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Europe is leading the fight against climate change while the U.S. falls behind

December 5, 2019

These past couple of months have been eventful in terms of climate change. While it is always possible to take more action, any progress is a step in the right direction. A month ago, Italy became the first country to require education on climate change. The education will first be taught through civics courses but will expand to be included in all subjects.

Finals Health Series: Sleep clears waste in the brain and recharges cells

December 5, 2019

It’s 2 a.m. and you’re starting to do that thing where you fall asleep in 10 second intervals before waking up and rereading the same paragraph of your textbook, then falling asleep again somewhere in the middle of it. Your task list sits next to you, a laundry list of assignments and reminders that haven’t been checked off yet. Five more minutes, you think, I just need to finish this chapter. 

Seven to nine hours a night is recommended, but even a ‘caffeine nap’ can help.

Students can attend fitness classes at the Rec Center even during finals week.

Finals Health Series: Exercise can boost academic performance

December 5, 2019

Finals season drives many students to change their daily routines. Sleep schedules are adjusted, time set aside to socialize decreases and exercise routines are minimized or eliminated altogether. In general, these activities are not prioritized by students during this demanding time. However, it has been proven that exercise has benefits for both mental health and academic performance. 

It’s okay not to be productive over intersession

December 11, 2019

Dear freshmen, First and foremost, let me personally congratulate you for surviving your first semester of classes. You made it to December. Winter is coming. The weather outside is frightful, and while finals aren’t that delightful, just remember that we are exactly 20 days from Christmas. 

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Studies suggest that taking a moment to reflect on broader goals boosts performance.

Finals Health Series: Intermittent study breaks are not a waste of time

December 4, 2019

Every student has been there at some point. Massive projects and exams are looming on the horizon, and one begins to feel the pressure for every moment of the day to be occupied with reading through the textbook and going through practice problems. It seems as if there is so much work to do, and it feels as if there is no room for downtime.

Research in the Physics Department is vast and varied

December 4, 2019

Very few of us have left this planet to travel to black holes or neighboring galaxies. However, there are certainly those of us that study such astronomical bodies and the universal laws that apply to them. Much research and teaching regarding such phenomenal aspects of our universe occur in the Department of Physics and Astronomy here at Hopkins.

AOTW: Simone Bliss

December 5, 2019

After completing its undefeated season, it’s clear that no Hopkins team has had a better year than the volleyball team. After an incredible regular season, the Blue Jays capped off the year by claiming the program’s first ever national championship in a three-set sweep against the Emory College Eagles. 

Junior outside hitter Simone Bliss.

The women’s cross-country team won their sixth national championship.

Cross country records historic season finishes

December 4, 2019

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams had an excellent playoff season, topped off by historic results in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship. The women’s team finished in first place, claiming their sixth NCAA Championship trophy. The men finished in fifth place, the best NCAA tournament finish in program history. The races took place in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 23. 

Why there is no need to worry about Duke

December 5, 2019

The unranked Steven F. Austin State University Lumberjacks did the unthinkable last Tuesday in taking down the No. 1 ranked Duke University Blue Devils basketball team in an overtime thriller, resulting in Duke’s first non-Conference home loss in nearly 20 years. 

Duke’s 150-game home winning streak against non-ACC teams ended. 

M. Basketball dominates at home against Moravian

December 4, 2019

The No. 22 Hopkins men’s basketball team put their undefeated season on the line when they welcomed the Moravian College Greyhounds to the Goldfarb Gym this past Sunday. Junior guard Joey Kern felt confident in his team’s chances of winning going into the matchup. He explained that the team had a great series of practices leading up to their game.

Heaven Belongs to You Tour marks a new era of BROCKHAMPTON

December 5, 2019

This Thanksgiving break, my stuck-on-campus self and a friend who lives half an hour away hopped on the MARC train at our respective stops to reunite in D.C. for an evening we had planned in August — a concert part of BROCKHAMPTON’s Heaven Belongs to You Tour, which was happening on Monday, Nov. 25. 

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Brockhampton interspersed their energetic set list with mellow songs.

Dylan Kwang is a junior studying biomedical engineering and visual arts.

Artist Spotlight: Dylan Kwang, an artistic satirist

December 6, 2019

From a young age, Hopkins junior, Dylan Kwang has immersed himself in the arts. Having taken painting and illustration classes all throughout elementary, middle and high school, art is something that has always been an influence in his life. 

For a history on etching, visit the Met in New York

December 5, 2019

Over Thanksgiving break, I had the privilege of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Unfortunately, their collection of European painting from the years 1200-1800 are mostly not on display due to ongoing renovations. There was, however, a new and different exhibit I had the opportunity to see, and it was absolutely fascinating. 

Freer Gallery honors Hokusai’s enduring artistry

December 4, 2019

Located in the heart of the National Mall is the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the two galleries are adjacent and attached to one another, forming a joint museum that focuses on Asian art. Currently on display at the Freer Gallery for the next year is the exhibit “Hokusai: Mad about Painting,” which I went to view over this Thanksgiving break. 

The Broad revisits the work of Shirin Neshat

December 4, 2019

I first became familiar with Shirin Neshat during my senior year of high school. Her piece “Rebellious Silence,” a black and white photograph of a woman’s face bisected by a gun barrel and written over with Farsi poetry from her “Women of Allah” series, was a standout work in the Global Contemporary section of the AP Art History exam’s 250 works. 

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Shirin Neshat is an artist who explores themes relating to womanhood.

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Coldplay’s decision to not promote their new album on tour was a surprise.

Coldplay’s new album takes a political stance

December 4, 2019

We’ve all grown up with Coldplay. From their saddest songs like “The Scientist” or “Yellow,” to their jubilant hit, “Hymn For the Weekend,” their artistic and instrumental style of music has an almost universal appeal. Not to mention that from their seven studio albums released between 2000 and 2017, they’ve managed to rack up 29 Grammy nominations and six wins.