team trekked up to Lancaster, Pa. to compete in the Centennial Conference tournament at Franklin and Marshall (F&M) College. The Jays entered the tournament off of a second-place finish in the Conference during the regular season and with a No. 3 ranking from the United Soccer Coaches poll. 

Junior midfield Alejandro Maclean.

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FKA twigs’ sophomore album Magdalene defies genre

November 15, 2019

I find myself listening to music all the time, whether it’s while working out or just sitting on my bed, but once I get hooked on one song, I will continuously play it on loop until someone begs me to stop humming the earworm-triggering tune. 


King Princess delivers intimate performance in D.C.

November 13, 2019

Before coming to Hopkins, I had already started laying out extravagant plans for concert-viewing in D.C. The fall lineup is always ripe, no matter what part of the country you’re in, and I even had an app that scanned my Spotify music library to track who was passing through and where they were playing. 

COURTESY OF ELIZA ZIMMERMAN
King Princess’ intimate show at the 9:30 Club in D.C. featured inventive makeup, props and sets.

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Sarah Aroeste performed in Ladino, the language of the Sephardim.

Multimedia performance honors Sephardic Jews

December 4, 2019

Present day commemorations, whether in the form of service, art or expression, are irreplaceable markers of historical narratives that must not be forgotten. The Greek Chamber Music Project (GCMP), is an arts presenter and record label devoted to performing the eccentric music of Greek composers. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, GCMP presented an emotionally-charged and impactful program at the Peabody Institute in memory of the Holocaust, called Remembering the Jews of Greece: A Musical Journey. 


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JPEGMAFIA performed at the Ottobar in Baltimore for an animated and sweat-drenched crowd.  

JPEGMAFIA concludes 2019 tour in Baltimore

November 14, 2019

JPEGMAFIA returned to Baltimore on Saturday, Nov. 9 for the final leg of his JPEGMAFIA Type Tour and played to a sold-out audience at the Ottobar. This tour follows the release of Peggy’s newest album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs. Opening for JPEG on his tour was Butch Dawson, a rapper and producer from West Baltimore.